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Dumaguete: Sightseeing in the City

It was sad to leave the comforts of Coco Grove, along with the unspoiled paradise of Siquijor, but we had to. After lunch, we were on the ferry bound for Dumaguete. Since we were able to buy tickets for the fast craft, the length of the journey was halved, and we were in Dumaguete earlier than expected.

Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines

Where to Stay

Upon arrival, we checked into our hotel, Hotel Nicanor, which was conveniently nestled in the center of town. A short rest ensued, and we were off to see the city!

Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines

Inside the Family Room

What to See

We walked to the Baywalk, passing by a lot of restaurants along the way. To be honest, the baywalk wasn’t much of a sight to see, given the dirty water it houses (it’s very near the pier), but it was great to see some local life going on. Along the way were various restaurants, luring you to try their specialties. How I wish we had time to try all of them! At the end of the walk were tables being set up by vendors who were also preparing barbecue to sell that night.

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Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines

Sans Rival Bistro

Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines

The baywalk and the nearby pier

Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines

Baywalk

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Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines

Moon Cafe

We continued to walk to Silliman University. Its campus is akin to the Diliman campus of the University of the Philippines, but the former has fewer buildings. Soon, we rode the tricycle to the Freedom Park.

Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines

Silliman University gate

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Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines

Silliman University campus map

What we didn’t know was that at the back of the park was the Provincial Capitol of Negros Oriental. With a mountain as it’s backdrop, it became more majestic than expected.

Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines

Negros Oriental Provincial Capitol

Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines

Ninoy Aquino Freedom Park

Next, we went to Dumaguete Cathedral. There was a mass going on, but we didn’t dare to attend it given the clothing that we had on our backs, so we just said a little prayer.

Beside the cathedral was the Bell Tower. I’m not sure it’s still being used though. In front of the church was another park, with this one being more crowded than the one we went to earlier. Perhaps because this one’s closer to town center.

Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines

Dumaguete Cathedral

Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines

A busy Sunday!

Finally, we went to the local mall to grab some local delicacies to bring home, since we might not have enough time to do so given tomorrow’s hectic schedule.

Where to Eat

As advised by a friend, we had our dinner in Moon Cafe, a Mexican restaurant near Silliman University. We had nachos, quesadillas, and chicken wings. All of them were really very good, and affordable too! Or was did it appear so because of the expensive food in Coco Grove?:-P

Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines

Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines

On our walk home, we passed by the famous Sans Rival Bistro in Dumaguete to have dessert. I ordered a slice of sans rival, since I’ve only tasted the sylvannas from this dessert place, and I wondered what to bring home. The sans rival was delicious too, not as buttery as the sylvanna, which was a plus for me since I don’t like too much icing. 🙂

We headed back home and took our rest as we were to be up early the following day.

Sightseeing Expenses*

Dumaguete Sightseeing Expenses (group of 5) PHP
Tricycle from port to Hotel Nicanor 75
Tricycle from Silliman University to Freedom Park 50
Tricycle from Freedom Park to Dumaguete Cathedral 45
Tricycle from Mall to Hotel Nicanor 45
Tricycle from Hotel Nicanor to Moon Café 45
Total Expenses 260
Cost per Head 52

*Our accommodation and food expenses are excluded here, as I believe that individual preferences vary greatly when it comes to these two things.

Oslob will be next. Happy travels!

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6 comments on “Dumaguete: Sightseeing in the City

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  2. vastlycurious.com
    July 15, 2013

    Beautiful photographs!!!!

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