Dumaguete City Things to Do

  • Silliman Museum, Dumaguete, Philippines.
    Silliman Museum, Dumaguete, Philippines.
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  • Silliman Museum, Dumaguete, Philippines.
    Silliman Museum, Dumaguete, Philippines.
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  • Silliman Museum, Dumaguete, Philippines.
    Silliman Museum, Dumaguete, Philippines.
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Dumaguete City Things to Do

  • Good but what is it?

    I had seen signs off the Northern Highway indicating Sidlakang Negros Toruist Village and Information and wondered what it was. Finding myself in that part of town and looking for something else I decided to pop in for some info.The building, as you can see is semi-traditional in design with a nipa / sacsac roof and very pleasant inside. From the...

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  • Promenade the Boulevard.

    The seafront area of Dumaguete is properly called Rizal Boulevard after Jose Rizal, the national hero, but everyone here just refers to it as the Boulevardand it is very much the centre of the social life of the city. It houses most of the expat bars and restaurants and at night has a reputation for being where the bar girls, locally known as...

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  • Hardly worth the effort.

    I have noted in other tips that there is not a huge amount to so in and around Dumaguete, much as I love the place. but one of the things I had heard mentioned was the Museum in the Silliman University.You have to go trhough the main gates and past the armed security guard. If you have a bike or car you need to park it on the other side of Hibbard...

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  • Take a dip or cash your chips.

    I have to preface this tip by saying that I am not a gambling man, and never have been. I really don't know a full house from the 3/1 favourite in the 3:15 at Kempton. However, I know some people do like a flutter and so I offer this tip.I know of other places in and around Dumaguete City that offer card games and I will deal with them seperately...

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  • A fine Cathedral.

    The Cathedral Church of Dumageute, properly titled St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral, is a very imposing structure situated opposite Quezon (Rizal) Park on F. Perdices Street and forms very much the centrepiece of the city.The Church as it then (it was raised to Cathedral status much later) was was constructed between 1754 and 1776 which makes...

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  • A walk in the park.

    When Dumaguetans (is that the right word?) are not promenading on the Boulevardthey are likely to be found in Rizal Park. Actually, Google maps refers to it as Qeuzon Park but I always hear it referred to as Rizal, named for the national hero Jose Rizal.In the evenings you wil see men playing draughts (checkers) on the permanent stone tables, young...

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  • Here come the slavers.

    This is not really so much of a things to do tip as a thing to look at tip as there really is not much to do at the Belltower except look at it, take a photo and perhaps perform an act of devotion at the small shrine to Our Lady of Perpetual Help if you are of that religious persuasion. Should that be your purpose, there is a small stall adjacent...

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  • Artistic licence I hope.

    About halfway along Rizal BoulevardI came upon this odd little statue. It is of concrete construction, as are many statues in the Philippines and depicts the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres in 1904. These sisters had been i8nvited to the island of Negros by the Bishop of Iloilo to assist in educating local children. As well as the obvious French...

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  • Mystery treats at a Shrine

    If you are in the area of Zamboanguita, Siaton or Sta. Catalina towns south of Dumaguete, drop by the Inalad, Siaton shrine of Our Lady of Fatima. It is noted for numerous cures and solutions to personal problems, as well as 'mystery treats' like sounds of a choir singing (where there is none) and floral perfume from nowhere. On my one visit I...

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  • BAIS

    I am not really sure if this is part already of negros or bacolod. But during my trip to Dumaguete, this was really what i remembered. BAIS is a place where you can watch dolphins jumps besides the boat. I last done this in 2002 if i remember correctly, and basically as you ride the boat, the dolphins jump and go the same direction as your boat...

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  • Scuba Diving

    A great place to base yourself for some of the best dive sites, Apo Island is only 40 minute boat ride away with sites like Chapel, Coconut point and drop off you will be spoilt. If muck diving is your thing then a must dive site is the Pier in Dumaguete.I dived with Michael at Adventure dive, who are based on Rizal Ave, Dumaguete city only 5...

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  • Rizal's Dumaguete

    For a glimpse of Dumaguete through national hero Jose Rizal's eyes, ask the city tourism office at the Sta. Catalina St. side of the town plaza to arrange a visit to the second floor of the old Locsin house a few steps away. This should be done 24-48 hours in advance as the house is not usually open to the public. Old folks' tradition has it that...

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  • Heavenly Orchids

    Back in the 90's we visited Mrs. Ng's stupendous private orchid garden in Camanjac, Dumaguete with its thousands of blooms. It was an other-worldly experience. Orchid fanciers can check with Jo's Inato at Silliman Ave., if ALL the blooms were moved to her hilltop public park fronting Sea Forest in Sibulan, or someplace else. I still daydream about...

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  • Sampling Neg. Oriental stonecraft and...

    Stonecraft here is made by grinding up local stone, molding and baking it into lively decor and gift items with native traditional and contemporary designs. Check them out at Marjorie's, EBT Bldg. beside Chin Loong on Rizal, Blvd., Dumaguete. You could ask for their factory location for more choices, and ask if they are in factory discount...

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  • Indiana Jones-ing it in Dumaguete

    World War 2 Japanese gold mania aside, Silliman University has a museum with real preHispanic and other artifacts housed in that Victorian-style landmark Silliman Hall (you might call ahead and see what's to be on display at arrival time).Want to go along on an archeo-dig or site view? This might be arranged if you can get a recommendation from...

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  • 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...

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  • Day trip from Dumaguete

    You can go to Valencia and visit Forest Camp, swim and eat there. http://www.dumagueteinfo.com/forest-camp.phpThere'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.

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  • 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...

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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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • City Plaza

    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...

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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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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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...

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  • 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.

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  • Restored Cathedral

    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...

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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...

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  • 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...

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  • Day 3: Snorkeling in Apo Island

    For the Apo Island trip, we decided to DIY. We met up with the Tagle family at the Zamboangita wharf so we can share a boat. We rented a tryk who picked us up at 6am. We arrived before 7am and had breakfast at a carinderia.Register first before paying for the boat. Maximum capacity for the big boat is 10. Waves were pretty big and the boat is not...

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  • Day 2: Dolphin Watching in Bais City

    For this tour, we decided to book with Michelle from Dumaguete Outdoors. We got the package for P1,200 per person which includes everything including a sumptous lunch. The van picked us up from the resort at 6:15am. We were on the boat at around 9:30. Unfortunately, we didn't see any dolphins! Yes, after going around and waiting for 2 hours, the...

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  • Day 1: Hiking to Casaroro Falls

    We left Sta Monica at 1pm and took their 'taxi' to bring us to Valencia. In Valencia, the driver let us off where there were plenty of habal-habals. There were 4 of us so we decided to get two habal-habals (motorbikes) to bring us to Casaroro Falls and to wait for us. We didn't go to Forest Camp anymore but I heard it's a good swimming place. We...

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  • Take A Walk Along the Boulevard

    Dumaguete's boulevard is pretty long and is perfect for morning joggers or late night walks. Many things happen at the boulevard, sometimes they hold shows there for the street children. If you do get tired from walking, its easy enough to get a local transpo to take you back to your hotel or to a near hotspot.

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  • Savor the sunset

    If you're one to find beauty in the everyday things in life, stroll across the boulevard on your own, or with your significant other. The boulevard is clean, well-maintained and well-lighted. I don't know if it's always like that in Dumaguete, but surprisingly, no one approached me to ask for alms. It was not like in Manila where everywhere, there...

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  • Stroll around the town

    Stroll around downtown Dumaguete and savor the beauty of old sights merging with the new commercial establishments. See the Dumaguete City Cathedral, Silliman University, Boulevard area and the park cradled between the shore and downtown Dumaguete for a feel of the old city.

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  • Acacia-Lined Rizal Blvd. by the Sea

    The peaceful feeling of strolling by this wide boulevard along the seacoast and under the shade of century old acacia trees is so calming. No stress! The more than 1km stretch of the boulevard are lined with hotels, restaurants, bars and other entertainment centers which come more alive as night falls.

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  • Jose Rizal/Maria Clara Monument.

    The Jose Rizal Monument at the City Plaza has the National Hero's figure in front while back-to-back with it is the figure of Maria Clara. Maria Clara is the fictitious character depicting the typical Filipina in Rizal's novels.

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  • Silliman U Library Building Marker.

    I just find amusing to have photo-op with this very visible vertical marker of the Silliman U Library.

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  • Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres Monument

    Built along the Rizal Blvd. Baywalk, The SPC monument was put up in 2004 to commemorate 100th year of the arrival of the 7 pioneering Sisters of St Paul of Chartres (5 French and 2 Chinese) who founded the St. Paul Academy of Dumaguete.The monument shows the nuns arriving in a boat. The location is right where the monument is presently erected.

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  • Take a Walk Inside Silliman U Campus

    World-reknown Silliman University was established in Dumaguete in 1901 by Protestant missionaries from the USA. Starting as an elementary school, it soon rised to become a university in 1938. Eversince, students coming from all around the world have called Dumaguete their home while acquiring that coveted degree.The campus has a wide area and a...

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  • Old Chinese Temple by the Sea

    A colorful landmark just over the southerntip of Rizal Blvd., the main road stretching along the city's seacoast is an old Chinese temple. The building has bells on its towers. The details of the wall and building designs such as dragons and Chinese-inspired ornates are well-detailed.

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  • Dumaguete Cathedral Belfry

    What remained of the old church built by the Spanish colonizers in the early 19th century, the belfry of the Dumaguete Cathedral (also known as El Campanario) is still standing through the test of times. Again as in other bellfries in the early days, the tower is used as a lookout for pirates and the bells are rung to warn the villagers in such...

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  • Visita Iglesia - Dumaguete Cathedral

    The seat of the Diocese of Dumaguete that includes the province of Negros Oriental and Siquijor. Its titular patron is St. Catherine of Alexandria whose feast is celebrated every November 25.The cathedral has a new building replacing the old Spanish-era church of which the belfry is still standing and in use.

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  • Sunrise Activities by The Baywalk

    Most of the early morning baywalk visitors are either jogging the stretch back and forth for the physically fit; or just slow-paced walking for the less-energetic to burn some calories.I wish the movement of my eyeballs and head enjoyingly watching the people do their rounds as the beautiful sun rises could have burn me enough calories also to...

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