The City of Gentle People
Dumaguete is not known as the City of Gentle People for nothing. I’ve been to Dumaguete a couple of times but just in transit on my way to Siquijor. So one fine May morning, one of the gentlest persons in Cebu (yes, me!), found her wayward self in Dumaguete.
If it is your first time, you wouldn’t want to plant yourself in the most horrid conditions. Trust me, some people have the knack of getting themselves into nasty situations because they don’t plan ahead, but fear not, I, the fearless traveller is here to guide you.
A Charming Boutique Hotel
Florentina Homes is about 10 minutes from the port of Dumaguete. Hail a tricycle and tell the driver to drop you at Florentina Homes. The fare is 10 pesos, 8 pesos for students. Please call the hotel beforehand. It could be fully booked. The hotel has themed apartments to suit your tastes. They are costlier than the hotel rooms by a thousand. Take note and don’t be confused: you can choose an apartment or a hotel room.
I stayed in a deluxe hotel room. For 2,000 a night, it was heaven, perfect for a mini honeymoon. The colors in the room alone will make you forget your problems. What problems?! It was tastefully furnished. I even had a mini balcony!
I gauge a hotel by its bed. The bed was not too soft, not too hard. If you are into bedroom gymnastics, the bed’s headboard was very sturdy, you wouldn’t have to worry about paying for something you’d break afterwards. The only glitch was the shower. The pressure wasn’t too strong but it wasn’t cause to whine. I don’t know about the other rooms though.
I’m lazy when hungry. Good thing that they have a restaurant and a cafe downstairs. Chill at Rana Verde if you’re into coffee confections and ice cream. Gabby’s Bistro was as quirky as the rooms. The food? By the looks of it, everything was delicious! I haven’t tasted everything (I’m not a glutton), but the dishes I ordered where all delish! I
need want to go back! It is a mortal sin not to try the desserts, particularly Turon de Leche – yummy moist leche flan wrapped in lumpia wrapper topped with vanilla ice cream. Calories, come to mama!
I regret not being able to take pictures of the dishes I had, the room, the vicinity. The reason was I had no plans of writing this blog. Next time, I will!
What to Do
- Stroll along the boulevard and feel the sea breeze. Full moon by the boulevard? Why not?
- Visit Siliman University, the first American university in the Philippines, and the entire Asian continent.
- Explore the city. Everything is near in Dumaguete. Their definition of far is a 15 minute tricycle ride.
- Buy sylvanas (sorry no pics, ate them all!), but prepare to forget your diet. Buy early or you’re not getting any. I forgot the exact address, please ask a local, everyone knows where it is.
What Not to Do
- Whine and complain why everyone is riding a motorbike.
- Get drunk by the boulevard and start prancing around like a maniac.
- Hoard turon de leche by ordering it as a main course, appetizer, and dessert. Hello, diabetes!
Manila to Dumaguete – please check PAL and Cebu Pacific for the flights
Cebu Pacific http://www.cebupacificair.com/index.html
Philippine Airlines http://www.philippineairlines.com/home/home.jsp
Cebu to Dumaguete
via Oceanjet, Pier 1, Cebu City – The fare is about 950. Best time to leave is through the 6 am trip. You arrive in Dumaguete around 11 am or 1130 am.
Oceanjet website http://oceanjet.net/
via Liloan, Santander port – Take a Ceres bus or van in Cebu South Terminal. Bus travel is around 3.5 hours to Liloan port. Van is probably lesser. Take the ferry for Sibulan port. The fare is around 40 I think. Travel time is 20–25 minutes. Upon reaching Sibulan port, look for a tricycle to take you to Dumaguete City. Travel time is around 15–20 minutes. Pay 100 if you are in a hurry and can’t wait for other passengers to fill the tricycle.
Florentina Homes website: http://www.florentinahomes.com/