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…

Our public spaces, becoming a public dump

Where have our public spaces gone? So many years ago, we had a living and breathable public spaces, public parks and beaches that families could enjoy a lazy Sunday. Where the families could just relax, frolic, cool down and enjoy the sceneries and each other’s presence. One example which I’d like to think as the…

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…