Dumaguete to rise as sports tourism hub

Dumaguete may be known as “The City of Gentle People”, but in the midst of their gentleness and warm hospitality, there is also a place for fitness and competition in the city.

Last year, Dumaguete was awarded by The Philippine Retirement Authority as the top in their Retirement Area Deemed as Retiree-Friendly (RADAR) index, which ranks a place’s compliance with global lifestyle standards set by the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and International Living.

According to Dumaguete Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, they have been placing the city as a sports hub in the central Philippines by building and hosting national events.

To build on the momentum of its being a sports tourism capital, he said the city will begin on the Dive Dumaguete program this April to assist the residents to engage in scuba diving, which can be later used for water safety and protection of the marine ecosystem.

It is the gateway to amazing dive sites in Central Visayas, among them Apo Island in Dauin town, Santander and Oslob in southern Cebu and various sites around Negros Oriental, Siquijor and Bohol. The city itself has an emerging dive spots in the villages of Bantayan and Banilad, which boast of rich coral gardens and aquatic animals.

News source: Business Mirror