Osmeña Park in Davao City


One of the most visited parks in Davao, definitely next to People’s Park and Magsaysay Park is Osmeña Park. It is located next to the Davao City Council Building, nearby San Pedro Cathedral, Rizal Park and Quezon Park. It is in the corner of C.M. Recto Avenue and San Pedro St.

In Osmeña Park, near the entrance gate is the “Early Davao Settlement” markings unveiled by Hon. Mayor Rodrigo Duterte which states:

Extending some 350 meters from this marker was the old Davao settlement. As a community under Datu Bago, the houses were close to the banks of the Davao River bend where now stands the Bolton Bridge. The houses were burned when Oyanguren succeeded in driving away Datu Bago and his followers in their final battle on June 29, 1848. The new Christian settlers at first established their community in the same area, but floods often inundated the settlement so that in 1861 the authorities ordered the relocation of the community to the higher grounds that centered on the present site of the Davao Cathedral. An old relief map of 1862 shows the old Davao settlement.

Entrance of Osmena Park

Entrance of Osmena Park

Early Davao Settlment

Early Davao Settlment

Several therapists known as “Society Group of Therapist” who offers reflexology services are available inside Osmeña Park. Food stalls which sell junk foods, snacks and beverages surrounds the park. The main marker of the “Early Davao Settlement” is placed at the southern part of the park surrounded by 4 centuries-old cannons.

Marker of Early Davao Settlement

Marker of Early Davao Settlement

Beautifully hand-crafted concrete animals and flowers can be seen near the City Engineers Field Office at the back area of the main marker of the Osmeña Park.

Zebra and Hippo inside the Park

Zebra and Hippo inside the Park

Handcrafted Flower

Handcrafted Flower

Concrete Elephant Inside the Park

Concrete Elephant Inside the Park


This page is last updated on Jun 16, 2011 @ 2:09 pm
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