Let me take you to a virtual tour of my hometown. For those of you who know nothing of this place, Tagum City is the Capital of Davao del Norte which is part of Region XI or the Davao Region down in the southern part of the island of Mindanao.
If you’re coming from Davao City on an early morning ride, you will see this beautiful sunrise on your left if you’re lucky. This is a view from the bridge going to the city proper and this is a view of the bridge on the other side which is one the way out of the city and going to Carmen town.
A few meters away, you will find Punong Restaurant on your right. “Punong” is a Visayan word which means “fishpond” as this area used to be a fishpond of the Madayag family, the owners. Beside it is the Tancuan-Nabintad River where the Tagum River Cruise can be taken. The airy ambiance of the restaurant is a perfect match for its Filipino cuisine.
Here are some of the major landmarks of the city:
The Christ the King Cathedral along Gonzalez Ave. Behind but still within its compound is the Sacred Heart of Jesus Shrine and the biggest rosary in Mindanao.
The Parish of Christ the Eucharistic King (PCEK) is commonly called the old Cathedral. It is located along the busy Rizal Street.
At the New City Hall grounds, one can find sculptures of kids playing different musical instruments. These are done by Kublai, the same guy who did the huge durian sculpture at the Davao City International Airport.
From Apokon Road, this street leads to the New City Hall. I will have photos of that some other time. This place, though not yet finished, has been the venue of several festivals including the Opening Festival of Tagum, the Musikahan Festival.
The Public Market used to be at the heart of the town proper but it was transferred to a bigger place where the Tagum City Overland Transport Terminal (TCOTT) is also located to consolidate the market and transportation needs of the people.
On the opposite side of the town going to Mawab, Compostela Valley Province is the San Agustin Botanical Park. It is a little about a kilometer going inside from Barangay Magdum (in front of Saludares Elementary School). If E-Park is a lowland, this park is a highland. As someone used to joke, "piso na lang, langit na!" The park is planted with different varieties of Asian trees.
After a day of touring, one can cap it by watching the sunset either by the rustic Pandapan river...
...or view it from the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex in Barangay Mankilam.
[Click here for my first blog entry on Tagum.]