WHERE TO FIND THE SIX NATIONAL HISTORICAL SITES IN DAVAO REGION

Don’t you know that are only six National Historical Markers installed by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines in Davao Region? These are buildings, monuments and special location that have historical significance not only in the region but the country as a whole.

DAVAO CITY NATIONAL HISTORICAL SITE

FOUR OF THE SIX NATIONAL HISTORICAL SITES IN DAVAO REGION

DAVAO PENAL COLONY
Panabo City
Inscribed with National Historical Marker in 1956

The Davao Penal Colony is the first penal settlement founded and organized under Filipino administration. The settlement, which originally had an area of approximately 30,000 hectares in the districts of Panabo and Tagum, Davao del Norte, was formally established on January 21, 1932.

Davao Penal Colony

Davao Penal Colony | Photo by: Prison Watch

On December 20, 1941, the Japanese Imperial Forces attacked Davao and the colony was among the establishments taken over by the invading army. It was the biggest prison establishment in the country which was used by the Japanese invading army as their imperial garrison during World War II. After the liberation of the Philippines, a great deal of rebuilding and repair of the Davao Penal Colony had to be done because the war had almost completely destroyed the colony.

In 1956, Davao Penal Colony was the first historical site annotated by the National Historical Comminission of the Philippines as National Cultural Property inscribed with a national historical marker.

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PORT SANTA ANA
Santa Ana Avenue, Davao City
Inscribed with National Historical Marker in 2003

PORT STA. ANA DAVAO CITY

Port Santa Ana served as the main Port in Davao in the early 1900’s

Port Santa Ana now called Sta. Ana Wharf served as the main Port in Davao in the early 1900’s. It where the first wave of Japanese workers landed and served as agricultural workers spread in the different parts of the undivided Davao Province. These Japanese workers were instrumental in bringing about the development of Abaca industry not only in Davao City but the whole Davao Region.

PORT STA. ANA DAVAO CITY

Port Sta. Ana today

PORT STA. ANA DAVAO CITY

Port Sta. Ana now handles mainly domestic and passenger vessels plying Davao City-Samal-Talikud Island routes

When the new and bigger Sasa Wharf was opened, shipping activities in Santa Ana Wharf slowly diminished especially when all bigger passenger and cargo ships started utilizing the main Sasa Wharf. Today It handles mainly domestic and passenger vessels plying Davao City-Samal-Talikud Island routes.

PORT STA. ANA MAGSAYSAY PARK DAVAO CITY

The NHCP inscribed marker is located inside Magsaysay PArk which used to be part of Port Sta. Ana.

Port Sta. Ana Pier is located within Davao Chinatown along Magsaysday Street. The National Historical Marker is located inside Magsaysay Park. The park used to be part of the huge Santa Ana Port.

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THE MONUMENT OF OHTA KYOZABURU
Mintal, Davao City
Inscribed with National Historical Marker in 2003

MONUMENT OF OHTA KYOZABURUOhta Kyuzaburu was a Japanese merchant from Kobe, Japan who came to the Philippines in the early 1900s to arrange for the importation of the job-seeking Japanese laborers and to act as the labor contractor for the labor-seeking abaca plantation owners. These Japanese laborers were imported into Davao in 1904-1905. Ohta permanently settled in Davao and established Ohta Development Company, the first abaca company by the Japanese in the Philippines. Ohta Kyuzaburu along with his compatriots were instrumental in bringing about the agricultural and economic development in the Davao Province.

MONUMENT OF OHTA KYOZABURU - MINTAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

The Monument of Ohta Kyozaburu with the National Historical Marker is located in Mintal Elementary School.

After his death, an obelisk was built in 1926 to honor Ohta Kyozaburo’s greatest contribution to Davao Province. An inscription read “KS Ohta, who believed in Davao and helped I grow”. Mintal which became the settlement and trade center of Japanese in the early 1900’s was said to be the Little Tokyo in the Philippines.

MONUMENT OF OHTA KYOZABURU - DAVAO CITYThe Monument of Ohta Kyozaburu with the National Historical Marker is located in Mintal Elementary School.

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CITY HALL OF DAVAO CITY
San Pedro Street, Davao City
Inscribed with National Historical Marker in 2012

CITY HALL OF DAVAO CITY

CITY HALL OF DAVAO CITY was built in 1926, 10 years before Davao became a Chartered City

The structure of the City Hall of Davao first took form in 1926, ten years before Davao became a chartered City in 1936. It was built as Municipal Hall of Davao with the enterprise of Architect Valencia and Engineer Santiago Artiaga along with the Davao Jaycees. In 1945 during the Liberation of the Philippines from the Japanese Forces, the City Hall of Davao was destroyed. It took 2 years to reconstruct the building until it was completely rebuilt back to its original form in 1947.

CITY HALL OF DAVAO CITY

Taken during Davao Heritage Tour where The Teller Teller served as the Walking Tour Guide.

CITY HALL OF DAVAO CITY

Inside Davao City Hall is this painting depicting the making of DAVAO CITY.

The CITY HALL OF DAVAO CITY is located along San Pedro Street, the oldest commercial street of the City.

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CARAGA CHURCH
Poblacion, Caraga, Davao Oriental
Inscribed with National Historical Marker in 2012

San Salvador del Mundo Church - Caraga, Davao Oriental

This stone and wooden Caraga Church is built in 1877.

The San Salvador del Mundo Church is the parish church of Caraga, Davao Oriental. The town was established in 1861 making it one of the oldest towns in the province of Davao Oriental. When the Jesuits took charge of the spiritual administration of the town in 1871 from the Augustinian Recollects, a stone and wooden church was built in 1877 to serve as mission station of Spanish Missionaries in propagating Christianity in the eastern side of Mindanao. When it was completed in 1884, the church was dedicated to San Salvador del Mundo (Christ, the Saviour of the World).

San Salvador del Mundo Church - Caraga, Davao Oriental

Caraga Church’s wall made mostly of corals.

San Salvador del Mundo Church - Caraga, Davao Oriental

Caraga Church is the oldest church in the whole Davao Region.

In 2012, in time for the Caraga’s Parochial Fiesta, the San Salvador Del Mundo Church was declared a National Historic Site by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. The declaration was made 128 years after it was built in 1884, making it the first Church in Southern Mindanao declared a National Historical Site.

Untitled-1The San Salvador del Mundo Church of Caraga is situated in Caraga’s Poblacion.

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THE MONUMENT OF ANDRES BONIFACIO
Toril, Davao City

Inscribed with National Historical Marker in 2013

Bonifacio Monument in Davao City

Andres Bonifacio, the Father of Philippine Revolution

In celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of Philippine Revolution, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines turned over two bronze life-size monuments of Andres Bonifacio to the two most important cities in the country – one in Cebu City and another one in Davao City.

Bonifacio Monument in Davao City 2

The monument which was installed inside Toril Park in Toril, Davao City last December 4, 2013 as our country’s tribute to the Father of Philippine Revolution.

Andres Bonifacio founded and served as supreme leader of the Katipunan movement which sought the independence of the Philippines from the Spanish colonial rule. He was executed on May 10, 1897, along with his two brothers, in the mountains of Maragondon, Cavite. They were convicted of sedition and treason against the Aguinaldo government.

The essence of the installation of Bonifacio’s Monument outside of Manila is the nation’s tribute to Ka Andes who loved our country deeply and offered his life to build our nation. The monument which was installed inside Toril Park in Toril, Davao City last December 4, 2013 was unveiled by NHCP officials together with the Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and artist Juan Sajid Imao who made the statue.

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THERE YOU HAVE IT. The 6 National Historical Sites in Davao Region annotated by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. When you visit these places, find the marker and take a SELFIE. After all, these are National Cultural Properties of the Philippines.

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