THE PROVINCE OF DAVAO DEL SUR is located in the Davao Region in Mindanao with Digos City as its capital, bordered by the provinces of Davao City to the north, to the west side by Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato and Sarangani, and Davao Gulf to the east side.
The early settlers of the province were the Bagobo-Guianggas settling at the foot of Mount Apo, the B’laans, Manobos and other primeval tribes. Davao del Sur has the same history as of Davao Del Norte even before it became a formal separate province on July 1, 1967.
Davao del Sur was created as a province on May 8, 1967 under Republic Act No. 4867 which consists of ten municipalities with Digos as its capital.
Davao del Sur has a total land area of 393,401 hectares or 3,934.01 square kilometers. This represents 20.01% of the total land area of Region XI and it has a population of 775,000 with 2.3% annual growth rate. Predominant language used is Cebuano or Visayan dialect, followed by Tagalog, B’laan, Bagobo, Manobo, Tagakaolo, Muslim dialects. On the other hand, predominant religion is Roman Catholic with 70.85% of its total population. Other religions are Evangelicals, Islam, Southern Baptist, and Iglesia in Cristo, Seventh Day Adventist, Jehovah’s Witness and Protestants.
The province is blessed with a favorable climate characterized by a distinct wet-dry season. The coolest time is during the month of January and the warmest month takes place during the months of April and May. On the other hand, the coldest months occur during June and July.
COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY IN DAVAO DEL SUR
Agriculture, tourism, fishing and farming is the main source of economic revenue in the province due to its favorable climate and fertile soil. Davao Del Sur is popular for its Coconut Industry. Other crops grown are bananas, cacao, ramie, coffee, fruits, and vegetables.
ART AND CULTURAL HERITAGE IN DAVAO DEL SUR
Davao del Sur is rich in its culture for it is a home of many ethnic groups such as the Bagobos, Mandayas, Mansakas, Atas, Kalagans, Tagakaolos and the Mangguangans. Arts and crafts of all these various tribes are also on display in museums and shops in the province. The tribal women weave cloth from the fibers of the native abaca plant and colored it with root and mud dyes before woven with figures and patterns depicting the folklore and religion of the tribe. One can also find tribal jewelries and fashion accessories made out of “tinalak” cloth decorated with beads, belts, embroidery, etc.
YEARLY SPECIAL EVENTS
Dorong Festival This is celebrated every June 14 to 18 in Kapatagan, Digos highlighting agro-tourism fair or exhibits, cultural presentation, Bagobo ritual presentation, street dancing, sports fest, farmers’ congress, and livelihood seminar.
Foundation of Davao Del Sur This is celebrated every July 1st showcasing various activities and presentation.
Kapyaan Festival This is celebrated in Jose Abad Santos every February 18 to 20 in commemoration of the foundation of the municipality.
Kinaiyahan Festival This is celebrated in Sta. Cruz every 3rd week of April presenting various activities and presentations as well.
This is also celebrated in Sta. Cruz every September 5 to 6 showcasing indigenous art, music and dances.
DAVAO DEL SUR PRODUCTS
Local handicrafts can be bought here with various artwork and handmade products exclusively made by indigenous ethnic tribes of Davao. The province also produces Nata de Coco, Kaong and other fruit preserves.
MUNICIPALITIES OF DAVAO DEL SUR
Davao del Sur is subdivided into 14 municipalities and 1 city:
CITIES AND MUNICIPALITIES
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Jose Abad Santos
Apo Golf and Country Club
This is located in Dumoy, Davao City with modern
facilities such as Clubhouse, conference hall, swimming pool, pelota court, restaurant that serves native delicacies and golf sets.
This is situated in Insular Village, Davao City it showcases a gallery of tribal art and other material culture, as well as paintings, sculptures, ceramics and a souvenir shop of native crafts.
Located in Sta. Cruz.
Japanese Peace Memorial Shrine
The site is the pilgrimage place of big groups of Japanese war veterans, widows and kins.
The country’s highest peak can be conquered via the Sibulan and Cooland Trails in Sta. Cruz, the Kapatagan Trail in Digos, and the Balutakay Trail in Bansalan.
Philippine Eagle Research and Nature Center
This is located in Malagos, Calinan, and Davao City. Home of the world’s largest eagle, the Philippine Eagle, the country’s national bird. It also has a nature park planted with different fruit-bearing trees.
Philippine Airlines flies twice daily to Davao with travel time of one hour and 35 minutes and from Cebu which is 55 minutes away.