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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.

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.

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.

75 places to check out in Davao City

BY Antonio L. Colina IV, Ruji Peter S. Abat

ASIDE from its admirable and friendly people, Davao City boasts of fine restaurants and nice places that can be visited. Most of them are located just at the heart of the city which makes travel to these places a lot easier for residents and guests alike.

Dencio’s sa Hilltop — What’s unique about this place is that while eating a sumptuous dinner of purely authentic Filipino dishes, the dancing lights at nighttime down the city seem to entertain the spectators. This restaurant is situated on top of the hill.

Beauties and their advocacies

BY Arianne Caryl N. Casas

THE celebration of Davao City’s founding anniversary will not be complete without choosing its muse.

This year’s Mutya ng Dabaw competition was held in partnership between the city through the Duaw Davao Festival Foundation and GMA Network, its strategic partner.