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2014 Datu Bago Awardees T

he Datu Bago Awards Organization through its chairman, Dr. Guillermo P. Torres, Jr., with the concurrence of Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte, announced that this year’s Datu Bago Awardees are the late Mayor Elias B. Lopez (posthumous) and Dr. Perfecto A. Alibin. The late Mayor Elias B. Lopez is especially recognized for his legacy of institutionalizing the Datu Bago Awards, an annual tradition of the city in giving due recognition to outstanding Dabawenyos who lived to serve the city and people of Davao through their various contributions, thereby helping in the growth and development of the city. Furthermore, the late Elias Lopez also institutionalized the Davao City Hymn “Tayo ay Dabawenyo”, and the annual celebration of the “Araw ng Dabaw”. He was also responsible for unifying the different tribes (indigenous people or the Lumads) and giving them due importance by creating the festival of festivals, the “Kadayawan” (the precursor of “Apo Duwaling”), showcasing the rich and colourful culture of the various tribes of Davao.

The late Lopez is the pride of the Bagobo tribe, having attained the highest honor of being City Mayor, Vice Mayor, Councilor and Congressman, whose public life was marked with outstanding public service. Dr. Perfecto A. Alibin is the incumbent President of the University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) whose contribution to the field of education has placed Davao City in the map of the academic world. From a simple teacher, he rose from the ranks, from becoming a Dean, Director, researcher, consultant, Vice President, to President. He has raised the standard of education of USeP, and for that he has received various awards here and abroad. The Datu Bago Awards Night and Mayor’s Appreciation Night will be held on March 15, 2014 at the Royal Mandaya Hotel Ballroom.

Mutya ng Davao 2014 F

rom over a hundred aspirants to thirty, and finally, fifteen beautiful ladies are going to vie for this year’s Mutya ng Davao, the search for the city’s Ambassadress of Goodwill and one of the highlights of the 77th Araw ng Davao celebration. The remaining hopefuls will compete for the title in the Grand Coronation Night on March 14 at the Davao City Recreation Center. This year’s pageant format is different, as traditionally, the coronation night has only five finalists. Mary Joyce Villanueva, Jowielle Dawn Dogma, Jeanyvi Cahambing, Franchesca Enriquez, Angelie Villa, Mikaela Datuin, Marie Ernestine Torro, Christian Patria Acosta, Paola Patricia Hernandez, Jessa Trillanes, Kristine Joy Agcopra, Maria Izabelle Lainez, Christian Gioann Yurag, Lovely Liana Clapis, and Precious Gladys Condez are the top 15, out of 30 candidates, who made it to the finals. As candidates have their own respective advocacies and realizations, which aims for the betterment of the city and the people, the search is more than of a beauty pageant. According to the late Mayor Elias Lopez, the concept of Mutya is not a beauty contest. It is our search for the symbol of our hopes and aspirations as Dabawenyos represented by the beauty and character of our ideal woman. The focus is not just on the woman, but more so on what the woman represents.

Davao: Then and Now Exhibition


he “Davao: Then and Now” of Museo Dabawenyo is an exhibition of popular Davao landmarks in pictures and exhibition notes. It narrates segments of Davao history through pictures focused on selected landmarks, on how they looked before and how they look now, and substantiated by exhibit notes citing the relevance of these landmarks in the history of Davao. Aside from the landmarks featuring its old and new images, photographs of important historical events and miniature busts of important people are also included in the exhibition. This is to give the Davaoeños and guests of the city a glimpse of the dynamic and colorful history of the city. The exhibit will run from March 11 to 16, 2014 at the Upper Ground Level of SM Lanang Premier.

Parada Dabawenyo


ssets of the Armed Forces, the Philippine National Police and Davao Central 911 will be showcased during this year’s Parada Dabawenyo – a civic military parade and one of highlights of the celebration of the 77th Araw ng Davao. Public Safety and Security Command Center Chief Francisco Villaroman said, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte wants the participation of the military, police and the Central 911 during the parade to showcase their capabilities in maintaining peace and law and order in the city. Villaroman said, their presence will also make the parade colorful, adding that this is also being practiced by other countries like China and the USA. According to Reynan Librado, organizer of Parada Dabawenyo, there are almost 200 participants who will be joining the parade, composed of contingents from the local and national government agencies, NGOs, schools and universities, barangay units and private companies. The route for this year’s parade will start from Ramon Magsaysay Avenue to CM Recto Street, Bonifacio Street, to Legaspi Street, all the way to San Pedro Street, and will exit to Quimpo Boulevard. Parada Dabawenyo will be on March 16, Sunday and will start at 7:00 am until 12:00 noon.

Hulagway sa Araw ng Davao: Tayo’y Dabawenyo


As part of its Hulagway Photo Contest Series, the City Information Office is launching Hulagway sa Araw ng Davao 2014: Tayo’y Dabawenyo Photo Contest. The competition requires the participants to visually interpret a phrase or phrases from the official hymn of Davao City, Tayo’y Dabawenyo, in a photo. The contest is open to any interested photographer, whether professional or hobbyist. All photo entries should have been taken from March 3 to March 16, 2014. Participants may submit 2 entries on or before March 17, 2014, 5:00pm at the City Information Office. All entries will be judged by a distinguished panel according to the following criteria: Composition (30%), Relevance to the Theme (30%), Creativity (20%) and Originality (20%). There will be 20 final entries. 1st Place will receive P15,000; 2nd Place P10,000; 3rd Place P5,000. There will be 17 runners-up who will each receive P1,500 and a People’s Choice Award with a prize of P3,000. For more information, kindly contact the City Information Office at 2272500.

Message from the Mayor As we celebrate the 77th Anniversary of the city, let us continue to look after our fellow Dabawenyos and maintain the peace and stability that we have been enjoying. Let us recognize all those who unrelentingly strive in making Davao City progressive and peaceful. The road to peace and stability have been difficult but as a united city, we have made successful steps, however small they are, towards achieving that lasting peace not only because of a strong political will but also because of an empowered people. I encourage all Dabawenyos to take part in and enjoy all the festivities that the City Government and our private sector partners have organized. Happy 77th Araw ng Davao! Daghang salamat! Mabuhay tang tanan!


Message from the Vice Mayor Once again, Davao City is celebrating its 77th Araw ng Davao – a vibrant feast which we celebrate to commemorate the Davaoeños’ oneness, the founding of our most beloved city. I feel honored, blessed, and very proud to see our beloved city soar high not only in our country but also in the international scene to be one of the most livable cities in the world. We need to continuously appreciate and embrace our city’s strength. Our diversity which unites us Davaoeños is also essential for the sustainability, stability and prosperity of our beloved city. To my fellow Davaoeños, I believe that we all have a duty to promote our city, kay kita magpabilin nga Davaoeño sa panghunahuna ug kasing-kasing bisan kinsa, unsa, ug asa ka man. May I take this opportunity to sincerely thank all the organizing committees of Araw ng Davao for their vision and hard work to make this event a great celebration. To that I say, Madayaw Davao!



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Araw ng Davao 2014  

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