Dumaguete City And Valencia, Negros Oriental: It’s Always Good To Keep Coming Back

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The City of Dumaguete has its own unique way of charming me. It’s vibrant yet laid-back air makes me want to come here often. And even though Sans Rival Bistro has invaded Cebu, it’s still a different feeling when you dine to the exact place where it all started. The city is a beautiful concoction of urban and rural living. In the morning, the city is silently busy as locals go to work, students go to school or for some, run some errands. The silence slowly dissipates at noon as more and more tricycles (with the place being called the tricycle capital of the Philippines) invade the area bringing with them both locals and tourists. Later in the evening, the center of Dumaguete’s attraction is at the Rizal Boulevard as almost half of the city’s population dine on the lined- up restos, eat balut and tempura at the boulevard or converse and relax while sitting down at the sea wall. This is what a typical day in Dumaguete looks like.

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That Sugba Lagoon Experience

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Just when I thought I have exhausted all of Siargao’s beauty, I saw from instagram and facebook posts of friends about this perfectly secluded spot in the town of Del Carmen. It has been there all along just waiting to be recognized for  its timeless grandeur.

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Molopolo Beach: Lilo-an, Southern Leyte

The town of Lilo-an, Southern Leyte is a quiet small town locked in tall and steep mountain ranges. In fact, its mountains are the highest in all of Leyte. On the other side of this town are clear and blue waters with rich marine life. It shares the same seas as Surigao. In fact, Lilo-an port caters trips to Surigao City, making it the Visayas’ gateway to Mindanao.

                                                                            The roads going to Lilo-an are lined with greens

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Saint Bernard, Southern Leyte: Hindag-an Falls

Located on a bay at the Pacific Coast, this small town is how you define laid- back. I have been here dozen of times to visit relatives yet this place still gives me that same feeling of comfort and nonchalance. We go out with our “pambahays” to buy ice cream (which you should be doing during daytime since stores close really early), observe the sunset at the bay and watch people fishing using their rods at their nonfunctional pier. Life here is simple and its the kind of life people from busy cities (like me) long for.

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GETTING THERE:

We went for the Cebu- Hilongos route (fastest route) via Roble Shipping which departs at 9 pm. If you want to void yourself of the hassle of transferring from one bus to another, you can buy a bus ticket at the boat. Just tell the concierge that you are disembarking at St. Bernard. Fare is 160 php. At the bus, you must tell the “conductor” that you are heading for St. Bernard. Otherwise, if you are not at all familiar, you mind end up reaching the end point town which is Hinunangan.

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