The William Tell effect in Dumaguete
The Philippine rep to the Beijing Olympic archery event was one Javier from this province. Another local-bred international teamster was Jo Ann Chan.
Those planning a longish stay in Dumaguete and thinking of basic archery lessons can ask who's in charge at the Silliman University Physical Education Dept., cradle of Visayan archers.
Sometimes they have summer workshops, so plan ahead for a summer well spent. Dorms are almost empty at off-school time.
Day trip from Dumaguete
You can go to Valencia and visit Forest Camp, swim and eat there. http://www.dumagueteinfo.com/forest-camp.php
There's enough time as Valencia is only about 20 - 30 minutes from Dumaguete.
Lab-as is great, had dinner there last week.
Enjoy Dumaguete and Valencia.
Antulang Beach Resort
Besides being known as the Place where Philippine Actor Ryan Agoncillo proposed to Actress Judy Ann Santos. this is the only resort in the whole province that has private pool villas! (but you have to pay then 10,000 pesos a day!) and spectacular diving sites. This beach resort is located 32 km south of dumaguete in Zamboanguita Town. A single room here costs 3,500 pesos and a double room is 4.500 pesos. The beach is good for swimming but be careful since the waves are strong but is ideal for snorkelling and scuba. they also arrange boat tours to nearby diving paradise of APO Island.Related to:
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Bais City/ Manjuyod Sand Bar & Dolphins
the dolphins of Tanon Strait in Between Negros Oriental and Cebu Province has lots of Playful and friendly dolphins! you can find them in the areas of Bais City and the Town of Manjuyod and due to this has become a tourist attraction in the area! native boats (called banca) can be rented out for 1000 pesos for half day tour of the friendly dolphins in the morning plus packed lunch ( bring your own food ok!) in the 7 kilometer white sand bar nearby then have a dip at the Sand Bar but always wear a life vest since the sand bar has strong under currents!Related to:
- Sailing and Boating
- Whale Watching
Dumaguete Catholic Church
St Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral, is the seat of Archdiocese of Dumaguete. It is the Main Latin Rite Roman Catholic Church in Dumaguete City and was built in the early 1700's. It Doubled as a Garrison during those times due to rampant attacts of Pirates and Marauders from Mindanao. At Present, the area is always packed with locals and tourist since this is close to the Downtown Area.Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Religious Travel
Dumaguete Belfry and Tower
St Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral with the Adjacent Belfry is the Center of the Catholic Heritage of Dumaguete City. The Belfry also doubles as a Siege Tower in the 1700's due to rampant pirate attacks from Mindanao during those times. This is the City's Other Main Attraction (the other is Silliman University, the first Protestant University in the Philippines). The Belfry is also just across the public Market and the Rizal Park.Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Castles and Palaces
The city square (plaza) was named Rizal Park after the national hero whose statue stands at the center of the square. Back-to-back with him is the statue of Maria Clara, the leading female character in his book and said to be the epitome of a true Filipina.
As in most old towns/cities, the plaza is across the street from the church and is the venue for public gathering and shows, reminiscent of the Spanish times. During our trip, the square became the venue of an outdoor show featuring bands and ballroom dancing. It's also a favorite hang out of teeners, students, families, and lovers.Related to:
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Want to see the dolphins?
you have to go early ... If you are out there by 7 am. You'll get a bigger chance of seeing the dolphins. It's also helpful if you book directly with the Bais city tourism office.Their staff knows more about the area and the ideal time to go and "catch" the dolphins playing. There's more to see if you knew where to go.There is a place between the Sandbar and the wharf where they have a diving board you can snorkel or deep dive and enjoy the view underwater. There are giant brain corals, colorful fishes ,etc.It's totally magical.The Dolphin 1,2 or 3 ( the name of the tourism boats) can swing by this area before you head home.
Too bad , you missed this. But there is always a second time.
I hope this helps!
St. Paul's Sisters
The monument of the St. Paul's sisters was built to commemorate the arrival via boat of 7 nuns from the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres Congregation. These nuns came to Dumaguete from Vietnam upon the invitation of Father Frederick Booker. Soon after, they took over the management of an all girls boarding school which became the foundation of the St. Paul University Dumaguete established in 1904.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
The City's Oldest University
Silliman University was established in 1901 by Presbyterian Protestants through a gift from Dr. Horace Silliman from whom the school was named. It was the first Protestant school in the Philippines and the oldest American university in Asia. It started as an all-boys school which later opened its doors to girl students. Barely a decade after it was established, Silliman was granted a university status and has continuously improved its system making it competitive with higher learning institutions in Manila.
The university's main building, Silliman Hall is an example of American architecture and a famous landmark in the city.Related to:
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Ohhhh so good
Found this little place of the side street in front of the Optimun Trading where they have a money changer kiosk. Walked in and had the most wonderful 1 hour Thai massage for less than 200 php. They had you take off your shoes and soak it in warm water and towel it off before a pair of slippers were offered to you.
They take you upstairs to an airconditioned room with with curtain dividers and massage mats on wooden floor. You have to change your clothes first to sleeping garment which they provide and then they proceeded to knead and stretch my aching body....Thai massage can be uncomfortable for some people since it does include some stretching and vigorous manipulation of your muscles.
After a blissful hour they take you downstairs and offer you a cup of green tea before you head off for more adventures in Dumaguete. They also offer other types of massages that involves oil since Thai massage is essentially a dry massage.
Do I love going to this place? Hell yeah!!! Went there everyday until it was time to leave Dumaguete City.
The Old Belfry
The cathedral's belfry is one of the city's famous and most photographed landmarks. Like most bell towers in the country, this belfry was built in 1811 for a double purpose - as a bell tower and as a lookout point against incoming pirates.Related to:
- Religious Travel
The Dumaguete Cathedral or more popularly known as the St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral was built in 1811 next to its equally famous bell tower. The church's interior is reflective of European architectural influence with its ornate altar, high ceiling, elaborate chandeliers and tiled floor. But while the belfry has retained its original structure, the cathedral's facade was restored in 2005 giving it a more modern look.Related to:
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Have a picnic in the forest
The Forrest Camp is a 2 hectare property situated along the Banica River which flows clean and pure through Valencia (a municipality about 9 kms west of Dumaguete City). It is a lush tropical oasis that would make a nature-lover weak in the knees. All the huts are built with indigenous materials such as bamboo and nipa, and come with picnic tables and chairs which you can rent for a small fee. Available also are provisions for grilling. Aside from the picnic area, there are also cottages and guesthouses for overnight stay, camping grounds, a main hall which can accomodate up to 250 people, a tree house, a restaurant and a mini suspension bridge. All of this is surrounded by natural pools, a waterfall, towering coconut trees and bordered by wild forest. It is obvious they took great care in preserving the natural surroundings and built around what was already there. For the more adventurous, Forest Camp offers guided treks to Casaroro Falls and Lake Nailig as well as ATV rentals.
The twin lakes of Balinsasayao
The lake was much bigger than I expected and so much more beautiful. From where I was standing, the view reminded me very much of the Swiss countryside. I half expected to see a chalet nestled among the trees across the water. In fact, I have a picture which I took from the train to Interlaken that looks just like that one above but with a Swiss chalet on the foreground. It was simply gorgeous!
There were only two other groups there aside from the local bankeros (boatmen) so it was relatively quiet and gave you the feeling of seclusion. There are kayaks, bancas (outrigger canoes), pedal boats and cottages for hire at very reasonable prices. We hired a bankero who, with strong and seasoned arms, rowed us around the lake while we sat back and relaxed. It was so peaceful with only the occasional sound of birds and the whoosh-whoosh of the oar in the water.Related to:
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