After about 5 hours of road travel from Bacolod with our trusty van, we arrived in Dumaguete, fondly known as the “City of Gentle People”. Compared to most Visayan cities such as Bacolod or Iloilo, Dumaguete is less crowded. The first thing I noticed about this city is its simple laidback atmosphere, no wonder it attracts many foreign tourists and visitors – not much traffic on the road, with a charming town-like environment.
Many tourists are attracted to Dumaguete because of its accessibility to nearby natural wonders, beaches and dive sites. One such popular diving destination is Apo Island, one of the world’s best known marine sanctuaries (with over 600 documented fish species and 400 varieties of corals), which can be accessed by a 30-minute boat ride from the coastal town of Zamboangita, south of Dumaguete. The nearby town of Bais is also known for dolphin and whale watching, while tThe caves of Mabinay and the white sand bar in Tanjay are also popular tourist destinations.
Dumaguete is recognized as a “university town” and “the center of learning in the south” with many educational institutions around. It is well-known for Silliman University, the Philippine’s first Protestant University and first American private university in Asia. Another notable educational institution is Saint Paul University, the first university established in the Philippines by the Sisters of Saint Paul of Chartres (SPC) from France.
Here are some of the famous landmarks, tourist attractions and points-of-interest in Dumaguete and nearby municipalities Sibulan and Valencia:
Provincial Capitol, Dumaguete
St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral
Bell Tower (oldest surviving structure in Dumaguete city)
Silliman University (photo shows the Silliman Hall, the oldest standing American structure in the Philippines)
Sidlakang Negros Village (photo shows some of the colorful native accessories displayed in the showroom)
Sans Rival Cakes & Pastries (oldest cake shop in the city)
Sta. Monica Beach Resort
South Sea Resort in Bantayan, Dumaguete
Bravo Golf Hotel & Restaurant in Sibulan
Jo’s Chicken Inato By The Sea in Sibulan (about 6 kms from Dumaguete)
Forest Camp in Valencia (about 11 kms from Dumaguete)
This is all for now folks. I will be posting more infos and photos about some of the landmarks listed above.
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