There are a lot of things to do when in Negros Oriental. For first-time visitors though, it is best to do take the Dumaguete City Tour as an introduction to the city’s vibe and overall atmosphere.
Dumaguete is dubbed as the City of Gentle People, which is an apt description to the idyllic lifestyle of its residents. The half-day Dumaguete city tour takes first takes you to Silliman University. The landscape and setting is really ideal for university life, as the Silliman University Campus is lined with majestic acacia trees which serve as backdrop to the various buildings of the school. During the tour, pass through the Claytown Pottery where you can admire earthenware. You will also see the Ninoy Aquino Park, also known to the locals as the Freedom Park, which is a favorite spot for those who want a quiet stroll after a day’s work. The Freedom Park also plays hosts to major events in Dumaguete like the Buglasan Festival, and a handful of competitions among the various schools in the city. Moving forward, you will pass by the bustling public market as well as the historical Sta. Catalina de Alexandria Church and belfry, which is known as the province’s oldest stone church.
The Dumaguete City Tour takes you southward to a town called Bacong, which is home to Negros Oriental Arts and Heritage (NOAH), a famous stonecraft factory known for quality souvenir products. NOAH caters to both export and domestic markets, and is a favorite among corporations for their holiday give-aways and tokens during events. The tour allows you to visit their showroom. Who knows, you may just purchase a thing or to two to bring back home as well.
For those who are more inclined to do a bit of nature-tripping during the city tour, we can take you to a town southwest of Dumaguete in lieu of Bacong. Visit Valencia, where Forest Camp is located. The forest camp features lush green foliage and man made springs and pools.
Last stops for the city tour include the Rizal Boulevard, where you can take in a beautiful panoramic view of the horizon. Visit Sidlakang Negros if you want to get trinkets and local delicacies. Cap of your morning with a sumptuous lunch at Lab-as Seafoods, a restaurant that has become a by-word among the locals in Dumaguete.
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When in Dumaguete, try riding a tricycle especially along Simillan University. Interact with the locals and learn a few words to get by. Dumageutenos speak the same language as those in Cebu and Bohol but have unique words too like “chada” to mean nice, cool or beautiful and “alayon” which means please.
The city has several malls already. The most modern would be Robinsons Mall, which also houses various souvenir shops for your convenience. Bring home the sans rival or the ever-famous silvannas. Apart from that, Bongbong’s of Bacolod is also there so you can get your fill of piyayas and what not.
Also, don’t forget to try eating dinner in any of the restaurants lining Rizal Boulevard. Yum Yum!