Davao del Norte

Araw ng Tagum

Araw ng Tagum, also known as Tagum Day, celebrates the historic event of the cityhood of Tagum, Davao del Norte, Philippines every March 7. In 1998, Republic Act No. 8472 was ratified through a plebiscite that converted the town to a city.

March 7 is a holiday by virtue of executive issuance from the Office of the President such as Proclamation No. 1312 in 2022.

The city also celebrates the Ugmad Festival every September.

History of Tagum City

Tagum is located in Davao del Norte, which is part of the Davao Region that is also composed of Davao de Oro, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental and Davao Occidental. It is named after the Tagum River, which is part of the Tagum-Libuganon River Basin that spans the Davao Region, Compostela Valley, and Agusan del Sur.

It was settled by indigenous people called Mandaya and Mansaya, and later it was inhabited by Kagan Muslims. Its oldest written record was by Jesuit missionaries in Mindanao in the 1870s.

In the American occupation, it was one of several municipal districts of the historical province of Davao through Act No. 2711 that was approved by Governor General Francis Burton Harrison on March 10, 1917.

Development in those times occurred in Magugpo when a pioneering migrant named Sulpicio Quirante who arrived in 1929, followed by more settlers from Luzon and Visayas. Magugpo became a municipality through Executive Order No. 452 by President Manuel L. Quezon on June 23, 1941, and it was renamed Tagum in 1948.

When Davao was split into Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, and Davao del Sur through Philippine Republic Act No. 4867 on May 8, 1967, it became the seat of the government of the newly formed Davao del Norte.

Tagum became a city by virtue of Republic Act No. 8472 that was signed by President Fidel V. Ramos on January 30, 1998. It was enacted by a plebiscite on March 7, 1998, and this is the date that Araw ng Tagum celebrates annually.

Araw ng Tagum Activities

Activities of Araw ng Tagum include civic-military parade, cultural programs, exhibits, and beauty pageant Mutya ng Tagum.

How to reach Tagum City

Buses from Manila pass through Tagum City. Alternatively, it is also one hour land-based trip from Davao International Airport.


Araw ng Tagum Summary

NameAraw ng Tagum
CelebrationCityhood, History
DateMarch 7
Duration1 day
LocationTagum City, Davao del Norte
OrganizerCity Government of Tagum