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City of Panabo
—  City  —

Map of Davao del Norte showing the location of Panabo City.
City of Panabo is located in Philippines
City of Panabo
Location in the Philippines
Coordinates: 7°18′29″N 125°41′2″E / 7.30806°N 125.68389°E / 7.30806; 125.68389Coordinates: 7°18′29″N 125°41′2″E / 7.30806°N 125.68389°E / 7.30806; 125.68389
Country  Philippines
Region Davao Region (Region XI)
Province Davao del Norte
District 2nd District of Davao del Norte
Founded July 19, 1949
Cityhood March 31, 2001
Barangays 40
 - Mayor Atty. Jose L. Silvosa, Sr.
 - Total 251.23 km2 (97 sq mi)
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
Income class 4th class city

The City of Panabo (Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Panabo, Filipino: Lungsod ng Panabo) is a 4th class city near Davao City in the province of Davao del Norte, Philippines. The city has an area of 249 square kilometers. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 133,950 people in 27,225 households.



Long before the rich lowland was discovered by civilization, a group of stocky-haired aborigines called aetas have already staked a claim and declared this place their own. Far from being civilized, these aetas led nomadic life and co-existed with the living creatures of the wilds. They have few wants and were easily satisfied. With the used of their bow and arrow - "PANA-SA-BOBOY" as they call it - they hunted for food which primarily consisted of rootcrops and meat of wild boars. "Pana-Sa-Boboy" was their most essential tool and it became part of their life

When the Christian settlers came at the onset of the century, these friendly natives moved further to the hinterlands along with them their "pana-sa-boboy". These later evolved into present day name PANABO.

1999 Hypothesis

The Municipal Government of Panabo conducted Barangay Development Planning Workshop wherein historical trending of all barangays were considered using key informant interview for the baseline information. The oldest natives in the barangay who were born in Panabo were tapped but they never mentioned about the history as first drafted. This ignites the idea to dig out more information. The stories were collated until the final consensus was presented.

The aetas were not the only first migrant in Panabo. They came in unison with the Kalagans (presently called as Davao Muslims), and the ANGs (Non-Muslim and Non-Christian). They grew in number and until villages were settled. A common trading center was established, where they sold their agricultural and marine products as well as where they bought their prime commodities. They fondly called this place as "PANABO-AN" which means in the locality as TABOAN and trading center in English. The word PANABO was later used and declared as the official name of the place.

Legal Basis

The local government unit of Panabo was created into a component City of Davao del Norte by virtue of Republic Act No. 9015 and ratified by the residents in a plebiscite held on March 31, 2001. However, its official existence as a municipal corporation took effect on with the appointment of new set of officials.


Panabo City is politically subdivided into 40 barangays.

  • A. O. Floirendo
  • Datu Abdul Dadia
  • Buenavista
  • Cacao
  • Cagangohan
  • Consolacion
  • Dapco
  • Gredu (Pob.)
  • J.P. Laurel
  • Kasilak
  • Katipunan
  • Katualan
  • Kauswagan
  • Kiotoy
  • Little Panay
  • Lower Panaga (Roxas)
  • Mabunao
  • Maduao
  • Malativas
  • Manay
  • Nanyo
  • New Malaga (Dalisay)
  • New Malitbog
  • New Pandan (Pob.)
  • New Visayas
  • Quezon
  • Salvacion
  • San Francisco (Pob.)
  • San Nicolas
  • San Roque
  • San Vicente
  • Sta Cruz
  • Sto Niño (Pob.)
  • Sindaton
  • Southern Davao
  • Tagpore
  • Tibungol
  • Upper Licanan
  • Waterfall
  • San Pedro

Non-government/Volunteer Organization

These Securities and Exchange Commission (Philippines) registered organizations helps promote the peace and order of Panabo City:

  • Panabo Association of Radio Enthusiasts, Inc. (P.A.R.E.)
  • Recon Enterprise
  • Urgent, Inc.

External links


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Panabo City is a city in Davao del Norte. The city that is directly north of Davao City with a road distance of 33 Km. It also known as the rich of bananas and pomelos.

Get in

By Plane

Panabo City do not have it's own public airport. The only way is to access Davao International Airport in Davao City and then travel by taxi or by short distance bus and it only take more than 30-40 minutes trip. Davao Airport is about 21 Km away from Panabo City.

By Sea

Panabo City have it's own wharf for docking sea vessel but it do not have a passenger terminal. Sasa Pier Passenger Terminal in Davao City is the only access from major cities in the country. Sasa Pier is about 23 Km away from Panabo City and only takes 45 minutes of travel.

By Land

Panabo City is a travel access hub of many types vehicles throughout the south-east of the country. Travelers from Cagayan de Oro, Butuan, Surigao, Agusan Province, Mati, Compostella Province, and even travelers from Manila, South Luzon, and Visayas.

Get around

Panabo City is a simple place. The simplest way to get around the downtown area by tricycle. It only cost 7 pesos per passenger. If you want to go in farm areas outside downtown area, hop on jeetneys, multicabs, and a habal-habal (a modified motorcycle with extended seat to occupy more passengers).


The city is well known as mass producer of bananas and pomelos in the country. See the wide banana plantations just outside the downtown area.

Discover the Araw ng Panabo Festival which is held every March 31st. The celebration contains colorful parade and many other events.

Witness the Ati-atihan Festival of Sto. Niño Church.


Make leisure time and relax with the following places:

Gambriel Resort and Restaurant - This is considered one of the nice resorts and restaurants

located at Barangay San Francisco Panabo.

Bangoy St., Gamao Subdivision, Panabo City

  (084) 822-5537
                       Function Room (open & air-condition)
                       Swimming Pool with cottages
                       Playground for children

Sta. Cruz Garden Resort - A place to enjoy the scenery and experiencethe relaxing beauty

of nature situated in Barangay Malativas, Panabo City.

                       Swimming Pool (adult & kids)
                       Function Hall
                       Indoor sports facilities

Papachi Leisure Park & Cottages - A place to relax and explore the beauty of the beach located at Barangay Cagangohan, Panabo city.

Maria Clara Resort

  Wharf Road, Brgy. San Pedro, Panabo City
  (084) 822-7083
                        Function Halls
                        Conference Rooms


The city have many resto bar's but the most famous one is the Ultra Bowl that is located along the main highway.


Panabo has several accommodations ideal for gatherings, be it business meetings, grand wedding receptions, conferences, seminars, and other functions.

Papachi Leisure Park and Cottages Brgy. Cagangohan, Panabo City 09179542869

                     Overnight Cottages

Sta. Cruz Garden Resort Brgy. Malativas, Panabo City

                     Swimming Pool    
                     Overnight Cottages
                     Function Halls
                     Sports Facilities

3-One Apartelle Km 31, Brgy. Cagangohan, Panabo City (084) 628-4872

Maria Clara Resort Wharf Drive, San Pedro, Panabo City (084) 822-7083

                   Function Halls
                   VIP Rooms

Oasis Inn Brgy. Sto. Niño, Pamabo City (084) 629-1326

Noble Inn Brgy. Salvacion, Panbao City (084) 822-6400

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