Sunday, June 10, 2012

Construction of the New Tagum City Hall


One of our main reasons for visiting Tagum City is to check the progress of the construction of the New City Hall. It is said that once completed, it will become the most modern city hall in the Philippines in comparison with the traditional Greco-Roman buildings of most government units in the country.

Designed by an Australia-based architect, Sol Flores, this Php200-million building, to be made mainly of glass and steel, will house the executive and legislative branches of the city government. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on February 14, 2008 and Mayor Rey T. Uy originally expected the construction to be completed on September 9, 2009.

The Atrium inside the New City Hall


At the center of the city hall is the Atrium set to stage the various civic and cultural events of the city. It was here where the 11th Musikahan sa Tagum Festival saw its venue in February 2012. Tagum City will also host the Asia Pacific Chorale Competition in 2013.

Sculptures by Kublai Millan in front of the New City Hall


In front of the building are sculptures by the renowned Davaoeño, Kublai Millan, depicting the different faces of the city as the Music Capital of Mindanao.

Sculptures by Kublai Millan in front of the New City Hall


We look forward to visiting the city again when the New City Hall is finally completed, hopefully in time for the 12th Musikahan sa Tagum Festival and the Asia Pacific Chorale Competition in 2013.

Boulevard in front of the New City Hall


We would like to thank Mr. Leo Timogan of the Tagum City Information Office (CIO) for touring us around the New City Hall complex and for assisting us during our day trip to Tagum City. To read more about Tagum City, please visit Mr. Timogan's blog: Tagum Exposure



How to get there:

from Davao City: at the Davao Overland Transport Terminal, take a bus bound for Tagum, Mati or Butuan. Mati-bound buses will pass right in front of the road leading to the new city hall. If you take the Tagum- or Butuan-bound buses, tell the conductor to drop you off at Tagum Crossing, then take a trike and tell the driver to bring you to the new city hall.

from Davao International Airport: walk towards the national highway, on the same side of the road as the airport, take a bus bound for Tagum, Mati or Butuan. To continue, see instructions above.
How to get back:

to Davao City: take a trike and tell the driver to bring you to the bus stop along the national highway for buses bound for Davao. Get off at the Davao Overland Transport Terminal.

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