Tom’s Hotel and Kitchen, San Pedro St.

This is one of those mysterious structures of Davao. Not much is known who the owner is, was it operated by an American, Japanese or a local Filipino businessman? Was it just a shortlived business? Just like the American Club building, it is not mentioned in any of the local history books. It there was,…

The Davao I grew up with.

The Davao I grew up with was the late 60s to the 70s, maybe to stretch it further the 80s. Then was kind of a very laid back life. And it is the Davao that was stuck in my mind, not the Davao I left in 2000. This is always the topic I would always…

Early Davao malls.

Victoria Plaza takes credit as Davao’s first real mall in 1993. It had a soft opening around in time for December 1992, and fully opening in early of 1993. I was hired as a visual merchandiser, due to connections then with the late Robert Allan Limso who was a ninongĀ and friends while working as an…

A bridge too far.

For this generation, the most exciting topic is the Samal Bridge. And it would send off a frenzied and passionate defense of the pros and cons. Many would say it is for the betterment of the island, and many would dismiss it as it is bad for Samal and ecology. But how old is the…

Contributions are welcome

If there is anything Davao of the Past has been lucky, it is the abundance of contributions from its members. Members who are unselfish with their own collections, sharing whatever they have to the page, and soon, too will be part of this site. Contributors like Dada Lozano and Vincent Garcia, who are part of…

Why we need digital archives

The abundance of digital archives is a boon to historians and anybody who is willing to dig deeper in any topic they have an interest on. But, that is not where it ends. Or maybe begins. Digital archives can only store what it can find, on the shallow. As I have been sharing with friends…