Sulop Founding Anniversary is observed in the municipality of Sulop, Davao del Sur, Philippines every April 24th. The date can be declared a special holiday through presidential proclamations (example, Proclamation No. 472 in 2018).
History of Sulop, Davao del Sur
Aboriginal groups such as B’laans, Bagobos, and Tagacaolo were the first inhabitants of Sulop. In fact, its name comes from the word among Tagacaolo’s that means a swamp for that was the lay-out of the land and it was bordered by forests where wildlife teemed.
The aboriginal people were displaced as migrants came to call the place their home. People from Bohol, Cebu, Iloilo, and Leyte arrived and cleared the land to be tranformed into fields suitable for farming.
Sulop was created an independent town when it separated from the administrative jurisdiction of the municipality of Padada through Executive Order No. 295 signed by President Elpidio Quirino on April 24, 1958. This is the date on which the town’s yearly founding anniversary is based.
Its land area was made up of territories that are adjacent to Sulop, and bounded by the towns of Padada, Malalag, and Kiblawan. Nestor Comabig was appointed as the first mayor.
How to reach Sulop, Davao del Sur
One can book a flight to Davao International Airport and take a ride to Digos, the capital of Davao del Sur. Sulop is about half an hour away (about 20 kilometers) from Digos.
- Proclamation No. 472, s. 2018. Official Gazette. Retrieved April 10, 2023
- Executive Order No. 295, s. 1958. Official Gazette. Retrieved April 10, 2023
- History. Municipality of Sulop. Retrieved on April 10, 2023
- Executive Summary. Commission on Audit. Retrieved April 10, 2023