There’s a kind of rush pervading Tagum City these days. Whether you’re having a conversation with some locals in one of its malls or watching the construction of new buildings and landmarks along the highway, it’s clear that the so-called “City of Palm Trees” is emerging to be Davao Region’s next most important city.
Tagum is definitely the face of a “city on the rise” in this part of the country. Home to about 260,000 people, the provincial capital of Davao del Norte definitely knows a lot about rising and falling and rising again. From being a sleepy town several decades ago, it has risen into one of Mindanao’s most competitive, first-class cities which are driving the island into new heights of sustainable development.
|"Bangka", Tagum's newest landmark along the national highway highlight's the city's role in advancing development in both
fisheries and agriculture|
|Panoramic view of Tagum's Energy Park|
a monument at Tagum's E-Park (Energy Park) depicts the contributions of
the Scouting Movement towards nation-building, with the three leaves
representing the pillars of the Scouting Law|
Relying mostly on agriculture during the early stages of its development, Tagum evolved into a major trading center for gold following the gold rush in neighboring towns during the late 70s and early 80s.
Soon, commercial and business establishments, taken with the rosy prospects that Tagum offered, sprouted in different parts of the once sleepy town. Rapid urbanization ensued and the provincial capital was later elevated to a component city in 1998.
|There are a lot of reasons to fall in love with the "City of Palm Trees"|
|Tagum's state-of-the-art new City Hall draws visitors not just for its massive structure but also for its “green” design and technology|
| Holy Rosary Garden: one of the favorite sanctuaries of the Catholic faithful |
|Newest mall in town|
|San Agustin Botanical Garden|
|Various local and foreign species of trees are cultivated at the |
San Agustin Botanical Garden
With Davao City now being positioned as the country’s seat of power in the south, Tagum could readily take over its role as administrative center for Davao Region. I bet more and more people will be taken with the city in the coming days, with not a few opting to stay there for good to carve out a life for themselves and their families.
So watch out for this “city on the rise”–things are just starting to get even better. :D