Posted by: Luciell's | August 10, 2009

Davao the richest city/

Do you believe that it is Davao was the richest city in whole Mindanao? And it is the fifth richest city in whole Philippines?

Posted by: Luciell's | August 7, 2009

Davao City “King City Of The South”

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Davao City –  is a sprawling metropolis of over a million people located in the Southeastern part of Mindanao. It is one of the largest cities in the world with a land area of 2,443.61 square kilometers.

It is a place blessed with natural advantages. The soil is very fertile and rich in minerals. The city has abundant source of potable water. Located in a typhoon-free zone, its tropical weather is characterized by even distribution of climatic elements all year round. Temperature ranges from 15 to 34˚C.

Strategically located in the Asia-Pacific rim, the city serves as a gateway to the world. It is a key player in the flourishing trading hub called the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area or BIMP-EAGA.

Davao City is in the southeastern part of Mindanao and is approximately 946 aerial kilometers from Manila.

On the west, the city’s boundary line cuts through the highest peak in the country, the inactive Mt. Apo at 3,142 meters above sea level. Cascading from the peak and going east down, one sees vast plains, unspoiled forests, fertile valleys, navigable rivers, the sprawling metropolis and world-class beaches facing the Davao gulf.

As 71 percent of the population resides in the urban area, its urban density is estimated roughly at 2,262 persons per square kilometer. Recent estimates place the population at around 1.4 million.

With predominantly migrant population, the city is a melting pot of cultures where diversities are appreciated and nurtured in a harmonious and peaceful environment. Major languages and dialects in the city are Filipino, Chinese, English and Cebuano.

The city has one of the highest literacy rates in Asia at 98.3%. Its labor force is cited as among the best in the region: educated, easily trainable, industrious, and English speaking.

As Mindanao’s center of commerce, trade, and services, the city’s modern infrastructures and world-class utilities provide viable support to economic activities.

Its urban center is home to quality residential and commercial units complete with modern facilities and amenities at very reasonable prices. Access is fast and easy to utilities such as power, water, landlines and mobile phones with IDD features, cable TV networks, and Internet service providers.

Considered by many as the de facto capital of Mindanao, the City’s strategic position provides accessibility and linkage to the 20 million market of Mindanao and the 51.4 million market of the East ASEAN Growth Area.

Davao is a place of perfect balance. It is fast-paced yet relaxed where the luxuries of cosmopolitan living complement the breathtaking beauty of the great outdoors.

Davao City is an investment haven, a place of perfect balance… where business and pleasure blend so well.

Davao City Map


Posted by: Luciell's | August 7, 2009

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Posted by: Luciell's | August 5, 2009

Zamboanga City “City of Flower”


Zamboanga City — on the tip of the peninsula that juts out of the bottom of Mindanao island in the southern Philippines — is a delightful combination of history, culture, scenic beauty and economic potential.

Image Zamboanga is 142 thousand hectares of sloping terrain rising from a surrounding shoreline of coral beaches to mineral-rich mountains in the center of the peninsula.

The town that is known as the City of Flowers boasts a profusion of colorful tropical blossoms, outstanding seascapes, cool highland retreats, verdant forests and magnificent underwater scenery.

Zamboanga takes some of its picturesque views from the rich and varied culture of its people.

Cruising the offshore waters on clear, breezy days are vintas, native outriggers with square sails of many designs and colors. Image

Houses on stilts, inhabited by people from tribes that used to call the sea their home, line the shores.

Cultural presentations depict traditional arts and dances, but the discos are also full of young people moving to the latest dance craze.

Zamboanga is one of the oldest cities in the Philippines. Originally inhabited by the Subanon tribe, it became a Spanish outpost in the 17th century.

The Spaniards built a stone fortress that stands to this day. Fort Pilar is a historical, cultural and religious icon. On its eastern wall is a shrine revered by Catholics all over the country.

Inside the refurbished fort is a national museum that houses cultural artifacts and a showcase of the natural wealth of the region. When the Americans took over the city at the turn of the century they made it the capital of the Moro Province, which covered the whole of Mindanao. The Americans built Pasonanca Park, the City Hall and the golf course in Calarian, which is reputed to be the first golf course in the Philippines.

The Second World War brought the Japanese, but the Japanese left little of themselves here. The Zamboanga people are known for their friendliness and cheerful disposition. The women are famous for their beauty.


Zamboanga, the ancient and beautiful City of Flowers that was founded in 1635, now acknowledged as Asia’s “only” Latin City, was once declared and existed as a sovereign republic within its territory of historic existence inside a revolutionary government popularly chosen by its Chavacano citizens.  It resulted from the chaos of war declared between the United States versus Spain and its territories, including its only Asian territory – The Philippines; then, the ensuing war between the Filipinos of Luzon against their former comrades of the conquering U.S. forces; followed thereafter by the battle between the Chavacanos of Zamboanga against their former allies of the ruling Spanish military, and then ultimately against the invading U.S. Army after the Zamboangueños defeated and evicted the ruling Spaniards (who lost and capitulated to the U.S. government in the Treaty of Paris).  Afterwards, Gen. Alvarez declared victory and their freedom from all foreign influence by creating their historic Republic of Zamboanga on May 18, 1899.

The Republic of Zamboanga’s declared sovereignty lasted from May 18, 1899 until November 16, 1899, wherein its revolutionary government and chosen President General Vicente Alvarez, who led the liberation of the Zamboangueños from the tenuous grip of the retreating Spanish military, along with his victorious military troops, exercised  de facto sovereignty over administrative functions and military control within their new country territory and was not subordinate or subject to any other government or authority in the country known as Las Islas Filipinas by its former Spanish rulers, that became The Philippines under its United States conquerors and administrators (which finally resulted as the Republic of The Philippines after its eventual  independence from all foreign intervention).  President Alvarez proclaimed his new Republic of Zamboanga had overarching rule over the entire island of Mindanao, Basilan and Sulu – effectively the entire southern Filipinas, amidst a tri-party war between the U.S., Spain, and the Philippine islands’ natives.  Although President Alvarez’s overarching claim was grandiose (similar in context to proclaimed Dictator/President Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo’s overarching non-de facto claim for the Islands of Luzon and Visayas as the Dictatorial Government of the Philippine Revolutionary Government on June 23, 1898), his more realistic sovereignty was over the existing premises of ancient Zamboanga, which can be estimated to be about the same size as present day Zamboanga City is.  Nevertheless, President Alvarez and his troops, along with the redeemed Zamboangueños, became the only citizens of the Filipinas who had complete sovereignty over their de facto jurisdiction, a feat no other Filipinos ever attained during this war, not even his northern cohort, Luzon’s revolutionary Dictator/President, and General, Emilio Aguinaldo.  That is a sad fact in Philippine history and we aim to correct that misrepresentation herein.  Zamboanga was the first sovereign “Filipino” republic ever created in Philippine history.

Posted by: Luciell's | July 31, 2009

Cagayan de Oro City “The Golden City Of Friendship”


Cagayan City is a province of the Philippines in the Cagayan Valley region in Luzon. Its capital is Tuguegarao City and is located at the northeastern corner of the island of Luzon. Cagayan also includes the Babuyan Islands to the north. The province borders Ilocos Norte and Apayao to the west, and Kalinga and Isabela to the south. Cagayan province is distinct from the city in Mindanao named Cagayan de Oro, and should not be confused.


In 1622, when the first Spanish Missionaries arrived, the people of Cagayan had tributary relation to Kudarat, the Muslim Sultan of Maguindanao Empire. Yet the people had not fully embraced Islam. With the encouragement of Friar Agustin, the local natives finally settled down in the area what is now Saint Augustine Cathedral and Gaston Park.

On February 27, 1872, the Spanish Governor General issued a decree declaring Cagayan the permanent capital of Segundo Distrito de Misamis. All Spanish politico-military Governors of Misamis Province, who were all Lieutenant Colonels, lived at the Casa Real de Cagayan (now the City Hall). During this era, the town was known as Cagayan de Misamis.

After the 1898 Treaty of Paris, Spain ceded the Philippines to the United States. In 1899, conflict between the Filipino Government led by General Emilio Aguinaldo and the American colonizers erupted with the Philippine-American WarExternal site(Philippine Insurrection).

On March 31, 1900, the Americans invaded Cagayan de Misamis. Resistance fighters had already organized before the attack, but only retaliated only on April 7, 1900, led by General Nicolas Capistrano. The fighting erupted in the town center. This was followed by the Battle of Agusan Hill, led by Captain Vicente Roa, who was killed with his men.

Monument of Andres BonifacioAfter years of resistance, the Americans finally colonized the town. Decades of peace and progress ensued. This however was broken when World War II erupted. In 1942, the Japanese detachment from Iloilo sailed to Cagayan and burned most of the town leaving few important buildings. In 1945, Cagayan was liberated by the Americans but suffered heavy bombardment.

After the war, the town started rebuilding. Through the efforts of Congressman Emmanuel Pelaez,External sitethe town of Cagayan de Misamis became a city on June 15. 1950. The town name was changed to Cagayan de Oro. Congressman Pelaez appended “de oro” to Cagayan in recognition of gold mining activities in the hinterland barrios known to Spanish explorers.

Posted by: Luciell's | July 31, 2009

Iligan City – Land Of Majestic Waterfalls


Best describe as the “City of Majestic Waterfalls,” as Iligan is being described, does not plummet to the depths of the earth but empowers the industries it houses to keep the nation moving. It is not only known for its rich natural resources, the likes of Maria Cristina Falls that has become a major source of power, but it is also the home of nationally acclaimed artists, poets, cultural workers, and writers, and geographically, is a cross road of the cultural mix of the Maranaos of Lanao del Sur, Higaonons of Bukidnon, and the dominantly Christian settlers and migrants from the Visayas and other places of Mindanao.


Pedro Manook, a protégé of Legaspi, with his men from the already Christianized Dapitan in Zamboanga, intended to seize the settlement. Manook and his men were remarkable fighters and in no time subdued the settlement. Those who refused subjugation, especially the Maranaos, took to the hills. This marked the establishment of the first Christian settlement in the fabled land of the Maranaos, with the “iligan” or “ilihan” as the springboard of the initials efforts to Christianize Lanao.

The year suggested was 1557 or 1609, reckoning from the year the Recollects, the first of the Missionaries that came, were assigned to Iligan. The Jesuits followed in 1939.

After the demise of Manook, his son-in-law Gonzalo Maglinte and grandson Pedro Cabilin, whose mother was supposed to be the legendary Maria Uray, carried on with his zeal and courage. Their tenacity withstood the onslaught of the Muslim natives to regain the lost settlement. Iligan in the ear became the staging points of the long and futile efforts of the Spanish Commander Francisco de Atienza and Fray A. Agustin de San Pedro of the “El Padre Capitan” to Christianize and colonize Lanao.

The futility of their efforts and the abandonment of Dansalan as a Spanish fort strengthened the position of Iligan as a Christian bastion which accounts for its pre-dominantly Christian population up to the present.

After the defeat of the Spaniards in the hands of the Americans, a certain Captain Smith came to Iligan in 1900 with a flotilla of war ships to assert American might and authority. The coming of the Americans ushered in the era of closer Christian–Muslim relationships under an atmosphere of tolerance and co-existence. It calmed resistance to duly constituted authorities as well as hostilities among Filipino brothers whom at the time were divided by different ideological and religious persuasions in the area. Westernization started to be felt.

The Japanese forces occupied Iligan on May 25, 1942 until October 4, 1944 when they finally moved out in the wake of the advancing liberation forces.

All through these years the “iligan” was not only the humble coastal trading settlement, the “ilihan” that was the safeplace from marauders, the springboard of the initial efforts to Christianize and colonize Lanao, the home of the Christian-Maranao and multi-ethnical prototype with its own breed of brave and outstanding sons and daughters, but the gateway to the fabled land of the Maranaos.

Iligan City Map


Posted by: Luciell's | July 27, 2009

Pagadian City “Little HongKong In The South”


PAGADIAN CITY is the capital city in the province of Zamboanga Del Sur, Philippines and the regional center of the Zamboanga Peninsula. It is known as the “Little Hong Kong of the South”.


The first inhabitants of the city are the Subanon tribe along its riverbanks and eventually, Muslims settled the coastal areas which is now the communities of Muricay, Tawagan Sur and was named “Talpokan” meaning a place with abundant springs.

The city name was said to derive from “Pangadye-an” meaning a place to be prayed for since a large number of settlers at that time died of malaria. Another version of the name says that a group of people arrived at an unknown place of the Zamboanga and was able to reach the royal place of Datu Macaumbang where natives met them. The visitors asked the natives about the name of the place; however, they were also looking at a flock of birds then and said “Gagadian”. The natives thought the strangers were asking them about the name of the birds, thus they also responded “Gagadian”.

Pagadian is first known as a Sitio of Margosatubig. However, the municipal of Labangan, Pagadian was created and the sitio became one its barrios. Then in 1934, Director Teofisto Guingona, Sr. was commissioned to find out the possibility of transferring the seat of government of the Labangan municipality to another place. A Conference was called together with the Datus and the proposed transfer of Labangan Government to Pagadian was largely opposed by the Christian group. Later on the designated committee led by Datu Balimbingan and with the consent of Datu Macaumbang surveyed the western part of “PAGADIAN” and found “TOLPOKAN” as the final place for the transfer of Labangan Government. At the same time, Datu Macaumbang donated two hundred sixty hectares of land to Christians who were willing to transfer to Pagadian. With this recommendation on March 23, 1937 by virtue of Executive Order no. 77 of the late President Manuel L. Quezon created the Pagadian municipality.

Then on June 6, 1952 by virtue of Republic Act No. 711, Zamboanga was divided into into two provinces: Zamboanga Del Sur and Zamboanga Del Norte. It was on September 17, 1952 when the Province of Zamboanga del Sur was formally approved and Pagadian became its capital town. Pagadian became a chartered city on June 21, 1969 by virtue of Republic Act No. 5478.

Pagadian City Map