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Negros Oriental

by on Nov.30, 2010, under Places, Sightseeing Spots, Visayas

Negros Island
Negros is an island of the Philippine located in the Visayas. It is the fourth largest island in the country. Inhabitants of the island are called Negrenses.
Negros is divided into two provinces: Negros Oriental in the Central Visayas region and Negros Occidental part of the Western Visayas region. This division of the island which roughly follows the mountain range in the center of the island corresponds to the two ethnoliguistic groups in this part of the country. The western part Occidental is where the Ilonggo or Hiligaynon speaking Negrenses are located and the eastern portion Oriental is home to the Cebuano speaking population. The chief cities on this island are Bacolod City in Negros Occidental and Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental.

Kanlaon Volcano in the northern part of the island is one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines and overlooks Bacolod City. It is the highest peak on the island as well as of the entire Visayas region. Other notable peaks on the island are Mt. Silay and Mt. Mandalagan in Negros Occidental and Cuernos de Negros in Negros Oriental.

Negros Island was originally called Buglas- an old native word thought to mean cut off. It is believed that Negros was once part of a grater mass of land but was cut off either by what geologist call continental drift or by rising waters during the Ice age. Negros is a place we’d unhesitatingly recommended to any traveler.

Negros Oriental
Negros Oriental is a province of the Philippines located in the Central Visayas region. It occupies the south eastern half of the island of Negros. It also includes Central Island a popular dive sites for both local and foreign tourist. Negros Oriental faces Cebu to east across the Tañon Strait and Siquijor to the south east. The primary spoken language is Cebuano and the predominant religious domination is Roman Catholicism. Dumaguete City is the capital, seat of government and most populous city.

Dumaguete
Dumaguete City
the provincial capital is known as a university town due to the existence of many universities and colleges in the city. Dumaguete was coined from the Visayan word daggit which means to snatch, because of the frequent marauding attacks of the Muslim pirates on this once coastal town. And the power to attract and keep her visitors for good, the word dumaguet was coined meaning to swoop.

Sights
The Anthropology Museum and Center for the Study of Philippine Living Culture has displays including artifacts from Siquijor and ancient Chinese bits and pieces dug on variety of Philippine islands.
Bell Tower is the coral stone that built 1754 to 1776 and the large lively market on Real St.
Twin Lakes National Park is about 20km northwest of Dumaguete the twin crater lakes of Balinsasayao and Danao offer some of the most scenic hiking in the Visayas. The area is virgin forest and full of wildlife from monkeys to rare orchids. It’s traditional home of the indigenous Bukidnon people.

Sleeping
Vintage Inn this is excellent budget option. It has basic clean rooms is a short walk from Rizal Blvd, and feels safe and well set up.
OK Pensionnne House it has an enormous variety of rooms the more expensive are a big step up from the cheapies in terms of quality.
Harold’s Mansion Tourist Inn it’s a 10 minutes walk from the main shopping area. But it does have very clean well priced rooms and free airport pick up.
La Residencia al Mar a cozy and tastefully renovated Spanish building has all original timbers and fittings. Rooms come with all the mod-cons and the dearer rooms have balconies and great water views.
Honeycomb Tourist Inn this is renovated Spanish villa. Though not as plush it still has spotless rooms the ones with views are superb.
Plaza Maria Luisa this very well located business hotel is often full. Staffs are polite and very helpful though the fawn and mint green color scheme looks like it was inspired by an ice cream.

Eating
Chin Loong Restaurant offers big, cheap servings of tasty Filipino-Chinese food and great service.
Coco Amigos coco’s combination of a harbourfront location, festive color scheme and tame Mexican food has seen it rival; it has a good vegetarian selection.
Café Memento a humble, bohemian café serving coffee and light meals, outside tables have glimpse of the harbour.

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