The people of Davao City will be marking this year’s Araw ng Dabaw festivities on March 16. The day, which falls on a Sunday, is a special non-working holiday in the city as declared by Republic Act 7551.

The law came into effect in 1992 during the time of then-President Corazon Aquino. It stipulates that officials of Davao City shall “lead appropriate and meaningful celebrations and activities participated in by officials and employees of the national government agencies or instrumentalities, civic, religious and nongovernment organizations, and private companies” in the said southern Mindanao city. Read the full text of RA 7551 here.

According to, the month-long celebration will include the following: the cultural presentations of the various ethnic tribes in Davao City, Mutya ng Dabaw, a sports festival, and street parade.

Davao City was formally established in 1936 when Romualdo Quimpo, a congressman from the region during the Commonwealth period, filed Bill Number 609 which created the City of Davao by merging the town of Davao (Mayo) and Guianga District. Davao was inaugurated as a chartered city by President Manuel Quezon on October 16, 1936.

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March 15, 2014

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