article Davao, Philippines – The Philippine capital is the second city of Davao province, a sprawling, rice-growing province with a population of around 5 million.
It is also home to a popular local TV station, ABS-CBN, and a slew of other local media outlets.
It has been a hotbed of Philippine nationalism, and Davao is a symbol of a region struggling to maintain its independence from the country of its birth.
In its first few years, Davao’s mayor and the rest of the Davao metropolitan area have been more vocal about promoting Philippine independence than the rest on the country.
This has allowed for a much-needed shift in the regional balance of power, with Davao being one of the main hubs of Filipino-language media in the region.
Now, the city is the home of CNN Philippines.
The Manila-based network has had a presence in the country since 2005, and has a huge following among the country’s ethnic Chinese, who have long been wary of China and its communist ideology.
Davao was a key hub of China’s “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) project, which seeks to link the Asian nation with Latin America and Europe.
During President Rodrigo Duterte’s first term, his administration began aggressively promoting its “One China” policy, a plan to make the two nations part of one unified China.
The move has not only benefited Davao residents, but also the country as a whole, which was already facing a shortage of high-tech manufacturing jobs in the nation due to its weak economy.
In 2015, the Philippine president signed an agreement with China to build an energy-efficient, high-speed railway that would link Davao with Beijing and the Chinese capital, Shenzhen.
The two cities have also been linked through other bilateral agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade pact between 12 Pacific Rim countries.
“This is a very exciting time for the Philippines,” said CNN Philippines anchor and reporter David Hontiveros.
“This is where the Filipino people have been looking for answers to their country’s challenges for decades.
This is a big, bold step forward for the country.”
The network has expanded its reach in the past year, and Hontiversos says it has become increasingly critical in the Philippines.
“What we’ve seen in the last year is that the Philippine media is beginning to take on more of an international role,” he said.
A new CNN Philippines newsroom was opened in Davao last month, and the new president has pledged to “open a new generation of Philippine journalists.”
CNN Philippines, which is based in Davos’ main city, is already covering local events and news about the countrys problems, such as the Zika virus outbreak.
CNN Philippines’ recent coverage of the Zika outbreak, which has infected about 3,000 people in the Americas, has generated a lot of controversy, and sparked debate about the future of the network.
It has also become a source of pride for the citys mayor, Antonio Trillanes, who was forced to resign after the network aired a segment about the Zika pandemic in a January 2016 segment.
Some have said the program was part of a larger push to further promote Philippine independence.
“We’re all Filipinos, but the Philippines is our country, we’re Filipinos and we’re loyal Filipinos,” said Trillays.
Another newsroom opened last year in Davoa, which also has a large Filipino population.
The newsroom is run by CNN Philippines’ news director, Andrew Dacal, and will be headed by a former CNN Philippines editor-in-chief, John C. Leavy.
While Davaoans remain skeptical of the Philippines’ commitment to democracy and democracy-friendly policies, the network has been critical of the administration’s attempts to weaken the country, including by launching a probe into the death of former Philippine President Benigno Aquino III.
Despite being the Philippines capital, the country has a strong culture of self-determination, and is a regional leader in its own right, especially when it comes to foreign policy.
“I don’t think the Philippines will be a country that will be dominated by one government or another,” said Hontivares.
“There will be different parties, but we will be one nation.”
In an interview with ABS-CPI, Trillay said he hopes that the Philippines can be a “country of nations” once again, and that the country will be able to maintain a strong “benevolent leadership.”