Academe lauds 'Dabawenyo Ako' educational tour campaign

THE launch of the “Dabawenyo Ako” educational campaign earned positive feedback from teachers, students who availed instant refresher lessons of Davao history through guided photo exhibits and storytelling.

Magallanes Elementary School Principal Evelyn Lawoglawog said the activity was very helpful not only to the students but also to the teachers.

“Dako kaayo nga tabang na refresh ang minds sa mga teachers, sa mga students nakabaliktanaw na tan-awon nila unsa sinugdanan nganong na ingon ani ang city of Davao karon (It has greatly helped refresh the minds of our teachers and students on the history of the city and the reason why Davao City is where it is right now),” she said.

Lawoglawog said the use of a photo exhibit to show comparisons of then and now landmarks of Davao City, and showing pictures of the founders of the city and its local heroes like Datu Bago is an improved strategy to teach Aralin Panlipunan and Heograpiya Kasaysan at Sining (Hekasi) subject.

“It is really a learning experience to the students especially now that most of the time they are pre-occupied in using gadgets and because of modernization they tend to forget the origins of the city,” she said.

An 11-year-old student Justine Mangune used his android phone in documenting the “Photour” which allowed teachers and students to see the historic “throwback” of the old city structures.

“Gusto ko po kasing matuto sa history ng Dabaw at gusto ko ring makaturo sa aking mga classmates,” Mangune said.

Mangune is among the selected grade five and six students who availed the "Photour" which was organized by different tour guides. There were 16 exhibits which show different historic pictures of Davao.

Aside from grades five and six, grade three pupils also joined the story-telling inside the classrooms which Guide Davao tour guides gave.

Guide Davao member Samuel Libre Jr. said the Dabawenyo Ako activity is a dream come true for their group who longed to share Davao history to the grassroots including students.

Guide Davao is a non-profit organization consisting of Department of Tourism-accredited tour guides.

The group, together with the City Government of Dabaw and Museo Dabawenyo, will also conduct Dabawenyo Ako Activities in 10 more elementary schools in the city.

Museo Dabawenyo Office-in-charge Orly Oscarilla said they target young pupils because they want to instill in them the pride of being a Dabawenyo.

He said Museo has conducted a similar activity two years ago in malls but this is the first time that they’ve taught students in line with the celebration of the Araw.

Aside from Oscarilla, the local government of Dabaw was represented by Davao City Assistant City Administrator lawyer Lawrence Bantiding and Davao City Tourism Operations Office office-in-charge Generose Tecson. (KVC)

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