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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Go Hotels Dumaguete

"Dumaguete"was coined from the Visayan word "daggit" which means "to snatch". Legend says that because of the frequent marauding attacks of the Muslim pirates on the coastal town, and the power to attract and keep her visitors for good, hence, the word "dumaguet", meaning "to swoop," was christened to the village of Dumaguete.  It is Nicknamed as“The City of Gentle People”.  It is Also known as a“University Town” Or “The Center Of Learning In The South”This is due to the presence of universities that have made their mark nationally and abroad. Go Hotels Dumaguete is a budget hotel situated near the airport (15-20 min). This Dumaguete budget hotel is situated in the neighboring Robinsons Dumaguete Mall in Calindagan corner South Road, Dumaguete Central Business District. Go Hotels Dumaguete  have rooms that look out to  a calm view of nature and the city. Have fun exploring Dumaguete with your partner Dumaguet budget hotel Travel buddy- Go Hotels Dumaguete.
Go Hotels Dumaguete, Calindagan corner South Road,
Dumaguete Central Business District, Dumaguete City, 6200 Negros Oriental
+63(035)5221100 or 02


Robinsons Place Dumaguete

Robinsons Place Dumaguete

Currently the only premiere shopping mall in Negros Oriental, Robinsons Place Dumaguete is the first full service shopping mall to set its foot on this ‘City of Gentle People.’ Considered a major component of the Dumaguete Business Park and IT Plaza in Brgy. Calindagan, this two-level commercial complex holds together over 100 tenants -- mostly key players in the food & beverage, apparel, beauty & wellness, services and retail industries. Adding up to this exciting slate is a refreshing crowd of homegrown brands showcasing the city’s special offerings. 

Since the opening of the mall in November 2009, Robinsons Place Dumaguete has undeniably captured the patronage and loyalty of thousands of Dumagueteños and Negrenses who have been waiting for a shopping haven. On a high note, Dumaguete City has been identified as the prime destination for intellectual and educational pursuits mainly due to the presence of several local and international schools and universities with student population reaching to an estimated 30,000 people. Robinsons Place Dumaguete serves both the students and the local residents of the community. Aside from its breathtaking al fresco dining area, it boasts of entertainment facilities such as World of Fun and Robinsons Movieworld.

Rediscovering Dumaguete and Beyond

Rediscovering Dumaguete and Beyond

P200M budget for National Palaro Palarong Pambansa 2013

P200M budget for National Palaro

Palarong Pambansa 2013


Some P200Million is allocated by the national government thru DepEd, for the Palarong Pambansa slated in Dumaguete on April 21 to 27 this year.

An estimated 12,000 atheltes, officials, coaches , trainors and guests will be in Dumaguete. About P150Million will be spent here in Duamguete in terms of food, transportation, accommodation, tours and travel, and souvenir items. This will be a big boost for local tourism. All in one week!

The provincial governor as host will allot P10M from its own funds to finance the secretariat, offices, venues, and other necessary expenses.

Dep Ed Sec Armin Altamirano-Luesstro, a La Sallite brother; was here last Wednesday to supervise the inspection, and meeting of all officials for the national games.

Dumaguete city hosted the national PRISAA in the late 60s, the national games last year, and the Palarong Pambansa for the first time this year.

Question is: what is the output expected after the Palaro? Is there an on-going serious search and training of outstanding athletes? Will it simply be all-expense and virtual nil in developing outstanding athletes who might break sports records here?

Supt Sal Jimenez said that feverish preparations are now progressing. Public and private schools were ready to host athletes who might use part of their buildings for their billeting. (by Dems Demecillo)



Red Cross to expand in Negros Oriental

Red Cross to expand in Negros Oriental


The Red Cross national chairman Richard Gordon wants to set up one chapter each of Red Cross volunteers for the three congressional districts in Negros Oriental. Included in his vision is to provide ambulances in three Red Cross chapters in each district and organize working search and rescue teams, medical personnel to be able to immediately respond to calamities.

As an advocate of counterparting, Gordon assured each chapter half the amount of an ambulance donation from the Red Cross.

Gordon was in Negros Oriental to visit the municipality of La Libertad and the city of Guihulngan, where 55 homes were built by the Red Cross for victims of the recent earthquake.

The top man of the Philippine Red Cross declares he has the right to run as senator in the 2013 local and national elections.

Former Olongapo mayor and former senator Dick Gordon stressed he had been with the Red Cross since 45 years ago before joining politics, in response to insinuations he is using the organization in this year’s elections.

According to Gordon, politics is service, and Red Cross is service. However, if somebody uses the Red Cross for his personal gains, such as denying blood if not voted on, should be kicked out of the organization of volunteers, like what happened to a congressman who was former chairman of the Red Cross in Quezon City.--jg (by Choy Gallarde).

Foundations are now rising at the Gobonseng commercial area at the Escano beach

Foundations are now rising at the Gobonseng commercial area at the Escano beach...Steel bars are now being put up there

Another Hotel. The location is nice

Another Hotel.... The location is nice

Now Open: Bubblepop Tea and Desserts

Now Open: Bubblepop Tea and Desserts, Perdices St. beside Twin Arcade

Tuesday, January 29, 2013





•             3 bedrooms

•             3 bathrooms

•             1 Maids Quarter

•             Laundry area

•             Parking space

•             Spacious living room

•             Balcony

•             Central Gate



•             Aircon

•             Water heater • Refrigerator

•             Flat TV with free Cable Connection

•             Cooking stove

•             WIFI/LAN Internet Connection

•             Furnitures



•             Walking Distance to ROBINSONS PLACE Shopping Center


Entrance is Between: WJD processed meat Display and New Nissan Display Center.South National Highway, CalindaganDumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines.




For more details please contact: (ADAM) 0922-888-4370

American landing in Leyte

This first air raid took place on September 12, 1944, more than a month before the American landing in Leyte. The area most often under bombing raids after that first one was the landing field which the Japanese had been trying to complete for their own planes. So many civilians had been recruited to work on that airfield with neither food nor decent wage. For camouflage, many planes were hidden under the coconut trees and covered with green abaca nets. The plan of the enemy to use the landing field was never realized because the American bombers always left the place with huge craters in it. Bombs were also dropped along the provincial highway from the landing filed to the town. After one bombing sortie, the large depot in Lo-oc near the Dumaguete wharf blew up in a flaming holocaust. Added to this was the shelling from the sea by U.S. Navy gunboats. The Japanese knew that their occupation of Dumaguete had come to an end. Another major objective of the American raids was Guy Hall on the Silliman campus, the headquarters of the Japanese. The walls of the building were damaged by American B-25 strafing operations. After a number of raids by the American planes, the Japanese transferred their headquarters to the home of the late Mr. Miguel Amil in Piapi. No damage was done to Oriental Hall, the headquarters of the Bureau of Constabulary. The underground resistance men inside the town kept the Americans informed of the whereabouts of the Japanese. At first, American bombings were frequent, but later, there were long quiet intervals between raids which seemed to mislead the Japanese into believing that the Americans were not coming again.63 The Japanese did not fire back for fear they might be located. Besides, they had no anti-aircraft guns with which to fight back effectively.

Dumaguete was organized by Jesus Chi

During the Japanese Occupation in Negros Oriental the underground intelligence in Dumaguete was organized by Jesus Chi. It had around twenty members. Some of the members were: Pastor Valenciano, Engineers Eduardo J. Blanco and Jovenal Somoza, Tanseing Dy, Lorenzo Cimafranca and Quintin Limquiaco. While most of the members were inside Dumaguete, others like Tanseing Dy were in the uplands of Bacong, Dauin and Zamboanguita. They relayed information to the guerrilla headquarters in Malabo. If ever one of them was caught by the Japanese, these members had an agreement that during the investigation they would implicate the Japanese collaborators as among them. According to reports this was why Wentworth Uy Tengsu, whose family was with the Japanese, was tortured and executed by the Japanese. This happened a few days before the Americans arrived on April 26, 1945.


In the latter half of 1943, the Japanese were concentrating their warplanes in the Dumaguete airport, and this airport was one of their training centers for pilots in Negros. Some members of the underground resistance volunteered to work at the landing field everyday in order to make a map of the Japanese installations there. They were paid with Japanese money and received one small tin can (milkmaid) of rice a day. They were able to draw a map on one-half page of pad paper, which was sent to the guerrilla headquarters in the mountains. The provincial engineer, E. J. Blanco, and his assistant, Jovenal Somoza, made a detailed ground plan of the Dumaguete landing field and installations. One cloudy and rainy afternoon this plan was placed inside one of the iron bars of Lorenzo Cimafranca’s bicycle. He rode this bicycle passing the seashore south of Dumaguete, and carefully holding the bicycle bars above water, he swam across the mouth of Banica River at sundown. Ensong Cimafranca was able to deliver the plan to the underground members in Bacong who brought it to the guerrilla headquarters.53


This plan was sent to Gen. MacArthur in Australia. Because of this, the bombing of the Dumaguete airport by American planes on September 12, 1944 was very successful. On this very day in the afternoon around twenty Filipinos in Dumaguete including Engineers Blanco and Somoza, together with Jesus Chi and a Portuguese by the name of Silva, were rounded up by the Japanese and imprisoned in the “Davao Cottage” of Silliman University. Weeks later, the others were released but the four were loaded on a motor-launch and thrown into the sea. They died heroes of the World War II Dumaguete underground resistance.

Japan's South Pacific possessions in Dumaguete

Koga Papers” the document that the Japenese called the “Z Plan.” It outlined defensive plans against Allied attacks on Japan's South Pacific possessions and made provisions for engaging the American fleet in a decisive battle. This is a summary on the story of how the Z Plan drifted into American hands in one of World War II's greatest intelligence victories, leading to a crushing defeat for Japan in the Southwest Pacific in 1944. The captured documents provided important knowledge about the Japanese strategy in the Pacific which was the key to the American victory at the Battle of the Philippine Sea. Historians acknowledge that the exploitation of the Z Plan was one of the greatest single intelligence feats of the war in the Southwest Pacific Area. A little–known air crash off the island of Cebu on April 1, 1944 leads to the capture of Japanese military officials including a high-ranking Japanese admiral by Filipino guerrillas. Along with the capture was a mysterious bunch of papers for which the Japanese military undertook a massive recovery effort. The guerrillas led by an American named James Cushing took the prisoners to the interior of Cebu and held them for ten days until a severe Japanese rescue campaign forced them to surrender them to the enemy. The high ranking Japanese officials turned out to be led by Vice Admiral Shigeru Fukodome, Chief of Staff of the Japanese Imperial Combined Fleet. It appeared that the party was traveling on an inspection mission at the time of the crash. One of those believed killed in the crash was Admiral Mineichi Koga, commander of the Japanese Imperial Navy whose loss was acknowledged with the appointment of his successor in May 1944. The papers which were captured by the guerrillas were sent to Southern Negros and were picked up by an American submarine to Australia and were found to contain important information about Japanese defenses in the Philippines and other areas. The papers also revealed the weakness of defenses in central Philippines which were confirmed by American intelligence. The episode led to the acceleration of the American return to the Philippines from December 1944 to October 1944 and a change of landing sites from Mindanao to Leyte. This event which was witnessed by a Filipino guerrilla noted the blunders of the Americans who did not immediately act despite repeated messages requesting for their advice on the developments.

In closing, southern Negros was indeed the vulnerable spot that proved to be the “Achilles Heel” that led to the downfall of the Japanese. A costly tactical blunder by the Japanese for considering the area insignificant. Figuratively, the shaped of the area really resembles a heel that was unguarded and proved to be a safe haven for the resistance movement and safe rendezvous point for submarine landings including the logical spot for the setting up of radio transmitters. Moreover, the area proved to be the fertile breeding ground for the establishment of the intelligence network. Subsequently, it was tactically tagged by the SPWA as the best spot to pick up the “Koga Papers” in disguise of rescuing American missionaries.

Guy Hall on the Silliman campus

This first air raid took place on September 12, 1944, more than a month before the American landing in Leyte. The area most often under bombing raids after that first one was the landing field which the Japanese had been trying to complete for their own planes. So many civilians had been recruited to work on that airfield with neither food nor decent wage. For camouflage, many planes were hidden under the coconut trees and covered with green abaca nets. The plan of the enemy to use the landing field was never realized because the American bombers always left the place with huge craters in it. Bombs were also dropped along the provincial highway from the landing filed to the town. After one bombing sortie, the large depot in Lo-oc near the Dumaguete wharf blew up in a flaming holocaust. Added to this was the shelling from the sea by U.S. Navy gunboats. The Japanese knew that their occupation of Dumaguete had come to an end. Another major objective of the American raids was Guy Hall on the Silliman campus, the headquarters of the Japanese. The walls of the building were damaged by American B-25 strafing operations. After a number of raids by the American planes, the Japanese transferred their headquarters to the home of the late Mr. Miguel Amil in Piapi. No damage was done to Oriental Hall, the headquarters of the Bureau of Constabulary. The underground resistance men inside the town kept the Americans informed of the whereabouts of the Japanese. At first, American bombings were frequent, but later, there were long quiet intervals between raids which seemed to mislead the Japanese into believing that the Americans were not coming again.63 The Japanese did not fire back for fear they might be located. Besides, they had no anti-aircraft guns with which to fight back effectively.

Silliman University Science Building 1917

*Silliman University Science Building 1917


The saying that “necessity is the mother of invention” was proven true when no more products from abroad were available during the war. People in Dumaguete and other towns found locally manufactured materials substituting for imported goods. Eliseo Corsino made ink; although it was not as good as the foreign brand and cost a little more, but there was something for our local printers to use. Brilliantine, oil for the hair, made by Mr. Gerardo Imperial was a luxury to the girls who used coconut milk and orange juice for shampoo. Laundry soap was for a long time locally produced, but toilet soap had been imported. Venancio Aldecoa and Felicisimo Kiamco made scented soap that was just as good as the imported ones. Leaflets containing the formula for the making of homemade soap were distributed. The Silliman chemistry department made matches on commercial scale. The public was advised to save old matchboxes to be used as containers. Charles Glunz of the Silliman Industrial department made lamps that used coconut oil instead of petroleum, which was no longer available. They were sold at one peso each. Coconut producers made oil instead of copra, which could not be sold anymore. Moreover, cow’s milk was no longer available, but people discovered that rich creamy coconut milk was just as tasty with coffee. People made coconut and nangka candies. Corn and rice cakes, “puto” from cassava and sponge cakes from cassava flour were sold in the tabû and were delicacies in war times.


During the six months from the start of the war to the time the Japanese landed in Dumaguete, people tried to practice austerity, that is, to live simply and work hard to make both ends meet.

A prisoner's last farewell written at the Guy Hall Wall

A prisoner's last farewell written at the Guy Hall Wall

Japanese Surrender in the Municipality of Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental

This is the Original Photo of the Japanese Surrender in the Municipality of Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental that marked an end of the Japanese Occupation in the Province of Negros Oriental.

Silliman Hall 1920

Silliman Hall 1920

Dumaguete City fishermen before wearing bahag

Dumaguete City fishermen before wearing bahag

Dumaguete Cathedral

Dumaguete Cathedral before


Dumaguete Post Card Circa 1900

Dumaguete Post Card Circa 1900


While anchored at the island of Bohol, Miguel Lopez de Legaspi in 1565 dispatched a frigate to reconnoiter the coasts of the islands that were visible from that point. This frigate entered the channel between the islands of Cebu and Negros. Because of the swift current, the frigate had to go around Negros Island to return. They related various tales about their expedition around this island called Buglas by the natives, but because they saw many black inhabitants, the Spaniards named the island Negros. They found settlements along the coast, usually along the entrance of rivers, and most of them were inhabited by black natives.


Originally, the old name was Dananguet, it was located along the northern side of the entrance of what is now called Banica River. Its ideal location shelters it from the devastating typhoons that passes Luzon and northern Visayas, for it lies south of the typhoon paths. Clusters of Malays and Negritos settled here, for water was plentiful. Communication was easier and food from land and sea was abundant. Miguel de Loarca in his Relasion de las Islas Filipinas wrote that the area between Tanjay and Dumaguet on the east coast was the most populated.


Because of its location (Dumaguete faces Mindanao and Sulu) it would be the first Christian pueblo along the way to the more prosperous towns and islands in northern Philippines.


Marauding Moro pirates carried away valuables from the churches and houses they pillaged along with young men and women they had kidnapped to be sold as slaves in Borneo. Thus this pueblo came to be called Dumaguet, from the Visayan root daguet which means “to snatch or kidnap.” The belfry tower (it still stands today) served as a watchtower to warn the people that the Moros were approaching.

Japanese Shrine, Valencia Negros Oriental

Japanese Shrine, Valencia Negros Oriental.


A marker of the Japanese Army's last stand in the closing months of the second world war. This area was fortified by the Japanese Imperial army, and it overlooks the city of Dumaguete, Southern part of Cebu Island, Siquijor island, and the northwestern part of Mindanao.


Sources taken from SU Library Documents, Dumaguete City: Philippines.


Dumaguete D-Day

~In Negros Oriental the Japanese who were now pinned down by the guerrillas in Dumaguete, were watchfully waiting for the American landing in the province.


On April 25th, 1:30 P.M., the 164th Infantry Regimental Combat Team, sailed from Cebu City. The landing crafts moved southward along the eastern shores of Cebu and rounded Santander to the west. By dawn the next morning the landing crafts were already in a position to make the landing. But before this could be done, one of the three destroyers sailed south to shell Dumaguete and fired at some targets that the planes flying overhead would indicate. The morning shelling and strafing had caused the Japanese to flee. At 8:00 A.M. the landing crafts were now headed for the beach and American G.I.’s dashed to the shores, wading in shoulder deep water with rifles and ammunition held high.


From the landing site in Lo-oc the regimental and battalion commanders drove a mile south to the town of Sibulan to confer with the guerrilla officers on the actual situation of the Japanese in the area. Fortunately, the 40th Division’s 40th Reconnaissance Troops arrived from Occidental Negros within an hour of the landing. They came down the east coast of Negros in time for the conference in Sibulan. The decision was for the 2nd Battalion of the 164th Infantry Americal Division supported by USAFIP forces to go to the hills from Lo-oc following the San Antonio Road and the 1st Battalion to proceed to Dumaguete.


In the meantime, guerrilla forces attacked a group of Japanese stationed close to the Maslog creek in order to clear the area of enemy resistance so that the U.S. Liberation Force could safely go through to Dumaguete. By 10:30 A.M. the march towards Dumaguete started. Passing the Maslog Bridge, the battalion fanned out on both sides of the provincial road towards the Dumaguete airfield. At the airfield the troops encountered a minefield. By 1:15 P.M. the airfield was in the hands of the Americal Division. A short time later the advance scouts of the battalion entered Dumaguete.

Silliman University Guy Hall 1918 DUMAGUETE HISTORICAL SPOTS

Silliman University Guy Hall 1918






1.            WATCHTOWER – The old watchtower at Dumaguete served as a belfry of the church and as a protection to warn the people against piratical Moro raids. The structural foundation was built in the 1760’s by Fr. Fernandez de Septien. Again, it was renovated in 1811, but the bell tower on top was added when Fr. Encarnacion was the parish priest in the 1880’s.


2.            LOCSIN HOUSE – The first floor of the house of Teniente Cornelio Yapsutco (now Locsin house) became the meeting place for the organization of the new Revolutionary Government led by General Diego de la Viña on November 25, 1898.


3.            CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL – In the early morning of April 26, 1945, the civilians in Dumaguete were herded inside the church by the Japanese and were about to be massacred when the American Liberation forces were approaching Dumaguete.


4.            RAMON PASTOR HOUSE – (Corner Locsin and Real Streets) In this house, Wentworth Uytengsu was tortured and killed by the Japanese when he was implicated in the underground movement. The Engineering building in the Silliman campus was built by his family in memory of him. Upon liberation, the Philippine National Bank first had its office in this house.


5.            GUY HALL – This building inside the Silliman University campus was made the general headquarters of the Japanese Imperial Forces during the duration of the war, until the last days when the headquarters was transferred to the house of Miguel Amil in Piapi.


6.            CHANNON HALL – Formerly a women’s dormitory, Channon Hall was the headquarters of the Kempetai (military police) of the Japanese army. The first floor was the torture chamber of suspected guerrilla spies. Torture was hanging head down and water hose pumping.


7.            SILLIMAN HALL – This was the first building Silliman finished in 1903. On the first floor of the north wing (already demolished) were the dark prison rooms for prisoners to be executed the next day. On the walls were writings to their loved ones, etched in blood.


8.            VETERANS ROAD – (Dumaguete North Road) – General Diego de la Viña and his revolutionary forces entered Dumaguete passing this road on November 24, 1898. The Filipino and American liberation forces also passed this road to occupy Dumaguete in W.W.II.


9.            BANTAYAN BEACH – This beach was the look-out of the Filipino revolutionary forces for Spanish ships coming from Cebu. The fear was that the Spaniards might come back to reoccupy Dumaguete.



10.          DAVAO COTTAGE – On the same day the Americans made the successful bombing of the airport, September 12, 1944, Engineers E.J. Blanco and Jovenal Somosa, including Jesus Chi, the leader of the underground movement, and Silva, a Portuguese, were rounded up by the Japanese and imprisoned in Davao Cottage of Silliman University. They were tortured here for several weeks.


11.          RIZAL BOULEVARD – The ship that Dr. Jose Rizal took on his way to exile in Dapitan in 1892, stopped by Dumaguete and he ate breakfast in the house of Capt. Jose Longa near the beach. On his way back to Manila in 1896, his ship dropped anchor in Dumaguete and he performed an eye surgery on a Spaniard.


12.          QUEZON PARK – The Revolutionary Forces of Gen. Diego de la Viña conglomerated in this plaza on the liberation day of Dumaguete while the bells were kept ringing in the watchtower and a holy mass was performed by Padre Bengoa in the church. Here, the bust of General De la Viña was unveiled on November 24, 1998, a century after.


13.          A MONUMENT – This monument located at the corner of Colon and Sta. Catalina streets marks the old municipal hall built in 1886. The Philippine Commission led by William H. Taft held the meeting in this place to separate Negros Oriental from Occidental for the second time on April 9, 1901. The meeting ended with the decision to establish a civil government on May 1, 1901.

Flag Raising Ceremony 1918 Dumaguete City History

Flag Raising Ceremony 1918

Dumaguete City History

American Period


Published Documents from SU Library



The American Forces, the 164th Infantry, were camped in barrio Motong at the back portion of the Matiao hacienda. There, under the coconut groves, the place looked like a big city of olive-colored tents with well-planned streets at right angles. At night it was well lighted. During the day, one could see many Filipino men and women selling fried chicken, bananas, and other fresh fruits. Some came to see or visit the place, and they were quite sure to receive candies and cookies and other items. Most of the women were laundry women, and of course, as what usually happens during periods of war occupation, the lonely American soldiers dated with Filipinas, whether good-looking or not. It was common sight to see Filipinas holding hands with American G.I.’s and later on having babies with American fathers. This aroused some jealousy among the Filipino boys who were turned down by their former girlfriends. They coined the expression “Hanggang pier lamang,” but some girls did not mind because they wanted white babies.


It should also be mentioned here that the veterans of the resistance movement in Negros Oriental held a meeting at the Silliman Assembly Hall on July 25, 1945. Over three-hundred members attended. The purpose was to organize the Oriental Negros Legion. The officers elected were: President, Lt. G. M. Pinili; Vice President, Capt. Joaquin Funda; Secretary, Sgt. E. Cabrera; Treasurer, Lt. Angel Campoy; Representatives, Capt. F. Villarin and Lt. Santiago Artes; Sgt.-at-Arms, Lt. Orlando Consing and Lt. Jose Utzurum. The ORNEG LEGION was inaugurated with a program and grand ball at Quezon Park on July 31, 1945.


For the first time in over three years, a friendly cargo ship dropped anchor at Dumaguete in the morning of June 27, 1945. This Liberty ship came directly from Manila to pick up the first shipment of copra to leave the Philippines for the United States since December 1941. Five hundred twenty-seven tons (527) of copra were loaded to capacity. This copra was Japanese-confiscated copra and the PCAU made arrangements with F.E.A. San Francisco who sold it to the manufacturers of soap and butter substitutes. Commanding the liberty ship was Capt. L. V. Cooley of the New Orleans who was enthusiastic in his praise of the beauty of Dumaguete. He expressed surprise to find the harbor and facilities in Dumaguete in very good order. It was so much different from what he expected to see after having seen the ruins in Manila.

Perdices Street 1920 Dumaguete City

Perdices Street 1920

Dumaguete City 1903

History 101


Dumaguete City 1903


When Legaspi assigned encomiendas to his deserving soldiers in Negros, in 1591, the east coast including Dumaguete was administered from Cebu. The center of administration when Negros became a Corregimiento in 1734 was Ilog; as Alcaldia in 1795 the capital was Jimamaylan; and when raised to a Politico Military province in 1856, the capital was Bacolod. But when thirteen priests from the towns of the Oriental coast presented to the Governor General a petition for the division of the island, it was approved and implemented. Complying with a royal decree, Gov. Gen. Valeriano Weyler established Negros Oriental as a separate province on January 1, 1890. While Bacolod remained the capital for Negros Occidental, Dumaguete was chosen the capital for Negros Oriental for the following reasons.


1.            It was the most important town on the east side of the island having the most number of people.


2.            It had more commercial and agricultural wealth.


3.            It had a port where all kinds of ships could call.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Guihulngan – A Promising City

The City that could eventually capture your deepest heart, a luxurious City—blessed with abundant crops, magnificent falls and lakes and a panoramic sight of hills and mountains. Some of which that will absolutely trigger your greatest admiration.

        Once you set your foot on its solid ground, one can't resist the desire to roam around its charming premise.

       From one of the largest municipality in Negros Oriental, Guihulngan became a City on February 15, 2011. It has a vast population of 93,675 people with 33 barangays. The City has several versions on how it accordingly got its name. Based on tales, it happens as a river flows directly to the town from a spring, thus, the word "GUIPADULNGAN" existed, which barely means the point where the river flows to an end. To some accounts, the town underwent a turbulent history where the Moros beheaded some of the natives and threw their bodies into the sea. As a consequence, the moros dropped a bell into the sea when they found out that it was used as the lookout warn– it was then that they called the place "GUINHULUGAN" (place where something was dropped) but later it became commonly written and called as GUIHULNGAN.

      There were a lot of must-see and must witness in the entire City, such as the colourful Cara Bell festival every 24th day of May, the breathtaking Hinakpan Chocolate Hills and Razor Back Mountain, the alluring waters (Tinayunan Beach, Sunrise View Beach Resort,McKinley, Bo Lico bay, Lake Mantohod, Kinayan falls), and most of all their proud Pandan and Abaca basketry. The City is also rich in copra, sugarcane, rice, corn, tobacco and soybeans.

Hostel Negros Oriental (House-Hotel) and Ancestral Inn-Negros can surely give you a good accommodation and service.

If you want to have a sweet escape from the hustle of the everyday life, GUIHULNGAN is a place to be.


Dauin – a Paradise in the City

Want to relax and unwind? Dauin is the best place to be. It is said to be the diving capital of Negros Oriental, a twelve kilometre drive from the city proper of Dumaguete City.

Dauin at first glance may seem to be boring and bare, but its real beauty lies underneath its waters. A lot of tourist go there and immerse themselves in the waters of Dauin particularly in the sanctuary where one can find different kinds of corals, beautifully arranged and done, colours bold and soft surrounds the sea bed, well blended and weaved to create a paradise under water. Exotic fishes like batfish, snappers and scorpion fish can be found in its enchanting premise.

A number of resorts as well are emerging in the Municipality of Dauin which are rendering great service and facilities.

Aside from scuba diving, Dauin is also good for swimming, hiking, camping and a great place to have a pick nick with family and friends.


Places to stay;

Bahura Beach Resort

Private Resort

Altantis Beach Resor

Atmosphere Resort


Bacong – The fourth class municipality of Negros Oriental


Bacong is one of the oldest towns in the Province of Negros Oriental. It was created as a Municipality in the year 1890, together with the Municipality of Dauin, Jimalalud and Guihulngan.

The legend

The Malay settlers were being harassed by the "Moro" pirates, who every now and then swept down at the settlements burning houses, kidnapping young ladies, murdering and enslaving the local inhabitants.

There was a village chief named Ka Apo. The villagers decided to fight back the Spanish oppressors.

Upon the direction of Ka Apo, they set up watch at the beach. One day Ka Apo saw the Moro vintas heading towards the island.

Ka Apo gathered the soldiers, hide themselves among the bushes, preparing ready for battle.

Dumaguit, the place where the Moro vintas normally kidnap young ladies and slaves: Since it was still day time they rested at "Bacon" to rest and prepare for their planned attack.

While the pirates were resting and some were climbing coconut trees, Ka Apo stood up and shouted "Bacon", (Rise) bacon! All at once the village warriors stood up and attacked the pirates with their sharp bolos, spears, bow and arrows, daggers and blow guns.

Many of the Moros were killed. The captain of the pirates exhorted his men and shout "Maamiyatay" (kill them). Ka Apo also keeps on shouting to encourage his men. Both parties suffered extreme death and casualties. When the pirates senses defeat, they retreated and board their vintas and went home.

When the pirates reported to their Sultan, the Sultan of "Bung-aw"; their captain cried that many of his men were killed, wounded and left behind at the battle of "bacon".

And that's how Bacong got its name.


Bacong is located at Latitude 9 14' 50.2" North, Longitude 123 17' 37.3" East with a distance of 8.5 kilometers south of the city of Dumaguete. It is bounded on the north by the city of Dumaguete, on the south by the municipality of Dauin, on the east by the Mindanao Sea and on the west by the Municipalty of Valencia. It is one of the 20 municipalities of the Province of Negros Oriental.



Tourist spots:

1.      West poblacion – Talisay beach resort / Beach Resort

2.      Banilad – JVD beach resort / beach resort

3.      San Miguel – Dgte. Spring Resort / beach resort

4.      Soludpan – Bambulo Resort / island resort

5.      West Poblacion – Bacong Catholic Church and Pipe Organ / cultural, historical

6.      West Poblacion – NOAH / gift, souvenir shop


The Municipality of Pamplona

The Pamlpona golf and country club

The vast, green and well trimmed golf course of the city of Pamplona is really a scenic beauty; it is where the municipality is greatly known for. There are at least two to three tournaments held in its vicinity in local or nationalcompetition.

The land where the Pamplona golf and country club stood now was said to be a plantation of sugar cane and other agricultural products before it was being converted into a golf course.

Surely there effort bore fruit by putting Pamplona in tourism map. They launched the KASULAS festival, a yearly festival for great harvest.

Pamplona is also famous for its sulphuric falls “the Palaypay falls” it is located 12 kilometres away from Poblacion, one of the 16 barangays of the Municipality of Pamlpona.

Glazed banana and carmelitos, a common street food found the municipality; it has a one month shelf life which makes it unique among others. A bite from its delicacies makes one crave for more. 


Bayawan City – Agriculture Capital of Negros Oriental

When one gets to travel to Bayawan City a bite of "Baye Baye" is a must. It's the City's pride; a
native delicacy made of young coconut, sugar and glutinous rice, a good dessert for the family to
share and a healthy snack for everyone to munch and enjoy.

Bawayan City masks 13% of the provinces' land area. It also brags itself as the cleanest City
in the province, prominently known as a "character City". And by the 2007 survey the City is
recognized by the Asian Institute of Management as "one of the Top Best Cities to Live In in the
Philippines (Small City Category).

Bayawan City is also rich in cultural heritage as shown in their "Tawo Tawo" festival where
they feature a giant size scare crow. This festival depicts the City's great harvest and blooming
farming industry.

Surely, there's a lot to discover about Bayawan City. More places to see and explore.

Places to stay:

C and L Top View Inn
Bayawan Pension House
Bliss Pension House
Riverfront Inn
La Vista del Mar Beach Resort
Casa Rosario Pension House
Joe's Place
Blue Haven
Sacred Heart Lodging House





1st Valley Bank

Allied Bank Locsin - Locsin

Allied Bank Locsin - Yala

Banco de Oro (BDO) Colon

Banco Dipolog

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

Bank of Commerce

Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) San Jose

BDO Robinsons Place

BPI North Road

BPI Perdices

China Bank

City Savings Bank

Cooperative Bank of Negros Oriental

Development Bank of the Philippines

Dumaguete City Development Bank

Dumaguete Rural Bank

Eastwest Bank

First Consolidated Bank

Globe BPI Banko

Katipunan Bank

Land Bank

Metrobank Locsin

Metrobank Veterans Ave.

Philippine National Bank

Philippine Rural Bank

Philippine Savings (PS) Bank

Philippine Veterans Bank

RCBC Savings Bank

Rizal Commercial Banking Corp.

Robinsons Bank

Rural Bank of Bacong

Rural Bank of Basay

Rural Bank of Sta. Catalina

Security Bank

SG Bank

Union Bank

United Coconut Planters Bank



BDO – North Road

Philthrust Bank

Island's Leisure Boutique Hotel

Island's Leisure Boutique Hotel


In the center of Dumaguete City, a new idea in lodging has been born, an urban retreat which exudes peace and calmness. This boutique hotel, which also sells their home furnishings and accents, is quietly tucked into one floor of a building at Home Lounge, it offers easy access to a district full of cinemas, bars, restaurants, shopping center and banks and is also near to boulevard.


Along with the sophisticated atmosphere, the comfort of the rooms is just as important as the treatment and care of our guest. The hotel features: Cabled TV, Mini-bar, safe-deposit box, hair dryer, WIFI, public access to Internet as well as unique and exclusive decoration.


There are several different environments, each with its own ambience to make this boutique hotel even more exceptional and have selected the most exclusive pieces on the market so guests can return home with them.


If you would like to make a reservation with Islands Leisure Hotel please fill out our Secure Online Reservation Form.


If you do not wish to reserve online feel free to contact us via email

at: rsvn@islandsleisurehotel.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


For more details and photos on the different room types please view our Rooms Page.


*Please note that Rates are subject to change due to currency flux.




Island’s Leisure Hotel Dumaguete


Address Hibbard Avenue, Bantayan

Dumaguete City



Phone : +6302.522.0645

Mobile : +639174886388

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Has evolved into becoming a prime mover of economy in the Visayas region.

With the gifted natural talents of its people and the heritage of its renowned training institutions

Has become a rich pool of manpower and resources for big companies both locally and abroad

A University Town/Top Tourist Destination/Retirement City and a City of Culture and Arts

Most Promising City

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