Jan 23, 2011

Dumaguete City of Gentle People

Our side trip to Dumaguete City last 2011 was surprisingly good. I never expected it to be that way. Apart from Dolphin watching in Bais City which is only an hour or less from Dumaguete, I was surprised to see a lot of foreigners just walking around the city. So I asked around and found out that Siliman University which is located in Dumaguete City caters to a lot of exchange students from different parts of the globe. Some opted to stay there for good because they've met their Filipina/ Filipino partner and the rest simply just love the place!.

Dumaguete is the main seaport and capital of Negros Oriental, a province located at the southwestern part of the Visayas Group of Islands in the Philippines. Unfortunately, We were not able to explore the  places of interest in Dumaguete because we only stayed there for 2 days and one night. One whole day was entirely for Bais dolphin watching and  Manjuyod sandbar.

We stayed at Hotel Palwa, and I personally recommend this hotel for its affordable rate and location. Free wifi, spacious room, 32" led tv  and clean. They have a little resto just  beside the front desk. We had coffee and croissants or bread at the resto each morning.

We opted for more adventurous walk around Dumaguete although there were tricycles and jeepneys. It was exhausting but we enjoyed it a lot. 

The points of interest where we went to are the following:
  • Dumaguete Belfry 
  • St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral
  • Rizal Boulevard

Dumaguete Belfry

Dumaguete Belfry - The oldest bell tower in the Visayas and is a very famous architectural landmark in the city

St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral

Spot me!!! at St. Catherine Cathedral

The largest church in the city.The church is a grandiose display of traditional European architecture.Rizal Boulevard – One of the cleanest beachfront promenades I’ve been to. It also provides quite a refreshing and calming view when dining or having a drink at one of the many restaurants or bars lining the street.

Dumaguete Baywalk

Dumaguete Baywalk

I wish to go back in Dumaguete sometime in the future and experience diving at one of the top 10 dive sites in the world – the Apo Island dive site.

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