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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