Davao derived its name from how the inhabitants around the Davao River pronounce the name of the river. These inhabitants are from three subgroups of Bagobo, who are natives of the area. Obos, one of the subgroups, called the river as Davah; the Clatta called it Dawaw, while Tagabawas called it Dabo. 

Different races from different regions and countries visit Davao City. 

As early as the 16th century, the Davao Gulf area is the first area in the Philippines that came in contact with Europeans. Portuguese preceded the Spaniards in making Davao their home and baptized several chieftains. Tribes lived peacefully for centuries until Spanish arrived in the region in 1847, which was then overthrown by Americans in 1898. Then came the Japanese in 1942. Various races, the fact also remains that Filipinos from regions of the country have made Davao their home. Hence, the rise of multi- spoken languages (Cebuano, Tagalog, English, Chavacano, Native Davaoeño, and other minority languages) region. 

Currently, Davao takes pride in being the home of one of the country’s presidents, as well as major world-renown landmarks and species. 

Davao dazzles picturesque landscapes, fruit plantations, and orchid farms that show off the most priced Philippine orchid species like Vanda Sanderiana. It also mantles volcano Fed Hills and valleys, virgin forests that nurture rare wildlife and a home of our Philippines National bird, the Philippine eagle, also known as the biggest eagle in the world. It also shows off the exotic fruits like Durian and mangosteen. Also, show off the exotic fruits like Durian and mangosteen. Davao region also does not have a shortage when it comes to tourist attractions. It has its unique mix of diversity, white sand, and pristine beaches. The most known is Samal Island, a group of islands in Davao Gulf, good for island hopping, snorkeling, and even diving where it is also rich in marine life. It is also a home of animal sanctuaries, caves to explore, and the first UNESCO inscribed heritage site – Hamiguitan Mountain Range in Davao oriental. 

Davao is not just a home of authorities and tourism but is also an economic hub for agro-industrial business and trade. Davao City, in particular, served as a catch basin of all economic activities in Southern Mindanao and continued to receive tourists and people in business throughout the globe through its international airport and ports. 

Indeed, Davao is HOME to Many.

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