The City of Dumaguete is a city in the Philippine province of Negros Oriental. It is the capital, principal seaport, and largest city of the province. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 102,265 people. A person from Dumaguete is called a “Dumagueteño”.
The city is nicknamed The City of Gentle People. Dumaguete is the capital city and main port of Negros Oriental, the province that occupies the south-eastern half of Negros Island, in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines. Popularly known as the “City of Gentle People”.
Dumaguete is referred to as a university town because of the presence of seven universities and colleges, where students of the province converge to enroll for tertiary education. The city is also a popular educational destination for students of surrounding provinces and cities in Visayas and Mindanao.
The city is best known for Silliman University, the country’s first Protestant university. There are also 12 elementary schools and 9 high schools. The city’s student population is estimated at 30,000.
The city attracts a considerable number of foreign tourists, particularly Europeans, because of easy ferry access from Cebu City, the availability of beach resorts and dive sites, and the attraction of dolphin and whale watching in nearby Bais Bay. If you’re arriving at the airport and have a hotel reservation, many can arrange car transportation or a taxi.
However, pedicabs (motorcycles with welded-on sidecars) are plentiful and allow economical door-to-door transportation. Motorcycles are also very popular among the locals – make friends and do a little back riding from place to place.
The City has a land area of 34.26 km², situated on the plains of the southeastern coast of Negros Island near the mouth of the Banica River. Of the province’s 20 municipalities and 5 cities, Dumaguete is the smallest in terms of land area. It 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. As a coastal city, it is bounded on the east by the Mindanao Sea and the Tañon Strait, serving as a natural border to the neighboring provinces of Cebu and Siquijor.
The city’s topography is generally flat from two to six kilometers from the shoreline. It slopes gently upwards to the adjoining municipality of Valencia. The highest ground elevation is located at the boundary of the municipality of Valencia, about one hundred meters above mean sea level. About 93% of the land have slopes of less than 3%. The remaining areas have 3% to 5% slope.
In recent years, Dumaguete’s economy has been influenced by the influx of investors in the business process outsourcing and other industries. TeleTech, one of the world’s largest call center firms, and SPi, one of the world’s leading BPO companies, are the two large ITES firms operating in Dumaguete.
Robinsons Land Corporation, a major mall operator in the Philippines, has started the construction of a new mall located on a 6-hectare lot in Calindagan, south of downtown Dumaguete. There is also an upsurge in the number of tourists arriving in the City of Dumaguete and nearby areas.
Dumaguete is a university town. The population is somewhat more than 100,000 people, and there are some 30,000 students at Silliman University. Silliman is a Protestant University in a predominantly Catholic country, and it is noted as one of the best Universities in Philippines. Visit the Boulevard, Silliman University Campus, Maranatha Full Gospel Church (Sunday morning), the Dumaguete Catholic Cathedral.