The Dumaguete Boulevard isalso known as Rizal Boulevard,was named after the Philippine’s National Hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal. Historians say that Dr. Rizal passed by Dumaguete City on his way to Dapitan and strolled along its beautiful and serene shores. This is one of the most beautiful and most captivating landmarks in the city. Take part two local rituals in Dumaguete: eat at the tempurahan and stroll along the boulevard.
View of the Dumaguete Pier from the boulevard
Silliman University was founded in 1901 by Dr. David Sutherland Hibbard and Laura Crooks Hibbard through a generous donation of $10,000.00 from an American philanthropist, Dr. Horace Brinsmade Silliman. It is the first and oldest American university in the Philippines. Some famous landmarks in the university are:
1.) Silliman Hall – The oldest building in Silliman University and in Dumaguete City. Even after undergoing renovations, much of its structure is still made up of materials from an old theatre in New York. It houses the Anthropology Museum of the university.
2.) Silliman Portals – The portals are the official insignia of the university. There are a lot of portals within the campus which represent different gateways to life. Some of them are: a.) the Gates of Opportunity; b.) the Gates of Knoweldge; and c.) the Gates of Service.
3.) Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium – this 900-seater auditorium is the bastion for Culture and the Arts in the Visayas and Mindanao regions. Its architectural marvel is acknowledged all over the Philippines and also around the world. The Luce Auditorium is also dubbed as the "CCP of the South".
Dumaguete Belfry Tower
According to legend, the Dumaguete Belfy Tower was built in 1811 because of frequent pirate attacks which resulted to the seizing of the city's women. In fact, the word 'Dumaguete' comes from the word 'Daguit' which means 'to snatch'. The ringing bells of the Belfry tower used to warn the locals of impending arrivals of pirates.
Dumaguete Belfry Tower
Apo Island Marine Sanctuary
Apo Island Marine Sanctuary is considered to be one of the best dive spots in the world. It is the home of more than two-thirds of the worlds known coral species. Because of the vastness of its marine resources, Apo island has been protected as a fish sanctuary since 1982.
Apo Island Rock Formation
Bais Dolphin Watching and Manjuyod Sandbar
Bais City is 45 km to the north of Dumaguete City. Visitors sail from Bais City's Capiñahan Wharf and proceed to the home of the dolphins: Tañon Strait. Among the species in Tañon Strait are the famous spinner dolphins and the melon-headed whales.
The trip may end at the Manjuyod Sandbar, a crescent strip of white sand that appears when the tide is low.