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History of Dumaguete City

Dumaguete City, the capital city of Negros Oriental is a small and beautiful city facing the Mindanao sea and Tanon straight. Closest to Cebu and with adequate transportation, Dumaguete is the favorite destination for most foreigners looking for a place to stay and relax. One may quote “everything you need can be in one area and access it comfortably”.

Having so many pseudo names, Dumaguete is popularly known as the “City of Gentle People“.  Other names of Dumaguete includes “The City by the Sea”, “University Town”, “Motorcycle Capital of the Philippines”, and many others. In the past, Dumaguete was occasionally marauded by Moro pirates snatching the local women. The word “dagit” means “to snatch” or “to swoop” and that’s where the current name of the City of Dumaguete was coined from.