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Mayor Sara Dutetre-Carpio conferred on Tuesday the Datu Bago Award to seven Dabawenyos who have shown the exemplary contribution to Davao City.

The Datu Bago Award is the highest award bestowed by the city government on Dabawenyos and it is given annually during the founding anniversary of the city which is celebrated on March 16.

During the 48th Conferment of Datu Bago Awards at the Royal Mandaya Hotel on Tuesday, Duterte-Carpio said she envied the awardees because she does not see herself passing all the criteria for the award.

In her speech, the mayor admitted laughing by herself while imagining that in case she does win the award, her citation would be: she went down fighting like Datu Bago most noteworthy of her enemies are two speakers — Speaker Boy Nograles and Speaker Bebot Alvarez.

Nograles used to be the bitter political rival of her father, President Rodrigo Duterte. Duterte-Carpio called Alvarez an “asshole” and urged Congress to kick him out as Speaker.

The mayor led the conferment of the Datu Bago Award to this year’s awardees namely:

1) Bro. Carlito Gaspar, author and staunch advocate of peace with extensive peacebuilding efforts through interfaith dialogues and ecumenical involvements in Mindanao;

2) Norma Javallena, an environmental pioneer and trailblazer and a long-term advocate for the protection of children’s rights;

3) Belen Laud, a byword in the cooperative world having served on the board of nine cooperatives for different terms and consultation services as an accredited mediator-conciliator, cooperative auditor and lecturer;

4) Dr. Aland David Mizell, an American social scientist who spent his life in Davao City serving the disadvantaged and the marginalized and established the Minority Care International (MCI) offering many programs beneficial to the marginalized youth;

5) Ricardo Obenza Jr, an environmentalist, a teacher and an artist and has devoted more than 40 years of his life to ensure a better environment through arts and planting programs for Davao city’s children;

6) Beethoven Sur, a Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary district director advocating environmental protection and a supporter to education and humanitarian outreach program; and,

7) Nieto Vito blazed the trail for education for special education and for the scholars of the Japanese government and sports development of the children with special needs.

The awardees are recognized for their outstanding, exemplary and selfless contribution to the growth and development of Davao City and for their invaluable contribution to the preservation of the Dabawenyo culture heritage.

Datu Bago was a warrior who fought the invading Spaniards and hindered them from conquering Davao. He was called “Bawwangin” by the local tribes and, a brave Kagan Chieftain.

In 1839, Davao historians said Datu Bago joined by the Bagobo and Kagan tribes, struck his greatest blow against foreign invaders. He was of a Kagan, Tausug and Maguindanawon ancestry and settled in Bagobo land now known as Davao where he fought long and hard in keeping Davao Gulf free from foreign control. (Lilian C. Mellejor/PNA)