Not so many people are aware of what’s in Negros Oriental. Some people would say it’s where Dumaguete and Apo Island are located and that’s about it. However, having easy access from its neighbouring province, Cebu, and more people becoming aware of its potential, the province is getting more attention.

Negros Oriental is my mom’s home province. I’ve heard so much things about this place since my grandmother would always talk about her work and their lives back then. My mom would also share stories of how they used to catch fishes with their dad, and how she and her siblings would gather sugarcanes. After living many years in Metro Manila, we decided to book tickets and visit Dumaguete.

We arrived at Sibulan Airport at around 7 in the morning, and were welcomed by my uncle and my cousin. We rode a tricycle going to Gabby’s B&B to eat breakfast, and did some catching-up on how life’s been going. Afterwards, we went to Bethel Guest House to make a reservation.

 

The hotel is located along Rizal Boulevard, a famous tourist spot in Dumaguete which looks like Manila Bay in Pasay City.

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Josephine, my cousin who fetched us at the airport earlier, happens to live in Dumaguete. We talked about the places I wanted to go during our visit, and decided to go to Pulangbato Falls in Valencia, an hour away from Dumaguete, for our first day.

We rented an ‘easyride’ (mini jeep) to go to the waterfall for ease and convenience since my parents were also going with us. However, you may rent a habal-habal, which is cheaper, if you plan to visit the area.

Upon arrving, you’ll have to walk a short distance from the entrance to be able to see the waterfall. Be careful as the rocks are slippery and big. There are also available cottages, where you can put your belongings.

The waterfall may not be as high as the other existing waterfalls, but what is unique about Pulangbato is the sulphuric minerals it contains, explaining the color of the rocks.

Beside the Pulangbato Falls is another small waterfall. The basin is large and still, and the water is icy cold, perfect for swimming.

At around 2:00 in the afternoon, we decided to pack-up and eat lunch at Hayahay TreeHouse Bar and Viewdeck, then head back to the hotel for siesta.

At around 5pm, my cousin and I decided to walk around Rizal Boulevard, eat silvanas (delicacy and a must-try when in Dumaguete), and visited Siliman University, the oldest and most famous university in the city, and chatted for a while before heading back to the hotel again.

 

Notes:

  • Flights from Manila to Dumaguete are always available. Travel time is around 1 hour and 25 minutes.
  • Dumaguete is also referred to as ‘duma’ by locals.
  • Casaroro Falls happens to be in Valencia, too. You may ask the driver to visit the place prior to Pulangbato Falls.
  • Pulangbato Falls is also known as Red Rock Falls. Look for the steam of sulphur you can pass by prior your arrival to the waterfall.
  • Entrance fee to Pulanbato Falls is PHP 20.00 per person. There’s no need for a guide.
  • There are available cottages and restroom in the area.
  • Life in Negros Oriental is simple. People prefer to walk or ride their bicycle or motorcycles as the roads are narrow compared to Manila. You may also commute by riding tricycle (~PHP 8.00) if you want to go somewhere far.

 

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