DAVAO CITY’S hosting this year of the Philippines-Australia Friendship Week from May 21 to 27 is expected to bring in more tourists from Australia. “The Australian Embassy’s action of holding the Philippines-Australia Friendship Day is a vote of confidence in a peaceful Davao,” City Tourism Operations Office (CTOO) Chief Generose D. Tecson said at the event’s launch Monday. Ms. Tecson said Australians are among the top 10 foreign visitors in the city, with 5,930 recorded in 2017. Internationally-renowned aboriginal art advocate Jeremy Donovan opened the celebration by playing the didgeridoo, a wind instrument developed by Australia’s aboriginal people. The Philippines-Australia Friendship Day is celebrated every May 22 to highlight the ties between the two countries. Among the activities lined up this year are turnover of books and educational resources, unveiling of an Australian Corner at the Davao City Library and Information Center, grant handover to the Philippine Eagle Foundation, outdoor games, and a barbecue party at the University of Mindanao. — Carmencita A. Carillo