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Top sights in Dumaguete

Dumaguete, or locally known as The City of Gentle People, is the largest city in Negros Oriental. The city is famous for its colorful Buglasan Festival, ancestral houses, coffee shops, and tasty silvanas. The city is also a favorite far-flung destination for travelers from East Asia and Europe. The tourist attractions in Dumaguete are mostly found outdoors, such as museums, seaside boulevards, and well-maintained parks. Check this guide to discover the best things to do in Dumaguete!

Rizal Boulevard

Rizal Boulevard or locally known as the seaside is a popular coastal road that overlooks the Bohol Sea. Named after the country’s national hero, the boulevard is lined with trees, neo-classical style street lamps, and benches. Rizal Boulevard is a perfect viewpoint to witness the magnificent sunset in the city. At night, the boulevard transforms into an exciting destination with its street vendors, musicians, and souvenir shops.
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St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral Parish

Built mainly of brick and wood, the St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral Parish or Dumaguete Cathedral is one of the most iconic structures in the city. Opened to the public in 1776, the striking historical church is one of the most visited places in the city. Prominent design elements include a well-maintained facade, fine altarpieces, and chandeliers. Visit in the morning or during sunset and marvel at the calm lighting inside the cathedral.
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Silliman University Anthropology Museum

Founded by Dr. Hubert Reynolds in 1970, the Anthropology Museum holds a vast archeological and ethnological collection from different parts of the Philippines. Located at the Siliman Hall, the museum holds precious artifacts from previous excavations all over Negros Island and parts of Mindanao. Some of its notable collections include traditional healing tools from Siquijor, potteries, and well-crafted daggers. The museum is open from 08:30 to 16:30, and its busiest day is Saturday.
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Silliman Hall

Constructed in the early 1900s, Siliman Hall is one of the finest examples of Stick Style American architecture in the country. Built mainly of wood and concrete, the hall stands as one of the well-maintained historic landmarks in Dumaguete. The distinctive facade of the hall usually represents the city on postcards. The hall houses many important artifacts such as a golden Sarimanok, tapestries of magnificent patterns, love potions, and voodoo dolls.
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