Why Dumaguete City is called the City of Gentle People
One of the most popular qualities of being a filipino is being hospitable. This value which existed over the years has made foreign visitors adore the Philippines so dearly! This character trait had even help the capital of Negros Oriental, Dumaguete City earned the title, “City of Gentle People”.
History revealed that the city was habitually assaulted by various pirates on the coastal town. Because of this, the word Dumaguete was formulated from a Visayan word “daggit” which means “seize, snatch or grab”.
However, a new term “dumaguet” was coined which means “to swoop or fall”. It describes the City’s ability to enthral and captivate its visitors, charming them of its natural beauty and their lovely people.
In 1572, Diego Lopez Povedano, a spanish historian named the City “Danaguet”. It was later renamed as “Dumaguete “ by Murillo Velarde in 1734.
Anyone who sets foot in Dumaguete City, be it a tourists locally or internationally can attest to their good natured behavior. The people in this City are known to be very friendly and welcoming to their guests, especially to wanderers with no place to stay.
Visitors are treated with respect, doors are opened for travelers, strangers are treated as family and tourists are welcomed with big smiles and arms wide open! Their genuine character plus their love for music, arts and food had made Dumaguete one of the most favorite destination by visitors who seeks to enjoy the attractions of the city and the friendliness of the locals!
An anonymous person once quoted, “Surround yourself with people who make you hungry for life, touch your heart and nourish your soul.” Get to know the gentle people of the south! Pay Dumaguete City a visit!