I received almost the same question about Dumaguete City, “Is it worth a time to visit or to stop by?” “It’s just a city, what else could we expect?” Many were curious about if it’s satisfying to stop while outlining their trip to the city’s neighboring islands like Apo, Siquijor or Cebu. So, I come up 7 reasons why it’s time to stop Dumaguete if you have been thinking continuously about this city.
Walkability with SAFETY
The city itself can be toured by walking.
Main streets are walking distance from each other. Perdices is the oldest and busiest street of the city where the diverse-established economic community is settled. Not to mention, the avenues are perfect for students and retirees strolling within the city with its good level of safety. Hence, the 10PM curfew for younger or teenagers is a daily priority for the government not only because to keep them away from trouble but to prioritize disciplinary action. Even open bars during hustling Fridays & Saturdays kept people aware of its safety measure, which is why Dumaguete is tagged as one of the safest city in the country.
Availability of Green Spaces
Green spaces are attainable. Surrounded by green parks, relaxing boulevard with fascinating acacia trees and universities that support greener-relaxing Negros environment like the different old marvelous trees encompassing the Silliman University and the many trees planted by the eco-friendly qualifier St. Paul University. Even cemeteries and other community gardens covered within different areas are developing. Providing auxiliary shades that also lowers urban area’s temperature.
Manageable to Peak Hours Traffic Jam
I don’t mean that there is zero traffic in this city, there are few instances that this city experienced traffic as well, as this is now a growing city, thus, both private and public transportation contributes traffic jam on peak hours. But what amazed me is the nonexhaustive feeling during those times, as it’s actually being managed well both by traffic enforcer and the locals. It’s an individual observation coupled with patience to take charge calmly during peak hours. Their discipline is way beyond my expectation.
Access to High-Quality Education
No wonder the town has been highly recommended by most citizens to enroll in one of the universities here. To which Dumaguete has been known for being the University Town, not only because of the established universities in the city, but also the easy access of courses available from medical to business and much more. In this small city, there are 4 Universities and 6 other colleges that were built. The Silliman University tops as one of the famous universities not only in the city but in the whole Philippines. This university is also the first American university created in Asia, that’s why it’s every local’s dream to study here. The 3 other finest universities are St. Paul University, Foundation University and the government-owned Negros Oriental State University.
Access to Good Restaurants
Dumaguetnon and Negrenses are certified, Foodies. More than 40 restaurants dispersed the city with a variety of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Italian, Filipino and a lot more. Street foods are spreading also, the famous “tocinohan” in ACSAT, putuhan as one of the cheapest breakfast situated at the public market,“tempurahan”in boulevard and the ever-famous tempura of Bossing’s number 5 hottest sauce, plus the plentiful-orderly carenderia and barbecues. It’s not oppressive to look for something to eat in this city, you got all that it takes. When you are in Dumaguete, you shouldn’t miss trying one of the restaurants, highly suggested is the Sans Rival.
Smooth Connection to Nature
(Mountain & Sea)
Negros is a mountainous island reachable to the sea, which gives a better connection to the people of the city. Mount Talinis from the neighboring city of Valencia can be visibly viewed in the metro and it’s spectacular to witness the pleasing peak. Apart from this abundant mountain is the sea, where the marvelous marine sanctuaries set to different areas. Silliman University reinforces with marine activities and programs. With their tremendous support, the marine sanctuaries of this town were profoundly assembled according to its requirements, in such a way, that both tourists and local can spot impressive corals and sea creature, which is also ideal for diving sites.
It’s no question that the people of this city are conferred as “The Gentle People of the Philippines”. Aside from being the gentle citizen, they are one of the most friendly, accommodating & the soft-spoken society. Over 4,000 expats and retirees live here for the respect and warm greetings from the people, which evidently aside from the low standard of living, relaxing and appealing island.
Through this comprehension, I imagine your change of plan by stopping this beautiful place first or better yet, stay for a while before heading to its bordering islands.
Still having thoughts about Dumaguete City? Why not take a stop now?
Author: Ferna Mae
Ferna is a spontaneous traveler from the Philippines who had a great experience traveling her own country first before she embarked to other countries. She thrives to be more independent in her own skin. Connect with her at firstname.lastname@example.org