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Best Things About “The City of Gentle People”-Dumaguete

Dumaguete, often known as “The City of Gentle People,” is the capital of the Negros Oriental province.

A highly educated city with four universities and a few colleges, Dumaguete has a student population of roughly 30,000 people out of 113,000. This city is safe, and offers a varied range of learning opportunities, provides ample entertainment.

Meanwhile, the city also offers the best real estate deals that appeal to the diverse group of tourists and immigrants from all over the country and region.

Dumaguete is graced with a beautiful coastline, active volcanoes, serene waterfalls, fascinating animals, and numerous hiking paths in addition to its modern infrastructure. Dumaguete’s natural beauty beckons you to come out and play, so your vacation here will most certainly be very active!

Here are the best things about Dumaguete City:

Adventure at Apo Island

Photo: Wikipedia

Travel 30 kilometers south of Dumaguete to Apo Island in Dauin. Apo Island is known worldwide for its quantity of fish, turtles, and stunning coral gardens.

The maritime environment around the island is a marine reserve, with over 400 coral species and 650 fish species reported.

It’s no surprise that it’s become a popular snorkeling and scuba diving destination. On the island, you may also go hiking and trekking all the way to the lighthouse.

You can either join an Apo Island tour or take a tricycle to Malatapay Port to get here. Take a 30-minute boat ride to the island once you arrive.

Unwind at Rizal Boulevard

Rizal Boulevard is a great area to unwind, stroll, and enjoy the afternoon breeze. It was named after Jose Rizal, the Philippines’ national hero, because he spent his time in Dumaguete on this street.

Don’t miss the chance to take a photo at the Rizal Boulevard Sea Deck’s #DumaGetMe Signage.

Active Volcano of Mount Kanlaon

Have you ever witnessed an active volcano? With a height of 2,430 meters, Mount Kanlaon Natural Park’s showpiece is impossible to miss. Climbers visit Mt. Kanlaon for a three-day trip that includes animals, scenic views, and hot springs.

Mt. Kanlaon is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire and has erupted 28 times, with the most recent eruption occurring in 2016. The majority of these eruptions have resulted in steam and earthquakes, but others have been more dangerous.

If you’re a daredevil, this could be the perfect mountain for you. Apply for a trekking permit at the DENR office in Bacolod ahead of time.

Bargain at Malapatay

Malatapay is a great outdoor market that sells food, beverages, handicrafts, furniture, hats, machetes, and so much more. This is very much a local market, and Westerners find it quite entertaining!

The Malatapay market’s busiest day of the week is Wednesday, when you can expect a feast of entire roasted lechon and other Filipino specialties for the courageous diners. A live animal auction is also held, with pigs, chicken, and cattle being sold to local farmers and butchers.

Haven for Retirees

In the 2014 Retire Overseas Index published by The Overseas Retirement Letter, a newspaper dedicated to the concerns of retirees, Dumaguete, the capital of Negros Oriental in Central Visayas, was named one of the most excellent places to retire around the world. According to the study, Dumaguete was picked because of its low cost of living.

Rent, gas, power, water, cable, groceries, Internet, and entertainment will only require a monthly budget of US$910 (about P40,000) for retirees in Dumaguete.

Because of its gorgeous beaches, Dumaguete is also one of the greatest places for retirees and one of the most expat-friendly destinations. Given its sizable English-speaking population.

Center for Tropical Studies (CENTROP)

Flowers, plants, and adorable creatures in their natural habitats can be found in the zoological and botanical gardens at CENTROP. The Sillman University CENTROP Tropical Studies Center established and maintains this site for field workers and the general public to learn about Philippine wildlife.

Here, you’ll be paired with a caretaker who will take you on a tour of the gardens and tell you about the breeding and research center for endangered animals, home to warthogs, bats, and spotted deer. Another perk is you’ll be surrounded by towering trees and singing birds, making you want to stay forever.

Relax at Aquino Freedom Park

Aquino Freedom Park is a nice small patch of land where you can sit in the grass, relax on a park bench, and watch frogs run around in the pond- but the area around the park has even more to offer.

Permanent Filipino food vendors litter the busy street, each lovingly named for its proprietor. Order Adobo chicken, tapa cured beef, longganisa Philippine sausage, or Lumpia, deep-fried Filipino spring rolls.

One of the most outstanding venues to obtain traditional Filipino food for a low price is Aquino Freedom Park.

Explore and Study at Silliman University

Silliman University was the Philippines’ first American school. The Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions established it in 1901. It’s also a well-known landmark frequently included in a Dumaguete trip due to the various structures worth seeing. Such as:

  • Silliman Hall
  • Silliman University Anthropology Museum
  • Silliman University Church

If you want to tour the campus, simply leave a valid ID with the on-duty guard, who will issue you a visitor’s pass.

Why Dumaguete?

Dumaguete is located directly on the coast, with beautiful beaches to the north and south. This is also a university town, with so many low-cost eateries.

Foreigners can establish friends with educated professors and aspiring students, attend classes, and participate in cultural activities such as theater, ballet, art displays, and libraries that are generally not available elsewhere in the Philippines. The locals are exceedingly kind, helpful, and courteous. This city welcomes visitors from all over the world to come and see what Dumaguete has to offer!

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