HARBOUR CITY DIMSUM HOUSE: Everyday Hong Kong!

Offering the classic delectable dimsum dishes, a new Harbour City Dimsum House opens in Dumaguete City on October 15, 2016. Harbour City Dimsum House is a homegrown restaurant in Cebu which brings with it the famous Hong Kong inspired classic dimsum and teahouses experience. Just like its famous tagline, it’s Everyday Hong Kong in Dumaguete now.

The restaurant is located at Silliman Avenue and with its big signage you’ll never have a hard time finding this dimsum house. Harbour City offers the widest range of dimsum choices, where the food is wheeled in by servers straight to the customer’s table-sides for convenient and fast selection. This unique way of serving the food to customers is practiced across all Harbour City branches in the Philippines. One cart is dedicated for steamed goods while the second cart is for fried goods and lastly the third cart is for the drinks. The servers roam around the restaurant so customers will just point whatever they like on the menu. The carts have burners so food temperature is maintained.

Food wheeled in by servers straight to your tables. One for fried goods, one for steamed goods, and the last one for drinks.
Food wheeled in by servers straight to your table. One for fried goods, one for steamed goods and the last one for drinks.

The servers were also trained for suggestive way of selling. For those who are not familiar with Chinese cuisine but are ‘in’ for the experience, worry less because Harbour City servers are good in suggesting the best food which goes well with the other dimsum dishes they are serving as well as the type of sauce that goes well with your food selection.

L-R: Royalson Rama (Area Manager), Aisha Nuñez (Marketing and Promotions Officer), Mael Carballo (Marketing Assistant)
L-R: Royalson Rama (Area Manager), Aisha Nuñez (Marketing and Promotions Officer), Mael Carballo (Marketing Assistant)

Nowadays, aside from the Filipino cuisine, Chinese cuisine is the second option. Now, they have a very wide selection of dimsum that we are very excited to offer Dumaguete says Aisha Nuñez, Marketing and Promotions Officer of Harbour City Dimsum House Dumaguete

Harbour City’s best sellers are the following:

Their famous Steamed Fried Rice and definitely one of their best sellers
Their famous Steamed Fried Rice and definitely one of their best sellers
  1. Steamed Fried Rice which is a perfect combination of savory pork and shrimp toppings over seasoned fried rice.
  2. Shaomai varieties like Shaomai and Quail Egg Shaomai with each bite full of chunky pork and shrimp pieces.
  3. Spring Rolls and Garlic Pork Spare Ribs
Spring Rolls. Another best seller.
Spring Rolls. Another best seller.
Shaomai.
Shaomai. A bite full of chunky pork and shrimp pieces.

For noodles, don’t miss to taste their Beef Sate Noodles or Lomi.

The training regimen of the restaurant’s cook is rigid explains Marketing and Promotions Officer Nuñez. They made sure that food safety and time-honored service are of great priority when dealing with their customers.

Harbour City aims to provide nice place, good quality food and value for money.
Harbour City aims to provide nice place, good quality food and value for money.
The friendly staff who opted for some photos during the Grand Opening
Photo op with the friendly staff during the Grand Opening.

The restaurant’s ambiance and atmosphere is very relaxing. The place can also accommodate big and small groups. Downstairs, they have a circular chair that can accommodate a group of 6-8 persons. They also have chairs with cushions as well as the regular chairs in the restaurants. Whether you’re going in groups or solo, Harbour City offers cozy, discreet, and unique atmosphere depending on the area you’re seated inside the restaurant.

View of the Ground floor.
View of the Ground floor.

The second floor will have three function rooms in the coming days. The room capacity will be about 25-50 people. The rooms are conjoined to accommodate those groups who opt to have a bigger space for their events or special occasions.

Harbour City is also geared up for the very competitive, wide and diverse market. According to Nuñez what’s unique about Harbour City is their menu, which have authentic, traditional recipes that are homegrown. The restaurant is also known for using all natural ingredients in their menu.

Operation hours is at 10am to 11pm daily. The restaurant is also looking at the angle of providing breakfast meals to customers hopefully in the coming months.

So why go far to experience Hong Kong? Visit Harbour City Dimsum House Dumaguete now where everyday is Hong Kong!

Here are some photos of the mouth-watering dishes Harbour City Dimsum House Dumaguete offers:

Bacon Shaomai
Bacon Shaomai
Mushroom Shaomai
Mushroom Shaomai
Fried Goods...
Fried Goods…

The restaurant also offers desserts of different varieties.

Mango Fruit Cream
Mango Fruit Cream
Creamy Leche Flan
Creamy Leche Flan

For more photos of their menu and the grand opening last Saturday head over to our Facebook Page to see the album or click hereHarbour City Dimsum House DumagueteHarbour City Dimsum House Dumaguete

During the Grand Opening on October 15, 2016 free steamed fried rice were given to the first 100 customers. The restaurant was jam-packed that day.
During the Grand Opening on October 15, 2016 free steamed fried rice were given to the first 100 customers. The restaurant was jam-packed that day.
FUN FACTS: Harbour City Dimsum House is one of the flagship brands of Harbour City Dimsum House Co., Inc. (HCDHCI). HCDHCI also operates Ding Qua Qua Dimsum and Dimsum Break restaurants. Dumaguete branch is the newest baby of Harbour City and they are looking to put up more branches in Visayas and Mindanao.

Lantaw Dumaguete: An Al Fresco Dining Experience

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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.

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

 

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Lantaw Busay

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

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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.

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

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

Ambiance

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.

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Lantaw Dumaguete “unroofed” area
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Native bilaos adorned the restaurant’s ceiling
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The Philippines famous ride “Jeepney” front creates an impressive centerpiece of the kitchen counter
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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

PART II: Staying fit in Dumaguete City

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.

This is a photo taken by Hensley Ven Casero and submitted to LA Times. Original Caption says: DUMAGUETE CITY, PHILIPPINES - OCT. 29, 2010. A swimmer prepares to compete in a women's aquatic event during the 15th Philippine University Games in Dumaguete City, Philippines, on Friday, Oct. 29, 2010. (Dagit Dumaguete does not own this photo. Please credit properly if used.)
This is a photo taken by Hersley Ven Casero and submitted to LA Times. Original photo caption says: DUMAGUETE CITY, PHILIPPINES – OCT. 29, 2010. A swimmer prepares to compete in a women’s aquatic event during the 15th Philippine University Games in Dumaguete City, Philippines, on Friday, Oct. 29, 2010. (Dagit Dumaguete does not own this photo. Please credit properly if used.)

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.

Photo taken from the panoramio account of Kang, Francis B I. Photo shows the two swimming pools of Aqua Center. The farther one is the Olympic size swimming pool with eight lanes. A lot of national games have already taken place in this facility. (Dagit Dumaguete does not own this photo. Please credit properly if used.)
Photo taken from the panoramio account of Kang, Francis B I. Photo shows the two swimming pools of Aqua Center. The farther one is the Olympic size swimming pool with eight lanes. A lot of national games have already taken place in this facility. (Dagit Dumaguete does not own this photo. Please credit properly if used.)

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.

Photo taken from the panoramio account of Kang, Francis B I. Photo shows the diving pool in Aqua Center with the diving platforms from 3 meters - 10 meters high. (Dagit Dumaguete does not own this photo. Please credit properly if used.)
Photo taken from the panoramio account of Kang, Francis B I. Photo shows the diving pool in Aqua Center with the diving platforms from 3 meters – 10 meters high. (Dagit Dumaguete does not own this photo. Please credit properly if used.)

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.

This is a sample of proper swimming attires accepted at the Aqua Center. Dagit Dumaguete does not own this photo. We are only using this as reference.
This is a sample of proper swimming attires accepted at the Aqua Center. Dagit Dumaguete does not own this photo. We are only using this as reference.
Though goggles can be optional when swimming at Aqua Center, the swimming cap is a must. So don't forget to bring one when you go there since the center no longer has swimming caps for rent.
Though goggles can be optional when swimming at Aqua Center, the swimming cap is a must. So don’t forget to bring one when you go there since the center no longer has swimming caps for rent.

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. 🙂

Sidlakang Negros Village: Exhibit of Negrense’s Local Crafts and Culture

Negros Oriental is the south-eastern half of Negros Island (western-half is Negros Occidental). The land area that separates both part are the rough mountains. Negros Oriental is comprised of 19 municipalities and 6 cities with Dumaguete as the capital City. The province major industry is agriculture, and this is due to the immense productive land resources that we have. As for Negros Oriental culture, each town has its own annual fiesta (which is normally devoted to a patron).

On December, 2007, the Sidlakang Negros Village was opened and it’s purpose is to have a place where the best of each town in Negros Oriental would be showcased. This has been a permanent venue for exhibiting crafts, trade and tourism. Sidlakang Negros is located at E. J. Blanco Drive, Piapi in Dumaguete City. The village is surrounded with a lot of nature and greeneries which makes visitor feel the province atmosphere and nature. Aside from the different villages structures where each municipalities display their crafts, there is also an open auditorium where events and other activities can be held.

Structured Villages found here are from the municipality of Canlaon, Dauin, Bayawan, Tayasan, Sibulan, San Jose, Sta. Catalina, Tanjay, Mabinay, Pamplona, Valencia, La Libertad, Vallehermoso, Manjuyod, Jimalalud, Bais, Guihulngan, Dumaguete, Amlan, Ayungon, Basay, Bindoy, Siaton, Zamboangita, and Bacong.

The Village’s business hours is from 9:00am-6:00pm. But because it’s Buglasan Festival, this place holds different kinds of activities for the Buglasan, and many visitors and tourist come to this place and they get to experience the different cultures and diverse crafts of the Negrenses, the place is opened until late in the evening.

What’s nice about having a permanent place like this, is that even it’s not Buglasan festival, tourist can still experience the Negrenses culture and even if they can’t tour the whole Negros Oriental, coming to this place would make them feel that they have been to each Negros’ towns and municipalities.

We can also find the Negros Oriental Provincial Tourism Office in this place.

For the locals, this village has become a park where they can visit and take a picture anytime they want to and this also become one of the ideal venues for events and activities in town. Sidlakang Negros has also become a museum of Negrense’s history, culture, tradition, and crafts. A place you can visit anytime of the year not just during Buglasan.

Buglasan 2015 Booths – Freedom Park

The different LGU gimmick booths are something that people look forward to when you talk about Buglasan Festival, so for this week’s “Where To” we would like to take you to the Buglasan Booth Area along the Kagawasan Avenue. The booth of each participating municipality or city showcasing the attractions, specialty products, and delicacies are all lined up along the avenue for the 10-day celebration

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

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Food stands are found everywhere. If you’re a food enthusiasts, you’ll definitely enjoy the different food booths and mini restaurants installed at the center of the Freedom Park.

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When you’re tired walking checking the booths, you can have cold shake with a variety of flavors to choose from
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Looking for what to eat for dinner? You can choose from hundreds of food stalls
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Umbrella food stalls located at the center of the Freedom Park
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Tocinohan

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Cooked native peanuts can be found everywhere
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Deep fried twisted potatoes sold at P30/stick

Aside from the LGU booths, food and agricultural fairs, there were also cultural shows set up from 5:00pm-8:00pm at the Capitol forecourt where a stage is put up just outside the Capitol building. Lastly, activities were also set at the Main Stage of Freedom Park from 10:00pm to wee hours in the morning for the youth and tourists who would like to party and stroll at night, handled by the the San Miguel Corporation.

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It’s never too late to experience the Buglasan Festival. You can still visit the booths and fairs until October 25, 2015.

Dagit Dumaguete had a three-part blog posts about the Buglasan Festival of Festivals 2015 . 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.

Part 1: Buglasan Festival of Festivals 2015

Part 2: What’s in store for Buglasan Festival of Festivals 2015?

Part 3: UPDATED: Buglasan to hold first ever Miss Negros Oriental 2015

Park and Party at Escaño

Love to Party? Meet strangers or even old friends? A one stop place where you can find the known restaurants and other night clubs. A place where you can just park your car, bring your friends, bring your own sounds, and bring your own beer, and make your own party going? We have that here in Dumaguete and that is Escaño.

Escaño Beach is located at Flores Ave Piapi, Dumaguete. In this place you can find the most bars and parties can be found. You can also find the popular restaurants like Hayahay Treehouse Bar and Lab-as. Tiki Bar can also be found here.

During the day, this place looks empty, and the view of the beach and the clouds are spectacular. There are also people who enjoy their early morning walk by the beach. For those fitness enthusiast, they can also jog  or exercise and relish the view and fresh air.

Photo grabbed from http://www.worldtravelserver.com/travel/
Photo Credit: Jason Antiquiera Napigkit
Photo Credit: Jason Antiquiera Napigkit

During the night the place is surrounded with cars, people, beers, and music. The party unfolds with just the car parked at the beachfront, bring some friends and drinks. Dumagueteños, visitors and tourists can find a lot of enjoyment in this place.

Photo: Denniz Futalan
Photo: Denniz Futalan
Paolo Ryan Guivelondo Makiling's photo
Photo Credit: Paolo Ryan Guivelondo Makiling

This place usually comes alive every Friday or Saturday night. Most of the people that you can see here are teenagers, college students, even the working ones. This is where these people come together and just chill and enjoy from dusk ’til dawn. They bring their own cooler for the drinks and they even equipped their cars with sound system to enjoy and dance with the music.

Fronting Escaño Beach are the known Restaurants, where you an also dine and unwind. So if you don’t feel like staying at the beachfront, you can also enjoy the live bands, and acoustic performance  at Hayahay Treehouse Bar and other restaurant or bars near the place.

This place is also safe, because there are police who also go around to make sure that there is peace and order. Thus, there is no need to worry of your safety.

There are also other places here in Dumaguete where you can just chill, relax, enjoy and party. Escaño is just one of the party places here in Dumaguete and majority of the people here know and choose to visit the place.

Disclaimer: Please note that photos from this article are not owned by Dagit Dumaguete. Kindly credit the photos to the rightful owner as specified in every caption. Dagit Dumaguete Team only wants to share good news and information happening in the City. No harm intended. Thank you!

Get Pampered at Dumaguete Blind Massage Center Inc.

To some getting a massage is recreational. To others it’s a way of relieving stress and promoting relaxation. However we see massage, it all boils down to one thing. We all feel better and relaxed after an hour of massage. Who wouldn’t agree to this? And when something good happens the best thing to do is to share that good experience with your friends or family.

Just like this week’s Where To section, let Dagit Dumaguete team take you to an organization in Dumaguete City that offers massage services. Let us share to you this good experience and let the world know this organization exists. Well, you better not miss this when in Dumaguete City whether you’re local or just visiting the area, a little trip to this place is a must-try experience.

Dumaguete Blind Massage Center Inc. sign board beside DSWD. The massage center is not visible on the road side so this is your cue where the massage center is located.
Dumaguete Blind Massage Center Inc. sign board beside DSWD. The massage center is not visible on the road side so this is your cue where the massage center is located.

Operating since 1998, that’s 17 years of service, is the Dumaguete City Blind Massage Center Inc. (DBMCI). The blind massage center is managed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) under the Dumaguete City Handicap Association (DUCHA).

The center started with four people who previously worked in a private massage clinic. These four individuals decided to form an association among blind people in Dumaguete City to offer massage services. With the legal counseling and help of the local government, a registered organization was established and a blind massage center was put up.

Currently DBMCI operates in three locations with 15 members. One in Dumaguete City Domestic Airport, one in Robinsons Mall Dumaguete and the third one is in their main massage center situated in DSWD Compound just between DSWD office and Women’s Center at the southern end of the Rizal Boulevard.

Dumaguete Blind Massage Center Inc. permanent building at the DSWD Compound which was funded by Congressman Sunny R. Madamba and the city government. The group moved to this area on April 13, 2007.
Dumaguete Blind Massage Center Inc. permanent building at the DSWD Compound which was funded by Congressman Sunny R. Madamba and the city government. The group moved to this area on April 13, 2007.

The massage center in the DSWD compound is open daily from 8:00am – 8:00pm only while the other two locations follow the respective places business hours.

Their operating hours says 8:00am - 10:00pm. However, they only accept clients/customers up until 8:00pm. So they can close up the place at exactly 10:00pm.
Their operating hours says 8:00am – 10:00pm. However, they only accept clients/customers up until 8:00pm. So they can close up the place at exactly 10:00pm.

Here are the services DBMCI offers. Please note that rates were copied during our interview with them. Changes to their rates may apply if there’s any.

Services Rates Duration
Whole Body Massage PHP250.00 90 mins
Half Body Massage PHP150.00 45 mins
Sitting Position PHP100.00 30-45 mins
Foot Massage PHP100.00 30-45 mins

Also, the group offers Home/Hotel Services. Different rates apply to home/hotel services requests. The group has contact with different motorcab and habal-habal drivers in the city who will take them to the places they needed to go to for home/hotel services. Normally if a resort asks for their massage services, the resort would most like provide for their service to and from the massage center.

Dumaguete Blind Massage Center Inc. tarp at the Robinsmall Mall Dumaguete. Please note that their service rates may not be the same with the rates they offer at their main massage center.
Dumaguete Blind Massage Center Inc. tarp at the Robinsmall Mall Dumaguete. Please note that their service rates may not be the same with the rates they offer at their main massage center.
Brief History

Dagit Dumaguete had the chance to speak with one of the members of this organization who requested to keep her identity private. She was part of the pioneering group who started the Blind Massage Center here in Dumaguete.

She narrated that the group originally started the blind massage service at the Santa Rosa Condominium where the city government rented a unit for them for five years. When the rent contract ended, the group was then moved to Building 6 at the Dumaguete City Public Market where they stayed for three years prior to moving into their current location at the DSWD Compound.

Their current location is now their permanent place since the government no longer rents the area for the group after Congressman Sunny R. Madamba and the city government funded to put up their massage center at the DSWD compound. The group has been staying in this area since April 2007.

Training

During our small talk at the massage center, Dagit Dumaguete found out that the pioneering group who had the privilege to start up the blind massage center were sent to Cebu City for a year to be trained and certified to perform massages.

The pioneering group underwent various training and are now the ones conducting personal training to new members since not all of them have the convenience to go to Cebu to attend a year of training. The pioneering team that were sent to Cebu to train were certified to administer training here in Dumaguete City to make sure that new members conduct the massage sessions properly.

For those who want to be a part of this organization will have to contact  or coordinate with DSWD for further assessment and specific requirements to join the team.

Contact Details

For more information about the group and the services they offer you may reach them at these phone numbers: (035) 422-6573 or (035) 225-8437. Try out their massage and see and feel for yourself the benefits one can get from getting a massage. Let’s support them because inspite of their handicap, the group has stayed independent and self-reliant.

The group is located at the Food Court Area of Robinsons Mall Dumaguete. One would easily find them since they are located at the far end corner of the food court area fronting the escalators.
The group is located at the Food Court Area of Robinsons Mall Dumaguete. One would easily find them since they are located at the far end corner of the food court area fronting the escalators.

Dumaguete’s Best: The Original Bossing Tempura

Tempura is a dish made of seafood or vegetables that have been battered and deep fried. Filipinos reinvented  Tempura into a gastronomic, affordable, street version. It is mainly  made up of flour, deep fried into a frying pan of boiling cooking oil dipped into a homemade sauce.

Bossing’s Temoure Kroskat branch

Bossing Tempura has been featured in several national television segments and is one of the top food destinations one must not miss whether your a local or a tourist in Dumaguete. Mr. Sanison A. Tabio or commonly known to Dumagueteños, specially Sillimanians, as “Bossing” is the man behind the best Dumaguete tempura and the famous ‘Five Levels’ sauce

Tempura, Squid Roll and Squid Ball

Some customers want it golden brown, others just want it lightly fried. One can either dip on the sweet sauce or the hot and spicy sauce or both of the sauces. Bossing Tempura is like all other Tempuras sold in the city, but it’s their special sauce that makes it unforgettable and even addicting. Customers have 5 different levels of sauces to choose from, Levels 1 to 5, depending on the tolerance level for chili. Level 5 is so spicy you can literally smell the chili just by staring at the container (Make sure to ready your self with raging fire in your mouth and non stop tears). The sauces do not differ in terms of flavor but on the level of spiciness/hotness. Are you brave enough to try Level 5? Don worry! Because if you want to wash off the heat from our tongue, Buko Juice can do the job. :):):)

Yummy squid balls in Level 3 sauce :):):)
Bossing’s special sauce Level 2 and 3
Bossing’s special sauce Leve 4 and 5

Bossing’s Tempura is originally located inside Silliman Campus. It also has branches across West Elementary School, Don Bosco, CANG’s Daro, near the ukay-ukay at Villa Amada, KrossCat, Foundation Univeristy, and St. Paul’s crossing fronting RM Building. Tempura can be bought at 4php each. You can also eat Spring Roll and Squid Balls at 5php and 4php respectively.

An affordable snacks for students and those who are fond of street foods at as low as P4pesos each, can already fill and calm a hungry stomach.

If you want to know the story of Bossing you may read it here (DISCLAIMER: Please note that Dagit Dumaguete did not write the story. Proper credits must be given to the writer. We only aim to share this good information. NO harm intended)

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Part I: Staying Fit in Dumaguete City

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.

Macias Oval Complex
Macias Oval Complex

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.

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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.

Macias Oval Complex: One of our admin watching a Frisbee game last August. The Ultimate Shindig 2015 (UNITED).
Macias Oval Complex: One of our admin watching a Frisbee game last August. The Ultimate Shindig 2015 (UNITED).

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.

Macias Oval Complex
Macias Oval Complex

We will be updating you soon on the other things you can do around the city to stay fit and healthy.

Staying fit and healthy
Staying fit, happy and healthy.