A Brief History…
About 300 years ago, Davao Oriental
was merely a part of Caraga Province
In 1956, Congressman Ismael Veloso of
Davao passed a bill in Congress dividing
Davao into three provinces
The bill was approved in the Lower
House but failed to get the approval of
Congressman Lorenzo Sarmiento
revived the bill in 1965
With the blessing of Senator Alejandro
Almendras, Republic Act 4867 brought
into existence the Province of Davao del
North: Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur
West: Pacific Ocean, Davao del Sur and Davao del Norte
South: Philippine Sea
Geographic and Topographic Profile:
belongs to type II of climate classification in the Philippines
Dominated by the Pacific Cordilleras
Composed of uneven distribution of plateaus, swamps and
The average annual rainfall in the province of 4.49 mm with a
total of 109 rainy days
Maximum rainfall occur in the months of November to January
How To Get There?
Take a flight bound for Davao City. Travel
time from Manila is one hour and 40
From the Davao City, one can take a bus to
the capital town of Mati
Some of the LGU licensed
Hotels, Inns and Apartelles…
1. Honey’s Hotel
Matiao, City of Mati,
Tel. (087) 811-4193
3. Agawon Beach Resort
Barangay San Victor,
Baganga, Davao Oriental
Place: San Isidro, Davao Oriental
Date: Third week of June
The festival serves as a thanksgiving for the year’s
Baul is from the Mandaya word for farm, da is from
dagat or sea, and yawan means to keep.
Street dancing, float parade, agri-trade fiar and
cultural presentations highlight the yearly event.
Place: Banaybanay, Davao Oriental
Date: Third week of October
It is a thanksgiving celebration for the town’s
bountiful harvests, rice in particular.
Activities include agri-industrial fair/exhibit,
cultural/tribal shows and presentations, ethnic/tribal
street dancing competition, and sports fest.
Place: Matil, Davao Oriental
Date: Last week of October
Sambuokan is derived from the word ”buok”, a Mandaya term that
literally means “one”.
The festival is the showcase of Mati’s diverse culture and tradition,
sports and adventure.
It is also an expression of thanksgiving.
This is a weeklong celebration observed during the commemoration
of the founding anniversary of the Municipality of Mati every 29th of
This festival is highlighted with neo-ethnic Indak-Indak – Street
dancing Competition, and fun-filled nightly activities.