Anybody any experience of Dumaguete?
Posted 22 July 2008 - 03:17 PM
I have done a fair bit of travel in Southeast Asia, but as far as the Philippines goes I have only been in manilla and Angeles city 3 or 4 times.
I have a friend who is going to visit an old friend of his who has recently moved to Dumageute and I'm considering going with him but am finding it quite hard to get much information on it from the net and hoped some of you guys might have some experience of Dumaguete to share .
Would like to know if there is much night life. any good hotels. Is there a bar scene and did you enjoy it while you were there.
Thanks in advance .
Posted 22 July 2008 - 03:41 PM
Of course Dumaguete is a much smaller city than Manila or even Cebu, but I think that Dumaguete and Davao are the best cities in the Philippines. It is well run as far as Philippines cities go- a nice location and friendly people. Yes there is a night life, just smaller scale of course. I am not staying at a hotel when I go there, so I cannot personally rate the hotels, but can ask around if you are intent on going. I cannot rate the night life much- I have been happily married now for 7 years, and no longer in the habit so to speak...by the way, it has one of the best universities in the Philippines there- the American University of the Philippines is there- no longer run by Yanks, but they have kept up its reputation just the same.
Posted 22 July 2008 - 04:16 PM
Thanks for the reply , I am most probably going to go to Dumaguete in about a weeks time, and probably stay for around a week though may travel back to manilla or Angeles city quicker if I find Dumaguete boring.
All I need to enjoy myself is a decent room, some cold beer and some female company and if all 3 are available I'll be perfectly happy.
If there is a nightlife to be found, in which area of town is it as I suppose I'll want my hotel quite near an area were its easy to get some food and drinks without any problems.
Posted 22 July 2008 - 11:57 PM
Most of the other action is along the Esplanade where there a number of restaurants and drinking bars. The expat community gathers here and there is good food available and cheap drinks. To the left, facing the sea, of the ferry terminal is a large open air restaurant where freelancers reputedly gather every night. The night I was there it was quiet but I was approached by several male pimps which is not really my scene.
Like all university towns in the PI rumors abound that the college girls supplement their incomes by doing a little freelancing. Once again I personally saw no evidence of this but every evening hundreds of young women, most of whom I assume are students, come down to the Esplanade and walk with their friends. They all seem friendly so if you fancied playing the dating game there would be pickings there.
The ferry to Cebu City only takes several hours and there is all the night life you can handle there. The center of the city is packed with freelancers every night and there are many bars of varying quality.
Posted 01 May 2009 - 04:04 AM
I've lived here for nearly a year now, having visited the place twice b4, with my then pinoy girlfriend. after selling up in the UK, i moved here and started a bar, i wish i could say it's been an easy transition, but sadly it hasn't.
quick run down, i met and then married my gf, then she started to go out, then i found out she had a long standing pinoy bf, she tried to have me deported so they could both take over and run my bar, that failed and i'm now back running it, i was really bitter at the time, but okÃsh now.
but anyone comming here should be aware that it may happen to you, i was totally duped, the whole family was in on it!! have anything you buy, that you can, put in your own name!! she actually bought everything with my money, but had her name put on the receipt, cos you can buy stuff cheaper here if your a local, foreigners are charged extra, that's to be expected, just be careful.
she had me charged with theft and jailed over night using the receipts as here evidence that she owned it all, she failed in court as they didn't believe she could afford to buy the stuff, thank god!!
My bars re-opened now, and i'm moving on with my life, the ex-pat community is very good here and tend to drink on the Boulavard, my bar is slightly out of the city so less busy.
many of the bar owners socialise together frequently and on the whole are nice people, there is however alot of fall outs, but nothing too bad
Many here have long and happy relationships, the people as a whole are really genuine and nice.
as for the dumaguete website.... hummmm this site is moderated and VERY biased towards people that pay for advertising, so while being an excellent site for information not EVERYTHING is published and if you want to inform, that isn't the forum to do it on.
Posted 26 February 2012 - 09:34 PM
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