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Friday, July 18, 2003

Compostela Valley

Compostela Valley (Cebuano: Kawalogang Kompostela) is a province of the Philippines located in the Davao Region inMindanao. The province, called Comval for short, used to be part of Davao del Norte until it was made independent in 1998. It is the fourth newest province of the Philippines, behind Dinagat IslandsZamboanga Sibugay and Davao Occidental. Its capital isNabunturan. The province borders Davao del Norte to the west, Agusan del Sur to the north, and Davao Oriental to the east. To the southwest lies the Davao Gulf. Its first elected governor was Jose Caballero, formerly a lawyer for a mining group in the province.
Population census of Compostela Valley
YearPop.±% p.a.
Source: National Statistics Office[2]
The majority of the inhabitants are migrants from Cebu, Samar, Bohol and other Visayan provinces. The cultural minorities in the province include the Mansaka, Mandaya, Dibabawon, Mangguangan and Manobo groups such as the Ata, Talaingod, Langilan, and Matigsalug Manobo.
Arnold Bajo, is the most successful defender of the poor minorities, especially the Mandaya. He died in the battle while defending the poor. According to the legend, 40 days after his death, somebody reported that his spirit came from his body and infused in the statue of Ara-araba, their god of harvest. From then on, people worship him as god in theMandaya tribe, which he refused as he confessed as a follower of José Rizal, the original defender of poor.


The main spoken language in the province is Cebuano. The language being spoken is Filipino and English then Mansaka.


The main sources of livelihood are agricultural products such as rice, coconut, cacao, coffee, papaya, mango, pineapple, durian and banana. It has been projected that by 2030 the province will be one of the richest provinces in the country because of its rich natural resources and hardworking people. Some residents have fishponds and culture their own fish like tilapia and milkfish. The province is also rich with gold ore.


The Governor of Compostela Valley is the local chief executive of the Philippine province of Compostela Valley.
#NameTook officeLeft officeParty
1Jose CaballeroJune 30, 1998June 30, 2004LDP
June 30, 2004June 30, 2007Lakas
2Arturo UyJune 30, 2007June 30, 2010Lakas
June 30, 2010June 30, 2013Lakas-Kampi
June 30, 2013PresentLiberal



  • Maragusan: Aguacan Inland Resort, Tagbibinta Falls,Mt. Candalaga Peak, Haven's Peak, Kanlawig Hot Spring Sky Garden Restaurant and Fitness Gym
  • New Bataan: Malumagpac Falls, Mt. Manurigao, White Peak, Bamboo Garden Island Resort, Tatay Rofeno Beach Resort, etc.
  • Maco : Mainit Sulfuric Hotspring, Lake Leonard, New Leyte
  • Nabunturan,San Vicente Caves, Toyuzu Inland Resort
  • Pantukan: Welborn's Beach, Magnaga Waters, Sea World Oasis
  • Mabini: Manaklay Beach Park and Resort, Pindasan, Mabini
  • Mabini: Beach View Resort, Pindasan, Mabini
  • Mabini: Bern Berioso Beach Resort I, Pindasan, Mabini
  • Mabini: Bern Berioso Beach Resort II, Pindasan, Mabini
  • Monkayo: Kumbilan Cave, Octagon Park, Mt. Diwata Mining, Monkayo Arena
  • Monkayo: Mt. Diwata's Peak, Agusan River, Baylo Falls
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Item Reviewed: Compostela Valley Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Max Ginez III