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6 Places to Visit in Dumaguete

Check out these cultural, recreational, and intellectual spots in this charming university town

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Photography: Vincent Coscolluela (Main Photo)

A stroll along dreamy, seaside Rizal Boulevard is probably all you need to figure out why Dumaguete City, the capital of Negros Oriental, is tagged “The City of the Gentle People.” Possessing a placid disposition is second nature if you live in such a quaint city as this. The same endearing quality is also what lends truth to its etymology, “dagit”, which loosely translates to “to captivate.”

If you're planning to visit soon, make sure you drop by these must-visit places:

Silliman University

Host to the prestigious Dumaguete Writers’ Workshop, the 115-year-old Silliman University is the heart of the city. Walk around the tree-lined, sprawling campus and check out the Anthropological Museum and the Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium.

Photo from Wikipedia.

Apo Island

Though technically about an hour away from the city proper, Apo Island and the nearby Atelier Aguila (click here to see photos) are very much worth the trip. The island boasts a rich marine life, making it a great diving destination this side of the country.

Malatapay, Zamboangita, Negros Oriental

Photo by @whereisdonna via Instagram.

Sans Rival Bistro

Known for their heavenly sans rival pastries and silvannas—packed in pasalubong-ready boxes—the Sans Rival bakeshop now has a sister venture.

Photo by @resilmae via Instagram.

The Sans Rival Bistro is one of those “Sugar Houses” along Rizal Avenue owned by prominent families that have been converted into establishments. Here, you get to have savory meals with your sweet endings.

Along Rizal Blvd., Dumaguete City

Photo by @ayneezosa via Instagram.

Lab-As Seafood Restaurant

What’s a trip to the province without indulging in fresh seafood? Dumaguete locals would all point you to Lab-As Seafood Restaurant, where you can have your fill of oysters, crabs, shrimps, and the whole gang. Have a beer while you digest your big seafood dinner at Hayahay, right next door.

Flores Ave. cor. E. J Blanco Drive, Dumaguete City

Photo by Vincent Coscolluela.

KRI Restaurant

Though KRI’s tagline reads “A Neighborhood Restaurant,” and its façade is almost inconspicuous, this establishment across the Silliman campus has surprisingly understated interiors with cool industrial flair. Gorge on their nibbles like the spinach-artichoke fondue—perfect with their ginger iced tea—or their heavier offerings.

53rd Silliman Avenue, Dumaguete City

Photo by Vincent Coscolluela.

Handumanan

If you’re not too keen on bringing home edibles for pasalubong, squeeze in a quick visit to Handumanan for T’nalak fabric, round banig area rugs in festive, vivid colors, or pandan coil placemats with shell trimmings—all a welcome addition to a mod Pinoy home.

Perdices Street, Dumaguete City

Photo by Vincent Coscolluela.

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