Ang Dabawenyo Ko. What does that mean? It means “I am a Davaoenyo” or I am a person from Davao, I guess.
Today, I am proclaiming myself as a Dabawenyo. I love Davao, and I have lived here for 6 years already. Thus, I feel that I can proudly proclaim myself to be a Dabawenyo. I love Durian, which is the King of Fruits in Davao. Pomelo too! So, why not say that I am a Dabawenyo? Other people who are Citizens of Davao, who even come from families who are pioneers of the City have told me that I am already a Dabawenyo. And, I am proud to accept the moniker too.
So, can a foreigner be a Dabawenyo? Or, from some other City for that matter? Can a foreigner living in General Santos be a General? Can a foreigner living in Cebu be a Cebuano? I think that we can. If we are proud of the place where we live, if we try our best to fit in with local customs, if we enjoy the local foods, if we love the people of the place, why could we not be called by the name that is declared for that City?
I live in Davao, and have for 6 years now. A lot of local people know me, and I interact with them. I am learning to speak Bisaya (and doing pretty good, I’d have to admit!). I enjoy many of the local foods. And, one of the big keys would be that I do what I can to help promote Davao to others! Through this website and other sites that I have, I can honestly say that I have been responsible for a number of people visiting Davao, and some even deciding to live here permanently. I am proud of that. I am proud of Davao. When somebody comes here, looks around, and decides that they like the place and want to live here, I am proud of that too.
Now, don’t take me wrong, if you are living in Cebu, I am not knocking Cebu. I am not knocking Marilao, Manila or Cagayan de Oro City. It’s just that I don’t live in those places, since I live in Davao, I make these efforts for Davao. If you live in one of those other places, you should be proud of your place too! If you live somewhere and you are not proud of the place, why do you live there, after all?
Ang Dabawenyo gyud ko. Dabawenyo ka ba pud?