Dumaguete

Dumaguete belltower by Mike Gonzalez

Dumaguete belltower by Mike Gonzalez

Introduction

The City of Dumaguete is a city in the province of Negros Oriental. It is the capital, principal seaport, and largest city of the province. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 120,883 people. A person from Dumaguete is called a “Dumagueteño”. The city is nicknamed The City of Gentle People.

Dumaguete is referred to as a university town because of the presence of four universities and a number of other 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 and the first American private university in Asia. 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 City.

The city has a domestic airport which provides three daily flights to and from Manila through Cebu Pacific and two daily flights through Philippine Airlines and daily flights to Cebu City through Cebu Pacific.

The power source of the city comes from the geothermal power plant in Palinpinon, Valencia. The city has redundant fibre optic lines and is a focal point for telecommunications. It is the landing point for fibre optic cables linking it to Manila, the capital of the Philippines, the cities south of Luzon, as well as to other major cities in southern Philippines.

Climate

Dumaguete has two seasons, namely; the dry and the wet seasons. The wet season covers the period from June to November, and the dry season starts from December to May, the hottest being April and May. The average maximum temperature is 34.3 °C and the average minimum temperature is 22.9 °C for the past years. The relative humidity of the locality for the past years was 78¾% with the month of December registering the highest.

Climate data for Dumaguete City

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Year

Average high °C (°F)

29
(84)

29
(84)

30
(86)

31
(88)

32
(90)

31
(88)

31
(88)

32
(90)

31
(88)

31
(88)

30
(86)

30
(86)

30.6
(87.1)

Average low °C (°F)

25
(77)

24
(75)

25
(77)

25
(77)

26
(79)

25
(77)

24
(75)

24
(75)

24
(75)

25
(77)

25
(77)

25
(77)

24.8
(76.6)

Precipitation mm (inches)

41.6
(1.638)

42.3
(1.665)

39.8
(1.567)

23.9
(0.941)

56.9
(2.24)

109.5
(4.311)

86.4
(3.402)

76.2
(3)

72.9
(2.87)

93.5
(3.681)

88.8
(3.496)

74.9
(2.949)

806.7
(31.76)

Source: MSN Weather[8]

Hospitals

Dumaguete has three major tertiary hospitals, namely the Holy Child Hospital, Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital, and the Silliman Medical Center which is currently associated with St.Luke’s Medical Center in Metro Manila and considered one of the best hospitals outside Metro Manila and Metro Cebu. Dumaguete is also among the very few cities in the country that have world class laser eye centers.

Nearest Airport

Sibulan Airport (IATA: DGT, ICAO: RPVD) also known as Dumaguete Airport.

Tourism

Data from the Department of Tourism show that Dumaguete and Negros Oriental are among the top ten most visited tourist destinations in the country. Tourists visit popular sites such as the Rizal Boulevard, Silliman Hall, and Campañario de Dumaguete which is considered as one of the oldest heritage landmarks of Central Visayas.

Text adapted from Wikipedia.

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