Lantaw Dumaguete: An Al Fresco Dining Experience


Lantaw Native Restaurant in Cebu is owned and operated by Pages Holdings Inc (same owners of Mooon Cafe). It has 3 branches in Cebu – Cordova (Mactan Island), Busay and SRP (South Road Properties). LANTAW, is a Cebuano word which means “view”, an apt name for the restaurants breathtaking views.

Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant Cordova (Mactan Island); Photo Source at
Lantaw SRP; Photo Source at IL CORSO FB Page


Lantaw Busay

Lantaw offers affordable and a wide array of your favorite Filipino cuisine.

Photo Source: Lantaw Dumaguete FB page

The group discussed about bringing Lantaw to Dumaguete. Having found a suitable location that embodies the restaurant’s name “Lantaw”, Pages Holdings Inc has successfully put up it’s branch here in the city. Since it’s Lantaw, you can see Cebu and Siquijor. We found this place, so we decided to go with it. Mr. Inaki Yoldi, one of the branch owners, said in a quick interview.

In Lantaw Dumaguete branch, diners can enjoy the sea breeze in an Al Fresco dining experience. The location is the same with that of the SRP branch fronting the sea.


They opened to the public last Saturday, June 18, 2016. It was full house opening night where everyone enjoyed good food.

Ribbon cutting headed by 2nd District Congressman elect Manuel “Chiquiting” Sagarbarria with the branch owners
The restaurant is blessed by Father Enrique Balongag


The venue is perfect for families, barkadas/friends, couples, group gatherings and getaways in a cozy dining and sumptuous meal. They also have the “unroofed” area where kids can play.

Lantaw Dumaguete “unroofed” area
Native bilaos adorned the restaurant’s ceiling
The Philippines famous ride “Jeepney” front creates an impressive centerpiece of the kitchen counter
Brand color is also visible on their furnitures

As for their menu, Mr. Iñaki Yoldi mentioned that they have invented some of the menus and it’s a lot cheaper compared to the prices in the Cebu branches. Their prices cater to the Dumagueteños taste. He also mentioned that their menu is open so they can add Dumaguete specials as long as it is a native food. “Here in Dumaguete, we have 5 or 6 in the menu which are not offered in other Lantaw branches“he added.

They are open all week from 11AM to 11PM and is open for reservations for events. A function room for small & big group ideal for meetings, tranings and events is also available

Location and Contact Information

Lantaw Native Restaurant is conveniently located at Flores Avenue corner EJ Blanco Drive  (former El Camino Blanco Bar and Restaurant), Dumaguete City. For reservations, you may contact (35) 421-1296. You can also contact them at their Facebook page here for more information.

Check out our Facebook page here for more photos.



Dagit Arts Fest 2016

Unknown to many, Dumaguete is home to artists who have excelled in their respective fields including Japanese potter Toushin Maruyama, furniture designer Karl Aguila, painter Kitty Taniguchi and Palanca Award winners like Ian Casocot. ~ DTI Dumaguete

According to l Salvarita, Creative Coordinator of Dagit Arts Fest 2016, the event is initiated by the Provincial Office of the Department of Trade and Industry. This is to celebrate the National Arts Month highlighting the creative works of local artists, crafters, musicians and designers.

As mentioned in their blog, the said fair aims to encourage local artists and  also students from different schools to come  up with unique, contemporary, and affordable design oriented items like paintings, ceramic products, sculpture, photography, craft items, borloloys, bags, clothes, music, books and other creative products and services.


The event runs from Feb 25-27 at the Robinsons Mall Atrium. There’s also an acoustic session with the Bell Tower Project musicians from 6PM to 7PM. The exhibit opens within mall hours from 10AM until 8PM.

You still have time to bring your family and friends.

For updates and schedule you may check their blog here

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.


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.








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.







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.


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


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Miss Dumaguete 2015 Karen Mae Bustos’ winning moment


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

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.


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.

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

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

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.

@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 ”
@imdaniella01: “Running wild and free”
@kool_tangkad: “#sunday #church #cathedral #architecture #landmark #dumaguete #whenindumaguete #instapost #instapic #instagram #photooftheday #potd”
@asloythebitterqueen: “Happiness is found when you stop comparing yourself to other people”
@i.am_lalai: “God’s Morning”
@yumallen: “Sizzling Tofu”
@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.

Let Dagit Duma share your story :):):)


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.

miss dumaguete screen

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.

Miss Dumaguete 2014 Miss Malka Shave with Miss Dumaguete 2013 Lorraine Kendrickson Photo from: The Miss Dumaguete Official Fanpage Facebook
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.



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.

Missed our previous batch of favorites? Check here

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

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