Provinces

Negros Oriental Province

Written by Patrick

ABOUT

Negros Oriental, also called Oriental Negros or Eastern Negros, is a province located in the region of Central Visayas, in the Philippines. Its capital is Dumaguete which is known as the City of Gentle People because of the kind and hospitable inhabitants. The word Dumaguete is derived from the term dumaguit in the local dialect, meaning “to kidnap.”

LOCATION

Negros Orietnal

Coordinates: 10°03′N 123°07′E

FAST FACTS

The following are a few useful and interesting details about this province.

Province:
Negros Oriental
Location:
10°03′N 123°07′E | View Map
Year Founded:
1890
Capital:
Area:
5,385.53 km2 (2,079.36 sq mi)
Population:
1,354,995
Density:
250/km2 (650/sq mi)
Division:
Cities & Towns:
6 Component cities, 19 Towns (Municipalities)
Demonym(s):
Oriental Negrense
Elevation:
(Mount Kanlaon) 2,465 m (8,087 ft)
Time Zone:
PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code:
6200–6224
Area code:
+63 -(035)-XXX-XXXX
Electricity:
Standard voltage is 220V.
Plug commonly used is Type A but Types B and C are used as well.
Bring A to B adapter(s).
Currency:
Philippine Peso (PHP)
Exchange Rate:
Approximately 1 USD = 50 PHP | click for exact exchange rate
Income Class:
First Class
Religion(s):
Christianity is the predominant religion in the province with 77% of the population as Roman Catholic.
Language(s):
Cebuano, Hiligaynon, English
Known For:
Whale and dolphin watching, Apo Island
Major Industries:
Power plant, Agriculture (sugarcane, sweetcorn, coconut, rice, abaca, and tobacco), Fishing, Mining (gold, silver, copper), Information Technology
Climate:
Tropical
Best Time to Visit:
February to March, May, June
Clothing:
Casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.
Airport(s):
Seaport(s):
Dumaguete Seaport | Guihulngan Bulado Port | Malatapay-Apo Seaport | Sibulan Port | Tampi Port | Tandayag Port
Bus Terminal(s):
COMING SOON
Website:

CLIMATE

The climate in this province has a tropical climate. Because of the mountain range running from the north to the south, the province has two types of climatic conditions. The eastern part of the province is characterized by unpronounced maximum rainfall with a short dry season lasting from one to three months. The western half of the province is characterized by a distinct wet season and dry season.

Weather-wise, the best time to visit Dumaguete is from February to March and from May to early June as this is the driest and coolest months of the year. Still, year-round temperatures really don’t vary much in Dumaguete.

The most appropriate clothing in this province is casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.

READ MORE: Climate & Weather in the Philippines

CITIES & TOWNS

Negros Oriental Province Map

The Negros Oriental province is divided into 19 Municipalities, 6 Component Cities:

  • Amlan (Ayuquitan)
  • Ayungon
  • Bacong
  • Bais
  • Basay
  • Bayawan (Tulong)
  • Bindoy (Payabon)
  • Canlaon
  • Dauin
  • Santa Catalina
  • Siaton
  • Sibulan
  • Tanjay
  • Tayasan 1st
  • Valencia (Luzurriaga)
  • Vallehermoso
  • Zamboanguita
  • Dumaguete
  • Guihulngan
  • Jimalalud
  • La Libertad
  • Mabinay
  • Manjuyod
  • Pamplona
  • San Jose
 

ISLANDS

There are 2 outlying islands surrounding the mainland of Negros Oriental which are under the jurisdiction of the province.

 

POINTS OF INTEREST

The following is a list of points of interest relating to the Negros Oriental province:

  • Malatapay Market
  • Manjuyod White Sandbar
  • Mount Kanlaon
  • Mount Talinis
  • Negros Oriental Arts and Heritage (NOAH)
  • Omoyon Bee Farm
  • Pagsalsalan Twin Falls
  • Pulangbato Falls
  • Quezon Park
  • Rizal Boulevard
  • Sidlakang Negros Village
  • Silliman University
  • Sisters of St Paul of Chartres Monument
  • St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral
  • Sudlon Falls
  • Talabong Mangrove Park
  • Twin Lakes of Balinsasayao & Danao
  • World War II Museum
 

FESTIVALS

The following is a list of festivals celebrated in Negros Oriental throughout the year:

  • Buglasan Festival “The Festivals of Festivals” (October) – Dumaguete City

FAQs

The following are the most frequently asked questions about the Negros Oriental province.

Where in the Philippines is Negros Oriental located?
Negros Oriental is located on Central Visayas.

Is Negros Oriental a city or province?
Negros Oriental is a province.

What is the Capital of Negros Oriental?
The capital of Negros Oriental is Dumaguete.

What is Negros Oriental famous or known for?
Negros Oriental is famous for whale and dolphin watching, Apo Island, and Siliman University.

How do I get to Negros Oriental?
There are several ways to get to Negros Oriental, the most common being from Manila:

  • Plane | 1.5 hours | $32-$50
  • Car ferry | 26 hours | $26-$60

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How many islands are in Negros Oriental?
There are 2 islands in Negros Oriental province.

What does Negros mean?
Negros got its name from the dark-skinned natives found in the area during the Spanish period.

How Safe is Traveling in Negros Oriental?
Negros Oriental is generally safe for locals and tourists.

Is the climate in Negros Oriental the same as the rest of the Philippines?
The climate in Negros Oriental province is considered tropical. It is similar to most provinces of the Philippines.

To learn more about the various climate types in the Philippines, and for a Climate Map, click the link below…

READ MORE: Climate & Weather of the Philippines

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About the Author

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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