THE PROVINCE OF COMPOSTELA VALLEY or ComVal is located in the Davao Region in Mindanao that was used to be part of Davao del Norte till it became an independent province in 1998. Its capital is Nabunturan, bordered in the west side by Davao del Norte, to the north side by Agusan Del Sur, to the east by Davao Oriental and Davao Gulf to the southwest.
The first class province was prearranged out from the province of Davao Del Norte and it became an independent province by virtue of Republic Act No. 8470 on January 30, 1998 and formally ratified through a plebiscite on March 7, 1998. Nabunturan municipality was named capital town of the province and the first elected Governor is Atty. Jose R. Caballero.
Compostela Valley has a total land area of 4,666.93 square kilometers, and its population is estimated at 600,000 per current NCSO survey. Predominant residents are Cebuanos, followed by Ilocanos, Tagalogs and Ilonggos coming in as next big groups. For the tribal groups, there are Ata talaingod, Dibabaonon, Manguwangan and with Mandaya and Mansaka as the dominant groups. Language or dialects used are primarily Cebuano, Visayan, Tagalog or Filipino, Mandaya, Mansaka, Hiligaynon, Ilocano, Waray, Maranao and Surigaonon.
In terms of climate, the province is generally tropical and with no marked rainy or dry season. Its mountain ranges and forest protect the area from visiting typhoons.
COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY IN COMPOSTELA VALLEY
The main source of economic investment comes from agri-based products, such as rice and coconuts. Fishponds and fish culturing are also additional revenue such as tilapia, milkfish and a lot more.
ART AND CULTURAL HERITAGE IN COMPOSTELA VALLEY
YEARLY SPECIAL EVENTS
Alaw ng Kalumunan This is the day for the tribal folks or groups that are celebrated every March 7, featuring tribal dances and play tribal war games.
Anibina Festival This is celebrated every March 1 to 8 in Nabunturan as a way of thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest. “Anibina” was derived from the word “Ani” meaning harvest and “Bina” which refers to gold veins.
Manurigao’s Mansaka Tribe The tribal community of Mansaka can be found in the Mountains of Mt. Manurigao. The tribal community entertains climbers who visit the powerful falls with their cultural presentations. Native wares can also be bought from them.
Maragusan's Mansalka Community The community is composed of Christians and Mansakas and highlights authentic native dances, the native tribal jewelry complete with antique necklace, Mansaka musical instruments such its the "Kudlong", "Paradag" and "Takol", a native Saxophone as well its their antique bells and gongs.
P’yagsawitan Festival The Festival is celebrated every November 3 as thanksgiving for bountiful harvests.
Simballay Festival This is celebrated every December 2 at Nabunturan as thanksgiving in commemoration of the town’s foundation.
MUNICIPALITIES OF COMPOSTELA VALLEY
Compostela Valley is comprised of 11 municipalities grouped into two districts:
Maragusan (San Mariano)
Laak (San Vicente) Mawab
Mabini (Doña Alicia)
Mansaka Tribal Community
This church was built by Miguel Lopez de Legaspi and Fr. Andres Urdaneta on the site where the image of Santo Niño was found in 1565.
San Vicente Caves
This has four caves of varied attractions.
This is a banana and pineapple plantation complete with packing plants. It also has a guesthouse, cottages, and a hot spring pool that serves as a sauna for visitors.
Other places to visit:
FALLS / MOUNTAINS / FARMS
BEACH / RESORTS
Golden Valley Resort
Judilla Inland Resort
Kapatagan Inland Resort
Toyuzu Inland Resort
Compostela Valley can be reached via Davao International Airport. The capital town of Nabunturan is only a 2-hour drive from Davao City.t. It is an ideal jump-off point for other tourist attractions in the Visayas and Mindanao.
The province can be reached by sea through Sasa Wharf in Davao City, a smooth 2-hour drive away.