The Fleur-de-Lis Hall in Dumaguete

Fleur-de-lis Hall Dumaguete Negros Oriental Saint Paul College Auditorium Building Theater Venue Schedule Show Calendar Event Location Layout Map Capacity Hours Contact Manager History Construction The Fleur-de-Lis Hall is located in Dumaguete in  Negros Oriental Province. The Fleur-de-Lis is a theater venue located on the campus of Saint Paul College in Dumaguete. Its auditorium is noted for its lavish productions, a trademark of all Saint Paul schools in the Philippines.

Dumaguete is located on Negros Island and is 640 kilometers southeast of Manila. Flight time between Manila and Dumaguete is one hour and 15 minutes. A ferry from Manila to Dumaguete will take 40 hours (1 day and 16 hours) via the Super Ferry. Continue reading

The Negros Oriental Provincial Capitol

Provincial Capitol Dumaguete Negros Oriental Location Building Province Administration History Construction Architecture Greek Columns Layout Map Visit Address Hall Aquino Freedom Park The Provincial Capitol in Dumaguete is located in Negros Oriental. Constructed in 1924, during the American colonization of the Philippines, the building was and inaugurated by Negros Oriental Governor Enrique Villanueva on 25 February 1925. The building is Grecian in character defined by tall Ionic columns. This classic building with its imposing façade faces the Aquino Freedom Park. During this period of American occupation the colonizers hired the services of city planner and architect Daniel Hudson Burnham to design the new provincial capitol.  Before it was located in what is now the Serafin Teves residence at the Rizal Boulevard.

The Grecian style dominated American architecture during this period.  It was the first truly Continue reading

Buglasan Festival in Dumaguete

Buglasan Festival Negros OrientalBuglasan festival is celebrated annually in the province of Negros Oriental every October since 2002. The festival is a ten-day event held in the city of Dumaguete. The Buglasan Festival is Negros Oriental‘s movable provincial fiesta, participated in by the Province’s five component Cities and 20 municipalities. Though this is a province-wide event (sponsored by the provincial government), the activities are mostly centered in the province’ capital, Dumaguete City. Like Aliwan Festival of the cities of Pasay and Manila, Buglasan is dubbed as festival of festivals wherein every constituent towns and cities have their own representative and will be presenting their best. There are also representatives from neighboring provinces like Cebu, Siquijor, etc in the street demonstration. This event kicks off with dance competitions. All the inhabitants of Negros Oriental culminate at Dumaguete City for this much awaited Dumaguete festival. During the 10 days that the Buglasan Festival is celebrated, there are singing competitions for all age groups. One of the good things that happen during this Dumaguete festival is the cultural shows that exhibit the talent of the inhabitants. The Buglasan Festival also has booths with local handicrafts for sale. There are also other competitions during the Buglasan Festival such as chess, cheer dance, folk dance, and pyrotechnics. In this Dumaguete festival, there is something for everybody whether it be a cultural show display, shopping or just a day of dancing.

Dumaguete

Dumaguete PhilippinesThe City of Dumaguete is a city in the Philippine province of Negros Oriental. It is the capital, principal seaport, and largest city of the province. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 116,392 people. A person from Dumaguete is called a “Dumagueteño”. The city is nicknamed The City of Gentle People. Continue reading

Casaroro Falls in Valencia

Casaroro Falls ValenciaA nice half day trip to the worth seeing Casaroro Waterfall. About half an hour by car via Dumaguete to Valencia then, depending of the conditions, another half an hour by car or Habal Habal (motorbike with driver) to the entrance of the nature reserve (small entrance fee). You have to prepare yourself for a small exercise, there are about 300 steps downwards into the valley. After a beautiful walk along the river in tropical, rainforest like area you reach the waterfall with a nice basin which invites to have a refreshing swim. Continue reading

Negros Oriental Province

Dumaguete PhilippinesDumaguete is known as “The City of Gentle People.” It’s easy to see why – this is a serene university town filled with genteel locals, and its atmosphere is conducive to artistic and scholarly pursuits.

Silliman University is the most prominent among Dumaguete’s universities and colleges. Established in 1901, it is the oldest American-founded university in Asia. Continue reading

Apo Island Scuba Diving & Snorkeling

Apo Island Negros OrientalApo Island is one of the smallest volcanic islands in the Philippines. It is one of the world’s best known marine sanctuaries. It began in the year 1982 with the initiative of Silliman University Marine and Biology Department. It became a protected reserve by the National Integrated Protected Area Act under the jurisdiction of the Protected Area Management Board. Diving in Apo Island is perhaps the best marine adventure in the Visayas Region. Beneath the clear sparkling blue waters of the island lies a breathtaking collection of over 600 documented fish species and 400 varieties of corals. Continue reading