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Dumaguete City Travel Guide, Philippines

Dumaguete City, Philippines – Overview: City of Gentle People

Dumaguete City is the principal seaport in the Negros Oriental province of Philippines. The voice of the city is soothing and is often referred to as the City of Gentle People.

Dumaguete Location

The city is located on the plains of Negros Island, more exactly its southeastern coast. Sibulan and Bacong border the north and south of the city respectively, whereas Valencia and Tanon Strait mark its west and east.

Dumaguete Climate

Dumaguete City has two seasons, dry and wet. While the dry season commences from December and runs up to May, the wet season flourishes between June and November. Average Relative humidity is just below 80 percent and December happens to be the most humid month of the year. April is the hottest month with temperature reaching 35 degrees.


The city is interspersed with colleges and universities and has a scholarly bent. It boasts of Silliman University and Philippine’s Pioneer Protestant University.

Culture and festivals

During the end of the year, Dumaguete City celebrates its fiesta in the name of its patron saint, Catherine de Alejandria. Another thing, the day also marks the 60th anniversary of the city. This means that the celebrations are always of high proportions and is enjoyed for longer periods. Sandurot Festival exhibits this spirit through street dancing and other activities.

There are a lot of art conferences and shows that display the Philippines art and culture. The Angono Arts Festival highlights the art of Philippines. Rizal is its principal catering center. The Helebong Festival celebrates the T’Boli culture in the month of November. Traditional folk dancing and a fiesta setting mark the occasion. The party does not cease all November.


Tricycles, buses, taxis and jeepneys mark the transport breath of this Philippine City. Having said this, most of the traveling in Dumaguete City can be done through Ceres Liner, which is the principal bus liner in operation. It belongs to the Vallacar Transit Inc.

Sibulan airport is the major commercial domestic airport and is attested by the Air Transportation Office. Dumaguete-Cebu and Dumaguete-Manila flights run frequently through Air Philippines and Cebu Pacific. Dumaguete Pier marks the most important conduit to the sea for Dumaguete City, both for trading and touring purposes.

Dumaguete City has the environment, sights and place, which form the perfect recipe of a wonderful location. Don’t miss out on having its taste!

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Dumaguete City City Ratings

  • Rating92%
    City Rank62
  • History & Culture: rated for 100%
  • Night Life & Entertainment: rated for 83%
  • Family & Fun: rated for 97%
  • Outdoors Activities: rated for 100%
  • Food: rated for 100%
  • Sightseeing: rated for 93%
  • Shopping: rated for 83%
  • Public Transportation: rated for 83%
  • Must visit this place: not rated
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