Dumaguete prides itself for being one of the economic and academic centers in Visayas. Dubbed as the “City of Gentle People,” it is the provincial capital of Negros Oriental. With a population of 131,377 as of 2015, it is also the largest city of the province.
The name “Dumaguete” was derived from the Cebuano word “danggit,” which means “to snatch.” According to the Department of Tourism (DOT), due to the frequent attacks of Muslim pirates on the coastal town, the word "dumaguet", meaning "to swoop," was christened to the village. In 1948, Dumaguete was officially declared as a city.
As an economic center, the city enjoys a vibrant business scene, reinforced by the influx of investors in business process outsourcing (BPO) and other industries. Two of the large information technology (IT)-enabled services firms, TeleTech and SPi, are operating branches in the city. Dumaguete is also home to a good number of commercial real estate developments, one of which is spearheaded by Robinsons Land Corporation.
However, most of Dumaguete’s income from the academe, which brings in an average of PHP 2 billion annually. The city is home to four universities and several colleges, making it a popular educational destination for students from surrounding provinces and cities in the Visayas, as well as from Mindanao. Silliman University, the first Protestant university in the Philippines and the first American university in Asia, is the most recognized amongst Dumaguete’s academic institutions.
The city is also known for its tourist spots and famous landmarks. Rizal Boulevard is the most visited area by locals and tourists alike. Running along the coastline, Rizal Boulevard, especially its promenade, is the meeting place for people from all walks of life who enjoy jogging, picnics, and outdoor barbecues.
The bell tower of Saint Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral is one of the oldest landmarks in Dumaguete and a silent witness to history. It is worthy of being noted as a major tourist stop for visitors going to the city.
These are just some of the many reasons why an apartment for rent in Dumaguete is worth the money. The question, however, is where to find good deals.
Those looking for an apartment for rent in Dumaguete City actually have a lot of great deals waiting for them. J.T. Lacson Realty offers four-bedroom apartments in Daro that can be leased monthly for PHP 18,000. The agency also has also four-bedroom units up for rent in Piapi for only PHP 22,000 per month with the main selling point being its proximity to Silliman University. It is also located is a few meters away from the beach.
For others who prefer to stay in a high-rise, Victoria Residence has some apartment units for rent. It is located at the center of Dumaguete, and offers a wonderful view of the Freedom Park and Capitol Building. A fully-furnished unit with one bedroom starts at PHP 21,000 monthly.
There are also modern-built apartments in a complex located in Lower Bagacay, Valencia Road. The monthly rental for a fully furnished two-bedroom apartment starts at PHP 20,000. Renting a unit gives access to the complex’s own swimming pool. However, why use the swimming pool, when the complex is in proximity to the beach promenade, which is its main selling point.