Remembering the city’s history

17th Annual Historical Quiz contest on the eve of the Kadayawan festival

Photos by Bonie Bulig

Thirty questions, 33 competitors, and a full morning of excitement marked Friday, August 11, as historical enthusiasts from secondary schools in Davao battled it out in the 17th Historical Quiz Show organized by the Davao Historical Society.This is the organization’s event to drumbeat the Kadayawan Festival which opens Monday.

Students from 33 participating private and public high schools in the city flocked to the Cinematheque FDCP in Palma Gil St., this city, accompanied by their equally enthused coaches to fight for the top place in a quiz show about the history of the city. It was the first time in the Quiz Show’s 17-year history that it was held outside its usual location at the City Library.


THE PARTICIPANTS, coaches and members of the Davao Historical Society during Friday’s 17th Annual Historical Quiz Contest held at the Cinematheque FDCP, Palma Gil St., Davao City. It was attended by 33 private and public secondary schools.

The top honor was bagged by Gian Cabrera of the Davao City National High School. Jaya Harvey Makol of the Bernardo D. Carpio National High School took home the second place. Meanwhile, third place winner Kim Go of the Holy Cross of Agdao had to fight head-to-head in a tie-breaker with Mabini National High School’s Jonalyn Pogoy before succeeding with the bronze honors.

The society’s vice president Ma. Julieta Torres welcomed the participants and coaches to the annual competition emphasizing the importance of this extra-curricular activity in enhancing the knowledge of students in history and inculcating the value of sportsmanship among participants.

The event was officially opened with a message from Mrs. Amelia Lacerna representing the City Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Maria Ines C. Asuncion. In her message, Mrs. Lacerna reminded the participants that the quiz show was not a means to create an “unhealthy rivalry between schools and students…” or to “showcase the most intelligent students…” but rather an encouragement for the youth of Davao City to “intensify their effort and desire to learn more about the history of Davao City…”

Quiz show participants battled through three rigorous rounds of historical questions that ranged in topics from Spanish-era Davao to current events relevant to the city and its most notable residents. The trivia questions were culled from the books “Davao History” by Ernesto Corcino, “Davao: Reconstructing History from Text and Memory: by Macario Tiu, and “Davao Historical-Progress” of the Davao Historical Society Foundation Inc.

The tabulators were Rosie C. Bugayong and Winnie Rose Bulig and the proctor was Museo Dabawenyo’s director Orly Escarilla. Kevin Paul Bonoton was both quiz master and master of ceremonies.

THE WINNERS, coaches and members of the Davao Historical Society.

THE WINNERS, coaches and members of the Davao Historical Society.

Escarilla, who gave the closing remarks, hailed the winners, participants and coaches for giving their best efforts in preparing for the event. He hoped that this will be the start of their passion for learning about the history of the city and the island. Escarilla also said the DHS looks forward to the next year’s competition.

The first place winner got to go home with a trophy, a gold medallion, and P5000 in cash; second place winner received P3000 in cash and a silver medallion, while the third place winner received P2000, a bronze medallion. A special prize also went to the fourth place winner. The three winners also received special gift packs from Smart Communications. Quiz show participants and their coaches also received certificates of participation.

The 17th Historical Quiz Show was co-hosted by the Museo Dabawenyo and sponsored by Aboitiz Power, San Miguel Brewery, SM Malls, Smart Communications, The Mindanao Times, and Anflocor. (Additional photos by Engr. Manuel Mendros)

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