A stroll along dreamy, seaside Rizal Boulevard is probably all you need to figure out why Dumaguete City, the capital of Negros Oriental, tagged as “The City of the Gentle People.” Possessing a placid disposition is second nature if you live in such a quaint city as this. The same endearing quality is also what lends truth to its etymology, dagit, which loosely translates to “to captivate.”
If you're planning to visit soon, make sure you drop by these must-visit places:
Host to the prestigious Dumaguete Writers’ Workshop, the 115-year-old Silliman University is the heart of the city. Walk around the tree-lined, sprawling campus and check out the Anthropological Museum and the Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium.
Malatapay, Zamboangita, Negros Oriental
Though technically about an hour away from the city proper, Apo Island and the nearby Atelier Aguila (click here to see photos) are very much worth the trip. The island boasts a rich marine life, making it a great diving destination this side of the country.
Sans Rival Bistro
Along Rizal Blvd., Dumaguete City
Known for their heavenly sans rival pastries and silvannas—packed in pasalubong-ready boxes—the Sans Rival bakeshop now has a sister venture.
The Sans Rival Bistro is one of those “Sugar Houses” along Rizal Avenue owned by prominent families that have been converted into establishments. Here you get to have savory meals with your sweet endings.
Lab-As Seafood Restaurant
Flores Ave. cor. E. J Blanco Drive, Dumaguete City
What’s a trip to the province without indulging in fresh seafood? Dumaguete locals would all point you to Lab-As Seafood Restaurant, where you can have your fill of oysters, crabs, shrimps, and the whole gang. Have a beer while you digest your big seafood dinner at Hayahay, right next door.
53rd Silliman Avenue, Dumaguete City
Though KRI’s tagline reads “A Neighborhood Restaurant,” and its façade is almost inconspicuous, this establishment across the Silliman campus has surprisingly understated interiors with cool industrial flair. Gorge on their nibbles like the spinach-artichoke fondue—perfect with their ginger iced tea—or their heavier offerings.
Perdices Street, Dumaguete City
If you’re not too keen on bringing home edibles for pasalubong, squeeze in a quick visit to Handumanan for T’nalak fabric, round banig area rugs in festive, vivid colors, or pandan coil placemats with shell trimmings—all a welcome addition to a mod Pinoy home.
*This story originally came out on Realliving.com.ph
Minor edits have been made by the Stylebible.ph
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