The Southeastern Side of Negros and Home to the City of Gentle People

Apo Island – Negros by jackylim

Negros Oriental, situated in the southeastern part of the island of Negros in the Philippines, is a province of diverse attractions, rich history, and vibrant culture. Nestled at the heart of the Central Visayas region, it is surrounded by the Visayan Sea to the north, the Sulu Sea to the south, and the Negros Occidental province to the west.

Development and Infrastructure

Dumaguete City or Duma, known as “The City of Gentle People,” is the provincial capital and serves as the main gateway to Negros Oriental. The city’s boulevard is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike, offering captivating sunset views.

With its expanding port, improved road networks, and developing IT and BPO industries, Negros Oriental is growing as an important economic hub in the region. This includes for foreign expatriates (expats) who are using it as a starting city for their retirement.

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History and Culture

The history of Negros Oriental is marked by a blend of indigenous traditions and colonial influences. Before the Spanish colonization, the island was home to local communities known as the “Negritos.” The province’s name, which means “Eastern Negros,” distinguishes it from its western counterpart, Negros Occidental.

Under Spanish rule, the region was organized into haciendas or vast estates, primarily to cultivate sugar cane, which became the driving force of its economy. The rich cultural tapestry of Negros Oriental is reflected in its festivals, such as the Buglasan Festival, a celebration of the province’s heritage, music, dance, and arts.

Education and Economy

Negros Oriental is known for Silliman University, one of the oldest American-established universities in Asia that has contributed to the province’s reputation as a center of education in the region. The local economy is diversified with agriculture, fishing, technology, and tourism sectors playing major roles.

Sillman hall at Sillman University By Mike Gonzalez (TheCoffee) – Work by Mike Gonzalez (TheCoffee), CC BY-SA 3.0,

Natural Attractions

Nature lovers are drawn to Negros Oriental for its scenic attractions:

  • Apo Island – A world-renowned diving spot known for its stunning coral gardens and marine sanctuary.
  • Mount Talinis – The second-highest mountain on Negros Island, providing challenging trails for hikers.
  • Manjuyod White Sandbar – A pristine stretch of white sand that appears during low tide, earning it the nickname “The Maldives of the Philippines.”
  • Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park – A haven for nature enthusiasts and trekkers, offering lush landscapes and rich biodiversity.
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Culinary Offerings

Negrense cuisine is a delightful experience with its array of sweet treats and hearty meals. The province is famous for “budbud,” a sweet glutinous rice delicacy, and “silvanas,” a buttercream sandwiched in cashew-meringue wafers.


Whether you are seeking adventure in its unspoiled natural reserves, pursuing academic endeavors, exploring the rich history and culture, or simply enjoying the local cuisine, Negros Oriental offers a captivating experience that resonates with the warmth of its people. It is a gem in the Visayas that continues to intrigue and beckon travelers from around the world.

When traveling you may need to purchase a few items before you come like a new camera or laptop. It is always a good Idea to be prepared. Also read my blog on What Should You Buy Before Travelling? – Philippine Tourism and Statistics (


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