Mount Apo is a large solfataric, potentially-active stratovolcano in the island of Mindanao, Philippines. With an altitude of 2,954 metres (9,692 feet), it is the highest mountain in the Philippines. The peak overlooks Davao City 40 kilometres (25 miles) to the northeast. The volcano is one of the most popular climbing destinations in the Philippines taking two days to reach the top.
Davao started as a Moro settlement on the banks of the Davao River. Documentation began in 1848 when Don Jose Oyanguren defeated the Moros under Datu Bago, chieftain of the river settlers. A Christian settlement named Nueva Vergara was built and in 1858 it was named the fourth district of Mindanao. Nueva Vergara became known by its native name, Davao. Davao had a great economic potential, but no industry was developed by the Spainards.
The American occupation started in 1890 and Davao was noticed as having a rich potential in agriculture development. Before the outbreak of World War II, Davao had a large population of Japanese immigrant workers who contributed greatly to the economic advancement of Davao.
Davao became a chartered city in March 16, 1936. Nippongo language was taught to the students, side by side with the National Language and English. However, only few students attended classes. Life was not in normal condition due to the atrocities committed by the Japanese soldiers during World War II. The city was completely destroyed.
After WWII, Davao developed principal industries in logging, copra, banana, corn, abaca, ramie, mining, and fishing. Now Davao is recognized as the center of commerce and trade in Mindanao. Today it is one of the fastest growing cities in the Philippines.
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Modern Day Davao
Davao Philippines Climate
Davao City is typhoon-free due to its location. The city enjoys a weather that remains balmy all year round. It is characterized by a uniform distribution of rainfall, temperature, humidity, and air pressure.
Davao has no pronounced wet or dry season. Weather predictability makes it highly conducive to agricultural production. Temperature ranges from 20 to 32 degrees Celsius (68 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit) and average rainfall is up to 2,000 mm (79 inches) yearly.