Subangan Museum

The Subangan Davao Oriental Provincial Museum, simply known as the Subangan Museum, is a local museum in Mati, Davao Oriental, Philippines. It showcase exhibits related to the province of Davao Oriental.

Subangan Museum
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EstablishedJanuary 8, 2014 (2014-01-08)
LocationMati, Davao Oriental, Philippines
Coordinates6°56′39.3″N 126°14′54.0″E / 6.944250°N 126.248333°E / 6.944250; 126.248333Coordinates: 6°56′39.3″N 126°14′54.0″E / 6.944250°N 126.248333°E / 6.944250; 126.248333
TypeLocal museum
OwnerDavao Oriental provincial government


The Subangan Museum was inaugurated on January 8, 2014.[1] It was built and conceptualized by the Davao Oriental provincial government under Governor Corazon Malanyaon.[2] Malanyaon has already planned to build a museum as early as 2010, when a sperm whale got stranded in the town of Governor Generoso in 2010 with the provincial executive suggesting that the remains of the cetacean be hosted in a museum.[3] "Subangon" came from the Cebuano term for "east" or "sunrise".[2]


The Subangan Museum is situated at the Provincial Tourism Complex in barangay Datu Martin Marundan in Mati, Davao Oriental.[4] It is hosted inside a two-storey building which covers a floor area of 1,000 m2 (11,000 sq ft). The building's lead architect is Edmundo Viacrucis who was supported by architects Cesar Rey Gamalong and Lachelle Marie Ravelo. The museum project costed ₱25 million.[1]


Skeleton of Davor, the sperm whale.

The Subangan Museum features themed exhibitions related to Davao Oriental's natural, cultural and historical heritage.[1] The museum has three dedicated section devoted to these three aspects of the province heritage.[5] The skeleton of a 16.15 m (53.0 ft) sperm whale, named Davor, serves as the centerpiece of the Subangan. The skeleton, sourced from a whale that beached in Governor Generoso, is reportedly the largest in the Philippines.[6] The culture of the Mandaya and Kalagan ethnic groups are also showcased. The museum also has a memorial dedicated to the victims of Typhoon Bopha (Pablo) which struck Mindanao in 2012, two years prior to the museum's opening.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Davao Oriental's Subangan: Mindanao's state-of-the art museum". MindaNews. January 10, 2014. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Subangan Museum to change Minda's image". Sunstar. January 9, 2014. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  3. ^ Lanos, Sarx. "Cebuano News: 20 tonelada nga balyena sa Davao Oriental gimatada". Philippine Information Agency (in Cebuano). Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  4. ^ Tacio, Henrylito (November 1, 2015). "Touring Davao Oriental's Subangan Museum". Rappler. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  5. ^ Tacio, Henrylito. "Subangan: Davao Oriental's pride on display". GMA News Online. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  6. ^ "'Subangan' Museum opens in Mati City". Yahoo!. Manila Bulletin. January 10, 2014. Retrieved November 13, 2021.

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