Monday, September 8, 2014

City of Digos, Davao del Sur

  1. Digos is a second class city in and capital of the province of Davao del Sur, Philippines and is considered as part of Metropolitan Davao.
  2. The city lies on the western shores of the Davao Gulf and southern foothills of Mount Apo on the island of Mindanao, centrally located between the two major cities in Mindanao, Davao City and General Santos City.
  3. It is known for its sweet-juicy 'carabao variety mango,' sold locally and exported abroad, thus being dubbed as the Mango Capital City of the Philippines. 
  4. In the early days, Digos was a watercourse, a meeting place of inhabitants belonging to the Austronesians settled along the southern foothills of Mt. Apo. The Digos River meets the Davao Gulf and it is ideal for fishing and bathing.
  5. During the Spanish Era, a group of natives carrying bows and arrows were approached by some Spaniards traversing the very fertile tracts of land in Davao and there is one Spaniard named Lopez Jaena Pacheco who was also a conquistador during the administration of Governor Claveria serving as the head of the group, inquired about the name of the place from the barefooted natives and believing that the Spaniards were asking where they were bound to, the natives answered "Padigus", which means "to take a bath". Since then the place was identified as Digos.
  6. Before its creation into a municipality, Digos was a barrio of Sta. Cruz, a town 16 kilometers away.  Through the initiation of then Congressman Apolinario Cabigon, Digos, became a regular municipality in 1949 by virtue of Presidential Executive Order No. 236, dated 19 July 1949 issued by President Quirino with a coverage that included the barrios of Tres de Mayo, Goma Bansalan, Matanao, Darapuay and the Poblacion where the seat of government was located. 
  7. Digos in later years, before its conversion into a city, was regarded as the capital town of the Province of Davao del Sur, long before it gained the status of a First Class Municipality in 1993, being center for trade, commerce and education, accruing to its strategic location at the cross point of two principal thoroughfares in the south.
  8. In July 1998, the bid to convert into a city was moved and initiated by Hon. Mayor Arsenio A. Latasa, considering its very satisfactory qualifications required for in R.A. 7160
  9. House Bill No. 5672 dated 24 November 1998, of Congress authored by Hon. Congressman Douglas Ra. Cagas, led to the drafting of Republic Act 8798, converting the Municipality of Digos into a component City of Davao del Sur, which was signed by President Joseph E. Estrada on 14 July 2000, and ratified by the DigoseƱos on 8 September 2000.
  10. Nickname(s): City of Sweet Mangoes; Clay Capital of Mindanao; Gate City of the South; Champion City of Good Governance
  11. One notable personality from Digos is Kristine Zhenie Lobrigas Tandingan (born March 11, 1992 in Digos, Davao del Sur, Philippines), more popularly known as KZ Tandingan, and is a Filipino singer who rose to fame after winning the first season of The X Factor Philippines in 2012.
  12. PROCLAMATION NO. 858 DECLARING MONDAY, 8 SEPTEMBER 2014, AS A SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) DAY IN THE CITY OF DIGOS
Fiestas and festivals
  • Sinulog sa Digos - every January 15
  • San Isidrio Labrador - every May 15
  • Padigosan Festival - every July 19
  • Mary Mediatrix - every August 22
  • Araw ng Digos - every September 8
  • GKK/BEC (Gagmay'ng Kristohanong Katilingban/Basic Ecclessial Community) Fiestas - Depends on the feast day of the patron saint.
References:

Digos
The City of DIGOS at a Glance
Digos City | Facebook
St. Benedict's Monastery - Digos
KZ Tandingan

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