Get to know, DAVAO CITY!


1. DAVAO CITY, 2ND LARGEST CITY IN THE WORLD IN TERMS LAND AREA. It has a massive total land area of 244,000 hectares. It covers approximately 8% of the entire Region XI (Davao). Undoubtedly, Davao City is the Philippines’ largest. It is 7x the size of the entire Metro Cebu and 3x the size of the entire Metro Manila.

2. DAVAO, HOME OF THE COUNTRY’S HIGHEST PEAK – MT. APO. It is considered as the country’s highest mountain peak with an elevation of around 10,311 feet or 3,144 meters above sea level. In 1936, Mount Apo was declared as a National Park and has since then a favourite hiking and climbing destination for both local and foreign mountaineers. It is also the site of the annual International Mt. Apo Boulder Face Challenge.

3. DAVAO CITY, HOME OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST CHINATOWN DISTRICT. It is officially, the only Chinatown in Mindanao, 2nd in the Philippines and the largest Chinatown in the world. It has a massive land area of approx. 44 hectares, covers 4 barangays and encompasses the major roads of Ramon Magsaysay Ave., Monteverde Ave., Sta. Ana Ave., and Leon Garcia Street. Chinatown is gated by 3 Chinese Archways inspired by the 400-year-old architecture of Yuan Garden in China. It is the only Chinatown with its own seaport, Davao’s Sasa Wharf.

4. DAVAO CENTRAL 911 – THE ONLY 911 IN ASIA. Patterned after the Integrated Emergency Response System (ERS) in the United States and Canada, Davao’s Central 911 is a highly modernized, fully integrated, and computerized response system in the country linking the people of Davao City to the emergency resources of the government. It is the 3rd 911 ERS in the World and the most advanced technology in the Philippines.

5. DAVAO’S PUBLIC SAFETY COMMAND CENTRE. The PSCC is the Philippines’ first ever Traffic Monitoring Centre equipped with the most advanced and state-of-the-art traffic monitoring facilities patterned after the one in Los Angeles, California. It acts as the nerve centre equipped with the Weather Monitoring and Flood Alert System and it coordinates with the different government agencies: Davao City Police Office, Davao Traffic Management, City Health and Social Office, Central 911, Bureau of Fire Protection, Davao City Disaster Coordinating Council, Office of the Civil Defense, and the Regional Disasters Coordinating Council.

6. DAVAO CITY, MINDANAO’S DE FACTO CAPITAL. As the Centre of Mindanao’s trade and finance., Davao boosts of local and foreign banking and investment institutions in the Philippines.

7. DAVAO, A BILLIONAIRE CITY. Davao City consistently remains in the top 5 billionaire cities of the Philippines after Quezon City, Makati City, Manila City, and Pasig City. Undoubtedly, it remains one of the richest city outside Metro Manila.

8. DAVAO, HOME OF THE MAJESTIC PHILIPPINE EAGLE. The Philippines’ monkey-eagle is the Country’s National Bird and is one of the largest and most powerful eagles in the World. Unfortunately, they are considered as critically endangered species and are now protected by the Only Philippine Eagle reserve in the Philippines, the Philippine Eagle Research and Nature Center (or also known as The Philippine Eagle Center) in Davao City.

9. DAVAO, HOME OF THE QUEEN OF PHILIPPINE FLOWERS – WALING WALING. Dubbed the “Queen of Philippine flowers,” Waling-waling (Euanthe sanderiana) of the orchid family is admired alongside the Sampaguita (Jasminum sambac). The Philippine Congress has also approved House Bill 5655 naming Waling-Waling as the Philippines’ Second National Flower. Davao is widely known as the Orchid Capital of the Philippines.

10. DAVAO, HOME OF THE KING OF EXOTIC FRUITS – DURIAN. As the only city in the Philippines capable of growing and harvesting a bountiful amount of Durian all year round, the “King of Fruits” is indeed, Davao’s pride. Davao is widely known as the Durian Capital of the Philippines.

11. DAVAO, THE FRUIT BASKET OF THE PHILIPPINES. Davao is famous and is considered one of the world’s leading producers and exporters of durian, pomelo, papaya, mangosteen, “Rambutan”, “Marang”, and many more. It is one of the world’s largest exporters of Cavendish Bananas and Pineapple. Undoubtedly, it is the Fruit Basket of the Philippines and a major agricultural player in the Asia Pacific.

12. DAVAO, SOURCE OF THE WORLD’S 2ND MOST POTABLE WATER. The World Health Organization (WHO) named Davao’s natural water as the 2nd most potable in the world next to the water source in New Zealand.

13. DAVAO CITY, BIRTHPLACE AND GATEWAY OF THE BIMP-EAGA. In 1994, government representatives and businessmen from the Philippines, Brunei, Manado, North Sulawesi of Indonesia, and Sabah for Malaysia have gathered together in Davao City for the biggest historical convention ever held in the region and formally established the newest trading bloc and emerging polygon of power in Asia, the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Philippines-Malaysia East ASEAN Growth Area or the BIMP-EAGA.

14. SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES MEDICAL CENTRE. With a bed capacity of around 1,500, SPMC is considered the largest government-run hospital in Mindanao and one of the largest in the Philippines. It is also one of the most modern public hospital being linked to the 911 emergency response system of Davao. SPMC is also home of Mindanao’s Heart Centre, among others.

15. DAVAO, HOST OF THE VISIT DAVAO FUN SALE. Visit Davao Fun Sale is the Philippines’ longest and grandest city-wide sale and adventure fun sale from March to May of every year. Similar to the Great Singapore Sales, Davao’s tourism agencies as well as private entities from airlines, malls, hotels and resorts, shopping and dining spots, and even adventure parks, gather up for this event.

16. DAVAO, HOME OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST COLONY OF FRUIT BATS. The Monfort Bat Cave in Samal Island was recognized by Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s largest colony of Geoffrey’s Rousette Fruit Bats or Rousetteus amplexicaudatus. The said cave has five openings with an estimated bat population of 1.8 million, and growing.

17. DAVAO, HOME OF THE LARGEST PYGMY FOREST IN THE PHILIPPINES. The Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary in San Isidro, Davao Oriental is officially the Philippines’ sixth world heritage site as inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage. The century-old mossy pygmy “bonsai” forest occupies around 225 hectares of the sanctuary, where century-old bonsai trees have an average height of only 1.4 meters with trunks measuring a diameter of an average of 8 centimeters. Undoubtedly, it is one of the largest pygmy forests in the world.

18. DAVAO, HOME OF MINDANAO’S ONLY BONE MUSEUM. D’Bone Collector Museum is the only bone museum in Mindanao and is one of the largest in the Philippines. It houses massive bone collections of animals like huge sperm whales, sharks, and over 200 well-preserved skeletons of various animal species from different environments such as the plains, shallow seas and reefs, tropical rainforests, lowlands, and arid regions from around the world. Darrell Blatchley is the proprietor of the Bone museum of 1,700 species.

19. DAVAO’S MALAGOS CHOCOLATE, “THE BEST CHOCOLATE EVER”. The Malagos 100-percent Premium Unsweetened Chocolate won Bronze during the 2015 Academy of Chocolates Awards held in London. Produced by a family-run company, Malagos Agri-Ventures Corporation, since May 2013. Rex and Jen Puentespina is the team behind coming up with Trinitario clones, a cross between Criollo and Forastero varieties which accounts for their fine-flavored beans and naturally enhanced flavor of cocoa. The Puentespina family grows their cacao trees in Mount Talomo in Calinan, Davao City which makes the Malagos Chocolate a single-origin chocolate and a proud Filipino brand.


  • Women Development Code of Davao City – National laws protecting the rights of Women are mostly patterned after Davao’s Women’s Code.
  • Child Welfare Code of Davao City Davao has been consistently awarded as a child-friendly city of the Philippines being one of the cities strictly implementing the protection of children.
  • Firecracker and Pyrotechnics Ordinance (060-02 / 2002) the 1st Firecracker Ban and one of the most controversial local ordinances implemented in the Philippines. It is enforced all year round, with no exceptions
  • Speed Limit Ordinance (2015)
  • Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance (0430-02 / 2002)
  • Green Space Ordinance (2016)
  • Liquor Ban
  • Signage Ordinance (92-00)
  • Watershed Code – regulates or prohibits certain activities in watershed areas, recharge zones,  conservation areas and environmentally critical areas.
  • Aerial Spray Ordinance (309-07)- prohibits aerial spraying of plantation chemicals within the territorial jurisdiction  of the city.


DAVAO, WORLD’S 7TH BEST CITY TO LIVE AND WORK REMOTELY. In 2014, Nomadlist, a crowdsourced internet website that collects data about cities around the world, ranked Davao City as the World’s 7th best city to live and work remotely.

DAVAO, 1ST ASEAN 100% SMOKE-FREE CITY. In 2013, the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (Seatca) named this city as the first 100 percent smoke-free metropolitan in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region and serves as a “model city in implementing law against smoking”.

DAVAO, ONE OF THE WORLD’s SAFEST CITIES. In 2013, the city ranked 4th as the world’s safest place, according to website Out of 349 cities, Davao City is the only metropolis in the Philippines that made it to the top 10. It has a crime index of 13.27 and safety index of 86.73. Undoubtedly, it is the safest city in the Philippines. In 2015, Davao City ranked 9th in the world’s safest cities according to the same website.

DAVAO, ONE OF ASIA’S MOST LIVABLE CITIES. In the annual survey made by Asiaweek on the 40 Best cities in Asia, Davao City has unfailingly made it to the top. In 2000, Asiaweek magazine has named Davao City the country’s most livable city and the 17th among Asia’s top 40 cities.

DAVAO, WORLD’S 87th FASTEST-GROWING CITY. In 2011, Davao City placed 87th in the list of fastest-growing cities and urban areas in the world. It is the only Philippine city included in the Top 100. Web-based research group City Mayors Foundation published on its website at a listing of 200 cities around the world that were ranked based on assumed annual growth rates. Davao City has a projected average annual growth of 2.53 percent during the 15-year period. City Mayors Foundation is based in London, United Kingdom and Freiburg, Germany.

DAVAO, 10th ASIAN CITY OF THE FUTURE. According to FDI Magazine, an investment news magazine in UK, Davao City was named the 10th Asian City of the Future.

By: Davaohive Philippines


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