Palace: Davao City to observe March 1 as Araw ng Dabaw

By the authority of President Bongbong Marcos, Proclamation 467 was signed declaring March 1, 2024, a special non-working day in Davao City.

The proclamation said that March 1 marked the 87th celebration of “Araw ng Dabaw.”

Davao City is a 1st class highly urbanized city that lies in the southeastern part of the Philippines. With a total land area of 2,444 square kilometers (sq. km.), it prided itself as the largest city in the country by total land area. The city has 3 congressional districts which are further divided into 11 administrative districts.

Davao began, accordingly, when the six tribes lived harmoniously in the vast lands of Davao. Take a look at the infographic presentation of the history of Davao City below.

Davao City history
A quick look at the history of Davao City (Image: from the official website of the city government of Davao City)

Meanwhile, Rappler, in its article published on Dec. 9, 2020, debunked the published information that Davao City is the largest city in the world. Rather, it asserted that the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metro region is the largest by physical size spanning over 12,000 sq. km.

According to the World Population Review, the following are the 10 largest cities in the world by land area:

  1. New York, NY-NJ-CT, USA – 12,093 sq. km.
  2. Boston-Providence, MA-NH-RI-CT-ME, USA – 9,538 sq. km.
  3. Tokyo-Yokohama – 8,230 sq. km.
  4. Atlanta, GA, USA – 7,400 sq. km.
  5. Chicago, IL-IN-WI, USA – 7,006 sq. km.
  6. Los Angeles, CA, USA – 6,351 sq. km.
  7. Moscow, Russia – 4,662 sq. km.
  8. Washington-Baltimore, DC-VA-MD, USA – 5,500 sq. km.
  9. Philadelphia, PA-NJ-DE-MD, USA – 5,430 sq. km.
  10. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, USA – 5,279 sq. km.

Davao City is part of the regional economic cooperation initiative in Southeast Asia and is also a premiere tourist destination as well as a domestic and international gateway. ▲

Palace declares March 1 as Araw ng Dabaw [Davao City]
Proclamation 467 declares March 1, 2024, as a special non-working day in the city of Davao.

Featured Image: by patrickroque01, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons


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