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Dumaguete City
Location of Dumaguete in the Negros Oriental Province
Basic data
Region : Central Visayas
Province : Negros Oriental
Barangays : 30th
District: 2. District of Negros Oriental
PSGC : 074610000
Income class : 3rd income bracket
Households : 21,582
May 1, 2000 census
Population : 131,377
August 1, 2015 census
Population density : 3835 inhabitants per km²
Area : 34.26  km²
Coordinates : 9 ° 19 ′  N , 123 ° 18 ′  E Coordinates: 9 ° 19 ′  N , 123 ° 18 ′  E
Postal code : 6200
Area code : +63 35
Mayor : Manual "Chiquiting" Sagarbarria
Website: www.dumaguetecity.gov.ph
Geographical location in the Philippines
Dumaguete (Philippines)

Dumaguete City is the capital of the Negros Oriental Province in the Visayas in the Philippines . It is the largest city in the province and has the most important trading port in the southeast of the island of Negros, close to the mouth of the Banica River. Dumaguete is known for its numerous universities and technical colleges. The townspeople call themselves Dumagueteños . Dumaguete is often called the "City of Serenity".


The Dumaguete bell tower is the most famous monument in the city. It was built between 1760 and 1870 to warn residents about Muslim pirates.

The term Dumaguete originally comes from the word danggit from the dialect Cebuano and means "to steal" because the coast was occasionally ravaged by Muslim pirates from Mindanao . In 1572 the Spanish officer Diego Lopez Povedano founded the city as "Dananguet". In 1734 it was renamed Dumaguete by Murillo Velarde .

In 1890 the island province of Negros was divided politically and militarily into two provinces. After the American occupation, Dumaguete became the capital of the Negros Oriental province on May 1, 1901. At that time, the first Protestant university in the Philippines, Silliman University , was built here.

During the Second World War, the Japanese army took over the city on May 26, 1942. Three years later, on April 26, 1945, it was recaptured by the American Army and Filipino freedom fighters.

On June 15, 1948, Dumaguete was recognized by the government as a city and later declared an independent city on June 21, 1969 by Republic Act No. 5797.


Cebuano is the most common Filipino language spoken in the metropolitan area. Hiligaynon , Tagalog and English are also widely understood. The population is composed mainly of descendants of immigrants from Cebu , Bohol , Panay and Mindanao .


Dumaguete City is considered an important university city. The seven universities and colleges attend about 30,000 students. The high level of education attracts many students from other provinces in the country.

The port is a transshipment point for the sugar, rice and fish industries and a hub for ferry traffic.

The promenade on Rizal Boulevard

A lot has been invested in the city in recent years. It is connected by fiber optic cables and has become an information technology center .


Dumaguete is a popular destination for tourists. On the one hand it has very good transport connections to the other Visayas, on the other hand there are numerous tourist attractions in the area. Dolphins and whales can occasionally be seen along the coast . There are also many diving locations, wellness resorts and beaches not far from the city.


Dumaguete City is politically divided into 30 barangays (districts). The smallest barangay is Barangay 4 , and the largest barangay is Banilad .

  • Bagacay
  • Bajumpandan
  • Balugo
  • Banilad
  • Bantayan
  • Batuel
  • Bunao
  • Cadawinonan
  • Calindagan
  • Camanjac
  • Candau-ay
  • Cantil-e
  • Daro
  • Junob
  • Looc
  • Mangnao Canal
  • Motong
  • Piapi
  • Barangay 1
  • Barangay 2
  • Barangay 3
  • Barangay 4
  • Barangay 5
  • Barangay 6
  • Barangay 7
  • Barangay 8
  • Pulantubig
  • Taboo-like
  • Taclobo
  • Talay

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Individual evidence

  1. New Dumaguete Mayor: Manuel-Chiquiting-Sagarbarria. (No longer available online.) In: Dumaguete News - Dumaguete Info. May 11, 2010; Archived from the original on March 25, 2013 ; Retrieved January 23, 2013 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.dumagueteinfo.com