History and Culture

Where a Hero Walked

, Negros Oriental

Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | May 24, 2013

Rizal Boulevard is one of the famous tourist attractions of Dumaguete.

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Rizal Boulevard, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental; photo by Google Map

It is a 780-meter boardwalk facing a wide beachfront lined with various restaurants and sidewalk vendors. Rizal Boulevard is a relaxing place for picnics and outdoor activities with friends and families. It also provides a calming presence when dining at one of the restaurants or bars lining the street at the city's commercial district.

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The promenade along Rizal Boulevard facing the Tañon Strait; photo en.wikipedia.org

Designated as one of the historical sites in Dumaguete City, it was believed that Dr. Jose Rizal made a stopover here on his way to the town of Dapitan where he will spend his four years (1892 to 1896) in exile. Rizal was said to have taken a stroll here a day before his departure and was said to have fallen in love with the boulevard because of its picturesque view (most especially at nighttime!). The boulevard was later named for Rizal in his honor.

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One of the interesting monument you’ll see at the Rizal Boulevard, the Sisters of St. Paul of Charities that arrived in 1904; photo by Dustin Mijares

Dumaguete is the capital city of Negros Oriental and it is fairly peaceful and safe to walk the whole boulevard amidst the acacia trees even at night. Due to the reputation of hospitality and warmth of its people to visitors, Dumaguete is known as the "City of Gentle People". Many have claimed and believed the observation came from Dr. Rizal himself.

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The Rizal Boulevard; photo by Dustin Mijares

How to Get There

From Manila, you can fly to Dumaguete (estimated cost of Php4,000++, round trip, one hour and 15 minutes). Rizal Boulevard is only a 15-minute ride away from Dumaguete Airport.

Where to Stay

Bethel Guest House is just along Rizal Boulevard. It offers 8 studio rooms, 12 double rooms, 2 double deluxe rooms, 24 twin rooms, 8 twin deluxe rooms, 8 family rooms, 5 family deluxe rooms and 2 suite rooms. All rooms are equipped with hot/cold shower, IDD/NDD telephone, air-con and cable TV. Bethel Guest House is a non-smoking and non-liquor hotel. Pets or animals of any kind are not allowed in the rooms. Call (035) 225-2000, (035)422-8000 or (+63) 906-555-9796 for reservations or inquires.

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