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Thursday, August 09, 2012

4th and Penultimate Chinese Arch in Davao City





Ornamental fish to be installed in the archway...



Davao Chinatown, also known as Mindanao Chinatown, is the only Chinatown in Mindanao located in the island's de facto capital, Davao CityMindanao, thePhilippines. At around 44 hectares, it is at the center of numerous business establishments, of which a great majority is owned by Chinese Filipinos who were either born in the country or naturalized Filipino citizens who trace their roots to mainland China.


The first archway in Davao City christened as "Arch of Friendship" was inaugurated in August 2008. The structure is sponsored by the heirs of Francisco Villa-Abrille (Lim Chuan Juna) and is along Magsaysay Ave., near Jones Circle.
Local columnist Janet Huang-Teves, a descendant of Lim Chuan Juna, said the landmark by Architect Arnel Villacampa was inspired by the 400-year-old architectural designs of Yuan Garden in Shanghai, China.
The columns were designed similar as the bamboo, a traditional construction material of the Chinese. The archway is embellished with fish and pearl, the symbols of the Villa-Abrille Family whose ancestry originated from Amoy, China, now Xiamen.
The second archway dubbed as "Unity" was inaugurated on January 31, 2009 with the Chinese Consul-General in attendance.
The Unity Archway, sponsored by Tsinoy organization Dabaw Kaisa Foundation, is located at the other end of Ramon Magsaysay Avenue near the Magsaysay Park on Manuel Quezon Boulevard. It was donated by members of the Dabaw Kaisa Foundation, and was inaugurated on January 31, 2009 with the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China, the Honorable He Shijing in attendance.

The third archway is called the "Arch of Peace", and is situated at the corners of Jose P. Laurel, and Sta. Ana Avenues near the Davao Central High School. It was donated by the Yuchengco Group of Companies headed by Mr. Alfonso Yuchengco, former Philippine Ambassador to the People's Republic of China. The Arch of Peace was officially inaugurated on July 20, 2009. Link from WIKIPEDIA


The fourth arch is FREEDOM ARCH as far as I know.

Photo credit to Sir Ambie Cutler of SSC-Davao.  

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