Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Tagum, my Home ~ Part 2

Welcome to the City of Tagum!

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.

Before reaching the town proper there is a fork on the road on the right. It leads to Barangay Madaum where Banana Beach Resort is located. Farther down east is the way to part of Compostela Valley Province and Davao Oriental.

Tagum City is also known as the “Palm City” primarily because of the palm trees planted on both sides of the highway on all four major entry points of Tagum. During Typhoon Pablo in December 2012, a lot of trees were uprooted but the palm trees remained standing tall and strong.

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.

Gaisano Mall of Tagum is one of the malls of the city and is located along the National Highway. It is on the right side from Davao City going to Butuan City. A few other malls are being constructed in addition to this and three more malls.

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.

This is the present City Hall of Tagum along Rizal Street, a few blocks away from PCEK. On the right side is the Sangguniang Panglungsod Building (not shown) and behind this are the Tagum Police Station and the Freedom Park.

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.

The E-Park or Energy Park is located outside the city proper and within the vicinity of the Davao Regional Hospital (DRH), University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP) Tagum Campus. Tagum National Trade School and the Sacred Heart Church in Barangay Apokon.

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.

Not many are aware that the city has this Watershed Management Project located in Barangay New Balamban also on the way to Mawab. It's a cool green area out there.

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.

More to come about Tagum!

[Click here for my first blog entry on Tagum.]

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