Dumaguete City — the chillest place to be!

It’s a city brimming with life and laughter; a city that takes you away from the harsh big-city-life stresses and just rejuvenates even the most stern of them all. Its laid-back streets and fresh friendly scene will make anyone think why they never came here sooner.

In the heart of the Philippines lies the province of Negros Oriental. Its capital, Dumaguete City, though not as geographically large like its neighboring towns, is the go-to spot to access everything that makes the country beautiful: tropical beaches like the White Sandbar in Bais where dolphins literally swim by you; natural tourist spots like the Twin Lakes Natural Park and Apo Island, which is home to over 650 documented species of fish and over 400 species of coral; fiestas and festivals like Buglasan in October, which is also known as “The Festival of Festivals”; cultural events and local art exhibitions; and, of course, a people that carries that humble and hospitable Filipino spirit we all know and love.

Dumaguete, nicknamed “The City of Gentle People”, is blossoming with loads of restaurants and resorts. At every corner you look, there’s a bar or food hub like Hayahay Treehouse Bar and Viewdeck along Escaño Beach or San Rival Bistro, known for their nationally renowned silvanas treats, by the city boulevard. In the towns surrounding the city, resorts like the El Dorado Beach Resort and the Antulang Beach Resort can take you to some of the best diving spots in the country, so don’t forget your swimsuit.

There’s no shortage of places to stay neither. With the huge influx of tourists, ever since Dumaguete was listed in Forbes Magazine’s 7 Best Places to Retire Around the World, the city answered the call with plenty of accommodating hotels to assist with anyone’s getaway needs. Places like Bethel Guest House and Hotel Essencia are just a stone’s throw away from the shopping centers and malls such as Robinsons Place Dumaguete and Lee Super Plaza.

So what are you waiting for? Take a boat ride from Cebu City or fly from Manila to the Dumaguete Airport. Experience food, fun, and friends in the coolest city in the country. When you get here, you’ll know the meaning of the word “chill”. Now that’s a vacation!