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…

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…