Monday, December 15, 2008

My World#4 Chinatown Davao

This part of our city is known for business establishments owned by Filipino-Chinese businessmen. This street was originally named Uyanguren St. after the first Spanish governor, Don Jose Uyanguren. Don Uyanguren defeated in 1847 the ruling Muslim chieftain, Datu Bago and drove his people away to the hinterlands.

More previously known for its hardware and electrical stores years ago, the recent influx of other Asian nationalities made this part of the city into an international shopping area of goods from Korea, Taiwan and China. At this time of year with the Christmas shopping at its peak, the traffic in this area is almost always horrendous at any time of the day but it is usually a small price to pay for really good bargains.

Uyanguren St. is now named Ramon Magsaysay Ave. and is now part of the proposed Chinatown of Davao City. The Filipino-Chinese community of the city built the arch on the picture just this year. Another arch is still being constructed at the other end of this avenue which is just a stone’s throw away from Magsaysay Park, another city landmark. This picture was taken on the intersection of C.M. Recto Ave and Magsaysay Ave.

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Louise December 15, 2008 at 8:11 PM  

Very nice post/pictures. I love Chinatowns now matter where they are.

chrome3d December 15, 2008 at 8:53 PM  

That´s a great looking gate. The traffic seems quite okay to me in your photos!

bintang December 15, 2008 at 8:59 PM  

Oh..this kind of gate can be find at a chinatown in my place all the chinatown need this gate :)

FickleMinded December 15, 2008 at 9:49 PM  

ang tahimik ng Chinatown diyan compare sa Chinatown sa Manila.Parang hindi masyadong busy.
My orld

alicesg December 15, 2008 at 10:59 PM  

Very lovely photo of chinatown from your part of the world. Happy Tuesday

Anonymous December 15, 2008 at 11:14 PM  

Wow...if ever I have the chance to go to Davao, I hope to see this place, too.

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Guy D December 16, 2008 at 12:48 AM  

Great shots of Chinatown, I'd love to visit in person. Hope you have a great week.

Regina In Pictures

Arija December 16, 2008 at 4:12 AM  

I like your post. We have a Chinatown in our city too.
My post this week is on my favourite Chinese restaurant.

fishing guy December 16, 2008 at 7:34 AM  

What a neat look at part of your city, thanks for sharing.

Robert V. Sobczak December 16, 2008 at 1:39 PM  

An interesting gateway. We don't realize how unique things are until we look at them in comparison to other areas.

The Good Life in Virginia December 16, 2008 at 6:16 PM  

interesting history of this part of your world...and how time has changed as to who inhabits the area.
enjoyed your photos.

Allan Barredo December 17, 2008 at 10:54 PM  

Chinatown davao? thats nice! sana maging parang Ongpin sa Manila :)

Lawstude December 19, 2008 at 4:52 PM  

i have seen this very structure in davao when i was there walkng around the city center. thanks for sharing.

koala January 23, 2009 at 5:46 AM  

Wow, there really is a Chinatown in every major city in the world.

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