Next to Davao City, my second most loved, most frequented city in the Philippines is the City of Tagum. In fact, I cannot count how many times I’ve visited this once a quaint town since my first visit many years back. Back then, I considered Tagum plainly as a bus stop but today it has transformed from a rustic town into a very competitive and progressive city in the country.
The City of Tagum is the provincial capital of the Province of Davao Del Norte and one of the six cities in the whole Davao Region. It is the intersection of the three major road network systems namely; the Maharlika Highway, the Davao-Mati Road and the Davao-Agusan Road which connect the city to other major destinations in the region and in the entire Mindanao.
Being an hour away from Davao City, Tagum always comes to mind whenever I have the itch for an instant road trip and an unplanned weekend getaway. Its proximity and accessibility to Davao City makes every trip to the City of Tagum more fun and easy. More than its proximity to where I live, there are many reasons why I keep coming back to the City of Tagum.
When City of Tagum was officially created into a component city thirteen years ago, many brands had been associated to it. With the innovative local governance of the dynamic City Mayor Rey T. Uy, the City of Tagum has morphed from a struggling town to what it is today – a fastest growing city in the Philippines bagging different awards and citations here and abroad.
For one, the City of Tagum is crowned as the premier Palm City of the Philippines. The City’s Palm Tree Planting Project along the city’s National Highway and major thoroughfares had drawn the attention and appreciation of those who pass by the city. The grown healthy palm trees beautifully and strategically added aesthetic value to the roads of City. Today, the City continues to propagate such pro-environment project.
Another term coined to describe the City of Tagum is being the Music Capital of Mindanao. Tagumeños are known for their love and passion for music as displayed on the different music festivals and musical events that City celebrates each year. Some of the best singers in the country today hail from the city. The city’s annual Musikahan sa Tagum Festival becomes the most sought-after event in the Davao Region as it congregates the best musical artists and enthusiasts from the different parts of the country and the world to celebrate the world’s universal language, the Music.
Not known to many, the City of Tagum is also called as the City of Parks. It boasts of various parks and plazas that pave the way to create and entice micro business enterprises among the constituents of the City. Among those parks I personally visited were the Freedom Park, the Rotary Park and Recreation Center, the Energy Park, the Mangrove Park and the Public Cemetery Park.
And finally, with its 14 Colorful Festivals and Vibrant Events, the City of Tagum is branded as the Home of Festivals in Mindanao. These 14 festivals are celebrated on the different months of the year giving the Tagumeños something to look forward to every month. Tagumeños come out of their homes and flock to these festival venues to celebrate their various colorful fiestas and celebrations depicting their lives and culture as One Tagumeños.
More than the Palm Trees, Music, Parks and Festivals, the City of Tagum is one destination teeming with eco-adventure sites and manmade tourist spots worth beholding and experiencing. Having gone to these places, I came to realize that the City of Tagum can be an addition to Philippine’s bucket list must-discover destinations. It is a city of hidden allures.
With all these things that make the city interestingly inviting, I will never have the reason why not come back to the City of Tagum more often. The 14 festivals alone celebrated in the different months of the year is enough reason to celebrate life with the Tagumeños. More than a sprawling capital, it is a city with so many hidden allures! THOSE ARE THE REASONS WHY I KEEP COMING BACK TO THE CITY OF TAGUM.
HOW TO GET TO THE CITY OF TAGUM:
From Davao City, one may take either public utility buses or L300 vans to reach the City of Tagum. Public utility buses coming from Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) in Ecoland travel to the City of Tagum 24/7 with base fare of Php 108.00. On the other hand, L300 Vans Terminal is located at Gaisano Mall of Davao in Bajada, Davao City.
FOR TOURIST ASSISTANCE:
Tagum City Tourism Office – City of Tagum Tourism Council
Beach Volleydome, Rotary Park, Pioneer Avenue, Tagum City
(084) 370-1424 | (084) 218-4727 | (0923) 719-5111