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City of Tagum
Dakbayan sa Tagum
Lungsod ng Tagum
From top: New City Hall of Tagum, Christ The King Cathedral, Tagum City National High School, Tagum City skyline, Palm trees along the National Highway

Nickname(s): The City of Golden Opportunities, The Palm City of the Philippines, The Music Capital of Mindanao, The City of Festivals
Map of Province of Davao del Norte showing the location of Tagum City
Coordinates: 7°26′49.54″N 125°48′34.40″E / 7.4470944°N 125.809556°E / 7.4470944; 125.809556
Country Philippines
Region XI
Province Davao del Norte
Districts 1st District of Davao del Norte
Barangays 23
Incorporated (city) March 7, 1998
 - Mayor Rey T. Uy (Liberal)
 - Vice Mayor Allan P. Rellon (Liberal)
 - Total 192.00 km2 (74.13 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 - Total 224,809
 Density 935.1/km2 (2,421.9/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8100
Website [11]

Tagum City (Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Tagum/Siyudad sa Tagum, Filipino: Lungsod ng Tagum) is a 1st Class city in the 1st Congressional District of the Province of Davao del Norte, Philippines serving as its provincial capital.

It is estimated that the population reached 224,809 people in 2006, while 2010 projections of 240,599 will bring the cityhood to a "highly urbanized" status. According to the actual 2000 census, more than 179,531 people live in 36,560 households.

Cited as one of the 20 most viable and most competitive business sites in the Philippines in 2005 by the Philippine Cities Competitiveness Ranking Project, it is one of the fastest-growing cities in Mindanao. Tagum City has become a bustling center of culture, commerce, health services and entertainment in the Davao Region and in the whole Mindanao.[1]

In 2006, Tagum City became the Palm Tree City of the Philippines. It also holds an unofficial record for having the tallest Christmas tree in the Philippines. At 153 feet tall, the stunning structure erected at the Freedom Park at the back of the City Hall rivaled Puerto Princesa City's 100 feet tall Christmas tree. Tagum City is also the home of the world's biggest wooden rosary, made out of ironwood, located at the Christ The King Cathedral, also one of the region's biggest Catholic basilicas.

Since 2000, Tagum City annually hosts the Musikahan Festival aimed at showcasing the musical talents of Tagumeños, Mindanaoans and Filipinos in general, draws thousands of visitors both locally and internationally. Recently, the City is the only one in the Philippines to have a direct joint agreement with Venezuela for cultural exchange in line with the 11th Musikahan sa Tagum by 2011, thus putting the City in the world stage as the "Cultural Center of Mindanao," as affirmed by the University of the Philippines - College of Arts and Cultures.

Tagum City hosted three major national competitions recently, the National English Jazz Chants Festival, the National Schools Press Conference and the 9th Musikahan Festival. The 3rd International Rondalla Festival, the first international competition Tagum City will host, will catapult the city as one of the best-known cultural centers in Southeast Asia.

Tagum City is a part of Metropolitan Davao (Metro Davao) and the crossroad between all major cities in Mindanao.



Aerial Map of urban Tagum City.

Tagum City has a total land area of 19,580 hectares, which is predominantly occupied by agricultural lands utilized in various kinds of crops like coconut, rice, Cavendish banana, fruit trees and other non-commercial agricultural crops.

The city is strategically located at the northern part of southern Mindanao where it lies in the intersection of three (3) major road network system namely: the Phil-Japan Friendship Highway, the Davao-Mati, Davao-Agusan road and (soon to finished) Davao-Bukidnon road that connects the city to other major destinations in the region and in the entire Mindanao. With this, the city serves as a vital economic crossroad not only for the province, but for the entire Davao Region as well, linking Davao City to the northern city of Butuan (in Agusan del Norte), to Mati (in Davao Oriental) and the Surigao provinces.

It is located 55 kilometers north of Davao City, the main economic and administrative center of Region XI. As such, it is about 1 hour and 30 minutes travel time to Davao City. The city lies between 7°26′ N latitude and 125°48' E Longitude. It is bounded by the Municipalities of Asuncion, New Corella, and Mawab on the north, Maco on the east, and B.E. Dujali on the west. Carmen lies on its southwestern borders, while it faces the Davao Gulf directly to the south.


Tagum City skyline in nighttime.

Tagum City, from being a purely agricultural city, has become Mindanao's fastest-rising urban city due to its strategic location, being in the crossroads between the rural areas of Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley and the urban Metro Davao. Blessed with developed public infrastructure, the city manages to infiltrate the export industry with goods such as wood chips, veneer plywood, and wood lumber; however, fresh bananas remain as the chief export product of banana plantations in the city.

The rise of human resources, thanks to the influx of people from the countryside of Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley, has helped so much in the revenue generation of the City Local Government Unit (LGU).

Lately, tourism has also become of the city's main economic powerhouse. With 15 festivals in the city's calendar, the SMEs and the transportation sector has benefited with the rapid influx of domestic and international visitors visiting the various festivals conducted in the City.



Origin of Tagum

Madaum River.

There is no official record on the meaning Tagum, but a legend explains how the name Magugpo, the old name of Tagum, came about. At the beginning, Magugpo was nothing but a vast wilderness, inhabited by the Mansakas, Manguangans, Mandayas and the Kalagans in the coastal barangays. The name Magugpo was derived from the native word mago, a name of certain tree, and the ugpo means very high. According to the story, the natives were occupying a river basin inside the thickly covered forest where they could not even see the sun. The creek where the natives dwelt still exists, but the once abundant fresh water is now dead, unfortunately due to pollution.[2]

Early Development in 1920s and 1930s

The first real transformation of Magugpo occurred when the first immigrant, an intrepid pioneer from Moalboal, Cebu, by the name Sulpicio Quirante, came in October 1929. More migrants came from the Visayas and Luzon. These included Cebuanos like Hermogenes Alburo Misa, Don Ricardo Briz and Felix Senanggote; Boholanos in the person of Manuel Baura Suaybaguio, Sr.; and Joaquin Pereyras from Pangasinan and Alfredo Pulmano from La Union.

Physical land developments started to emerge when these migrants organized themselves into the Magugpo Homesteaders' Association and bought the homestead of Lolo Mandaya, a native. They subdivided the land into residential lots of 750 square meters each and sold these lots at P1.50 each to newcomers. The amount paid by the buyer also served as membership fee to the association.

In 1932, two engineers from Davao City, Engineers Ignacio and Alib, together with 15 laborers surveyed the trail for the national highway. During those times the only means of transportation from Davao City to Tagum was by boat using the Hijo and Tagum Rivers as its points of entry to Tagum. This explains why the seat of government was first located at Barangay Hijo, now the Hijo Plantation in Barangay Madaum. Another seat of settlement during those times was near the river banks of Barangay Pagsabangan, the place where the remains of Datu Bago, the hero of Davao, was buried.

The first physical landmarks of Magugpo therefore were a school building, a teacher's cottage, a rest house and a chapel, which were all constructed by the Homesteaders' Association in the early 1930s

Development in the 1940s and 1950s

The 1940’s was the establishment of the Municipality of Magugpo which was created by virtue of Executive Order No. 452, issued by then Commonwealth President Manuel L. Quezon on June 23, 1941. Before then, Magugpo was a municipal district of Davao City. It was created into a regular municipality in 1941 by a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Cesar Sotto, Davao’s representative to the National Assembly.

It was in 1941 that Tagum had its first local civil government under the leadership of Manuel Baura Suaybaguio, Sr. and Sulpicio Quirante. Both were appointed as the first Mayor and Vice Mayor, respectively. Before the infant municipality could take-off, World War II broke out. The war badly damaged the Magugpo settlement. Only five houses were left standing at Magugpo after the liberation. From the rubble of war, Suaybaguio and Quirante spearheaded the construction of houses, drugstores, stores and a church (which was constructed at its present site). Moreover, national government infrastructure projects such as the Davao Agusan national highway and the provincial roads to Kapalong and Saug paved the way to the influx of more immigrants to the municipality.

The local government of Magugpo was formalized with the holding of the first local election in 1947, the time of President Manuel A. Roxas of the infant Republic of the Philippines. Suaybaguio retained his position, gaining a new Vice Mayor in the person of Lucio Berdida.

Important changes were imposed such as the renaming of Magugpo to Tagum by virtue of municipal council resolution. In 1948, Mayor Suaybaguio transferred the seat of government from Hijo to Magugpo Poblacion. the following year saw the birth of a new municipality, Panabo. The then Vice Mayor Berdida who hailed from the said place was appointed as its Mayor, thereby paving the way for the assumption of Macario Bermudez as Vice Mayor.

In the 1950s, Tagum experienced significant changes, not only in the political arena but also in its physical structures. Under the administrations of Mayor Eliseo Villanueva Wakan and Mayor Hermigildo Baluyo, in 1951 and 1955 respectively, the people of Tagum witnessed some physical transformation of the town. There was massive construction of roads. The Municipal Hall was constructed at its present site. The old municipal health center along Bonifacio St. was also put up. A public market site was also officially acquired.

Economically, Tagum was slowly becoming a convenient place for traders to exchange products with neighboring municipalities. The booming abaca and coconut industries in the early 1950s contributed significantly to the growth of the local economy. Alongside the economic development, came the establishment of two schools/colleges, Holy Cross College (now St. Mary’s College) and Mindanao Colleges (now University of Mindanao) which were then the only providers of tertiary education in the province outside Davao City. The presence of these two (2) schools was slowly contributing to making Tagum another possible educational center for Davao.

Development in the 1960s and 1970s

Tagum’s role as an important center for various activities was highlighted in 1967. It was a banner year for the municipality because it became the seat of the provincial government of Davao del Norte, when the whole of Davao was finally divided into three (3) provinces: Del Norte, Del Sur and Oriental. Tagum became a capital town, signaling its continued march to progress. In the 1971 local elections, after 16 years in office, Baloyo was replaced by Gementiza. Fortunately for Gementiza’s administration, the economic losses of the dying abaca sector and the receding importance of the coconut industry were more than off-set by the gains of the emerging banana plantations in and around Tagum. Indeed, the banana impetus propelled the total development of Tagum into a bustling metropolis. The once sleepy town became the beehive of business activities in Southeastern Mindanao. The very progressive economy then made it easier for Gementiza’s administration to undertake infrastructure development projects such as the expansion of the municipal hall, concreting of the public market (through loan from Development Bank of the Philippines), the asphalting of more municipal roads and opening of more barangay roads. In the process, various offices were created: Municipal Engineering Office, Municipal Planning and Development Office, Municipal Assessor’s Office and the Fire Station.

Development in the 1980s

The 1980s were turbulent years for Tagum, politically-speaking. There was a heavy turnover of local officials for various reasons. Tolentino’s administration which started in 1980, was rocked by anomalies, thus forcing him to resign from office 16 months after taking his oath. Tolentino’s resignation led to the appointment of Prospero Estabillo as Mayor and Victorio Suaybaguio, Jr. as Vice Mayor. As a result, there were major changes in the positions of the Council Members.

Like the rest of the nation, Tagum suffered political instability and serious peace and order problems during the first five (5) years of the decade. The EDSA Revolution in 1986 practically changed the political climate. Baltazar Sator who was appointed OIC-Mayor then, was late elected as Congressman in 1987. Victorio Suaybaguio, Jr., eventually assumed the leadership of the town after the 1988 election.

In spite of the prevailing political unrest in the early eighties, Tagum continuously enjoyed an expanding economy, though at a slower pace. There might have been a slight slump in the banana industry, but the discovery of abundant mineral resources, specifically gold, in various areas of Davao Province triggered the local economies, not just in Tagum but in the neighboring municipalities as well. Thus, in the later part of the decade, the construction sector grew at an unprecedented pace. Towards the 1990s and onwards, Tagum has been undoubtedly turning itself into a strategic and important growth center in Southeastern Mindanao.

Development in the 1990s

Maharlika Highway - Gov. Generoso Bridge Junction to Tagum City (right) and to the Municipality of Carmen (left).

The 1990s have been significant years not only for Tagum, but for the entire Philippine Government bureaucracy. There was a radical change in the system of government through the passage of Republic Act 7160 otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991. By virtue of the said Republic Act, decentralization had taken off. The former centralized form of government became decentralized through devolution. As an effect, local government units (LGUs) were given additional functions, powers, authorities and responsibilities.

Although, the decentralization policy of state was very relevant and vital for local and national development, however, there were also problems and issues that were encountered along the process of its implementation. For Tagum, financial and organizational problems were felt by the local officialdom. This was because the former municipality has broader areas of services with only limited financial and manpower resources. But this situation had been gradually resolved through various revenue raising strategies and grants/aids from the national and foreign funding institutions.

One of the significant accomplishments of the officialdom of Tagum during the 1990s was its elevation from a second to first class municipality. This opened a gateway to increase its financial resources through the Internal Revenue Allocation (IRA) from the national government and local revenues.

Maharlika Highway, the driving force for the growth of Tagum City.

This was under the leadership of Hon Victorio R. Suaybaguio, Jr. who sat as mayor Tagum for three (3) consecutive terms (1988-1998).As a matter of fact, during the 1995 election, all incumbent elected officials of Tagum, from Mayor down to the municipal councilors, were unopposed, making a significant event in the political history of Tagum.

The fast urbanization of Tagum from the late 80s to 1990 which was attributed to the mushrooming of business establishments and other commercial activities, increasing population and services and other factors, has caused various problems and needs, like roads, drainage, the increasing numbers of squatters, upscaling trend of traffic congestion in major streets, garbage and sanitation, land use and others. Confronted by this situation, the local government of Tagum engaged into the revision of its Municipal Comprehensive Development Plan (MCDP). This was spearheaded by the Municipal Planning and Development Office (MPDO) with the assistance from the University College of Architecture Foundation, Inc.(UP ARKI) , Manila and the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLRB), Region XI.

The MCDP was approved in December 1993.And during that year, Tagum was the second municipality in Region XI which had an approved Municipal Comprehensive Development Plan.

Tagum had increased the number of its barangays when the division of Barangay Poblacion which is an urbanized barangay of Tagum occurred in 1995. This resulted to the creation of four (4 ) new barangays, namely, Barangay Magugpo North, Barangay Magugpo South, Barangay Magugpo East and Barangay Magugpo West.

Another important event happened particularly in 1997 was the transfer of public market to the new P60 Million public market which is more than a kilometer away from the old market. The new market was constructed in a seven (7) hectare donated land by the Pereyras family. The said area is also the site of the new Tagum Overland Transport Integrated Terminal (TOTIT) worth P 60 Million and the Livestock Auction Center worth P 2.5 Million.

Foremost of the development of Tagum in 1990s was its conversion into a Component City of Davao del Norte. Congressman Baltazar Sator sponsored House Bill No.7509 in the House of Congress. Prior to its approval, a public hearing was conducted in Tagum by the Committee on Local Government of the House of Congress, chaired by Hon. Congressman Ciriaco Alfelor. The said law passed all the requisites in the House of Congress, resulting to its approval.

Then, Republic Act 8472 “An Act converting the Municipality of Tagum into a City, to be known as the City of Tagum” was passed to the House of Senate through the sponsorship of Hon. Senator Vicente Sotto III.

Early Stages of Cityhood (late 90's and beyond 2000)

Tagum City's tallest Christmas Tree erected during the Christmas celebrations of 2006.

In January 30, 1998, the said Republic Act was signed into law by His Excellency Fidel V. Ramos and it was ratified through a plebiscite in Tagum on March 7, 1998.

The incumbent Municipal Mayor, Hon. Victorio R. Suaybaguio, Jr., who served his last term in the office, became the first City Mayor of Tagum. His incumbency as the first city mayor was only for a short period, however, because he resigned from the office to seek for higher political position. In May 1998 election, Suaybaguio run as Vice Governor in Davao del Norte. By virtue of the law, Arrel R. Olaño, the incumbent City Vice Mayor took over the position as the City Mayor. However, he only served in his capacity as the mayor for short period because he also resigned and sought for higher political position as board member in the provincial government.

Mayor Rey T. Uy signing the contract for the construction of the new City Hall of Tagum.

The next higher in rank in the officialdom was the first city councilor in the person of Hon. Octavio R. Valle. By this capacity, he took over the position as the Vice Mayor and became the Acting City Mayor of Tagum while running as Vice Mayor in the May 1998 election.

The first elected City Officials of Tagum assumed office in July 1, 1998 under the leadership of Mayor Rey T. Uy and Vice Mayor Gerardo R. Racho. In 2001, Uy failed in his reelection bid to Gelacio P. Gementiza, but regained the mayoralty seat in the 2004 elections as Gementiza became provincial governor of Davao del Norte.

The recent 2007 local elections saw the reelectionists-tandem Uy and Allan L. Rellon pitted against the opposition candidates Meliton D. Lemos and running-mate, Geterito T. Gementiza.

At present, the incumbent local chief executives, with the support of the City Legislative Council and various LGU organizations, initiated political will to forge a new brand of public administration. The current mayor, Rey T Uy, replicated some of his management principles and strategies in the corporate world to his local office.

The incumbent city administration introduced dynamic reforms in local governance, most importantly in infrastructure development. These reforms served as a gateway towards more efficient and effective delivery of public services and socio-economic programs. Fast urbanization and physical transformation of Tagum City is particularly evident compared to the previous years.

Corporate Seal

The Corporate Seal of the City of Tagum.

The City Seal uses a classic "crest-and-ribbon" style with a golden crest that symbolizes the golden image of the city reflected in its gold trade industry.

Emblazoned also in the crest are the symbols of the agricultural products of the city, including the cut-flower industry. The other products shown are durian, banana and coconut.

On the lower-right side are the interlocking gears that symbolize the city's leap into modernization evident in the boom in infrastructure, trade and commerce.

The brown lines inside the crest symbolize the points of the compass; as a trade center of products, Tagum City is the main commercial hub of the gold and agriculture industry of Northern Davao.

Finally, the words "City of Tagum, Province of Davao del Norte" inside a green and a brown ribbon proclaim the city's pride in its people and its land.[3]


Barangay Map of Tagum City

Tagum City is politically subdivided into 23 barangays.

Barangays of the City of Tagum
Barangay Population (CY 2007) Area (Hectares)
Apokon 21,856 630
Bincungan 3,672 1,485
Busaon 3,427 1,056
Canocotan 9,665 2,655
Cuambogan 5,314 880
La Filipina 9,780 550
Liboganon 2,341 612
Madaum 9,665 2,665
Magdum 8,900 2,655
Magugpo Central 6,325 980.55
Magugpo East 16,136 255.51
Magugpo North 10.092 73.48
Magugpo South 11,778 134.03
Magugpo West 12,334 216.43
Mankilam 32,011 1,176
New Balamban 1,421 520
Nueva Fuerza 1,512 616
Pagsabangan 4,489 1,350
Pandapan 1,715 530
San Agustin 873 522
San Isidro 3,843 802
San Miguel 12,511 609
Visayan Village 30,756 1,520


Tagum City National Comprehensive High School
La Filipina National High School

Tagum City is known for its successful literacy program in schools spearheaded by the Project REY (Reading Empowers Youth) Project and the leadership of the LGU in education-related activities. The City Government is also known for their school construction projects, known as "LGU Type" buildings, built to improve the school facilities in Tagum City, in general. Most notable schools with these construction projects are Tagum City National High School, Magugpo Pilot Central Elementary School and Tagum City National Comprehensive High School.

With these, Tagum City won as National Champion (Component City Category) in the Search for the Most Outstanding LGU in the Implementation of the National Literacy Program in the year 2001. In addition, in the years 2004 and 2005, Tagum City ended as 2nd Place Winner in the National Level (Component City Category) Search for the Most Outstanding LGU in the Implementation of the National Literacy Program.

Tagum City has been chosen by the Department of Education as the host for the National Schools Press Conference on February 2010, with all public schools housing all participants while two private schools are commissioned as contest areas for writing, layout and scriptwriting events.

Tagum City has 22 colleges, 10 high schools and 34 primary institutions offering elementary education.

Tertiary Education

  • University of Mindanao - Tagum City (UMTC)
  • AMA Computer College - Tagum City (ACLC)
  • St. Mary's College of Tagum (SMC)
  • Queen of Apostles College Seminary (QACS)
  • St. Therese Driving School
  • North Davao College Tagum Foundation (NDC Tagum)
  • Narisma Computer Literacy
  • Academia de Davao College (ADDC)
  • Aces Tagum College (ATC)
  • Davao North Phil Institute of Technology Foundation
  • Computer Innovation Center (CIC)
  • Philippine Institute of Technical Education
  • Arriesgado College Foundation
  • Tagum National Trade School
  • University of Southeastern Philippines
  • Liceo de Davao
  • Magugpo Institute of Technology
  • St. Michael Technical School
  • Sandugo Institute of Technology
  • STI Tagum
  • Sto. Nino College of Science and Technology
  • St. Michael Technical School
  • Colegio de Capitolio

Secondary Education

Public High Schools

  • Tagum City National High School (TCNHS)
  • Tagum City National Comprehensive High School (TCNCHS)
  • Laureta National High School (LNHS)
  • Tagum National Trade School (TNTS)
  • Jose Tuason Jr. Memorial National High School (JTJMNHS)
  • Pipisan Maug National High School
  • La Filipina National High School (LFNHS)

Private High Schools

  • University of Mindanao - Tagum City (UMTC)
  • St. Mary's College of Tagum (SMC)
  • Assumpta School of Tagum (AST)
  • Letran de Davao
  • Maximo Mirafuentes Academy (MMA)
  • St. Lorenzo Ruiz Academy (SLRA)

Elementary Education

Public Elementary Schools

  • Magugpo Pilot Central Elementary School
  • Magugpo Pilot Imelda Elementary School
  • Rizal 1 Elementary School
  • Rizal 2 Elementary School
  • Visayan Village Elementary School
  • Mangga Elementary School
  • Apokon Elementary School
  • Laureta Elementary School
  • La Filipina Elementary School
  • Liboganon Elementary School
  • Bingcungan Elementary School
  • Busaon Elementary School
  • Cuambogan Elementary School
  • Garinan Elementary School
  • Madaum Elementary School
  • Pagsabangan Elementary School
  • Mankilam Elementary School
  • Suaybaguio-Riña Elementary School
  • Odell Elementary School
  • San Isidro Elementary School
  • Nueva Fuerza Elementary School
  • New Balamban Elementary School
  • Pandapan Elementary School
  • Col. Saludares Elementary School
  • Don Ricardo Briz Elementary School
  • Herculina L. Edig Elementary School
  • Union Elementary School

Private Elementary Schools

  • St. Mary's College of Tagum (SMC)
  • Assumpta School of Tagum
  • University of Mindanao - Tagum City (UMTC)
  • Liceo De Davao
  • Center for Innovative School
  • Sunbeam Elementary School
  • SDA Elementary School
  • St. Lorenzo Ruiz Academy (SLRA)

Tourism and infrastructure

A panoramic photograph of Tagum City.

Since 2007, Tagum City has erected and improved many major landmarks and notable commercial infrastructures, to name a few:

LGU Projects

  • The New City Hall, the only government institution in the Philippines featuring a futuristic architecture similar to that of the Australian National Parliament Building, located at Barangay Apokon and is now open for public use, although construction for the remaining phases is still going on.
  • Tagum Cultural Trade Center, located in the heart of the city, serves as one of the main trading hubs, with vendors selling many products brought into the city.
  • The renovation of the current City Hall and expansion of the Freedom Park of Tagum located at Magugpo Central.
  • The Tagum Overland Transport Integrated Terminal (TOTIT) located at Magugpo West, is the main transport hub for buses, jeepneys, and multicabs plying to all major destinations from the city, namely Davao City, Butuan City, Surigao City and Mati.
  • Renovation of the Tagum City Public Market that includes the construction of a mini-park in front of the market and a mini-terminal for multicabs and motorcycles.
  • Royal Palm trees planted along the major highways of the city, thus bringing the title "Palm City of the Philippines" to Tagum City's bragging rights.
  • Expansion and beautification of the main thoroughfares throughout the city, notably the lane widening of the National Highway (Maharlika Highway).
  • Fabrication of street signs.
  • Renovation of public elementary and secondary school buildings under the "LGU Type" architecture.
  • Construction of the Rotary Sports Complex, located at Magugpo Central, which houses the only urban beach volleydrome in Mindanao.
  • The renovated La Filipina Public Cemetery located at La Filipina, which features a first-class memorial park layout.
  • Renovation of the Freedom Park beside the current City Hall on Magugpo Central and the construction of Rotary Park (Magugpo Central) and Energy Park (Apokon). The latter compound houses the edifice of the Department of Education - Tagum City Division, the Bureau of Food and Drugs Region XI Satellite Office, and the Boy and Girl Scouts Camping Site. Currently, the Technical Education Skills Development Authority Division office is also constructed in the site.
  • The Provincial Capitol of Davao del Norte, located at Mankilam, is the seat of government in the Province of Davao del Norte.
  • The Christ The King Cathedral, located at Magugpo South, is the biggest Catholic basilica in Mindanao and features a modern architecture, a park dotted with the Stations of the Cross and the biggest wooden rosary in the world.

Commercial Projects

  • Construction of the Gaisano Grand Tagum Mall, located at Magugpo Central (Gamao) and Gaisano Mall of Tagum (still under construction), located at Briz District, Magugpo East


Tagum City, being in broadcast range from television and cable stations based in Davao City, has no indigenous media industry until 2005, when RMN Radio started airing as Radyo Natin Tagum. Three radio stations (X88 FM, Pure FM and K95 FM) started airing after the local media explosion in 2007. Another radio station, 100.7 FM, started airing in the waves by January 2010.

Aside from the said five radio stations, Tagum City has two AM Stations, several local tabloids and newspapers and one local cable channel, signifying the start of the expression of media freedom in the city, thanks to the improved income of the city.

These and the support of the LGU, led by the City Information Office, made Tagum City the viable host for the 2010 National Schools Press Conference, one of the biggest journalism competitions for elementary and secondary journalists throughout the country.


Due to improvements of infrastructure, 49 cities and municipalities all over the country from as far north as the town of Aguinaldo in Ifugao province and farther south, the town of Bongao in Tawi-tawi province, had sent Lakbay Aral tour officials to Tagum. [4]

Festivals held around the year also bring tourists, both locally and internationally, to the City, most notably during the Musikahan season and the New Year celebrations, where people from nearby Davao City witness the 30-minute fireworks show, as their City Government prohibit the firing of any form of fireworks so as to avoid causalities. And the 30-minute fireworks can be clearly seen in Briz District.

Aside from that, people from neighboring municipalities and provinces visit Tagum City for commercial, business, civil and personal purposes, as the city now hosts major amenities and services that ease up congestion in Davao City.

Future Developments

As the city is now racing to become one of the best-performing First-class cities in the country, improvement of infrastructure has been intensified, notably with the construction of the New City Hall in Apokon. Roads have been widened, highway islands now being planted with flowers and streetlights improved, aside from the newly-posted street names and signs.

Also, in line with the city's hosting of the National Schools Press Conference, school infrastructure has been improved: school grounds are now lined with paving blocks, classrooms restructured and nearby businesses given help.

In preparation in the hosting of the 3rd International Rondalla Festival, the city is finishing the New City Hall's construction, already operational during the 2010 Musikahan sa Tagum Festival and the NSPC 2010.

Informally declared by City Mayor Uy, the city will prepare to bid for the 2011 Palarong Pambansa. The Provincial Government of Davao del Norte, already in the initial phase of renovation of the damaged Davao Sports Complex, may coordinate in this endeavor, making Tagum City the main sports center in the Davao Region.

Cultural activities and festivities

Musical band performing during Musikahan sa Tagum 2009.
Choir chorale performing during Musikahan sa Tagum 2007.
Participants on parade during the Binuhat Festival.
Tagumeños visiting Freedom Park during Binuhat Festival.
City and Muslim Community officials during the Pakaradjan Festival.
Christmas celebrations in Tagum City alongside the tallest christmas tree in the Philippines.
2008 New Year fireworks.

There are 15 festivals celebrated in Tagum City, within the initiative of the City Tourism Council. The goal of these festivals is to showcase and develop the skills, talents and capabilities of all sectors in the population, which makes Tagum City the so-called "City of Festivals".

Most notably, Tagum City has been known as the Music Capital of Mindanao for its Musikahan Festival, focusing on musicians of all ages from the different regions of Mindanao and of the whole Philippines, which starts on February, making it "The First Festival of Davao Region". The City also has been the first and the only city in the whole Philippines so far to support the gay community through the Binuhat Festival.

  • Musikahan sa Tagum
    • Musikahan Festival in Tagum City is a distinct cultural event that celebrates the Filipino excellence in musical composition, performance and production, the end goal of which it to provide the youth with more opportunities to excel in the Music Industry. The annual festival engenders a vision of a fairer and brighter future for the youth through the enhancement of skills in arts and in building creative pathways for gainful employment specially for the out-of school youth. Last year, through the City Ordinance No. 237, series of 2007, Musikahan sa Tagum Festival is celebrated every February 21 to 27.[5] In 2010, the competitions have reached the national level, catering contestants as far as Ilocos Region.
  • Araw ng Tagum
    • Tagum City commemorates its establishment as a city in the annual Araw ng Tagum celebration every March 7.

For the 2010 celebrations, the city has prepared a weeklong celebration for the Araw ng Tagum that is a continuation of the celebrations started during the Musikahan and the NSPC hosting.

  • Summer Sports Festival (May 15-21)
    • An eco-adventure and urban challenge promoting the advocacy on the call to care our environment through sports in celebration of the Earth Day, Ocean Month, and Environment Month every April, May and June respectively. The festival is held in the month of May.[6] Also part of the festival is the "XTreme Gay-mes", a sports competition for the gay community of Tagum.
  • Durian Festival (July 18-August 17)
    • It is a festival celebrated during the month of September up to October that gathers the Durian Growers from the province of Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley and convene in the City of Tagum provide and offer the lowest rate of Durian fruits for the consumers. During the festival celebration, several cultural presentations are showcased nightly to give entertainment to the people around taking good times with the Durian fruits.[7]
  • Binuhat Festival (July 20-26)
    • The City Tourism Council had initiated the Binuhat Festival designed for all the gays, called by Tagumeños as "Binuhat" or "Creations", from any point in Mindanao. Binuhat Festival is one of the festivals being prepared thoroughly since the start of the year in order to give enjoyment to the people and the opportunity to the gays to show their talents and skills in all sort of activities prepared for them.[8]
  • Kaimonan Festival (October 10)
    • The word "kaimonan" means gathering. Kaimonan Festival is a gathering of the four dominant tribes in Tagum City, Mansaka, Mandaya, Kalagan and Dibabaon to celebrate a bountiful harvest and to give thanks to their God known as "Magbabaya". This celebration showcasing different rituals, tribals songs and dances such as Courtship "Pagkinarimay", Wedding "Pagbaroy", Birth "Pagka-otaw", Abduction " Pagkamang sang Utaw", Rescue "Pagluwas, Pangapog "Offering" and War dance "Pagpangayaw". Kaimonan Festival has started five years ago since 2003. It is celebrated every 10th day of the month of October. This is in accordance with the Republic Act 8371 known as IPRA (Indigenous Peoples Rights Act) Law that upholds, promote, develop and preserve the culture and tradition of the Indigenous People as reflected in chapter 6 section 29 of the said law.
  • Pakaradjan Festival (October 29-November 2)
    • Its a unique and special gathering of dominant Muslim tribes in Tagum City, such as the Ka'gans (original settlers), Maranaos, Maguindanaos, Iranons and Tausogs showcasing their cultural talents in playing Kulintang (music instrument) and traditional dances with a common goal of preserving and promoting their beliefs and traditionss. It is a celebration of music, dances and cultural presentation with the beat and rhythm of Kulintang, Dobakan and Agong.
  • Indayog sa Tagum Dance Congress Festival
    • A festival gathering of dance performers, choreographers, directors and educators from all over Mindanao to celebrate the dance arts and culture ranging from traditional, folk to contemporary expressions and scenario and shall features performances, competitions and lecture-demonstrations.[9]
  • Halal Food Festival
    • A showcase of the Muslim delicacies prepared through the right Halal rituals and rules.
  • Feast of Christ the King Celebrations (3rd Sunday of November)
    • In celebration of Tagum City's patron, the Christ the King, the celebrations last for three days, starting in the Triduum until the Feast Day, which falls on the third Sunday of November, the last Sunday in the Catholic Ordinary Time before Advent.
  • Christmas Celebrations (December)
    • In preparation of Christmas, the City Government of Tagum prepares decor-attractions for Tagumeños and its visitors to adore and behold, such as lanterns, lights and facades. The climax of these decor-attractions is the Christmas tree in Freedom Park. Each year, the design and the height of the tree varies; in 2006, Tagum City recorded the tallest Christmas tree in the Philippines with a height of 153 ft., and in 2007, the Christmas tree was uniquely designed after the seal of the City of Tagum. Last year's Christmass tree was a reprise of 2006's design.[10]



  1. ^ [1]|The Official Website of the City of Tagum
  2. ^ [2]|Tagum City Profile
  3. ^ [3]|The Official Website of the City of Tagum
  4. ^ [4]|Tagum City Profile
  5. ^ [5]|Musikahan Festival
  6. ^ [6]|Summer Sports Festival
  7. ^ [7]|Durian Festival
  8. ^ [8]|Binuhat Festival
  9. ^ [9]|Indayog Festival
  10. ^ [10]|Christmas Celebrations

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