History and more in Davao Yearbook '13-A A +A
Thursday, December 5, 2013
OTHER than the museum we have and some old folks who can tell stories of Davao City in the olden times, historical accounts of our city are a rare find nowadays.
That said, younger generation Dabawenyos have very few chances of gleaning a clearer picture of its history; how's this fast-growing metropolis back then and how it progressed over the years.
Sun.Star Davao sees the need, and thus the conception of Davao Yearbook 2013, which was launched at the Abreeza of the Ayala Malls last November 29 with one aspiration in mind; that is, to be a documenter of big events happening around the metropolis because a city this big and progressive should have written documentaries, something that new generations and the next can read on and can take great pride of the city.
Davao, also known by the moniker "Durian City," is one of the most promising places in the country, joining the ranks of the cities with the most thriving economies, all because of the people and the abundance of its flora and fauna.
That's more than enough to come up with a yearly coffeetable book that places the city in the centerstage.
Sun.Star Management president Gina Garcia-Atienza said there's no better time to highlight all things Dabawenyo than now, giving the people of this big community what they crave to know about the city, which has not only been encapsulated but also immortalized in the pages of this yearbook.
Not much has been recorded about Davao for the past 76 years.
Perhaps, most of the little but historical events had slipped away with time, including significant personalities who contributed what Davao has become today in more ways than now.
"Our Editor-In-Chief Stella A. Estremera has bemoaned the fact that there is little documentation of the history of Davao and this is what Davao yearbook aims to achieve," she said.
Much has been said about other places in the Philippines, but not so much about Davao and that is what the yearbook intends to do.
"We have stories from the only Japanese survivor in the pre-war era and it is hard to document the life during the 1930s.
There are also photographs of people who have made the impact of Davao like Sonny Dizon," she said.
Atienza added the yearbook explores the beauty and history of this crown jewel of Mindano by revisiting her past, bringing it into the present and anticipating a future full of hope and optimism.
Gracing the pages of the Davao Yearbook 2013 are some Davao personalities telling the history of Davao, especially its ups after falling to the hands of the Japanese, like Vicenta Guino-o Palarca and Aida Rivera-Ford.
Veteran journalist Ramon Misa Maxey gives a glimpse of the falldown of journalism in his time and how it bounced back soon after the regime of President Ferdinand Marcos ended.
All of them have brought into the present time the past, as our eyes and ears of what this city used to be and how it has become the city we know today.
There's also more to the history of Davao, as the ancestral homes and decades-old schools are given the highlight they deserve in the pages of Davao Yearbook 2013.
Also given the highlight are the homegrown businesses who, up until now, have stood still through years, unfazed by the influx of invasive businesses that come with either come with national or global names. Few among these homegrown are the Merco, NCCC, Cecil's, and Apo View Hotel.
This yearbook is not all about featuring the long-thriving local businesses, as it also gives credits to the city's booming industries, from real estate, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), and agriculture. All have stirred economic activities, which placed Davao as among the brilliant cities across the Philippines.
Even the indigenous peoples (IPs) is also featured -- their simple life in the boondocks, beliefs, and ways of life.
New generation of Dabawenyos coming from different fields who have not only served but impacted the growth of the city grace the contents of this coffeetable book. Our very homegrown artists, with few of their creations also take centerstage.
Few things can also be learned about the City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte, who shot to fame for his good governance and his hardline stance against crimes.
An exhibit of photos of those who have been featured was put up by Sun.Star Davao at the second floor of Abreeza, which will run until today.
Sun.Star Davao editor-in-chief Stella A. Estremera said next year's Davao Yearbook will go beyond featuring Davao City because it will cover the bigger picture -- the entire Davao Region.
"We said it before and we will say it over and over again: Davao teems with multifaceted life and colors, but it has been found wanting in the written word that every Dabawenyo can hold and share with those who have left, those who long to be back, those who want to keep memories and events close to their hearts and hearth, and those who crave to know more."
The Davao Yearbook 2013 is available at National Bookstore and partner hotels and restaurants at P300.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 06, 2013.