Dumaguete is also called "The City of Gentle People" where you can see the friendly and welcoming faces of the local people who live in the island. There are many educated people who live in this small city are since it's also a huge university place.
During the weekdays, you can see many university students walking around shopping malls during their class breaks since the two big universities namely Silliman and Negros Oriental State are located so near the big department stores. In the evening, the Rizal boulevard is full of students, young couples, families and a few groups of foreigners.
Most of these people will just eat in the open to feel the sea breeze that comes from the ocean. Others would love to stroll along the water or listen to the live music from local bands in the nearby restaurant and bars. Filipinos love walking along these well-lit part of the boulevard at night time near Silliman University.
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Drop by at the Sidlakang Negros village where you can view and buy some of the native arts displayed as souvenir products, tasty baked goodies from the city's most popular bakeshops and various beautiful crafts. It's also a showroom which features a pavilion with shops, an art gallery and a furniture exhibit area.
It shows the different towns and cities with their popular delicacies and famous products, for example, the unique taste of "bodbod" (sticky rice delicacy) from Tanjay city which is served with native hot chocolate made from pure "cacao" seeds or the beautiful marble and stoneware from Bacong.
You can also drop by at Silliman University's Ethno-Anthro Museum. They have a unique exhibit of artifacts and archaeological collection. Silliman museum provides public viewing with their ethnographic collection from the tribal minorities of the early Filipinos in the Philippines. If you like to see local paintings, you may visit Mariah Art Gallery.
Stroll around Perdices Avenue where you can see the city's series of malls, stores, shops and restaurants on both sides. It is a road where you can enjoy viewing the "pedy cabs", the small public vehicles where you can just pay a very affordable price if you're already tired of walking. You don't have to bring too much things inside your luggage in case you'll visit Dumaguete because there are big department stores within the city where you can shop all day for the things that you may need while you're there.
Take a tour at Saint Catherine of Alexandria church also known as Dumaguete's Cathedral. This amazing church was built in the early 1700's, well-built as a garrison because of the constant attacks of the bandits during those old times. Today, it's the seat of Archdiocese of Dumaguete and the city's historical, religious and cultural attraction.
Other tourist attractions for foreign visitors and locals alike are the Belfry, Aquino Freedom Park and the beautiful sculpture of the Sisters of Saint Paul de Chartres located at Rizal Boulevard. Dumaguete's Belfry is popular because it was erected in 1811 as the bell tower for the Cathedral of Saint Catherine of Alexandria.
It is a watch tower to forewarn the towns people of impending attacks by the bandits of the early times. The famous Belfry was restored in 1985 and one of the most photographed architectural landmarks in the city.