Negros Island is one beautiful island blessed with natural wonders and attractions. While many of those featured in this blog are in the Occidental side of the Island, there are lots of wonderful attractions you can explore in Negros Oriental. Located in the eastern seaboard of Negros Island, the province’s beautiful Capital City is Dumaguete. I first came to Dumaguete when I was still a young kid, about nine or ten years old when Mom was still alive. My family kept on going back here and we always go on a holiday getaway because we have learned to love the “City of Gentle People”.
Having frequented Dumaguete City, I already consider it as my third home with my beloved Bacolod City as my present home and Iligan City as my second. Dumaguete is a very small city and in the words of some tourists, a cosmopolitan city in the disguise of a small town. Everything you need at close proximity, either a walk or a tricycle ride away. Most of the people who live there own a motorcycle or two since it is the primary mode of transportation with the city having small narrow streets. The laid back feel, the people’s kindness and intimate environment are what makes it lovely.
Unfortunately, I was not able to have a cityscape picture of Dumaguete since we were interested about historical places, tourist spots, foods, and lagoons. One notable place famous in Dumaguete City is Rizal Boulevard, or simply called The Boulevard, where you can see a lovely view overlooking the calm sea which complements a ever beautiful sunset. Hotels and resorts are lined up along this area and a notable number of lovely restaurants too.
Before digging in to countless choices of restaurants along the Boulevard, what you really have to try eating here is their tasty but rather infamous balot. The coolness of the area made it a nice place to enjoy the treat. I even saw two random Koreans trying what may have been their first taste of balot. They looked rather disgustingly happy while eating. There is a growing number of expat community in this part of the Philippines because everywhere you go you will never fail to meet a foreigner, notably white Americans. Anyway, here are some photos I’d like to share with you:
The city is really lovely, isn’t it? Kudos to Dumaguete City! Expect features to come for Dumaguete City or Negros Oriental for I hope to go back here soon and this time with my boyfriend Cyrelle for a wonderful time of travel and leisure. I’m sure he will love this amazing place as much as I did. Why not drop by and visit this one of a kind city too? Dumaguete City by plane is just an hour from Manila or 30 minutes from Cebú, by bus is just 5 hours from Bacólod City while by ferry, just 4 hours from Cebú. Catch more of me, Jade Seriña – Bioneda, in my pink-blushed journal blog – Jaded.