Cultural Attractions - Dumaguete City

The City of Dumaguete is the hub of culture for the island of Negros. As the capital of the Negros Oriental it's the central meeting place for all of the province's people. The island inhabitants gather here to sell their goods and wares in the City's Market and in various parks during various fiesta's. They also come down from the neighboring provinces to sell their recently harvested crops as well as their farm raised livestock and of course the freshest catch of the day from the surrounding waters. It's only fitting that the City of Gentle People would be the natural creative center of the province as it is also where all the island's brightest young minds converge for higher education and learning at one of the City's many colleges and universities. 

Preserving Dumaguete's Culture

Dumaguete City showcases many cultural attractions representative of the rich history Negros Oriental with it's many landmarks and museums that contain artifacts dating from as far back as the pre-Spanish colonization era providing insight into the Philippines original inhabitants. There is also the a well preserved collection of landmarks, theaters and art galleries that feature performances and visual artists throughout the year. The universities founded here in Dumaguete City are the best curators and protectors of Negros Oriental history and culture.  School and government programs have been established whereas these students inherit the duty of preserving the culture and heritage that makes Negros so unique. Each graduating class become the latest endoctorined guardians of Negros Oriental culture and it's rich traditions.

Best Time to Visit Dumaguete City

There is really not a bad time of year to visit Negros. Rainy season starts in June and runs thruough September so be mindful it will most definately be raining. Not to worry the rains usually last for an hour or two at most and actually we find that it makes the temperature more bearable. If you have flexibility with your schedule we highly recommend you time your stay here in Dumaguete to coincide with one of the city or nearby town's many festivals. One Fiesta that you should mark on your calendar and should not be missed is the Sandurot Festival, which is a celebration Dumaguete’s multi-cultural roots that takes place in mid-November each year. The tagline for the festival is “Embracing the Global  Culture, Enriching Local Tradition." Another festival to keep top of mind while planning a trip to Dumaguete City is the Buglasan Festival which is referred to as the "Festival of Festivals." The event includes a mix of cultural events and competitions highlighting the unique characteristic proudly on display by representatives of each of provinces of the island Negros Oriental.

Sidlakang Negros Village established back in 2008 is a series of semi-traditional native nipa buildings designed as a showcase of the different local arts, crafts, products and tourist attractions providing insight to the unique culture of each of the neighboring cities/towns of Negros Oriental. The Sidlakang Village features individual pavilions and showrooms in a well landscaped promenade with a main outdoor stage to enjoy various activities. Best of all you you get to to explore each neighboring provinces all in one location to see what each have to offer. 

Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium located on the campus of Silliman University is one of Dumaguete's most prized gems. Architecturally it is one of the most unique buildings in all of the Philippines and it's the second largest auditorium of it's kind in the entire country seating around 900 guest. Luce Auditorium is the Culture centerpiece and home to the Arts in the Visayas and Mindanao regions. Performances including; plays, the ballet, musicals and more can be enjoyed throughout the year.  

Silliman University Ethno-Anthro Museum is overflowing with artifacts and archaeological findings dating as far back as 2,000 years. This museum has one of the best and most diverse ethnographic collections representing many of the minority tribes who were the original inhabitants of the Philippine Islands. 

Silliman Hall is in itself a cultural and historic focal point as it was built at the turn of the 20th century by the Silliman University founder Davis Hibbard. 
What makes this building so unique is that is was constructed from the remnants of an old New York Theater building that was transported to Dumaguete and reconstructed where it still stands today as one of the most recognizable buildings in Dumaguete.

Mariyah Gallery showcases one of the most comprehensive collection of visual art as well as an extensive inventory of Filipino authors.

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