Dumaguete is also known as a university town because of the number of universities and colleges in the city. Most famous among the universities is Silliman University. Silliman is the first Protestant university in the country and the first American private university in Asia.
Other universities are St. Paul University of Dumaguete (SPUD), Foundation University (FU), and Negros Oriental State University (NORSU). SPUD is the first Saint Paul educational institution established in the Philippines by the Sisters of Saint Paul of Chartres from France in 1904.
There are also colleges in the city such as AMA Computer University and its AMA Computer Learning Center (ACLC), Asian College of Science and Technology (ACSAT), STI College, and Colegio de Santa Catalina de Alejandria (COSCA).
Roaming around the city, one will notice a considerable number of foreign tourists. I could only surmise the reason of their stay. It might be because of the following reasons – hospitality of the people, comfortable hotel accommodations, accessible beach resorts and dive sites, cheap cost, and other attractions nearby such as the Apo Island Marine Protected Area.
Finding a place to sleep in this city is not a problem. There are many hotels to stay in – C & L Suites Inn, Obdulia’s Inn, OK Pension, Bethel Guest House, Hotel Palwa, Hotel Nicanor, Coco Grande and Harold’s Mansion.
The city is accessible by air with daily flights to and from Manila and Cebu through Cebu Pacific Airlines and Philippine Airlines. By sea, it caters to fast ferries, ferry boats and ships to and from Manila and some parts in Mindanao and Visayas.
Going around the city and neighboring towns is not a hassle. Tricycles, jeepneys, and taxis are readily available to get to your desired destination. Bus transportation is also available for traveling outside Dumaguete.
The City of Dumaguete was created under Republic Act No. 327 in June 15, 1948. The City is bounded on the north by the Municipality of Sibulan; on the south by the Municipality of Bacong; and on the west by the Municipality of Valencia; on the east by the Mindanao Sea and the Tañon Strait. Neighboring provinces are Cebu, Bohol, and Siquijor.
Hereunder is the list of the political subdivisions of Dumaguete consisting of 30 barangays. Barangays denominated with numbers are located in the downtown area. The smallest in terms of area is Barangay 4 while the biggest is Barangay Banilad.
|Bajumpandan||Cantil-e||Barangay 4 (Rizal Blvd)|
|Balugo||Daro||Barangay 5 (Silliman Area)|
|Banilad||Junob||Barangay 6 (Cambagroy)|
|Bantayan||Looc||Barangay 7 (Mangga)|
|Batinguel||Mangnao||Barangay 8 (Cervantes Ext)|
|Calindangan||Barangay 1 (Tinago)||Taclobo|
|Camanjac||Barangay 2 (Upper Lukewright)||Talay|
Dumaguete is also a fast growing BPO and IT hub catering to call centers, medical transcription, editing, publishing, architectural outsourcing and even animation. BPO companies operating in the city are TeleTech, SPi Global, Qualfon, StudentUniverse Corporation, Entheos IT, Zero One Concept and others.
For the shopping enthusiast, Robinsons Place Dumaguete, Lee Super Plaza, Lee Plaza Hypermart, MartOne, and Cang’s are good places to visit and shop. SM Savemore supermarket will allegedly open a branch within MartOne.
There are also several smaller shopping centers located in different areas of the city. These include the Portal West owned by Silliman University and located in its campus which has the National Bookstore and the Ever Mall.
For your health needs, Dumaguete has three major hospitals namely: Holy Child Hospital, Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital, and the Silliman Medical Center which is currently tied-up with St. Luke’s Medical Center in Metro Manila.
I guess you will now consider Dumaguete as a destination in your next vacation.