Negros Oriental

City of gentle people and the island of fire.

Exploring rural villages and rugged shores. Where religious devotion exists alongside folk superstition.

Dumaguete is known as “The City of Gentle People.”

Silliman University is the most prominent among Dumaguete’s universities and colleges. Established in 1901, it is the oldest American founded university in Asia.

Other popular landmarks within the city are the St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral and the Belfry, both built in 1811.

And no visit to Dumaguete would be complete without spending time on Rizal Boulevard, a beachfront promenade along the city’s commercial district.

Visit Bais City any time between March and October and cruise the Tañon Strait for dolphin and whale-watching. Make a pit stop at the Manjuyod White Sand Bar, a stretch of powdery white sand that fully emerges during low tide. Don’t leave without exploring the waters of the world-famous Apo Island. With 15 dive sites, it is among the best underwater experiences the Philippines has to offer.