Friday, May 9, 2014

Dumaguete Tourist Spots

Posted by Free-Spirited Vixen (Juliefe Cuenca) at 9:26 AM
      Welcome to Dumaguete! It is the principal and the largest city of Negros Oriental. It is also known as the "City of Gentle People" and I quite agree since the locals are really hospitable and would eagerly go out of their way to help you when you ask for it. And asked for it, we did. We didn't have guide, just a list of the places that we planned to go to, but no fret, coz we just asked for directions from tricycle drivers and locals. We rode jeeps and pedicabs to get to our destination. Not only were they cheaper but riding them kind of gives you a feel for the place. 

       This is the Port where we booked our ticket for our next destination, Siquijor! :)

Rizal Boulevard
Here is the "I love Dumaguete" Landmark found at the Rizal Boulevard. More popularly known as "The Boulevard", it's more of a long-stretched promenade where groups can hold their meetings, or amble around, or just enjoy the wonderful sea breeze. 

Just on the other side of the boulevard are a line of hotels, bars, and restaurant. Truly a place of recreation and relaxation. During our long walks both in the morning and evening, the place was also clean and orderly. 



Robinson's Place, Dumaguete
       We just stayed in a lodging house which was really near the Robinson's Place so we got to buy our supplies and had breakfast there too. We tried the Bacolod Lechon Haus, hoping to get a taste of Bacolod Food. ^_^


Silliman University    
  Dumaguete is best known for its Silliman University. Named in the honor of Horace Silliman, who established the educational center in the Philippines, the Silliman University opened on August 28, 1901 becoming the first private university established by Americans in the Philippines. 
Silliman University, Dumaguete



   I guess, this is a sort of freedom wall for organizations in the university. ^_^


Silliman University's Hibbard Hall
     This building was constructed to honor the first president of Silliman University, Dr David Hibbard.
     Hibbard Hall,Silliman University, Dumaguete

Hibbard Hall,Silliman University, Dumaguete

Silliman University, Dumaguete

Silliman University, Dumaguete

Silliman University, Dumaguete
Silliman Hall

"SILLIMAN HALL was built in 1909 as an addition to form an "L" with the original building built in 1902, now demolished. The ground floor, popularly known as the Assembly Hall, has cast iron columns and ornate metal pan ceiling salvaged from the debris of a theater in New York.

THE MUSEUM on the second floor was established in 1970 by Dr. Hubert I. Reynolds, an American Presbyterian missionary and former faculty member of the Sociology-Anthropology Department of Silliman University to house the collection of the Cultural Research Center that started in 1964. The exhibits are rare and priceless collections of ethnographic and archaeological artifacts which date back as early as 200 BC.

Through the initiative of the Center of Excellence in Coastal Resource Management (COE-CRM) as funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) with the support of the Silliman University Administration, the restoration of Silliman Hall to its 1909 Eastern Stick Style was completed. "(From http://su.edu.ph/page/42-Anthropology-Museum)
Silliman Hall, Silliman University, Dumaguete

Silliman Hall, Silliman University, DumagueteSilliman University, Dumaguete
Silliman University, Dumaguete

Silliman University, Dumaguete

Silliman University, Dumaguete
Silliman University, Dumaguete
The Forest Camp
      Located in Valencia, Negros Oriental, The Forest Camp is also a popular tourist site. In our case, we took a jeep going to Valencia, then rode a pedicab towards the site itself. Entrance fee was 80 pesos/adult and 60 pesos/child.

The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental
The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental
The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental
The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental
The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental
The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental
"The Wishing Well"
     You can also opt to eat at Mommy Baba's GardenHouse. Rates are reasonable. -_-
Mommy Baba's Gardenhouse, The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental
Mommy Baba's Gardenhouse, The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental
The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental
A model of a tartanilla or calesa
The scenery was great including the mini pond.
The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental

The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental
The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental
The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental
There were three pools available with different levels of depth. The cool thing is that it was nature-given as the flowing water was from a river. We really enjoyed swimming especially since there were only three of us dipping at that time.
The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental
The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental
The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental
The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros OrientalThe Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros OrientalThe Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental
The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental
Sitting on the rocks at the riverside
The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental


Quezon Park
       Aside from the Rizal Blvd, the Quezon Park is another free and public park to check out. There's also a lot of activity buzzing here especially during evening where you can see a lot of children playing, or groups meeting up. 
Quezon Park, Dumaguete
Pose in front of the "WE LOVE DUMAGUETE" landmark for another souvenir shot. ;D
We Love Dumaguete, Quezon Park, Dumaguete
A red vintage firetruck. Kinda cute compared to the modern ones, right?
Vintage fire truck, Quezon Park, Dumaguete

Quezon Statue, Maria Clara Statue, Quezon Park, Dumaguete
The Cathedral Church of Dumaguete aka St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral
St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral, The Cathedral Church of Dumaguete
St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral, The Cathedral Church of Dumaguete
Bell Tower of the Cathedral
Sans Rival Bistro
      Actually, there were two Sans Rival Stores that we went to. The first one was the Sans Rival Bistro which was just fronting the Rizal Boulevard. The other one, the Sans Rival Cakes & Pastries, is located further down into one of the streets.

Sans Rival Bistro, dumaguete
  The Sans Rival Bistro has the more classy look, having more of the ambiance of a restaurant. While the Sans Rival Cakes & Pastries has a more laidback, homey atmosphere. : )
Sans Rival Bistro, dumaguete
Sans Rival Bistro, dumaguete

Sans Rival Bistro, dumaguete
Sans Rival Cakes & Pastries
Sans Rival Cakes & Pastries, Dumaguete

Sans Rival Cakes & Pastries, Dumaguete

Sans Rival Cakes & Pastries, Dumaguete
Negros Lodging House
       This is where we stayed during our almost two days stint in Dumaguete.  It's really cheap since they have rooms for two with rates starting at 300 pesos only plus 50 pesos for every additional bed. They also have other types of rooms depending on one's needs. It's near the Robinson's Place and just several blocks away from the Ceres Bus Station for those who opt to travel thru land trips. Truly fit for backpackers! :D
Negros Lodging House,  Dumaguete

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