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What to do in Dumaguete

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Dates of the trip February 23 - March 23, 2017

Oceanjet ferry is quite large, places are still empty. Their motto is “Take you fast and easy!” Our ferry did not have an open deck, there was also a small closed deck at the top, tickets cost 900 pesos there, although it was still the same as on our lower one. It was exactly 2 hours, the air conditioners were chilling, it was better to have something warm and sit where there is less blowing - in the middle. The island lived up to its name Negros-black - through the darkened windows of the ferry a dark mountain in black clouds appeared in front, it made some ominous impression. Then this first impression was not confirmed in any way - we had a great time here. Arrived at 5 p.m., it was cloudy and dusk.

Bohol Island Ferry

Half an hour later, our ferry had already sailed back.

Ferry to Bohol

They found the Grand Pension Plaza hotel without any problems, had to walk a bit along the promenade, then turn onto ul. San Jose is right next to the nuns monument and go to the Petron gas station. The landmark then served as the tall Hotel Essencia.

The nuns arrived on the island with a missionary mission, for which they were awarded a monument.

Gas station, behind it is visible the Hotel Essencia

Hotel Grand Pension Plaza

Our room for four was spacious, but the window of our room overlooked San Jose Street, very noisy day and night from tricycles - the main form of transport and this is perhaps the worst. It seems to me that all the hotels in the center of Dumaguete are also noisy. On the other side there are windows for double rooms, as they explained to us, in my opinion they are windowless and probably quiet in them.

Grand pensionne hotel

There is no elevator, but we were helped to bring luggage to the 3rd floor. Air conditioning is blowing right on the bed, the bathroom is uncomfortable, the sink is quite small, but the toilet is huge, there was soap and shampoo. There was a small refrigerator in which the switch was broken and it very well frozen all the products. There is no kettle, sockets are not euro, there are no adapters, it’s good that we had our own. The beds are comfortable and clean, there was even a blanket. There is a dressing table, a wardrobe, but there is no table and chairs. Water can be typed below in the cooler. The Internet in the room was the first day and then disappeared all the time, then there was no 2 days. Our room was on the 3rd floor and all night the hotel lights shone through the window, it was light just like during the day, it is good that there are curtains, although the room itself is dimly lit. We had a mouse in our room, and in the evening a huge cockroach came to the bathroom. In general, the hotel turned out to be so-so, especially after the chic Alona Swiss in Panglao, but also inexpensive, of course.
Checked into the hotel and walked in the dark along the promenade (Jose Rizal Boulevard) in both directions. In the evenings there are a lot of people. Life is in full swing - who does massage, who does fitness, who plays volleyball in the sand, and who just walks. Only the beach is not here.

Massage on the waterfront

There are shops set up for donations in memory of deceased relatives, an inscription about this is a good tradition.

Inscription on the bench

This city is a resort town, calm, well-maintained and fairly clean, if not for the specific smell along the fences from the habit of local peasants to correct the need, simply by turning away from the street. Everywhere in the Philippines you can see such a picture.

The bell tower in the center

An old bell tower with a grotto at the foot, in which a statue of the Virgin is installed. She is put candles, next to the little shops with all sorts of memorial accessories.

Near the hotel, on the street San Jose has a large shopping center Lee Plaza, a good selection of inexpensive things, downstairs there is a food supermarket and currency exchange. And left-luggage offices are located outside the building, near the entrance. Close to Perdises Street is Robinson's food supermarket, where we bought food for breakfast. And yet - there are many bakeries with fresh pastries. Somewhere in the 2 blocks south of the hotel there is an inexpensive semi-wholesale store, there is also fresh pastries there.

Luggage storage center

On the Rizal embankment near the pier in the evening, tables and “mashinniks” unfold, they all fry something and sell a balut egg. A lot of people are going to rest. We tried some balls and something else on wooden sticks, fried in boiling oil. As we were told, this is tempura, it is delicious from fish, they gave 54 pesos for everything.

In the city there are such machines with clean water for 1 peso of about 300 ml. Water in stores is expensive - a 6 liter bottle costs about 60-70 pesos.

Water machines

How to Take a Trip to Casaroro Falls and Red Rock Hot Springs

The next day we went to the beautiful Casaroro waterfall and hot springs near the town of Valencia (9 km west of Dumaguete). Valencia is easily accessible by jeepney. Their stop is near the market, which is on Negros-south street, about 1 km south of San Jose street (towards Robinson), like on Independes street, they will tell you there. The market in Dumaguete is very large and everything is sold there. We mainly bought fruits and vegetables - mangoes cost from 80 to 130 pesos per 1 kg.

Selling roosters in the market

We drove 20 minutes in 12 pesos per person. In Valencia, before you had time to land, the tricycle drivers immediately attacked us, about 20 people, offering to take us to the waterfall. We requested a waterfall + hot springs, they said that it was in different directions, but still from Valencia, so expensive. As a result, we bargained for 900 pesos in both places. They put us on 2 tricycles, we were surprised, but then we understood why - the road goes steeply uphill and the tricycle barely pulls. The drivers were normal, calm, extorted nothing, in the end we paid them 500 pesos each. One of them is single, lives on Bohol, and in the Dumaguet earns money.

Such tricycles in Dumaguete

Map of southeastern Negros Island

Drive to the waterfalls for 20 minutes along the new excellent concrete road enveloping the mountain. Pretty scenic spots. In one place on the road lay a huge stone. The driver said that he fell recently and at night, no one was hurt. In general, we have not seen bad roads in the Philippines.

Stone on the road

Beginning of the path to the waterfall

You need to pay 10 pesos for entry and leave a journal entry. Then go down the steep stairs to the mountain river, walk along the narrow gorge, and climb the boulders, crossing the river three times. Very beautiful butterflies and unusually fast bright maroon dragonflies fly around.

There used to be a concrete bridge, but it has long been destroyed and it is not being rebuilt. It is better to have shoes that you don’t need to take off and in which you can walk on water.

We make our way to the waterfall

There we swam near the waterfall, the water is cold! The waterfall is very beautiful, definitely worth a look. Near the waterfall we met a Russian couple, they lived in the Nicanor hotel not far from ours, on the same street, where it was probably just as noisy, but it was twice as expensive as ours. From Valencia to the waterfall and back they walked.

Along the mountain river

Locals manage to have picnics here too, they cheerfully greeted us. Back up the steep stairs is much more difficult to climb, the steps were not considered, but there are definitely 500.

Picnic at the mountain river

Then we went to the hot springs, thought it was close, but drove for about 40 minutes. In some places the road is worse, unpaved, and some repairs are underway, so it will soon be excellent. We drove through the river, in which the locals washed clothes, the driver told me that this is the very river that flows from Casaroro Falls.

River flowing from a waterfall

Closer to the springs along the road there is an outlet of sulfur dioxide, and the river is all red.

Sulfur gas exit along the road

You must pay 50 pesos for entering the springs, but it's worth it - in warm water, complete relaxation comes. And very beautiful - the stones in the source seem to be painted with gold paint. There were many locals, you can rent a table and have a picnic there. But you can change clothes in some small reed booth, where there is a barrel of water and a ladle.

Picnic table

At the stand there is a description of the composition of water and the benefits of the source - it stimulates the immune system, relaxes and produces endorphins, acts very well on the skin. We really liked this place.

Description of water composition and source benefits

We met in the pool with a local woman Lily, talked to her. She was here with her family and wondered where else we would go. They asked if she was at the Palawan. She replied that it was very expensive for her.

Bathing in the spring with Lily

We drove back again for 40 minutes to the center of Valencia.

At the entrance to Valencia

They had a delicious lunch for 90 pesos in a street canteen like Jubie’s Eatery, they often bear the name of the hostess.

Then they walked in the center. Valencia is a pleasant little town with a park square, a church and a sports field in the center. On one edge of the square is a flower garden - there are flowers in pots, signed by the authors.

We went to the Cata-al Museum of World War 2, it contains one man, named Cata-al. His father and uncle fought in World War II in the US Army, he talks about his exhibits. The city of Dumaguete was occupied by the Japanese. This is a private museum, there is no admission, you can leave a donation. He said that Filipinos were drafted into the US Army, and all in all, about 1 million people died, including civilians, from Japanese atrocities.

Museum Pointer

World War 2 Museum

In the photo on the left - the father of the owner of the museum

They bought a star apple on the street - Star apple, here they were sold for only 30 pesos per 1 kg.

Lizard on the wall

To get back, they stopped the jeepney right near the museum, again in 20 minutes and 12 pesos we reached almost to the market in the center. In the evening we went for a Thai massage, a salon near the hotel on San Jose Street. I made Thai for 200 pesos, Ira - with oil for 250 pesos, I didn’t really like the massage, they didn’t repeat it, although everywhere in other cities the prices were much higher. Then we walked to the Robinson shopping center, it is huge and noisy, like all shopping centers in the Philippines. It is about 2 km south along Negros-south road, you can take a tricycle, the fare is 7 pesos per person and, perhaps, we just walked along the street. We had dinner at the Mexican cafe Mooon, read a lot of good reviews about it on the Internet. They searched for it for a long time, it turns out it is not inside the shopping center, but outside, they asked - no one knows. The food in it was pleasant, in general, inexpensive for such a place, 110-200 pesos per serving, small portions. On the occasion of Saturday, many locals had dinner with their families. They also walked back along Negros Yug Road. We saw a bakery, near which there was a decent queue. People bought small hot buns in huge packages, pieces of 20-30 for 2 pesos for one and patiently waited for the next baking. We became interested and also decided to buy. These are traditional small buns - pandezal (from Spanish pan de sal), very tasty, especially hot (they are eaten exactly hot).

Pandesal Buns Bakery

Then they saw such bakeries in another district of the city.

Buns buns pandesal

How to go to a black sand beach

The next day we went to the beach with black sand, in a southerly direction. The jeepney, heading south for the city, is located on Colon Street, around the corner from the entrance to the cathedral. These jeeps are small, cramped, based on small suzuki, not a jeep. Initially, they wanted closer to the beach in the town of Bakong, but we were told that it was better in Dauin, we went there. It takes only 15 minutes to go to Bakong, to go exactly 2 times longer to Dauin, half an hour, it costs 18 pesos. They dropped us off in the center, near the market, through it we got to the church, there was a Sunday service in the cathedral, a lot of people.

Then, finally, through a neglected park in which goats graze, they went to the sea. Driving through the Bakong, they saw that the sea was nevertheless closer. The sand was not black, but dark brown with sparkling splashes. The sea is clear, the water is cool, the bottom immediately drops sharply, which is probably why there are many diving centers and divers train. From the beach you can see the island of Apo, where sea turtles are found.

Apo Island is visible in the distance

Rice sale in the market

We bought, sunbathed, drove back. After lunch, we went for a walk in the direction of Siliman Hall, we still did not really know what it was. Horace Siliman is an American philanthropist, in 1901 the first elementary school in the Philippines was opened with his money, later converted to a college, and now Siliman University. With him there is a campus, which occupies a large territory, we were invited to walk around the territory.

Monument to Horace Siliman on campus

On campus

Old Campus Trees

University Foundation Board

Then we went on, walking around the city.

Local beauty queens

Wandered to the outskirts. Oleg bought some ice cream dessert and took a photo with the seller.

We saw quite simple shacks.

Motorcycle Repair Shop

In the evening they got tired and decided to have dinner nearby in the Inasal cafe, which is popular with locals. We went in, and there it was a turn, we were warned that we had to wait 35 minutes and we left. I did not want to look for anything anymore, we decided to go to a cafe across the road from our CB City Burger hotel, and it turned out to be very decent there. We ordered rice, rolls with meat - they are called lupmia and stewed vegetables. They brought a huge portion of delicious vegetables, all for 160 pesos.

How to go to the twin lakes

The next day, a small jeepney was caught at a gas station near the hotel, asking if it was heading towards the Twin Lakes. He said that he would take 50 pesos to the lakes, we agreed, although it is possible that it costs 12 pesos per person. When we drove through the town of Sibulan, a guy on a bike rode up to him on the go and asked something. As a result, the driver stopped and said that we had arrived, and 4 guys on motorbikes began to offer us their services - a ride to the lakes for 1000 pesos per person. Since we knew the approximate prices, laughed and asked the guys if they know what the Internet is, where you can find out about all the prices. After a short bargain, they agreed for 200. We sat on the back of three motorbikes and first rushed along the sea.

As it turned out, before turning into the mountains on the lakes there were another two kilometers. There, under the shelter, the main habalschiks are waiting, and the guys intercepted their business. As the guys later explained to us, this business is called habal-habal, hence their name in Russian is habalschiki, they have no other job, they are from 19 to 28 years old, but they look much younger, like many Filipinos.

The lakes are 13 km from the bend, the road is good, and the views are very beautiful. Near the beginning of the road on the slope are white crosses and a chapel. We asked to stop on the way back, the guys told us that this is a memorial to the Americans who fell in World War II, they died at these heights, there were fights with the Japanese.

Graves of american soldiers

On the way - the village, people harvested sugarcane. We approached the first small lake, Kabali-An, there is a barrier and a ticket office. They took 100 pesos from us as foreigners
20 pesos for the driver, 10 pesos for the motorcycle and another 6.10 for parking, total 396.10 pesos. Again, the twin lakes of Danao and Balinsasayo again need a little drive, then go down the stairs in the forest.

Path to the lakes

On the lake you can ride a boat for 250 pesos, but we did not and did not swim - it was a cool day and did not want to. Beautiful nature, although nothing special, but the trip itself and the surroundings are all interesting.

By the lake

We saw a huge centipede.

There is still a restaurant upstairs, but there were very few visitors on the lake with us, Monday. When they were going back down from the mountains on motorbikes, they asked us to stay where beautiful views were photographed.

Road to the lakes

Palm trees grow on the hillsides and peaks, which creates a very interesting landscape - as if something in the form of beads hangs over the mountain.

Along the way, the guys persistently offered to bring somewhere else - a waterfall, springs, but we were already everywhere. They drove us to a stop on the main road. When they began to pay, they began to say that 200 pesos — this one way — was already a concrete divorce. We gave them another 50, a total of 250, more out of pity, they have no other job. But it is better to agree clearly, clarify 3 times. But I did not say that 200 pesos is a round trip, I only specified that they are waiting for us on the lake, as long as we need.The whole trip took us only 2 hours - we left the hotel at about 9 in the morning, and at 11 we were waiting for jeeps on the road in the opposite direction, not far from the turn there is a gazebo under the reed - a waiting booth. Comfortable regular buses do not stop there, we drove a jeepney for 50 pesos.

We drove through the local modest airport. And on the way we saw a lot of universities: Siliman University, a medical institute, and they also saw while walking, in my opinion 4 some universities! For such a town is a lot. There are still numerous colleges.

We had lunch near our hotel, literally around the corner, in a simple pizzeria on Cervantes Street, took two pizzas of 90 pesos, it was delicious and I liked the service.

Unfortunately, the day of departure came on March 7th, we completed the entire planned program, traveled somewhere every day, with pleasure and would still be late, but we had to go further. Do you think really a very pleasant city, where you can live for a while and go out for a day or two to explore the East Negros. A tricycle was caught at the hotel, they said that we need to go to the bus station, from where the buses to Oslob go. For some reason, they thought that it was possible to leave the bus station that was located next to the marina. We saw her on the map, but we never found her. The driver for a long time tried to persuade us to take us directly to the ferry in Sibulan. But I did not want to go 10 km on a tricycle, they knew about comfortable buses going to Cebu via Oslob. In the end, he realized that we were adamant and drove us to the bus station (for 60 pesos), it turned out that this is the one located at Robinson in the south of the city.

Although the schedule, which was found only in the storage room (there is one there) under the glass, also contains a bus to Cebu at 10.15 in the morning, but in reality it turned out that the next one will be only at 11.20 - the drivers told us about this, there’s no one else to ask , and we began to wait, watching the station life.

Bus Schedules for Cebu

Route map for Negros

Bus drivers are very welcoming and directly inviting, they invite everyone to board. There are many buses in different directions. The buses are comfortable, even with WiFi, at least as it is written on board. At the station there are vending machines with coffee and cocoa for 5 pesos, they sell cookies, rolls and there is even a dining room. Finally at 11 we served our bus, we chose excellent places. The conductor sells tickets right on the bus already on the go. Ira and I said that we are pensioners and tickets cost us 20 percent cheaper.

Walk in Dumaguete

Risal Boulevard, Dumaguete, Negros Island, Philippines

Walking place in the Dumaguet is, of course, boulevardthat stretches along the coast. On the one hand - the sea, on the other - cafes, restaurants, dive centers.

Risal Boulevard, Dumaguete, Negros Island, Philippines

Risal Boulevard, Dumaguete, Negros Island, Philippines

Risal Boulevard, Dumaguete, Negros Island, Philippines

Risal Boulevard, Dumaguete, Negros Island, Philippines

Risal Boulevard, Dumaguete, Negros Island, Philippines

In the evening, various social events take place here, one of which we came across by chance. Schoolchildren, led by adults, walked with lighted torches and with “We can do anything” posters, and a truck with an orchestra rode in front of the procession. Here in the evening unfolds trade in local delicacies. Aunts from 17 hours begin to lay out their homemade stalls and put out baskets covered with towels. And in them the most favorite delicacy of the Filipinos for 16 P - eggs balot.

Street Trading, Dumaguete, Negros Island, Philippines

Dumaguet Evening Promenade, Negros Island, Philippines Dumaguet Evening Promenade, Negros Island, Philippines

Evening Promenade, Dumaguete, Negros Island, Philippines

Most likely, having arrived in Think and walking along it, you will get to the embankment or to the only place in the city where you can take several pictures - to city ​​square with a clock, a fountain, a memorial plaque in honor of the fact that America gave freedom to the city, with a typical monument Jose Risalu (as I guess). Here, for the first time, we met at Fili the installation “I am the“ heart ”of Dumaguete”, the same installation was installed on the embankment.

Dumaguete, Negros Island, Philippines

There are tourist officewhere they will give you a map of the island for free. They don’t have a map of the city. Here, an employee of the office will ponder your question for a long time what sights there are in the city. However, she will generally think for a long time about any questions - for example, what festivals and when are held in the city. After a moment of thoughtfulness, she will issue her verdict - there are two waterfalls, but one does not advise. It had to be led to twin lakes by leading questions. True, then we realized why she herself did not mention them.

Dumaguete, Negros Island, Philippines

Dumaguete, Negros Island, Philippines

On Eggs, Dumaguete, Negros Island, Philippines

Dumaguete guide

Think - The capital of the province of East Negros, nicknamed the "city of good people." It is a very educated city with 4 universities and several colleges; the student population of Dumaguete is about 30,000 out of 113,000 inhabitants.

First of all, this speaks about the safety of Dumaguete, there are many educational opportunities and many entertainments for every taste of people who come here from all over the country and region. In addition to its progressive infrastructure, Dumaguet has a beautiful coastline, active volcanoes, serene waterfalls, breathtaking wildlife and an abundance of hiking trails. Locals are very friendly, helpful and polite.

How to get there

Cebu Pacific and Philippines airlines operate daily flights to Manila. Cebu pacific also runs to Cebu, Davao and Cagayan de Oro. By ferry you can reach Dumaguete from Manila, Cebu, Bohol.

Fast ferries arrive daily from the city of Cebu through the main terminal of the port, the journey takes about 4 hours. You can take a bus from Cebu to Dumaguete. Travel time 5-6 hours.

Sights

Mangrove Park Talabong - An area of ​​400 hectares, protected by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The park will be very interesting to nature lovers. Here you can take walks with binoculars, watch birds, discover different types of mangroves and connect with the sounds of wildlife around you. The highlight of the park is the mangrove sanctuary! Here you can dip your fingers into the water and watch the fish swim past. When you are finished, take a walk along the long pier that goes into the water, which gives the feeling that you are in the middle of the sea.

Have you ever seen an active volcano? In the Dumaguete you have a chance. Mount Canlaon - The center of the natural park and it is impossible to miss. The height of the mountain is 2430 meters. Climbers reach the peak of Kanlaon only after a 3-day trek full of wildlife, views and hot springs. Mount Kanlaon belongs to the Pacific Ring of Fire and has been erupted 28 times with 9 eruptions since 2001, the last eruption was in 2016. Mount Talinis is known as “Cuernos de Negros” or “Black Horn”. Its height is 1903 meters and it is the second highest mountain in the region.

Talinis - This is only a potentially active volcano that attracts masses of tourists. And this is not surprising, because there are many volcanic lakes that add a special charm to incredibly picturesque hikes. Visit the Balinsasayao Nature Park (Balinsasayao), where you will find three lakes: Lake Kabalin-an, Double Lake Balinsasayao and Danao. The freshwater Lake Balanan deep in the forest, surrounded by lush jungle and mountain peaks, is a sight that you should not miss while being in the Dumaguete. This is a natural lake that was created by a tectonic earthquake in 1925. 3 nearby streams and rivers merged during the earthquake and are now an untouched pond. In the lake you can swim and relax in the coastal docks and huts. You can have a picnic on the beach.

From Dumaguete you can get to Thanona Streetto watch the dolphins that are most active in the morning. You will be put on a catamaran along with other tourists eager to see amazing creatures floating, splashing and jumping out of the water. As you know, dolphins prey on fish in groups. They are very resourceful in their tireless efforts to get food. This is truly an incredible sight.

Pulangbato Waterfall - This is a stream of water flowing down the brown-red rocks. The uniqueness of this waterfall is created by sulfur. Pulangbato is more powerful than other waterfalls in the Philippines. Water falls with fury down the visible fast river and creates a loud sound, at which it is almost impossible to hear the speaker nearby. And then, as if nothing had happened, the pool of the waterfall softens, creating a paradise for a swim.

“Picturesque” is the word that best describes Casaroro Falls and the journey to get to it. You will climb a rocky hill, cross a charming suspension bridge, go down 355 steps of the stairs, make your way along the rocky channel of the river and, finally, get to the waterfall, where you will find a cold pool. This expedition is a bit complicated. The waterfall itself is a pristine stream from a height of 100 feet, surrounded by rich green foliage of the jungle and nothing else. In almost all trips through the picturesque area of ​​Dumaguete, you can enjoy only natural beauties.

However, you can go on foot to the Japanese shrine. This road takes 2.5 hours through the mountain, through pedestrian bridges, through villages and around several boulders, until you reach your location at an altitude of 2175 feet above sea level. Located deep in the forest, this shrine will tell you a little about the history of the Dumaguete. The shrine was built in honor of the surrender of Japanese troops on September 22, 1945, marking the end of a fierce battle and a monumental invasion.

Take a walk along the sea Rizal Boulevard. On the one hand, you have an ocean, and on the other, shady trees with grassy hills, park benches, bauble merchants, and choppy food stalls. At night, the Boulevard is illuminated by bright lampposts that provide both a safe and romantic atmosphere. Here you can take a walk, sit on comfortable benches and look at the water, at large ships and small boats passing by. As night falls, more and more food stalls appear, and there are also plastic chairs and tables so you can eat in a comfortable setting.

To learn about the history of the Dumaguete and its inhabitants is best at the bell tower. This ancient Watch tower played a big role in protecting the city from pirates who raided the port to steal food, material wealth, and even people as slaves. Since its construction in the 1800s, the Watchtower has served as a defense for the Dumaguete. You can visit this regal brick tower and imagine how it looked in action. Climb the weathered stairs to see the modern statue of the Virgin Mary or wait for the sunset when the tower lights up, providing a comfortable atmosphere at night.

Zoological and CENTROP Botanical Gardens - Homes for flowers, plants and charming animals in their natural habitat. Founded and maintained by the Sillman University Center for Tropical Studies, this place is designed for both professionals and the public to learn about the wildlife of the Philippines. Tourists are accompanied by a caretaker who will guide visitors through the gardens, showing endangered animals. You will be surrounded by tall trees and singing birds.

Panligavan Caves and Pandalikhan, and Crystal caves extremely diverse, consisting of dark underground tunnels, open grottos the size of a spaceship that let in radiant rays of light, and ice formations covering the ceiling wherever you can see. These three caves are relatively close to each other, so they are ideal for a day trip.

Open 7 days a week, Malatapay is an amazing open market selling food, drinks, handicrafts, furniture, hats, machetes, and the list goes on. This is a very "local" market and tourists find a lot of entertainment for themselves here. Wednesday is the most important day of the week for the Malatapay market. A fun holiday is being held where courageous players can take part in a competition to eat some Philippine delicacies, as well as an auction with live animals that sell pigs, chicken and cattle to local farmers and butchers.

Aquino Freedom Park is a nice little piece of land where you can sit on the grass, rest on a park bench, and watch frogs floating in the pond. There are also many regular Philippine food stalls in the county, each of which is lovingly named after its owner. Order Adobo chicken, Tapa beef jerky, Longganis Filipino sausage or Philippine food “pearl” - lumpia, these are fried Filipino pancakes. Aquino Park is one of the best places to buy authentic Philippine food cheaply. Cafe Antonio in a building of Spanish heritage offers a fantastic varied menu, very reasonable prices, and a wonderful chilled atmosphere. Honestly, this is a breath of fresh air in the Philippines, in addition, there is wonderful coffee.

At Sans Rival, try the famous Sans rival cake and other amazing cakes baked in one of the oldest pastry shops in the city. Sans Rival Bistro serves pasta, salads and Spanish dishes. Le Chalet - an institution with delicious salads, pasta and other types of European and American cuisine. Jo's Chicken Inato offers some of the best chickens in town. Edelweiss Restaurant & Pub - Austrian restaurant with good food and a pleasant atmosphere. Chin Loong is a restaurant with good Chinese food, service and prices.

Where to stay

Bethel Guest House is a five-story, clean and modern establishment with an excellent management and service style. Inside the large and comfortable lobby, the hotel also has its own large generators for powering the air conditioners. Well-equipped shower rooms and free, chilled, filtered water. Note: This hotel is non-smoking and non-alcoholic. Pets are not allowed.

The White Kinghts Inn offers 25 clean, air-conditioned rooms with cable TV and free internet. The hotel has laundry facilities and a restaurant. Harolds Mansion is a popular hotel 500 meters from Dumaguete Pier. The rooms are spacious and clean, with air conditioning or fans. Free coffee all day, free water. The price includes a small breakfast in the cafe upstairs. Free Wi-Fi in the lobby and rooftop. Nearby are dive shops, motorcycle rental.

Honeycomb Tourist Inn offers 16 clean, comfortable rooms with air conditioning, hot and cold showers, cable TV, telephone, Wi-Fi in rooms, ample parking and a 24-hour backup power generator. The hotel restaurant and cafe have good food, great music and nightly entertainment.

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