Malita

Malita

Malita, officially the Municipality of Malita (Cebuano: Lungsod sa Malita; Filipino: Bayan ng Malita), is a 1st class municipality and capital of the province of Davao Occidental, Philippines. According to the 2020 census, it has a population of 118,197 people.[3] Malita is known for various cultural arts and heritage of its people and tribes. Gaginaway Festival is celebrated annually every full moon on the month of November and Araw ng Malita is also celebrated annually on November 17. Malita is the first municipality established in what is now Davao Occidental. However, its existence dates back scores of years before its formal creation as municipality on November 17, 1936. The Tagakolu, Blaan and Manobo communities have been living in the area before the arrival of the Spaniards. In 1887, Pablo Pastells, a Jesuit missionary, mentions Malita along with Malalag and Lais, as areas where a total of almost 7,000 Tagakolu resided.[5]