Dumaguete city in Negros Oriental, Philippines known to be The City of Gentle People.
Origin: The place was coined after the Cebuano words “dagit” (which means ‘to snatch’) and “dumagit” (which means ‘to swoop’), as it was previously frequented by Moro pirates that would raid the coastal communities. In 1572, Diego López Povedano (a Spanish conquistadores) indicated the place as Dananguet, but cartographer Pedro Murillo Velarde in 1734 already used present name of Dumaguete for the settlement.
Population : 131,377 (2015 census)
Barangays : 30
Website : www.dumaguetecity.gov.ph
Sandurot Festival derived from the Visayan word “pakig-sandurot” (which means ‘fellowship and reaching out’) for the offering and enjoyment of hospitality. It is a colorful, annual fiesta held every September to celebrate Dumaguete’s rich history dating back from the pre-Hispanic period when people of different foreign cultures converged and created a varied community that is Dumaguete City today. The celebration started with the “Paghimamat”, a re-enactment of how people from different cultures and races came to the shores of Dumaguete, bringing gifts ofrich cultures. “Pasigarbo” followed, gracing the City streets with dancing to drumbeats and other instruments participated by different barangays and schools in Dumaguete. The streetdancing ended at Quezon Park after which the participants prepared for the grand “Pasundayag”, a display of dances portraying different stories of the Dumaguete tradition.
Buglasan Festival considered as the largest celebration in Negros Oriental and was dubbed as the “The Festival of Festivals”, held every October. This week-long festivity unites all the cities, municipalities and towns all over Negros Oriental.Several events and activities were held each year, including culinary contests (called “Lutong Garbo sa Sidlakang Negros) featuring each town’s signature dish and native products. The term Buglasan was said to come from the Ilonggo word “buglas” which means “to cut off”, since Negros was believed to be once part of a greater mass of land but was cut off either by what geologists call a continental drift. Although other sources state that the origin of the name was coined after a napier grass (cogon-like grass or reed that was abundant in the past) which was also called “buglas”. It was purposely grown to feed the ruminants like cattle, carabao and goat raised by the Ati or Ata (Negritos) who were the early settlers of the island.
WHERE TO STAY
Florentina Homes Apartment Hotel
L. Rovira Road, Bantayan, Dumaguete City
Tel. +63-35-422-0827, +63-35-422-4338
#39 Real St., Corner San Juan St., Dumaguete City
Tel. (035) 422-1137, (035) 422-1136
BETHEL GUEST HOUSE
Rizal Boulevard, Dumaguete City
Tel. (035)225-2000, (035) 422-8000
Dr. V. Locsin Street, corner Real St, Dumaguete City
Tel. (035) 422-8995/9595, (035) 226-2775
San Jose St, Dumaguete City
Tel. (035) 421-0787, (035) 226-3330
WHERE TO DINE
Sans Rival Bistro
San Jose St, Dumaguete City
Open: Sun-Thu 10am - 11pm ; Fri-Sat 10am - 12am
Phone: (035) 421 0338
E Rovira Dr, Bantayan, Dumaguete City
Open Daily 7am-10pm
Phone: (035) 422 0827
Silliman Ave, Dumaguete City
Open Mon-Thu 11am-9pm ; Fri 11am-10pm ; Sat-Sun 11am-11pm
Phone: (035) 422 2023
Sta. Teresa Resto
Hibbard Avenue, Piapi, Dumaguete City
Open Mon-Sat 7am-10pm; Sun 10am-2pm , 5pm-9pm
Phone: (035) 422 1336
Flamin' Grill Café
Tunod Hibbard Avenue, Dumaguete City
Open Mon-Sat 11am-9pm
Phone: (035) 422 8735
From Manila 1hr 30min away, with 4+ flights daily serviced by Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific.
From Cebu 50min away, with at least 1 flight daily serviced mainly by Cebu Pacific, with occasional flights from SEAIR - - South East Asian Airlines.
From Davao 1hr 20min away, with 3 flights a week service only by Cebu Pacific.
From Manila 26hr cruise via 2Go travel, with just 1 service per week.
From Iloilo 20hrs travel time with an hour pit stop in Cebu.
From Dapitan 4hrs travel time via Fast craft, serviced by FastCat Ferry, Aleson Shipping, Super Shuttle RoRo and 2Go Travel.
From Pier 1, 2 and 4 Cebu City - travel time depends on the shipping line. Has a total of 32 scheduled trips per week serviced by Ocean Fast Ferries, WEESAM EXPRESS, Cokaliong Shipping Lines, Inc., George & Peter Lines.
From Bato Santander, Cebu RORO :45min to 1hr travel time via Quadro Alas Shipping Lines
From Liloan Santander,Cebu Fastcraft: 20min travel time
By Sea and Land Trips
From Cebu City
From Cebu South Bus Terminal to Dumaguete Ceres Liner Terminal – 5-6hr travel time with 7 scheduled trips daily via Ceres Liner. This is a direct trip to Dumaguete including sail time via Roro.
From Cebu South Bus Terminal, get on board a Ceres bus going to Liloan Santander port. From Liloan port get on board a fastcraft going to Sibulan, Negros Oriental. From Sibulan you may take a tricycle going to Dumaguete proper. Estimated travel time is 4hrs 30min.
From Cebu City via private car - 3hrs and 30min travel time from Cebu City to Liloan Santander port. Get on board a ship going to Tampi Negros Oriental (50min cruise). Alight from the ship and take a 40min trip to Dumaguete proper.
For a city so laid back, you should learn to slow down and keep the Dumagueteños pace. They are called the city of gentle people for a reason, and that’s what made this place even more special. Even though the city streets are always busy, you will never feel like someone is going to grab your purse or slash your backpack. The people are well mannered and would never wish you ill luck. For this, a city tour is always considered to be safe and easy even for solo travelers.
Boulevard or the Rizal Boulevard
A 1km stretch facing the waterfront will surely relieve your stress and keep in tune with this chill place. Along this boulevard is a lane of street food where people from all walks of life would converge. Perfect place to get to know some people for a social butterfly.
Chinese Bell Church
Located just over the southern tip of Rizal Boulevard, this old but colorful Chinese temple is complete with dragon statues and ornaments on top of traditional Chinese arches, that will surely make you feel like you’re transported to China.
The first American university in the Philippines and the entire Asian continent. Head north from the boulevard and you will find the Silliman Ave. The whole campus not only houses the school itself, but they have their own zoo, Ethno-Anthro Museum, Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium, Silliman University Medical Center and Silliman University Church. It’s like a city within a city.
Ethno-Anthro Museum or Anthropology Museum
Established in 1970 by an American Presbyterian missionary and former professor of the Sociology-Anthropology Department of Silliman University. Some of the displayed artifacts dates back as far as early 200 BC. Its collection of prehistoric weapons, earthen jars, pre-Hispanic style coffins, some skulls, musical instruments, century-old potions from Siquijor, paintings, and century-old clothes are evidences of the rich culture Philippines once had.
Center for Tropical Studies (CENTROP)
A zoo located just within Silliman University, CENTROP is a haven for endangered species and some confiscated animals previously owned (usually through illegal means) by private individuals, and some donated by pet owners who can’t afford to maintain such animals.
Belfry Clock Tower
Dumaguete’s best known landmark and is believed to be the city’s guardian. Built in early 1800s, it was previously used as a watch tower to warn people of incoming pirates so they could escape or prepare themselves.
St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral
Just beside the Belfry tower stands the most revered church in Dumaguete. Known as the “Oldest Stone Church in Negros” , it was originally built in 1754 to 1776 and got reconstructed in 1885 and the present facade was extended in 1936.
Just across Belfry tower and the cathedral, you will find a quaint plaza where you could just sit down and relax after a day of tour. No fancy decorations needed, just the lush greeneries and very clean surrounding are enough to end your day with a smile and a peace of mind.
Sidlakang Negros Village
A must-visit place when in Negros Oriental to purchase its finest arts, crafts and delicacies. It also houses an open-space auditorium for stage performances while at the front area are cogon and bamboo styled stalls which gives tourists a native vibe.
Dumaguete Public Market
A one-stop shop for affordable “pasalubong” and local delicacies. The Painitan section of this public market is a highly recommended place to eat for breakfast for its delicious Filipino “kakanin” and steaming hot traditional chocolate.
|CITY TOURISM OFFICE||Dumaguete City Hall, Sta. Catalina Street, Dumaguete City||(035) 225 0549|
|Dumaguete City Police Dept||Magsaysay Ave, Bacolod, 6100 Negros Occidental||111, 116, (035)225-1766/ 422-8106/ 225-2819/ 422-9702|
|FIRE DEPARTMENT||160, (035) 225-3445/ 422-9672|