67th Charter Day Parade and Sandurot 2015

  
The celebration kick started at Rizal Boulevard with the annual “Paghimamat” presentation led by different local artists. The presentation focused on the cities origin and how it got its name.

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The event was joined by the delegates from Yeongdong-gun of South Korea and Alameda, California who are both Dunaguete sister cities. Different contingents from baranggays and LGU’s in Dumaguete City paraded the city streets for its Annual Charter Day and Sandurot Festival.

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Since 2013, Sandurot Festival participants shifted from barangay to school-based. This year’s participants are  Asian College Dumaguete (ACSAT), Dumaguete City High School (DCHS), Piapi High School, Negros Oriental HS, and St. Paul University-Dumaguete. Sandurot Festival is divided into two parts: the “Pasigarbo” or street dancing which starts at the Rizal Boulevard and the “Pasundayag”, or grand festival showdown at the Quezon Park.St. Paul University Dumaguete (SPUD) won this year’s Sandurot Street Dance Competition while Dumaguete City High School (DCHS) won the Sandurot Stage Showdown.

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Sandurot, which means “fellowship and reaching out” is an annual celebration depicting friendship & unity of the different regional and foreign influences which compose the residents of Dumaguete, known as the City of Gentle People.

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This year, November 24 marked the city’s 67th Charter Day and is celebrated together with the Sandurot Festival.

See more of the event photos here

 

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Miss Dumaguete 2015 Coronation Night

It was an enchanting night started with an Ariana Grande production where the ten candidates wore a leopard body suit. Together with Dumaguete’s pride Prime Machine, the ten lovely candidates had their production number with a hit from Ariana Grande’s My everything album entitled Problem. Each candidate fearlessly introduced themselves making their own spots to the judges and to all of their supporters. The shoes they used all throughout the pageant were sponsored by SHANDAR designed by a Cebu designer, Mark Anthony Tenchavez.

What makes the event more prestigious is that it was graced by our sister cities from Yeongdon and Alameda. Delegates from these two cities were able to witness a night of ten stunning ladies vying for the prestigious title as Miss Dumaguete 2015.

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Every candidate made sure to showcase their true beauty, distinct personality and talent to showcase to the people how confident and glamorous Dumagueteñas are. The event was  hosted by Jonathan Cimafranca and Blinky de Leon both from Mag-TV na Cebu.

Event hosts Jonathan Cimafranca and Blinky de Leon both from Mag-TV na Cebu

The girls likewise showcased their Victoria Secret inspired swimwear carrying each candidate with pink wings. With one of the most popular hits by OMI- Hula hoop, all the ten captivating ladies exhibit their curves while having a cat walk on stage in their swimsuit attire.

Victoria’s Secret inspired swimwear with their pink wings

As stated in our previous blog (Read here), one thing different for this year’s Miss Dumaguete is that the candidates evening gowns were sponsored by the top designers in the Philippines, coming from Cebu. All the lovely ladies wore gowns in shades of blue. They also flaunt their majestic gowns during their evening gown category.

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The 10 lovely ladies in their stunning evening gowns

 

After passing through a preliminary interview, the candidates were trimmed down from ten to five. The five lovely ladies who were able to beg the chance to bring home the crown were candidate numbers 10 -Marie Caroline Primicias, number 6- Honelyn Bato, number 3- Mavelle Tano, number 1- Sharon Fuschs and number 9-Karen Bustos. During the Final Interview, each candidate was given spare time to answer one similar question.

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Chitchat with the 10 lovely candidates before choosing the Top 5

After which, the judges will determine who should deserve to be crowned as the new Queen based on the criteria set. Panel of judges contains local designers, pageant experts and celebrities such as Miss Cory Quirino, John Spainhour and Mark Anthony Tenchavez to name a few.

Celebrity Judge Miss Cory Quirino

The entire venue is completely supported by families and supporters of all candidates who showed their console from the beginning until the event ended. The night was concealed with spectacular led lights took off all over the venue thus made the place more majestic.

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Miss Dumaguete 2015 – Karen Mae Pialago Bustos

Nineteen year old Silliman University Mass Communication Major in Broadcasting student Karen Mae Pialago Bustos was hailed Miss Dumaguete 201 5 in the coronation night held Monday evening, November 23,2015  at the Negros Oriental Convention Center. Karen Mae bested 9 other beauties who also vied for the title.

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Miss Dumaguete 2015 Karen Mae Bustos’ winning moment

 

Miss Dumaguete 2014 winner Malka Shaver personally handed over the crown to her successor.

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Miss Dumaguete 2014, Malka Shaver

 

Apart from winning the coveted title, Karen Mae also received most of the pageant’s special awards namely Best in Swimwear, Best in Production Number, Best in Evening Gown, Miss Wow Them 2015, Miss 2GO Travel and Miss Coca-Cola.

Photo grabbed from Miss Dumaguete 2015 Karen Mae Bustos FB account

Dagit Dumaguete had the chance to ask the newly crowned Miss Dumaguete 2015 of what’s next for her after the pageant and according to her as an ambassador of goodwill, she wants to fulfill her advocacy by joining green movement campaigns as she believes that by the help of one another, they can make the city a better place to live in for everyone and for mother nature. ” I believe that I can do it by taking step-by-step actions which could impact the community here in Dumaguete as well as to make people environment conscious” she added.

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When asked about her plans in joining bigger pageants like Bb. Pilipinas, “I have plans on joining national pageants but I’m not yet sure for it varies on the opportunities.,” she replied.

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Dagit Duma Article Contributor, Ella Elciario with celebrity judge John Spainhour

See more photos of the event from our FB page DAGIT DUMAGUETE

UPDATED: SANDUROT first MilSim Competition

If you have read our first installment of our three-part blog post regarding Dumaguete City’s 67th Charter Day and Annual Fiesta Celebration, you would know that an airsoft tournament is expected to take place this year. Though airsoft teams and tournaments have long been existing in our community, it is the first time for Dumaguete City Fiesta Committee to offer an airsoft tournament as one of the many activities we can look forward to on a 10-day fiesta celebration. For those who missed out Part I of our Dumaguete fiesta coverage, you may read full story here.

Dumaguete City alone has a few airsoft teams existing for quite a while now. These teams have joined multiple regional competitions. Others even go for national ones. However, members of these teams are often only acquainted with each other and the teams that do the same sport as them. The city takes a leap this time as it introduces airsoft sport to our community.

Airsoft is a sport that uses airsoft guns and played either indoor or outdoor. Combat scheme may differ depending on the organizing team but military tactics are used and involved to achieve objectives set for each game. Tournament scenarios can be close combat, bivouac, or military simulation.

Today’s gameplay is going to be a military simulation (MilSim). What’s more exciting about today’s game is how the mission will run through. As mentioned in our first post, the tournament will take place in the city. Military Simulations will take place at the South Sea Resort, along the entire length of the Rizal Boulevard, Silliman Avenue going to Cervantes Street and finally ending up at Robinsons Mall.

FRAG - Dumaguete Team during the Sandurot Parade in 2014.
FRAG – Dumaguete Team during the Sandurot Parade in 2014.

Curious about what exactly will happen? Dagit Dumaguete Team had the chance to talk to the organizing team of this year’s airsoft tournament. However, to avoid spoiling the fun and excitement we won’t be revealing the exact details of the military simulation that would take place within the city.

This airsoft tournament is organized by Force Recon Airsoft Group – Dumaguete or FRAG – Dumaguete. The airsoft community in Dumaguete would definitely know this team. FRAG is an international airsoft group. FRAG also exists in Ireland and Hong Kong as well as other parts of the world.

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FRAG – Dumagute Team

Charlie Agunod, one of the FRAG – Dumaguete members, shared that the group’s founder is from Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao thus their mother group is from the said place too. After organizing the groups here in the Philippines, the founder then moved to Ireland where he spread about FRAG too and created another group based in Ireland. Today, FRAG groups are now located in different countries.

As for FRAG – Dumaguete the group has existed for more than a year now. According to Juvenal P. Piñero, another FRAG – Dumaguete member that we had the chance to talk to, this year’s tournament feels like a comeback for the group since the last tournament they organized in Zamboanguita last September somehow failed short of their expectations due to bad weather and circumstances beyond their control.

FRAG Teams united. Photo taken after the Operation: Golden Sword event organized last September. Members of FRAG - Dumaguete, FRAG - Cagayan, and FRAG - Davao had the chance to meet up and get together from the event.
FRAG Teams united. Photo taken after the Operation: Golden Sword event organized last September. Members of FRAG – Dumaguete, FRAG – Cagayan, and FRAG – Davao had the chance to meet up and get together from the event.
The Dumaguete Team with FRAG - Cagayan and FRAG - Davao.
The Dumaguete Team with FRAG – Cagayan and FRAG – Davao.
Obligatory I Love Dumaguete signage pictorial with the members of FRAG - Cagayan and FRAG - Davao after the Operation: Golden Sword event.
Obligatory I Love Dumaguete signage pictorial with the members of FRAG – Cagayan and FRAG – Davao after the Operation: Golden Sword event.

Both Piñero and Agunod also asserted that they are all individually active in their respective airsoft teams. FRAG – Dumaguete members are part of different airsoft teams here in Dumaguete. Through FRAG they are able to unite.

“We’re here for the love of the game. It’s having another avenue to continue what we love doing.” discloses Piñero.

Pretty much most of us know that airsoft is a game where people bring airsoft guns and compete who’s best among them by wiping out all the members of the opposing team/s. However, this isn’t just the case especially to those who are really into this kind of sport. Airsoft sport is more on the honor system where one person who’s hit is expected to call himself out whether or not anyone saw it happen. It’s all about integrity and discipline.

Safety

Since the tournament will happen around the city, we asked Tourism Officer Woodrow Maquiling, Jr. about the safety of the spectators and he said that streamers will be put up around the city to promote awareness that a military simulation is happening since all participating teams will be in full combat gears during the tournament.

Piñero also assured that for the parts where the teams are required to walk around the city, they have strictly ordered airsoft gun magazines of all players to be pulled out and safety switch to be on the entire time until their next mission.

“It’s mags out, safety on” assures Piñero.

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 Agunod also added that game marshalls, police patrol, tourist police, rescue team as well as the Traffic Management Office (TMO) will be full-forced in making sure that spectators will not be harmed and no one outside the game will be able to interfere and take advantage.

Mechanics

There will be a grading system to determine the winning team. The tournament is not about who gets to the finish line first but rather who gets the highest score in the grading sheet they have provided for all missions accomplished. Winning team will receive trophy and certificates. FRAG – Dumaguete said there will be no cash involved in the prizes to avoid the game from heating up.

Registration will start at 6AM at the Quezon Park and the game proper will start at 7AM. Registration fee is PHP250.00 per pax and a minimum of eight (8) and maximum of twelve (12) members is allowed in each participating team.

“We are expecting at least 8 teams to participate” added Agunod.

Big Group with Big Hearts

FRAG – Dumaguete which currently has around 30 members are not just about having fun in the battlefield-inspired games and closed combat games. Though this is the second time that the group has organized an airsoft tournament, this airsoft group in Dumaguete has also done quite a few humanitarian activities the past months.

Joyce Salabas and Raste, both members of FRAG – Dumaguete, narrated how much the group wants to give back to the community. Salabas shared that they sometimes get financial allocation from the mother team and they want to share their blessings to the people in the community too.

Feeding Program in Camanjac National High School.
Feeding Program in Camanjac National High School.

The group’s into feeding programs. Last time they went roving around the city and feeding street children as the go along. Recently they coordinated with Camanjac National High School to feed around 162 students. The group has also volunteered to help out with Gawad Kalinga in one of their feeding activities.

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." - AESOP Photos during the feeding program at the Camanjac National High School
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – AESOP
Photos during the feeding program at the Camanjac National High School
FRAG - Dumaguete members present during the feeding program.
FRAG – Dumaguete members present during the feeding program.

Moving on, the group is also eyeing on a tree planting activity in the near future.

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UPDATES:

Seven airsoft teams participated in yesterday’s event. See group photos below. The photos are arranged according to the group who came first to the last Mission area.

Airsoft Team Forestcamp.
Airsoft Team Forestcamp.
ASG - Dumaguete Chapter
ASG – Dumaguete Chapter
DAT-7 Team
Coyote Team
Coyote Team
DAT-7 Team
Airsoft Combat League Team
Airsoft Combat League Team
Airsoft Underdogs Dumaguete Team
Airsoft Underdogs Dumaguete Team
The last team to conclude the tournament is UAT team. A sub-unit of Airsoft Underdogs Dumaguete Team.
The last team to conclude the tournament is UAT team. A sub-unit of Airsoft Underdogs Dumaguete Team.
The people behind the success of the event, FRAG - Dumaguete and their willing hostage volunteers who made the MilSim more exciting and fun.
The people behind the success of the event, FRAG – Dumaguete and their willing hostage-drama volunteers who made the MilSim more exciting and fun.

Photo credits to Mark Anthony Trayvilla of Trials ra Na Photography in Facebook for the photos of each participating team during the tournament.

Got Tags? We Got You! Reloaded Batch 7

It’s that time of the week again folks, for our Batch 7 photo favorites. We’re excited to see you guys are all interested in being a part of our Instagram craze! Show us your photos of anything interesting stuff around the city. Let’s take a look at what we have chosen for our 7th batch.

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@obradenzo: “Yaan Marter, in his book Life of Pi, said that to choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as of means of transportation. I wonder how things would go on if he gets to meet Descartes. #philisophy ”
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@imdaniella01: “Running wild and free”
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@kool_tangkad: “#sunday #church #cathedral #architecture #landmark #dumaguete #whenindumaguete #instapost #instapic #instagram #photooftheday #potd”
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@asloythebitterqueen: “Happiness is found when you stop comparing yourself to other people”
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@i.am_lalai: “God’s Morning”
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@yumallen: “Sizzling Tofu”
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@aecarus: “Electro run Party”
@rosei_jeanie: “Thanks for this send-off, guys, at Dumaguete’s much publicized convenience store! Ahehehehe! :)”

That’s it folks for this week’s favorite Instagram shots . Please continue to show your best Instagram photos of anything interesting stuff around the city by using our hashtag #dagitduma. You can submit as many photos as you’d like, who knows your photo might land a spot among our favorites here in our blog site. Also, make sure your account is public so we can see those posts. Go ahead and spread the word.

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UPDATED: Upcoming MISS DUMAGUETE 2015

The Philippines has a long history of loving pageants which makes Philippines a pageant amorous country. Beauty contests are everywhere. They’re held in malls, in schools, and in provinces during the thanksgiving fiesta. Speaking of fiesta, one of the fiesta highlight is the Miss Dumaguete pageant. Miss Dumaguete started back before the war. It was then called Queen/Muse of Dumaguete because Dumaguete wasn’t chartered yet. When it became a city, it was called Miss Dumaguete around 1948. The first Miss Dumaguete is Miss Isabelita Ruperto, sister of Dr. Ruperto.

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Ten (10) candidates will vie for the Miss Dumaguete crown this year. There were more than 100 aspirants and 10 made it. “We screened them well because being Miss Dumaguete is not easy”, said Tourism Officer Woodrow Maquiling Jr. in an interview. One of the qualifications is that the aspirant should be at least 5’5” in height. (165 cm). This is because the crowned Miss Dumaguete will represent the city in national pageants. Just like our very own Miss Dumaguete 2013 Lorraine Kendrickson who made it to Miss World PH as 1st princess. All aspirants went through a strict screening process where they all have the casual interview and a panel interview. There’s also a swimwear segment to check that the girls have no tattoos. The screening team were varied panelist. They had a health officer from the city health office; there was an attorney, the Sanggunian secretary and a few other names in the city. During the screening process, they also had wide array of questions and the 10 candidates all passed that. Since 2012, when the City Tourism started handling the pageant, they stopped going for school-based candidates and started with the auditions and screenings to every Dumagueteñas. Miss Dumaguete has advocacies and one of it is geared towards environmental preservation. Maquiling mentioned that the candidates will have a tree planting activity in one of the Sundays prior to the fiesta celebration.

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Miss Dumaguete 2014 Miss Malka Shave with Miss Dumaguete 2013 Lorraine Kendrickson Photo from: The Miss Dumaguete Official Fanpage Facebook
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Our very own Miss Dumaguete 2013 Lorraine Kendrickson also made it to Miss World PH as first princess Photo from: The Miss Dumaguete Official Fanpage Facebook

Miss Dumaguete Press presentation will be on November 14 and Miss Dumaguete 2015 Coronation Night will be held at the Negros Oriental Convention Center on November 23, 2015 at 8:00PM. And because this is a prestigious pageant, the coronation night will be on formal attire. One thing different for this year’s Miss Dumaguete is that the candidates evening gowns were sponsored by the top designers in the Philippines coming from Cebu. This is also to level up our arts and culture here in Dumaguete. The City Tourism commissioned a production team from Cebu to help them with the entire Miss Dumaguete production. Maquiling mentioned that they will most probably have celebrity judges and designers during the pageant night. “Before we have no monthly subsidy, but what we are trying to propose for this year’s Miss Dumaguete is to make it monthly”, added Woodrow Maquiling, Jr. This monthly subsidy is for the crowned Miss Dumaguete’s personal budget for clothes and make up. He also added that they will have to allocate budget and look for funds for that.

  • According to Tourism Officer, Woodrow Maquling Jr., “Innovation of Miss Dumaguete had a MOA between the candidates and the Mayor. When they win they’ll have to fulfill their duties in various events. For instance we have to send them to Manila to represent the city in a national pageant because we have budget for that. They also have to be present in our various tourism events here in the city. If we have visitors, they will have to be the ambassadress. While they are reigning the crowned will get a monthly subsidy.

Miss Dumaguete Talent night presentation will be on November 20 where they will have a production number which is a Sandurot Festival production and What’s different for this year’s pageant is that there will be a Sandurot Festival Queen Costume Expo. All 10 candidates will wear Sandurot costumes during their production number. On the following day, they will display the costumes at Paseo Pedices in Rizal Boulevard on November 22 to 29. During Miss Dumaguete, we will highlight the Sandurot Festival”, Maquiling added.

“Everything is Sandurot Festival.” — Woodrow Maquiuling Jr., City Tourism Officer

Miss Dumaguete 2014 Talent Night! Photo from: Photo from: The Miss Dumaguete Official Fanpage Facebook
Miss Dumaguete 2015. Don't forget to mark your calendars for the highlights.
Miss Dumaguete 2015. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the highlights.

Prizes at stake are the following: 30K, 2K, 10K, 5K and 3K for the Top 5 winners and a consolation price of 2K and minor prizes.

This year’s Miss Dumaguete theme revolves around the Central theme “Dumaguete City: Celebrating 67 years of service, from community to the world.”

Let’s take a look at the 10 aspiring Miss Dumaguete this year.

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Photos from The Miss Dumaguete Official Fanpage

You may also support your favorite Miss Dumaguete 2015 candidate/s by voting MSDUMAGUETE<space>NAME OF CANDIDATE and send to 2948. The candidate with the highest text vote will win the Miss Globe Award on the coronation night. See details below:

Miss Dumaguete 2015 Miss Globe award.
Miss Dumaguete 2015 Miss Globe award.

Who will take home the prestigious crown? SEE YOU ALL THERE!!!

Got Tags? We Got You Reloaded Batch 6

Life is like a camera. FOCUS on what’s important & you’ll CAPTURE it perfectly. -UNKNOWN

Welcome to Got Tags? We Got You! Reloaded’s 6th installment. It’s been a great week and it’s time to announce this week’s photo favorites. We don’t require theme requirement for this photo contest, all we ask is that you post your photo to Instagram, tag it with #dagitduma, then share it. So let us take your eyes all to our favorites this week.

@xxmikaelaaa: “Rasperry Yogurt Drink”
@khemoi: “New place in town!”
@iampakz: “God’s creation is already perfect. No filter needed.”
@jilliciooous: “No filter red moon”
@i.am_lalai: “Seducing the photographer”
@stepzze: “A Blue Sky”
@dzelamey: “Break the rush”
@rizaliaramirez: “Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffeee, and just as hard to sleep after.”

That’s it folks for our 6th batch of favorites. Please continue to show us your  Instagram photos by using our hashtag #dagitduma in your postsJust make sure your Instagram account is public so can see those amazing shots. Your photo might land a spot in our next installment here in our blog site.

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To everyone who always share your stories with Dagit Duma, thank you very much.

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Flavors of Dumaguete goes International, sister cities to sign MOA

Dumaguete City takes another milestone this month in time for the 67th Charter Day and Annual Fiesta Celebration of the city. Sister cities Dumaguete and Alameda in California, United States will sign the actual Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) as official sister cities.

Let’s get down the timeline. Last June 2015 Tourism Officer Woodrow Maquiling, Jr. together with Dumaguete City Mayor Manuel “Chiquiting” Sagarbarria went to the US so the latter can sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Alameda City Mayor Trish Herrera-Spencer recognizing the Sister City Relationship of Dumaguete City and Alameda City.

Maquiling even brought the good news of signing the MOU through his personal Facebook account when he was in the US to personally witness this event. See posts below from his Facebook account.

You may also check our previous post here to know more.

This month the Mayor of Alameda City will be coming over Dumaguete on the 21st along with 20 other diplomats from the US for the signing of the MOA. Not only that, another Mayor from our sister city in East Asia is coming over too to witness this milestone and historical event in terms of Dumaguete City reaching out to the world.

Yeongdong, South Korea Mayor is expected to arrive in Dumaguete on November 22nd to join this big event in the city along with 10 other diplomats from Yeongdong. This is not the first time for our sister city from South Korea to set foot here in Dumaguete. The Yeongdong-gun Council visited Dumaguete October last year headed by its Chairman Yeo Cheol Gu to celebrate Buglasan Festival of Festivals with us. The sister-city agreement with South Korea happened last June 26, 2008 at the Dumaguete Session Hall with top government and school officials from both the Philippines and South Korea

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Sister City Luncheon Meeting with City Officials led by Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria and Yengdon-Gun Officials led by Chairman Yeo Choel Gu at Hotel Esencia – Photo grabbed from: Negros Chronicle

Two continents across the world will gather together to highlight the 67th Charter Day celebration of Dumaguete City and all this will happen this November 24, 2015 during the Flavors of Dumaguete event at the Rizal Boulevard. We will be having 30 international visitors’ at least official dignitaries to grace our festivities starting on the 21st.

“We wanna do it again because for the first time we will have two sister cities mayors arriving and joining us in our fiesta celebration” explains Tourism Officer Woodrow Maquiling, Jr. referring to Flavors of Dumaguete event.

It was September of this year when Dumaguete City Tourism held Flavors of Dumaguete as a way of commemorating World Tourism Day. This is the first flavorful culinary event held in Dumaguete showcasing the city’s best and top chefs and restaurants.

Flavors of Dumaguete held September this year at the boulevard. This month, chef and business owners in the city will gather together to make Dumagueteños experience the flavors of the world in one location this November 24, 2015 at the Rizal Boulevard, 6:00pm
Flavors of Dumaguete held September this year at the boulevard. This month, chef and business owners in the city will gather together to make Dumagueteños experience the flavors of the world in one location this November 24, 2015 at the Rizal Boulevard, 6:00pm

The event in September was a huge success with the number of locals and tourists swarming almost half the length of the Rizal Boulevard to witness, experience, and taste the different cuisines prepared by the various local restaurants, food establishments and culinary school and programs within Dumaguete City during the cooking extravaganza.

“What we did in September, we did it for the first time. There’s a public demand to bring it back” shares Maquiling during an interview. He also said that other chefs and restaurant owners within Dumaguete expressed their interest and intent to take part in the said culinary extravaganza.

“We wanted to showcase our Flavors of Dumaguete to international visitors on top of our SANDUROT Festival here.” – Woodrow Maquiling, Jr.

Flavors of Dumaguete was produced by the Dumaguete Tourism Team since a lot of people come to Dumaguete because of our food. In fact, one of the reasons why Dumaguete City is one of the best places to retire in the world is the affordability of wide variety of international and local cuisines available in the city.

Photo shows the successful event last September with people swarming the canopy area where the culinary extravaganza takes place.
Photo shows the successful event last September with people swarming the canopy area where the culinary extravaganza takes place. That’s host Mimi Uy doing some small talk with the chef to get to know them better while the conversation is put on speakers which can be heard across the venue for everyone to hear.

“We wanna give food the highlight which has been the precursor of tourism in our city”  disclosed Maquiling. Since it’s fiesta time and food has been a very good element of tourism in Dumaguete, Flavors of Dumaguete is once again happening this month to take part of the city’s breakthrough in strengthening friendly relations and economic ties internationally as well as putting Dumaguete City on the map for the best place to be in.

The team behind the success of the first Flavors of Dumaguete. (Please note that some tourism officers did not join the photo op)
The team behind the success of the first Flavors of Dumaguete. (Please note that some tourism officers did not join the photo op)

“Since we have official dignitaries to grace our festivities starting on the 21st, it’s nice that they can taste the world in one city during Flavors of Dumaguete.” – Maquiling

On the other hand, a turn-over ceremony will also take place aside from the signing of the MOA between Dumaguete and Alameda cities. The 40 computers coming from Korea will be turned-over by Yeongdong, South Korea Mayor to our own Mayor. The donated computers will be distributed to schools and other government offices in the city according to Maquiling.

Together let’s take pride of this achievement Dumaguete City coveted and join Flavors of Dumaguete at the Rizal Boulevard on November 24, 2015 at 6:00pm to witness and impart this milestone the city attained.

Flavors of Dumaguete: YOU'RE INVITED
Flavors of Dumaguete: YOU’RE INVITED

UPDATED: Dumaguete City celebrates 67th Charter Day, Sandurot Festival 2015 in a few days

Dumaguete City will once again showcase the city’s innate hospitality and friendliness this month as we commemorate the 67th Charter Day celebration of our beloved Dumaguete City. Of course, let us not forget one of the highlights during the 10-day fiesta celebration the Sandurot Festival 2015.

This year’s fiesta celebration will be held November 20-29, 2015. Three venues will be used this year for the entire fiesta celebration; the Quezon Park, the Boulevard and Robinsons Mall Dumaguete.

Dagit Dumaguete had the chance to talk with City Tourism Officer Woodrow Maquiling, Jr. to find out what’s in store for us this month. Truly, there are new things to expect this month as we celebrate our city’s charter day.

One of the many new things to expect this year is the Sandurot Festival 2015 Street Dancing and Showdown Competition. Compared to previous years celebration, Sandurot Festival 2015 will be held on the exact Charter Day Celebration of the city on November 24, 2015. Yes, this will go together with the annual Charter Day Parade after which the Showdown Competition will take place at the Quezon Park.

One of the photos taken by Mark Trayvilla during Sandurot Festival 2013 street dancing competition.
One of the photos taken by Mark Trayvilla during Sandurot Festival 2013 street dancing competition.

“Will probably make the Charter Day Parade shorter this time. Sandurot will come last after the Charter Parade,” says Tourism Officer Woodrow Maquiling, Jr.

Since 2013, Dumaguete City Tourism has already engaged different schools in the city to compete for Sandurot Festival. This year, six (6) schools are expected to compete for the street dancing and showdown competition.

Sandurot Festival 2015 will still showcase the re-enactment of how Dumaguete City entices foreigners to come and stay in our place through song and dance presentation.

“Sandurot is DAGIT,” added Woodrow Maquiling, Jr. He also narrated that the SANDUROT contingent in this year’s Buglasan Festival of Festivals 2015, which won second place and best in street dancing depicted the story line on DAGIT. Dumaguete City’s name after all was coined from the vernacular word dagit.

One of the contingents during the SANDUROT street dancing competition last 2013. Photo credit to Mark Trayvilla.
One of the contingents during the SANDUROT street dancing competition last 2013. Photo credit to Mark Trayvilla.

Participating schools get a subsidy and prizes will be given to the street dancing competition winner as well as the showdown winner.

“This is not yet final but we already sent out a letter to Bacolod City Mayor inviting the winner for this year’s Masskara Festival to join the street dancing parade as guest performers. This is in view of the Negros Island Region,” disclosed Maquiling.

The fun doesn’t stop there because this year new events will be introduced. One event people can look forward to is the SANDUROT Airsoft Tournament which will take place on November 22, 2015 at the Boulevard.

“This is something new,” says Maquiling. According to him the organization of airsoft enthusiasts in the city approached them and wanted to expose themselves and make people know what airsoft game is.

Maquiling said there will be a mock war. Participating airsoft teams during the tournament will be in full gears and real encounters will be set up. The mock war will cover the boulevard, a few spots in the city and will end up at Robinsons Mall.

Streamers will be put up around the city to alert people of the mock war event so Dumagueteños will not be surprised if war games happen around the streets of Dumaguete.

Also, there will be a SANDUROT Festival Queen Costume Expo at the newly opened Paseo Perdices in Rizal Boulevard. The production number of this year’s Miss Dumaguete will showcase the SANDUROT Festival Queen costumes. The 10 costumes will be displayed at Paseo Perdices on November 22-29, 2015 during mall hours. (Please stay tuned for our MISS DUMAGUETE 2015 blog post. Dagit Dumaguete will make a separate blog post about this.)

Lastly, the Fiesta Directorate Committee will once again bring back Flavors of Dumaguete as one of the main events this year. If you remember, Dumaguete held its first food expo, Flavors of Dumaguete September this year in celebration of the World Tourism Day. The event was a success and a lot of chefs and business owners in the city showed interests in bringing back the food expo during the fiesta celebration.

Flavors of Dumaguete held September this year at the boulevard. This year, chef and business owners in the city will gather together to make Dumagueteños experience the flavors of the world in one location this November 24, 2015 at the Rizal Boulevard, 6:00pm
Flavors of Dumaguete held September this year at the boulevard in celebration of the World Tourism Day. This month, chefs and business owners in the city will gather together to make Dumagueteños experience the flavors of the world in one location this November 24, 2015 at the Rizal Boulevard, 6:00pm

International visitors and diplomats will be coming over the city too to celebrate with us. The Mayor of Alameda City, sister city of Dumaguete in the US and the Mayor of Yeongdong, South Korea, another sister city of Dumaguete will come to the city to celebrate with us. (Please stay tuned for our SPOTLIGHT blog post about this. More details will be provided.)

When asked how this year’s charter week celebration will differ from the previous years, Maquiling said that this year’s 67th Charter Day celebration will be very historic since we have diplomatic visitors coming over to celebrate with us.

“It’s a milestone in terms of Dumaguete City reaching out to the world especially that we are signing the Memorandum of Agreement between two cities,” explained Maquiling.

“We enjoin everyone to join the festivities. This is not just our fiesta celebration. Not just the people who work for the government but everybody, every single citizen here or even visitors we enjoin them. We invite all to participate and take pride of what Dumaguete has become after 67 years since it became a city.”

Here’s a copy of the calendar of activities for this year’s Charter Week celebration. Changes may apply to this calendar of activities.

This year’s 67th Charter Day Celebration theme is: “Dumaguete City: Celebrating 67 years of service, from community to the world.”

Here's the initial Sandurot Festival 2015 Calendar of Activities. Will post an updated one once it's available.
Here’s the initial Sandurot Festival 2015 Calendar of Activities. Will post an updated one once it’s available.
Dumaguete City 67th Charter Day and Annual Fiesta Celebration Highlights. Don't dare miss it! Mark your calendars now. :)
Dumaguete City 67th Charter Day and Annual Fiesta Celebration Highlights. Don’t dare miss it! Mark your calendars now. 🙂
Dumaguete City 67th Charter Day and Annual Fiesta Celebration Highlights. Don't dare miss it! Mark your calendars now. :)
Dumaguete City 67th Charter Day and Annual Fiesta Celebration Highlights. Don’t dare miss it! Mark your calendars now. 🙂