We had to visit the Forest Camp in Valencia, Dumaguete and try to see what made this place so famous. Or infamous. After lunch at Lab-as Restaurant, my friends wanted to see nature and all its glory in a small town in Dumaguete and I have to say that, normally, the smaller towns would have the best parks or forest camps.
In Valencia, Negros Oriental, approximately 11.5 kilometers (says Google) from the provincial capital of Dumaguete City lies the Vicuñas Family pride – Forest Camp.
Check out these major vintage military truck and vehicles inside Forest Camp, Dumaguete City.
Above is the family picture and below is the pre-nup hahah!
There was a cute hanging bridge, a tree house, a wishing well, major cool climate, some impressive greenery and a fish pond all for PHP30.00. I don’t think you’d like to go swimming in their spring water pools. It just doesn’t look right.
Two coke bottles and three Selecta ice cream cones later, we left the camp and went straight back to civilization. We stopped over at the newly constructed mall in Robinsons Place Dumaguete and appreciated the high-ceilings, major spacious interior and the convenient souvenir shops right smacked in the center of the mall. And of course, full blast A/C! It is so hot outside and being on that motorcycle for hours doesn’t help.
Sans Rival Cakes and Pastries is located at the 1/F Robinsons Place Dumaguete. You won’t miss it.
Sans Rival Cakes and Pastries was just right beside Mang Inasal and my friends and I giddily sampled the revered Silvanas and Sans Rival that has been tickling sugar addicts since the 70s. Sorry we didn’t take photos. We had to eat them right away or else they’d melt.
It is amazing how the city and everything else is just within reach in Dumaguete. I can practically relate because I grew up also in small town Cagayan de Oro. I loved how you don’t have to familiarize yourself with trivial stuff such as road blocks, pedestrians and even pedicabs. If you wander along (or motor along) the streets, you’d marvel at how busy Lee Plaza is and why Sundays should be spent in churches at 4pm.
Dumaguete Church and Belfry
Silliman University Road
Heading back to the center of the city
Pedicabs in Dumaguete!
Stopped by PANDA Fried Ice Cream (they have a website!)
Panda Ice Cream – low in fat and sugar, has no preservatives and is both hot and cold – Epic!
This small restaurant has a lot of their menu! GIANT CROWD PLEASER for P250? Wow, wonder what that is! We ordered fried ice cream and spaghetti and felt like we were on a kid’s birthday party that went overdue.
Nah, it is not even half as good as our local Selecta or Magnolia.
Lee and Sheila is just all smiles. We were heading of course to the famous Rizal Boulevard
Explore the entire strip on foot. Though the stench of the saltwater sometimes gets to you, ignore it and think positively. Everything is dramatic in Rizal Boulevard with the streetlamps, the people and a guy singing to Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean in his guitar. We sat on those very tiny monobloc chairs, had tempura and squid balls and stayed there till 7 o’clock in the evening. We returned our motorcycles after paying the rent at P150 (for 8 hours) and had a pedicab take us to the boat terminal. We missed the 8pm bus at Santander and had to wait till one Ceres Liner will leave for Cebu at 9pm.
The entire trip back home was so conclusive of Dumaguete that I knew it would be an entirely different story had we had stayed there overnight. Every minute was worth it and when other people go to beach resorts to unwind, Dumaguete City could almost pass as one of those convivial moments of peaceful places to go to.
I can’t believe I was in Negros Oriental, in Region Seven (VII), Central Visayas. I didn’t know that someday, that Geography or Philippine History class could somehow be useful.
Valencia, Dumaguete City
PANDA ICE CREAM
Sibulan, Negros Oriental
Tel. No. (035)226-6098, 419-9030 Fax: (035)225-0917
**text and photos by Kristine Roa. Reproduction without consent is not allowed.