Araw ng Davao officially opens

Araw ng Davao officially opens

THE City Government of Davao urged Dabawenyos to experience the city’s rich historical and cultural heritage as it officially opened the celebration of the 83rd Araw ng Davao Sunday, March 1.

In her message, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio emphasized the unity and resilience of the Dabawenyos in facing the challenges that led to the booming economy of the city.

“The growth of Davao City is measured not only by the development of the community but also by the camaraderie and strong sense of identity that bring all Dabawenyos together wherever they may be in the world,” Duterte-Carpio said.

She encouraged the Dabawenyos to look back to the past and pay tribute to the people who were responsible for the positive progress that the city and current generation is experiencing at present.

“As we celebrate the 83rd anniversary of the city’s foundation, let us pay tribute to our ancestors and forefathers - Dabawenyos who, by their sacrifices and hard work, made Davao the city it is today. Let us honor their contributions by remaining united and resilient in facing whatever tomorrow may bring,” the mayor said.

Earlier, the City Mayor announced the cancellation of major activities for the annual festivity as a precautionary measure following the threat posed by coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

Due to the spread of the virus worldwide, some travel ban has been implemented especially in hard hit countries.

Covid-19 affected the tourism industry to include the Araw ng Davao which previously attracted thousands of local and foreign alike.

Despite the cancellation of highly-anticipated events, officials still enjoin the public to enjoy the month-long celebration.

“Guided by the values of discipline, integrity and competence, let us all do our part to create a Davao City that is prepared for the challenges of the future, attuned to the needs present, and anchored on the values and traditions of our diverse cultures,” Duterte-Carpio said.

Only four activities will push through -- the Misa Pasasalamat which was held on Sunday at the San Pedro Cathedral; Araw ng Dabaw Light Show or the 3D Light Show at the city hall; Davaoeno Ako, a storytelling of the history of Davao in various schools; and Lantaw Dabawenyo, a wall art competition showcasing the positive spirit of the Dabawenyos at Sta. Ana Elementary School.


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