At first glance, Dumaguete city might seem like a very quiet little town, don’t be fooled by this because there are exciting things that you can do and experience just by visiting the tourist spots in Dumaguete city. A monicker given to Dumaguete is the “City of Gentle People”, because Dumaguetenos charm tourists and visitors with their gentleness and what they call Dumaguete lifestyle earning them that title. The city is becoming more and more popular with tourists because Dumaguete has an exquisite architecture, a laid back university town ambience and a lovely concrete path along the seafront walkway shaded by acacia trees and coconuts. Its seafront is lined with cafes, restaurants, bars and hotels.

Dumaguete came from the Visayan word “Daggit” which means “to snatch” because of the frequent marauding attacks of the pirates on this coastal town. The power to attract and keep visitors for good, the word “Dumaguet” was coined meaning “to swoop”. Thus the name Dumaguete was born. It was in 1572 when Diego Lopez Povedano indicated the place as “Dananguet” in 1734, Murrillo Velarde referred to it using its present name “Dumaguete”. The City of Dumaguete is the capital of Negros Oriental and its principal seaport, the largest city of the province too. The city has a total land area of 34.26 km and is near the mouth of Bianca River. As a coastal area, it is bounded by the Mindanao sea on the east and the Tanon Strait serving as a natural border to the neighboring provinces of Cebu, Bohol and Siquijor.

Dumaguete

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Getting to Dumaguete can be done by air and sea. There are daily flights direct to and from Manila to Dumaguete, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Travel time is approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes. If a visitor chooses to travel by sea, there are also ships that travel from Manila to Dumaguete, travel time is 36 hours. From Cebu city, one can take a ferry craft that reaches Dumaguete in just 4 hours. Dumaguete has lots of restaurants, bistros and cafes where you can relax and get your delectable treats. Foods are in the top 5 things to do in Dumaguete because people here are more laid back and enjoy the foods generally more than in places where stress is a daily routine.

A mountain climbing adventure is a must if you are brave enough to conquer the so called Cuernos de Negros which means “horns of Negros”. The Horns of Negros is the highest mountain on the island and is often being conquered by local mountain climbers. Go on a trekking adventure at the Japanese Amity Shrine or at the Casaroro Waterfalls which are found in Valencia, a 15 minutes trip from downtown Dumaguete.

Visit the Dumaguete Bell Tower, it is a historic construction and a popular landmark of the city which serves as a watch tower in ancient times. It is now equipped with lush garden and a large number of devotees visit the place every day to pray. After a tour to this historic tower, dine at the Boulevard embellished with evergreen trees. This is Dumaguete’s most famous promenade because of its beautiful view of the sunrise and it is also a good jogging track.

Enjoy several water activities at Siliman beach known for its relaxed and serene environment. Visit the Antulang Beach resort where it is easy to unwind and leave all worries behind. At the beach, you will find a resort that is situated on a cliff which offers an amazing view of the Sulu Sea. After, you can drive to the nearby Atelier Aguila to watch the sunset and admire the furniture that double as art pieces on sale, you may even want to take it home. A trip to the Quezon park is a beautiful past time too. This park is a lined with stunning trees and has a huge play area for children.

Dumaguete may seem to be a small city, but there are lots of things that you can do, whether it is cultural, foods, relaxation, you will never get lonely in the City of Gentle People.

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  1. Obbop says:

    Is the NPA, the HUKS or any equivalents active in the area that I had to contend with in rural Luzon?

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