Religious Attractions - Dumaguete City

Due to the fact that the earliest settlers hailed from Spain the Philippines is the only predominantly Catholic country in Asia. As of 2010 Negros Oriental had a population of 1,200,000 inhabitants. Combined with it’s neighbor to the north, Negros Occidental, the island of Negros is the fourth largest island with regards to landmass in the country. Negros Oriental is home to many old churches and belfries erected during the Spanish occupation of the Philippines. 

Each town, city and province holds a fiesta on the feast day of their respective Catholic patron saint. The festivals of each district have evolved into more than religious attractions. Many involve parades, street dancing and other competitions are held as part of those celebrations. There is a fiesta almost everyday in some town across the Philippines for you to enjoy. 

Christianity is the predominant religion in Negros Oriental with Roman Catholicism as the largest single denomination. Other denominations include mainline and evangelical Protestant groups, the Presbyterian Church of the Philippines, the Iglesia Ni Cristo, the Seventh-day Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses and the Aglipayan Church (aka: the Philippine Independent Church). There are also a very small number of followers of Islam and Buddhism here in Negros. 

Silliman University located along the north end of Rizal Boulevard in downtown Dumaguete City is the oldest American established university in Asia. Silliman founded by the Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions in 1901. Just a few years later Sisters of Saint Paul of Chartres, France came over from a mission in nearby Vietnam to establish the first Saint Paul School in the Philippines St. Paul University Dumaguete. This school was founded by the Paulinian nuns of the Catholic Church in 1904 with the hopes of preventing the Protestants (especially the Presbyterian) of gaining a stronghold. 

With such a rich and long history the City of Dumaguete has many Religious Attractions worth putting on your itenerary for your next visit to Negros Oriental.