Southern Mindanao

Davao RegionThe Southern Mindanao area of the Philippines, also known as the Davao Region, or Region XI (Region 11), is composed of Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur and Davao Oriental provinces.

Compostela Valley

Compostela Valley is mainly agricultural while the eastern part is mostly mountainous. Natural attractions include cold springs, cascading falls, butterflies and exotic wildlife. White sand beaches include Copiat Island. The Mansakas, the indigenous natives in Compostela Valley, are known for their native dances, tribal jewelry, and unique musical instruments.

Davao del Norte

Davao del Norte has 32 rivers including the Agusan River. It is home to various cultural minorities including the Mandaya, Nansaka and Dibabaon Tribes, the Maragusan Mansaka at San Mariano, the Dunggas Muslim Village and Aeta settlements at Kapalong. Natural sites include the islands of Talicud, Ligid and Palma Gil, and the Caliclic and Talicud Caves.

Davao City is the center of travel and trade in the Southern Philippines, known for the exotic fruit ‘durian’, the Waling-Waling orchid, the Philippine Eagle and Mt. Apo, the highest peak in the country. Natural attractions include caves, waterfalls, rapids and mountains. Cultural sites include the Davao Museum, UP Mindanao Cultural Center, General Luna Art Gallery, and the T’Boli Weaving Center. Shopping malls and department stores include Shoe Mart, Gaisano Mall of Davao, Victoria Plaza, J.S. Gaisano Citimall, University Mall, New City Commercial Center and Aldevinco Shopping Center.

Davao del Sur

Davao del Sur is rich in agriculture and farms which include fish farms at Kiblawan and Santa Maria, a prawn farm and cocoa plantation in Malita, a sugar mill in Magonoy, a coconut desiccating plant in Santa Cruz and a fruit farm in Mt. Carmel nursery in Bansalan. Natural attractions include Balut Island, Tudaya Falls, Mariscal Beach, Mt. Apo and the Sibulan River.

Davao Oriental

Davao Oriental has both historical and natural sites. Historical sites include Ballestic Island, a fortress built by the Spanish Conquistador Villalobos, and the 17th Century Caraga Catholic Church. Natural attractions include the hot springs at Kalapagan and Pangyan, the islands of Sigaboy, Waniban and Cabugao and Aliwagwag Falls. The ‘Tinagong Dagat’ or Hidden Sea in San Isidro is a unique natural formation situated 1,000 feet above sea level. Sigaboy Floating in Governor Generosa is an island with the shape of a giant whale. White, gray and black sand beaches include Aroma, Bakayan, Bitoon, Manay and Taragona.

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