Aside from the classic ‘must see’ physical sights, local food plays an important role in overall tourist experience. Last September 27, 2015, Dumaguete City Tourism Office headed by Woodrow Maquiling Jr. celebrated “World Tourism Day” with a flavorful culinary event at the Rizal Boulevard with “Flavors of Dumaguete” showcasing the city’s best and top chefs and restaurants.
Different food booths were installed at the Rizal Boulevard where everyone had a taste of Dumaguete’s cuisine for free. Dumagueteños had a free taste of what it’s like to eat and dine in Dumaguete beside the sea.
The celebration were participated by the following restaurants: Sans Rival, Lab-as Seafood Restaurant, Chiccos Deli, Don Atilano/La Residencia Almar, KRI, Gabby’s Bistro, Soban Korean Restaurant, Casa Blanca, Coco Amigos, Tarbush, Taco Surf, Maasive Munchies and Taco Surf. Two culinary schools here in Dumaguete, DACA (Dumaguete Academy off Culinary Arts) and Team Skills, also participated the event and were able to show the students the basic cooking tips. Cooks prepared the food in open kitchen while being interviewed by the event hosts Joel Aba and Mimi Uy live before an audience.
Just before the event concluded, Dumagueteños were able to see the Kahayag Dance Company performed various folk dances. Selected students from NORSU Flaring Club were also able to perform during the program.
November 4,2015: In an interview with the City Tourism Officer Woodrow Maquiling Jr., he said that this is the first time for Dumaguete to have a food expo and that the event was a success. The tourism team came up with the idea since a lot of people come to Dumaguete because of the affordable food. In fact one of the reasons on the best places to retire in the world (for Dumaguete) is affordability of wide variety of international and local cuisines. Dumaguete is a destination for people, food and lifestyle event since we don’t have dolphin watching and other activities within the city.
So in celebration of the World Tourism Day, we wanna give food the highlight which has been the precursor of tourism in our city. In fact for food, you don’t really have to go to Japan to taste Japanese. Flavors of the World in one plate. That’s a very good caption. It’s actually true. We have Middle Eastern food, European, American, Korean all coming together. It’s like the flavor of the world in one city.— Woodrow Maquiling Jr., City Tourism Officer
Last August 27, Dagit Dumaguete launched an Instagram game called “Got Tags? WE Got You!” where we have invited everyone who’s active in Instagram to participate by posting their photos using the provided hashtag topic along with our hashtag #dagitduma. Get ready as we have updated the game rules.
Introducing the “Got Tags? WE Got You! Reloaded”. The game is still open to everyone with Instagram account/s. All you have to do is to show us your best Instagram shots around the City by using our hashtag #dagitduma. It can be places, food, events or your experiences here in Dumaguete City. Tell a short story or description about the photo you are posting. Your photo might land a spot here on our blog site. 🙂
We will go through our Instagram hashtag (#dagitduma) daily to look for your photo entries. Just make sure your account is public 🙂
We will be choosing photo favorites weekly and the one with the highest likes (hearts) in Instagram for the entire week among our favorites will be featured in our blog site until the next picture is determined.
Dagit Dumaguete wants to show the world what Dumaguete City has to offer though this Got Tags? We Got You! Reloaded Instagram craze. So start posting your creative photos now and don’t forget to use our hashtag #dagitduma 😊😊😊
You guys ready for the third and last installment of our Buglasan Festival of Festivals 2015 three-part blog posts? For those who have not read our previous posts yet, it’s never too late to read our previous blog posts about Buglasan 2015 to find out more about this year’s festivity.
Since 2011, Buglasan Festival of Festivals has been holding Miss Negros Oriental Tourism as part of their opening salvo for the 10-day celebration of Buglasan Festival of Festivals. For the first time this year, the Buglasan Committee along with the Provincial Tourism Council is proud to announce that they are holding the first ever Miss Negros Oriental 2015. This is to replace the annual Miss NegOr Tourism pageant.
This beauty pageant aims to put Negros Oriental in the tourism map. According to Dr. Nichol R. Elman the Negros Oriental Tourism Council (NOTC) with the approval of the Provincial Government, which co-chairs the tourism council and Buglasan 2015 Committee will promote Negros Oriental through this first Miss Negros Oriental 2015 beauty pageant.
Just like the previous Miss NegOr Tourism pageants, the candidates for Miss Negros Oriental 2015 are also expected to be eloquent in tourism potentials and culture in the province because the crowned candidate will serve as an ambassador in promoting Negros Oriental nationwide.
“The best way to promote and put Negros Oriental in the tourism map is to showcase Negrenses’ beauty” say Dr. Nichol R. Elman, co-chairman of Buglasan 2015 committee.
The NOTC sees the candidates for Miss Negros Oriental 2015 as possible representatives to National Beauty pageants in the Philippines such as Binibining Pilipinas, Miss World Philippines, Miss International Philippines, Miss Universe Philippines and all other pageants alike.
Following the rules and regulations of national beauty pageants, the screening committee for this year’s Miss Negros Oriental 2015 will follow qualifications in selecting the candidates. One important qualification named by Dr. Elman is the candidate’s height. According to him, they will be particular with the candidate’s height since it’s normally the primary requirement in joining national pageants. This is true not just here in the Philippines but internationally speaking too.
Miss Negros Oriental 2015 will take place at the Lamberto Macias Sports and Cultural Complex on October 16, 2015 in the evening. The event will take place simultaneously along with the Grand Pista sa Nayon parade and boodle fight at the Capitol forecourt and the awarding ceremony of the Outstanding Oriental Negrenses as well as the Hudyaka sa Kalye event that the Buglasan 2015 committee has planned to hold.
As of today, there are already three confirmed candidates. The Buglasan 2015 committee is still expecting for more since they had 12 lovely candidates last year vying for Miss NegOr Tourism crown. The committee expects to have the same number of candidates this year or if not exceed last year’s number of candidates.
Tickets for the event are yet to be sold so stay tuned. Announcements will be made once tickets are available for purchasing. For inquiries about the Buglasan 2015 you may visit the Negros Oriental Provincial Tourism office at EJ Blanco Drive, Piapi, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental 6200 between 8:00am-5:00pm (Monday to Friday).
So here are the candidates for Miss Negros Oriental 2015 from their Official Facebook Page:
Those are the lovely 13 candidates vying for the first ever Miss Negros Oriental 2015 crown. There’s definitely no other week but this Friday for the coronation night. Here’s the official trailer video for Miss NegOr 2015.
SEE YOU ALL THERE! Who do you think will bring home the crown?
They say health is wealth. We need to work out, eat the right foods and do things that are healthy for our mind and body. By exercising regularly on top of making the right choices in the food we eat, we’ll all look and feel better. Staying fit and healthy is now a common scene here in Dumaguete City. No matter where you go around the city, a lot of people surely are making some time to exercise or burn those extra fats and calories.
Whether you just want to be fit or you simply want to stay fit, Dumaguete City sure has a lot of things to offer you to stay fit and healthy. From enrolling in the gym to swimming to joining some fitness activities like fun run or Zumba to just simply spending few minutes of your daily time jogging. All these and more is possible here in Dumaguete.
The most common thing which seems to be the trend nowadays is jogging at the Macias Complex Oval. One has the options to do an early morning jog or a late afternoon jog depending on your preference. So if you find running along the streets of Dumaguete and the entire stretch of the Rizal Boulevard a routine, you might wanna try jogging at the oval.
Macias Oval Complex is just across the Lamberto Macias Sports and Cultural Complex. Entrance to the oval is Php10.00 for working individuals and Php5.00 for students through the Convention. You pass Center to get to the oval complex. Collected money from the entrance fee is used by the government for the maintenance of the said complex.
The oval complex is open early in the morning and closes at around 8:00 in the evening. The facility also provides a sound system that blasts off music to the field for joggers and athletes that are exercising or training. Of course, you can still bring your own mp3 players or phone if you have your own set of playlist when you’re exercising or jogging.
Overall the oval complex is well-maintained and clean. Washrooms are also functional with running water. Snacks and drinks are also sold inside the convention center if you want some bite and refreshments after your exercise. Also, soccer and Frisbee practices take place inside the oval.
On the other hand, Zumba session is held inside the convention center just before you get inside the oval complex from 5:00pm to 6:30pm. You can join the Zumba Dance fitness routine daily before heading out to the oval for few minutes to run. Or you can simply join the Zumba if you don’t feel like running for the day.
We will be updating you soon on the other things you can do around the city to stay fit and healthy.
Ready for the next Got Tags? We Got You! hashtag topic that will run for another week? Dress to impress! 👠👢👗👖👔👟
What to wear? It’s the question so many of us ask ourselves every morning. You can mix and match old clothes with the new ones. It doesn’t need to be expensive or the latest trend. The most important thing when choosing your outfit is picking something that you feel comfortable and confident in.
OOTD means “Outfit Of The Day” where people show others what they are wearing or have worn on any given day.
So for this week, we are inviting everyone again to share their trendy outfit with each other on our Instagram account @dagitduma by using this week’s hashtag topic #ootdalong with #dagitduma .You have until Tuesday next week to post your photos.
Still the same rules apply guys. We choose the Photo of the Day from the photo entries per day and the Photo of the Week (to be announced Wednesday, next week) is the most liked photo among the Photo of the Day posts. The winning photo will be featured here in our blog until the next one is selected.
So show us your trendy OOTD photo now! 👍👍👍
As featured in our previous “Where To” write up, Dumaguete Painitan is part of our Top 5 places you don’t dare miss when in Dumaguete.
The “Dumaguete Painitan” was popularized by Joe Pro Teves, City Mayor for 19 years. It’s a long stretch of ‘Painitan’ stalls in Dumaguete City Public Market which offers the following sweet breakfast pasalubong treats
TSOKOLATE (native chocolate drink)
They say that warming the tummy is good to start the day. Tsokolate is a hot chocolate drink made from tabliya and brown sugar. Tabliya are hand made chocolate tablets out of pure cocoa. Native chocolate or tsokolate/sikwate costs about 5.00php a cup and is best paired with budbod or puto
BUDBOD TANJAY and BUDBOD KABOG
Budbod is a Visayan term for suman. You can find two kinds of Budbod in the Dumaguete Painitan. The Budbod Tanjay and Budbod Kabog, though they all looked the same, wrapped in banana leaves and tied in pairs, the two varieties have distinct taste and the method of cooking is different. Budbod sa Tanjay’s is cooked by boiling instead of steaming
Budbod Tanjay is made of white, long-grained glutinous rice cooked in coconut milk. There are those with either chocolate swirls or mangoes or you can also find one with both. Nomnom!
Budbod Kabog on the other hand, is not made from rice but from millet seed called Kabog, which is said to be rich in vitamins and nutrients. It has a sweet and nutty flavor which makes it disticnt from Budbod sa Tanjay. When stored properly, Budbud Kabog can last 3-4 days after making them.
Any sugar topping is not needed for these two delicacies as it already had the right sweetness. Both are best paired with hot tsokolate.
Puto, a popular breakfast item in the Visayas region, is steamed glutinuos rice called tapol (organic rice, purplish in color) cooked with coconut milk, wrapped in banana leaves. Unlike the ordinary sticky rice, tapol is much firmer, makes it perfect for long hours of steaming, and still preserves that bouncy texture. It’s mild sweetness with a hint of saltiness is best paired with tsokolate.
Look for these delicacies in the Painitan section of the Dumaguete City Public Market and have a sumptuous early morning breakfast experience.
Your visit to Dumaguete City is not complete without going to the Dumaguete Painitan 😊😊😊
Disclaimer: Photos from this article are not owned by Dagit Dumaguete. Proper credits must be given to the owners. Featured image for this article is grabbed from one of our IG follower @the.wandering.introvert.
Dagit Dumaguete thinks it is safe to say that Buglasan Festival of Festivals is indeed one of the country’s grandest and anticipated festival. That is because during that month of the year, a lot of people are bound to Dumaguete to witness and experience Buglasan. The business cycle is also very active given that all hotels around the city are always fully-booked this time of October.
In our Part I post we mentioned that we got to talk with the Co-Director of Buglasan Festival of Festivals 2015 and also the co-director of the Provincial Tourism Council Dr. Nichol R. Elman. Our expectations we’re highly set on what we should be expecting come October this year. There’s a lot in store for us in this year’s festival. So aside from the famous street dancing and showdown competition, here are other things we have gathered which we think will make you excited for Buglasan 2015.
Hudyaka sa Kalye
This is surely something we have not had before in any of the past Buglasan Festival celebrations. On October 16, 2015 at 9:00pm some of the major streets in Dumaguete City will be closed to celebrate the grand opening of Buglasan Festival of Festivals 2015. The streets that the Buglasan 2015 Committee aims to close down are the following:
Portal West in Silliman University (Silliman Avenue and Esculta)
Cuadro de Esculta which is the one fronting Lee Super Plaza, Union Drug, Jollibee and Chowking.
Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) area at the Quezon Park
Eskina de Mercado which is the corner of Real and Colon Street
Music, food and party will simultaneously happen in these four major streets in the city. All four places will be closed and people can come around these places to celebrate the grand opening of Buglasan 2015. However, the party is not only happening in these major streets. Al Fresco in Robinsons Mall Dumaguete will also be participating in the opening of Buglasan 2015. So wherever you are in Dumaguete, people get to celebrate and join the fun and festivity during the grand opening.
“We wanted to make sure that everyone is pleased. Everyone who comes for the celebration is pleased.” stressed out Dr. Nichol R. Elman.
Hudyaka sa Kalye and Grand Pista sa Nayon will both happen on the night of October 16, 2015. You may click here to know more about the Pista sa Nayon concept this year.
Nationwide Fireworks Competition and Kasikas sa Boulevard
The fireworks competition is one of the most anticipated event throughout the entire 10-day celebration of Buglasan Festival of Festivals. This is a nationwide competition so participants from different places across the county is expected to come and participate. This year’s fireworks competition is set on October 24-25, 2015. Not only that, the competition is back to back Kasikas sa Boulevard.
If you’re wondering what makes it different from last year? We can definitely assure you it’s nothing like last year. This time, four to five different stages and sounds will be strategically put up along the entire stretch of the Rizal Boulevard where music and party will simultaneously happen. Your choice which part of the boulevard to party with friends and family. It will surely be a night full of fun, music, party and entertainment.
Cultural Activities and Sports Competitions
Different shows and competitions will continue to take place throughout the entire ten day celebration. From Bulilit competitions to Hair and Make-up down to other cultural shows. All these and more will happen during the festival. Activities such as wall climbing or zip line will also be put up.
This year’s festival will also lead the first Inter-Regional Governor’s Cup since we have been declared as Region 18 or the Negros Island Region. The Inter-Regional Governor’s Cup will feature the two provinces (Oriental and Occidental) talents in sports. There will be football, triathlon, swimming, basketball and lawn tennis competitions. A blinded boxing competition will also take place followed by a real boxing competition called Bakbakan sa Buglasan.
As mentioned in our first installment of this three-part blog posts, the Buglasan Committee will utilize three locations this year to accommodate all their planned programs and activities. The Sidlakang Negros Village, Kagawasan Avenue or Freedom Park and the Robinsons Mall of Dumaguete. Dagit Dumaguete had the chance to ask for the initial copy of the program schedule from the committee. We will post it here once the scanned file is completed.
“We are opening development opportunities” says Dr. Elman.
LGU Gimmick Booths
The different LGU gimmick booths are also something that people look forward to when you talk about Buglasan Festival. For this year, the booth area will still be along Kagawasan Avenue. The booth of each municipality or city will be lined up along the avenue.
“Hopefully will have the same number as last year” added Dr. Elman referring to the 18 booths from different municipalities and cities that participated last year. However, the Buglasan 2015 committee is hoping there will be more than 18 booths this year.
According to Dr. Elman the provincial government will provide PHP100,000.00 subsidy to those participating LGUs in the gimmick booth competition while the rest of the expenditure will come from the respective municipalities or cities participating this year.
Miss Negros Oriental 2015
From Miss Negros Oriental Tourism pageant, this year’s Buglasan Festival of Festivals 2015 will feature the first ever Miss Negros Oriental beauty pageant. This is something new.
Will hold off information about this for now. Details will be posted on our last installment or part three of these blog posts. So stay tuned. Will put it up soonest.
Having all these said, you sure now have an idea on how grand Buglasan Festival of Festivals 2015 would be come October 16, 2015. Did any of these info made you somehow excited for this year’s festival?
To end this up, we asked Dr. Elman to give out his message to everyone who are looking forward to this year’s Buglasan Festival of Festivals 2015.
“In behalf of the director, Governor Roel Degamo we would appreciate people’s all out support and cooperation. For those commercial and business establishments to also support and to welcome guests by putting up streamers at the entrance of their establishments both domestic and international tourists. And lastly for the front liners in the development of tourism in our province (the people, Negrense) to be very courteous and honest in dealing with the visitors.” – Dr. Nichol R. Elman.
Our Got Tags? WE Got YOU! second week hashtag #tastebuddies has officially closed last night. The second week photo winner has been determined. If you have visited our Facebook Page or Instagram profile today, you would know by now who got the highest likes (hearts) among the Photo of the Day posts we had for #tastebuddies.
The winning photo is now up in our featured photo widget at the bottom part of our blogsite. The photo who got the highest hearts or likes is the photo entry from @potchi0286. Her photo shows her bonding time with her food trip buddy enjoying some sumptuous meal at KRI Restaurant here in Dumaguete City.
KRI Restaurant is located at 53rd Silliman Avenue, Dumaguete City across the Silliman University Campus. KRI is a total package in terms of good food and affordable menu. Also, it does not come short in terms of ambiance and interior design even with the restaurant’s not so spacious area. If you’re not fond of crowded area and restaurants, KRI is the best place to go and dine in. It’s good for intimate dining and catching up with friends and family.
Aside from the relatively cheap and affordable food prices, KRI is also known for its fast service. The store only closes on Sundays and offers wide range of menu to choose from. It is also located downtown of Dumaguete City so if you need anything downtown or just planning to stroll around, everything else is very accessible.
That’s it for our KRI Restaurant trivia and congratulations to @potchi0286 for sending in your photo entry. The fun is still on guys. We have released our new hashtag which you will use with #dagitduma for another week.
For more details on our latest hashtag you may read post here. So start posting those creative selfie photos in Instagram and use #artsyselfie along with #dagitduma. See you there in Instagram!
Get ready for the next Got Tags? We Got You! hashtag topic that will run for another week.
According to Oxford Dictionary, selfie is “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website and has been declared as 2013′s word of the year.
Taking a selfie has become a part of our lives and has now become common these days, so for this week, we are inviting all selfie-addicts to share their creative shots with each other on our Instagramaccount @dagitduma by using this week’s hashtag topic #artsyselfie along with #dagitduma to join the fun. Why selfie? Because selfies are a fun way to show people what you’re doing. They also contain something we all love to look at: human faces.
Still the same rules apply guys. We choose the Photo of the Day from the photo entries per day and the Photo of the Week is the most liked photo among the Photo of the Day posts. The winning photo will be featured here in our blog until the next one is selected.
So post your artsy selfie photo now! We’d love to see what you all look like out there!