Cebu City was disappointment enough, but Dumaguete I really didn't get. Lonely Planet was full of great things to say about the young & energetic student city, but I honestly saw none of that. If anything, I thought the city was quite plain, and the city sights not up to par with the built up expectations.
A good example for this would be the Dumaguete Old Bell Tower. Built somewhere in the mid-18th century, it's one of the oldest structures in the area… a great symbol of the city.
Here's a description of the tower from the Dumaguete Info website :
Located along the main Perdices Street right next to the St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral fronting the Rizal Park, it is an imposing stone structure that certainly calls for the attention of many passersby. Because of its antiquity and authenticity it may well look out of place in the midst of the city’s modern day activities. But although it has been restored and given some additions over the years like the garden and grotto of Our Lady of Perpetual Help at its base, it has retained its ancient look right down to the now moss covered exterior walls.
It is a main attraction in Dumaguete and a nice tower indeed, but, but, but… it's just a tower.
And I've come all that way. 😛
Looking at the positive, I can atleast now I can say that I've seen it.
Well, next to it is the St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral, another historical structure and perhaps a bit more to look at…
So, to sum up – what I would recommend the Filipino tourism bureau and the various guidebooks is a bit more humility when it comes to the local attractions.
Or as a street sign just next to the church so eloquently put it …