My Favorite Place: Dumaguete City


Hello! For this blog, let me tell you about my favorite place – a place I can call my home.

I grew up in Manila, Philippines. For 16 years I lived in this fast-paced city but I can say that I never really got used to it. To be honest, I don’t like everything in Manila (except for my family and friends) – the pollution, the traffic, the fast-paced life. So when I graduated high school, I decided to study in a different city where I didn’t knew anyone, away from my friends and my family and this place is called Dumaguete City.

Dumaguete City

Approximately 630 kilometers away from the very busy city of Manila is a a place called Dumaguete City, also known as “The City of Gentle People”. It is called like this because the locals are kind and very accommodating. This city is peaceful, laid back and slow-paced and is the total opposite of Manila.

I love walking around the city and oftentimes, I also rent and ride a scooter to go around. Here is a video or me and my sister on our last vacation in Dumaguete City. She doesn’t really trust my driving skills haha!

Despite living far away from my family, Dumaguete City has become my home and let me tell and show you why.

University Life

Dumaguete is considered to be a university town in the Philippines because it has a total of 5 universities in it. One of these 5 is Silliman University, from which I got my Bachelor’s Degree. I’m proud to say that it is one of the finest and top universities in the Philippines.

My university life was smooth. The city gave a vibe that is very friendly for students. It has a lot of restaurants, cafes and places where you could go out and eat and study with your friends. Also, I stayed in a dormitory which provided me a personal space where I could focus and study well.

Tourist Life

Dumaguete City is surrounded by beaches and tourist spots like waterfalls and hiking trails. In fact, my university has a beach of its own called Silliman Beach which is a 5 minute drive from our main campus. Sometimes during weekends when my friends and I are bored, we’d spend our day together at the beach or go hiking and camping in the mountains. This is what I love in this city. There’s nothing like this in Manila.

Below is a picture of the sunset in Silliman Beach. The island that has been cut out of the picture but you still can see on the left is Cebu Island.

Cebu, Bohol and Siquijor

Dumaguete City also has easy access to islands in the Philippines that are famous for tourists. Like for example, Dumaguete City is just a 45 minute plane ride or 6 hour car or bus ride from Cebu City. Another famous island in the Philippines is Siquijor, which is 1 hour boat ride away and Bohol, which is 2 hours boat ride away. I hope you could consider visiting this place in your future vacation so you could see for yourself.

Personally, I’ve only been to the beaches in Cebu and Siquijor and I could tell you about it on my next blog entry to show you how beautiful these islands are.

These are just a few of the reasons why Dumaguete City has become my favorite place. After living here by myself for four years, I saw that there are so many things to love in this city. There are also a lot of things I learned about myself like I learned to be independent, to make friends, I learned the local dialect and many more!

For more information about the city, you can visit their tourism website at

That’s all, thank you!













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