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The City of Dumaguete is a city in the Philippine province of Oriental Negros. Its unique characteristics, and its being the capital, principal seaport, and largest city of Oriental Negros, allowed the latter to gain the distinction of being one of the most livable islands in the world. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 102,265 people. A person from Dumaguete is called a "Dumagueteno". The city has 40 barangays. Land Area
The City has a land area of 34.26 km² hecttares. The city's topography is generally flat from two to six kilometers from the shoreline. It slopes gently upwards to the adjoining municipality of Valencia. The highest ground elevation is located at the boundary of the municipality of Valencia, about one hundred meters above mean sea level. About 93% of the land have slopes of less than 3%. The remaining areas have 3% to 5% slope.Location
Dumaguete is located in the 2nd district of the Province of Negros Oriental in Central Visayas (Region VII). The city is situated on the plains of the southeastern coast of Negros Island near the mouth of the Banica River. Of the province's 20 municipalities and 5 cities, Dumaguete City is the smallest in terms of land area. It is bounded on the north by the municipality of Sibulan; on the south by the municipality of Bacong; and on the west by the municipality of Valencia. As a coastal city, it is bounded on the east by the Mindanao Sea and the Tanon Strait, serving as a natural border to the neighboring provinces of Cebu and Siquijor. Language
Majority of the population speak English fluently and have a comprehending knowledge of Spanish. Dialects spoken are Cebuano (Visaya), Tagalog and Ilonggo. The latter being the tongue of Negros Occidental residents.Climate
Dumaguete City has two seasons --- the dry and the wet seasons. The wet season covers the period from June to November while the dry season starts from December to May (the hottest being April and May). For the past years, the average maximum temperature is 34.31ºC and the average minimum temperature is 22.85ºC. On the other hand, the relative humidity of the locality is 78.75%, relatively highest during the month of December. The city is seldom visited by destructive typhoons and related calamities.Economy
Dumaguete enjoys a vibrant economy brought about by the influx of investors in the business process outsourcing and other industries. TeleTech, one of the world's largest call center firms, and SPi, one of the world's leading BPO companies, are the two large ITES firms operating in Dumaguete. Robinsons Land Corporation, a major mall operator in the Philippines, has started the construction of a new mall located on a 6-hectare lot in Calindagan, south of downtown Dumaguete. There is also an upsurge in the number of tourists arriving in the City of Dumaguete and nearby areas.
The academe pumps in more than P2 billion of economic activity into the city annually. Dumaguete City is the capital, principal seaport, and largest city of Negros Oriental.
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