Agro trade fair

Purisima Zimmerman, grandmother of Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, Watches over her booth, where ornamental plants are being sold, at Agro Trade Fair at SM City. The month-long fair is one of the highlights of the 75th Araw ng Davao celebration. (Seth delos Reyes) More »

Duaw Dabaw

Lisette Marquez of Duaw Dabaw Foundation discusses the event highlights of the upcoming 75th Araw ng Dabaw celebration slated next month. With Marquez during Thursday I-Speak forum held at the conference room of City Hall is Orly Escarilla of Museo Dabawenyo. (King Rodriguez) More »

City mascots

Three of the five mascots which will be used in promoting Davao City were presented to the media during the I-Speak Forum at the City Hall yesterday. (Seth delos Reyes) More »

Top Five

DAVAO. The five finalists for the Mutya ng Dabaw were chosen during Tuesday’s pre-pageant and talent night held at the SM Event Centre. The ladies will hold the distinction of being the title-holder and runners-up of the 75th Araw ng Dabaw. (King Rodriguez) More »


From around the world, people join Araw celeb

DABAWENYOS from different parts of the world took part in the celebration of the 75th Araw ng Dabaw last March 14-16 via the live streaming of events on the Sun.Star website.

Streamed over and its micro site,, were the Mutya ng Dabaw pageant, Sayawan sa Dan, Datu Bago Awards and, the highlight of the Charter Day celebration, the Parada Dabawenyo.

The live streaming resulted in an increase in the number of visits to the Sun.Star Davao website at and a rise in new visits by Dabawenyos formerly not aware of the local information provided by the site, said Mildred Galarpe of the Sun.Star Network Exchange (Sunnex) that runs Sun.Star’s online and mobile products.

3 Dabawenyas are Datu Bago 2012 awardees

The Davao City Government in its 75th Araw ng Dabaw celebration conferred the Datu Bago award to an entrepreneur and two educators for their outstanding service that has contributed to the growth and development of the city.

The three awardees were cited for having served as a model of excellence and an inspiration to the Dabawenyos and for demonstrating exemplary competence and dedication to help achieve city’s development.

Uncovering city's rich history

TRYING to uncover Davao City’s history thru research and visits to its three museums comes at this time when this southern city is marking its 75th Foundation Anniversary from March 1 to 31. A month-long celebration of “Araw Ng Dabaw” is expected to bring thousands of visitors, tourists, transients and travelers to the city.

History buffs, who still can’t figure out whether or not Davao has really a rich history worth talking about, will be surprised at the wealth of materials found among the long-ignored passages of Davao history books and other historic references.

New Mutya cites experience in beauty tilts as her edge

BY Arianne Caryl N. Casas

THE newly crowned Mutya ng Dabaw 2012 said Wednesday joining other beauty pageants in the city was her edge among other candidates.

The 21-year-old Marianne Mae Te or Yannie, a Bachelor of Arts in Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) graduate of Philippine Women’s College (PWC), was crowned as this year’s Araw ng Dabaw muse at the Davao City Recreation Center on Wednesday night.

21-year-old chef is Mutya ng Dabaw 2012

A 21-year-old print model who dreams of having her own restaurant and hotel was crowned as Mutya ng Dabaw 2012 Wednesday night.

Marianne Mae Te or Yannie, who was an early crowd favorite, bested four other candidates to bag the crown. She is an AB Hotel and Restaurant Management graduate of the Philippine Women’s College.

The city's top icons

ONE of the aspects that contribute to the development of a country or a city for that matter are the people behind its development and those who contribute to its continuous growth.

Davao City has attained the glory that it experiences because of those individuals who strive in their own fields by honoring the city through their selfless and excellence contribution.

Conquering Asia, seeing the World

BY Marianne L. Saberon-Abalayan

HAPPY Diamond Anniversary, Davao City!

The past 75 years have truly been a colorful one in the field of sports. Many of us may not have been born in the early years since the old Davao Province split to its current set-up but the marks left by sports heroes of the past are here to stay.

75 things to do in Davao

BY Ivy C. Tejano

DAVAO City, the largest and a highly urbanized metropolis in the Philippines, is filled with natural resources, a safe haven in Mindanao, and a melting pot for all culture that despite the differences among its people, they live together in peace and harmony.

Mar John Lu, a Filipino-Chinese young professional in Manila, said without a doubt, life is in Davao due to its abundant natural resources and beautiful surroundings. He said the city cannot be compared to other cities especially when it comes to the governance.