So Buglasan Festival is over and pretty much most of us set aside our diet routine for that ten-day celebration of good food on top of the usual activities anticipated yearly during Buglasan right? Tell me you didn’t feast on at the food area in Kagawasan Avenue where the different LGU booths are put up? Or even at the Sidlakang Negros Village where you can also dine in and get a taste of the different delicacies from each town and cities of Negros Oriental?
Well, I am quite guilty of this and I bet some of you are too. (LOL) Have you weighed yourself recently? If you’re one of those who might have gained a few pounds from the festivity this month, I think it’s time for you to do something about that extra weight before another celebration kicks off in November which is the Sandurot Festival.
For this week’s ‘Where To’ section let’s talk about another way we can stay fit here in Dumaguete. If you wanna check out Part I of this, you may click link here. In our previous blog post we talked about the Macias Oval Complex. Now let me take you to a water sport this time. Yes, I am taking about swimming! Swimming is another way you can do away with those extra weight and go back in shape before the city fiesta hits on.
Did you know that Dumaguete City holds the biggest public swimming pool in the entire Negros Oriental? The Lorenzo G. Teves Aqua Center or commonly called by locals here as Aqua Center is an Olympic size swimming pool with eight lanes.
Aqua Center is open to the public from 8:00am-6:00pm from Tuesday to Saturday at a minimum fee. The pool is close to the public on Monday because of its scheduled maintenance. Aqua Center is maintained by the provincial government under the Aqua Center Management Office located at the fourth floor of Convention Center. Entrance fee is Php20.00.
Separate shower rooms for men and women are available. The shower rooms are well-maintained too inspite of some non-functional showers, the entire room is clean. Lockers are available but you would have to bring your own padlock since the management does not provide you with one. The lockers are placed inside the shower room which is a floor underneath the swimming pool area. If you are not comfortable leaving your things inside the locker you may take it with you and place it on the bleachers on each side of the pool. However, you would have to be responsible for your valuables. The center will not be liable for any loss things and belongings.
A second pool is also available for diving with diving platforms at 3m, 5m, 7m and 10m respectively. The diving pool is 20 feet deep. Life guards are deployed around the pool area to watch over people swimming especially in the deep pool. Kick boards are placed on the poolside for everyone to use whether for practice or convenience. There’s no additional fee for using the kick boards.
Since Aqua Center is open to the public a lot of locals come here including foreigners to spend few hours doing swimming lapse or practicing. Most schools around the city which do not have their own swimming facility inside the campus spend their swimming classes and training here too.
Proper swimming attire is required in this public pool and usage of swimming cap is strictly followed most especially to women. The center has their own set of house rules for people who come to the facility. The house rules and regulations is available at the pool area for everyone to see and follow.
Aqua Center also serves as training ground for kids every summer. You can enroll your kid/s to take swimming lessons here every afternoon. You just have to visit the provincial government office/capitol at the Kagawasan Avenue which is a walking distance from the center to inquire how you can enroll your kids to swimming lessons every summer.
If you also want to learn how to swim you can also visit the center and talk to the swimming instructors Aqua Center have for availability and rates. Usually hourly rate may apply.
So what are you waiting for? Chop-chop! Time to get back in shape. 🙂