The Samal Island Mariculture Park in Davao

Samal Island Mariculture Park Leydao Kaputian District Davao Del Norte Size Bureau Fisheries Aquatic Resources Southeast Asian Development Center Milkfish Farming Reserve Fishing Farm Industrial Park The Samal Island Mariculture Park is located in the waters of Samal Island in Davao del Norte Province. The Mariculture Park encompasses 224-hectares and has been conceptualized by the local government in cooperation with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and the Souitheast Asian Development Center. The Samal Mariculture Park is ideal for milkfish farming and raising of grouper, siganid, caranx, seabass, cabia and other high -value fish in cages. The first of its kind in the Philippines, this is an industrial park on the sea. The Samal Island Mariculture Park is located in sitio Leydao, Kaputian District, in the storm sheltered Island Garden City of Samal. Continue reading

Panabo, Davao del Norte

Panabo CityPanabo is a city located in Davao del Norte province on Mindanao Island. It could be reached by all types of land transportation passing through the Daang Maharlika (Pan-Philippines Highways) plying from Davao City to the northern part of Davao and finally to Butuan City and Cagayan de Oro City. It is thirty-two kilometers away from Davao City and 28 kilometers from Tagum City. It is also 45 minute ride from Davao and 30 minutes from Tagum City. Long before the rich lowland was discovered by civilization, a group of stocky-haired aborigines called Aetas have already staked a claim and declared this place their own. Far from being civilized, these aetas led a nomadic life and co-existed with the living creatures of the wild. Continue reading

The Mandaya Culture

MandayaConsisting of both the non-Christian and non-Islamic, the Mandaya (Mangwanga, Mangrangan, Managosan, Magosan, Pagsupan, Divavaonon, Dibabaon, Mansaka) are found throughout Davao Oriental and Davao del Norte, Mindanao. Their name denotes the “first people upstream” and derived from man “first” and daya “upstream or upper portion of a river”. They are shifting cultivators who depend largely on swidden farming (slash-and-burn) and supplement it with fishing, hunting-gathering, and planting of abaca as a cash crop. The Mandaya family structure is traditionally paternalistic with the father seen as the head of the family and the sole provider of the family. The mother, in turn, takes care of all household chores, while Continue reading

Tagum, Davao del Norte

Tagum City Davao del NorteTagum City, the capital city of Davao del Norte province is strategically located at the Northern portion of Southern Mindanao. It serves as a vital economic crossroads for the entire Davao Region. Tagum City was officially created into a component city on March 7, 1998. Situated 55 kilometers north of Davao City it is one of the fastest growing cities in Region XI. It has a total land area og 19,580 hectares. In a study conducted by the Asian Institute of Management Tagum was ranked among the 20 most viable component cities to do business in the country. Continue reading

Durian Festival in Tagum

Durian FruitThe Durian Festival is celebrated during the month of August or September (depending on which month the controversial but exotic fruit is in season) in Tagum City, Davao del Norte. This is a month-long celebration showcasing the delectable durian produced by beneficiaries of the government-initiated “plant now–pay later” program and other durian growers of the city. One of the highlights is the interschool and professional culinary competitions that feature durian as the main component – from cakes, pastries, and bread to coffee, cocktails and mocktails. The festival features events and competitions such as the Food Basket in the 23 barangays of the city, durian kakanin, chef’s relay, coffee blending, Continue reading

Binuhat Festival in Tagum

Binuhat Festival TagumAside from celebrating the abundance of music and fruitful resources, the people of Tagum, Davao del Norte, also widely celebrates the existence and equality of its people. This is why the local government of Tagum initiated Binuhat Festival, which vernacularly means the Festival of Creation. Binuhat Festival is the biggest as well as the longest-running festival dedicated to the Tagumeño gay community. A lot of activities such as sports events, cheer dance competitions, games, and beauty pageants can be witnessed in this colorful event. Also, the creativeness of the gay Tagumeños can be evidently seen as they Continue reading

Davao del Norte Province

Davao del Norte ProvinceDavao del Norte was once known simply as Davao, and is a province located in the Davao Region in Mindanao. Its capital is Tagum City. It borders the province of Agusan del Sur to the north, Bukidnon to the west, Compostela Valley to the east, and the city of Davao to the south.

Touted as the Davao region’s Agriculture, Culture and Ecology (ACE) Tourism Destination, the province holds the distinction of having vast expanse of banana plantations in the region. Blessed with rich fertile land and other natural resources and the fact that it is located in Continue reading

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 Continue reading

Samal Island in Davao

Camp Holiday Resort Recreation Area SamalThe island garden city of Samal is a small island off the coast of Davao del Norte province. Situated within the coast of the Davao Gulf, take your pick from nearly 70 resorts around the island, with accommodations ranging from modest to extravagant. All offer easy access to white sand beaches and clear aquamarine waters. Continue reading