Take a virtual tour of Dumaguete City & Negros Oriental in the Philippines, their history, attractions, events & more!
The Best Place for Adventure Travel in the Philippines
Negros Island in the Philippines was partitioned by Royal Decree of Spain into two provinces in 1890. The settlements on the southeastern coast became Negros Oriental, the province, where the sun rises and where each Negros day begins.
From the very beginning daybreak imbued Negros Oriental's landscape and waters, architectural landmarks and its genteel people with serenity and laid-back charms. The advancing days plashed its vivid colors on the festive occasions so vital to life in the local communities, who dance and sway and give thanks for the bounties that nature has bestowed on them.
NEGROS ORIENTAL AT A GLANCE
540,230 has. (5,042 sq. km.)
1.231 million (2007)
Air - featuring on local airport and two private air strips
Sea - featuring two sea ports (Dumaguete & Sibulan)
Land - for visitors coming from Negros Occidental
Multicabs (oversized tricycles) that can accommodate 5 persons at a time in lieu of taxi cabs, although the latter are available from the airport.
Local Government Units:
5 cities, 20 municipalities
To this day, tranquility and excitement endure, twin treats characterizing the dazzling array of experiences in Sidlakang Negros, the "Sunrise Province," where in many places rugged mountains are just across the scenic highway from a shimmering sea, where history rubs elbows with contemporary development, and where a pocket garden or unhurried promenade will be secreted somewhere in a bustling population center,
Dayon! Negros Oriental welcomes everybody to its natural and man-made delights, its upscale and rustic resorts, accommodations, shops, restaurants, and even its unique modes of transportation.
And this welcome is as warm and as bright as the sunlight!
Negros Oriental Cities & Towns
Negros Oriental is perhaps the best-kept tourism secret in the Philippines. From the mountain top to the vast expanse of plains to the recesses of the earth to the sea bed, the province has something to offer every guest. Folks are fast waking up to its natural bounty which is in almost pristine form. Come and explore this idyllic hideway. You will fall in love with both the place and its people!
The City of Gentle People is the gateway to the natural wonders of Negros Oriental, apart from being the cultural, religious, historical and educational center of the province,
The capital city also serves as the land, sea and air transportation hub of the province, so all the visitor desinations can be reached from there.
One of the most popular attractions of the province can be found in the rich waters of Tanon Strait off Bais City, where guests cruising on outrigger boats can have a close encounter with these playful mammals.
Back on the shore visitors can make a quick trip to the Central Azucarera de Bais to get a feel of the cradle of the sugar industry in the province, and take picture-perfect snapshots of steel locomotives that ferried sugar cane across the vast hacienda.
Niludhan Falls is the most popular attraction of Bayawan, with three falls merging into one powerful cascade after heavy rains.
A popular destination of mountain climbers and trekkers, Canlaon City, situated on the eastern foot plain of Mt. Canlaon, sits at the boundary dividing both provinces of Negros Island.
Tanjay is best know for the native delicacy called Bodbod Tanjay, made of glutinous rice and native chocolate, around which their main festival is based. It is also where San Isidro Hot Springs is located, a favorite watering hole of residents and visitors alike.
Bacong is a tiny town near the capital that features the Negros Oriental Arts & Heritage Stonecraft (NOAH) factory and showroom, plus Talisay Beach park, a popular public resort operated by the municipal government.
Municipality of Daun
Dauin boasts of 30 dive sites within a five-mile radius, the foremost of them all being Apo Island, regarded as among the best in the Philippines.
Manibay is known as the "Cave Town" of Negros Oriental. It is home to over 100 caves, just waiting to be explored by experienced spelunkers and amateur caving enthusiasts alike.
Siaton provides visitors with a refreshing encounter with nature, from beaches to beautiful mountain Lake Balanan that was created by landslide caused by an earthquake in the 1920s.
Historic Valencia is a town just a few kilometers west of Dumaguete that is home to the many waterfalls, such as Casaroro Falls, Pulang Bato Falls and Kalungan Twin Falls, plus nature camps and World War II relics.
Municipality of Zamboanguita
Zamboanguita, apart from being a main access point to Apo Island (which belongs to Dauin, by the way), is also popular for the Malatapay Fish & Livestock Market held every Wednesday.
Negros Oriental has a total of five cities and 20 municipalities, each with their own particular charm, festivals and places of interest. The other municipal-ities are: Amlan, Ayungon, Basay, Bindoy, Guihulngan City, Jimalalud, La Libertad, Manjuyod, Pamplona, San Jose, Sibulan, Sta. Catalina, Tayasan and Vallehermoso.
It is best to explore the province by area, especially those with many tourist attractions, to be able to see and experience the wonderful island life as much as possible during your visit.
The Sidlakang Negros Village in Dumaguete City showcases the different pavilions of the local government units of the province. It is suggested that this be one of your first stops upon arrival as it is a great place to preview the different cities and towns, as well as their culture, cuisine and products. It is also a wonderful place to shop for souvenirs coming from all parts of the province.
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