Sta. Ana District

Before the war, Davao then a new chartered city had two districts, Downtown and  Sta. Ana. Between the two was an expanse of coconuts, nipas and marshlands. Oyanguren then was a long dusty road, and clearly inhabited towards the end. And as per Antonio Figueroa in his column on the founding of the district or…

O Kay Budi

Dinabaw 102 – Revisiting the song What best way to start our ongoing series is with the song which became popular in the 70s, nationwide. Okay, most kids wouldn’t know it. This is love song, firstly. And it gives a proper setting to learn the language. In the song, you would notice some Visayan words…

Matigam Kaw?

Dinabaw 101 – an Introduction. Matigam kaw? While literally meaning “Do you speak?”, such a question in some parts of Davao are asked to initiate a discussion from speaking to knowing to understanding. Well it really means if you know and speak Dinabaw or Minandaya. Dinabaw, Dabawenyo or Minandaya (all used interchangeably) or others would…

Our Heritage Structures

They say the character of a city depends on how it treats its heritage structures. And I’d like to ask, how have we fared so far? Where are we now in terms of preserving and conserving our old structures? Do we still have them? I’d like to pose this question so we understand the need…

When national fast food brands saw Davao

I remember Dabawenyos going into a frenzy and excited mood when national fast food brands opened in Davao. Even while the building was still getting it’s finishing touches, the first Jollibee branch (it’s 100th to boot) opened anyway, and you could see people lining up. Finally, most would have thought. Now the city felt a…

Etymology and origins of places

One member suggested we do an origin of places, just so we can at least know how beloved puroks, districts, or places came to be. So, let’s fire away. This is an evolving article, will be adding more to it as we find more. To start first. Davao – The region’s name is derived from…