Where We Live

We live on “Bamboo” Dr., Davao City located on Mindanao, the largest southern island of the Philippines.

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According to Wikipedia,the City of Davao is the largest city in the island of Mindanao with a population of 1,464,301. The City Mayors Foundation ranks Davao City as the 87th fastest growing city in the world. The city has numerous beaches and mountain resorts, and is close to diving spots and the highest peak in the Philippines, Mount Apo. It is named as the Durian and Mangosteen Capital of the Philippines since these fruits were locally cultivated mostly in this city and are sold and exported for both home and abroad. Davaoeño, a dialectal variant of Cebuano, is the most widely spoken language in the city, while the Tagalog itself comes a distant second. English is the medium of instruction in schools and is widely understood and spoken especially in the business community and for all official documents. Bistaglish, an informal mixing of the above languages, is spoken as well. Having been hailed as the Fruit Basket of the Philippines, the city is one of the world’s leading producers and exporters of mangoes, pomeloes, banana, coconut products, papaya, mangosteen, and even flowers ever since it became an international net exporter in 1987. The city’s rich fertile volcanic soil makes it most suitable for sustained production of the freshest and tastiest tropical fruits in the Philippines.

Mindanao (min-də-now) is the second largest and easternmost island in the Philippines. The island of Mindanao is called The Land of Promise.  Davao City is the de facto capital of Mindanao. Mindanao has been the site of a separatist movement by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), with the roots of the conflict tracing back to colonization by Spain and later America and continued land disputes, religious differences and widespread poverty. Fighting between MILF and Armed Forces of the Philippines (Government Army) has displaced over 100,000 people. Mindanao is named after the Maguindanaons who constituted the largest Sultanate historically. Islam first spread to the region during the 13th century through Arab traders from present-day Malaysia and Indonesia. Today, the region is home to most of the country’s Muslim or Moro populations, composed of many ethnic groups such as the Maranao and the Tausug, the Banguingui (users of the vinta), as well as the collective group of indigenous tribes known as the Lumad.

Nestled between the blue waters of the Philippine archipelago, the majestic peak of Mt. Apo and the metropolitan cityscapes of Davao, is the place we now call home. 

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