Dumaguete City, is a component city in the province of Negros Oriental in the Philippines. It is the capital, principal seaport and most populous city of the province. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 131,377 people. The city is nicknamed The City of Gentle People.
Dumaguete is referred to as a university city because of the presence of four universities and a number of other colleges where students of the province converge to enroll for tertiary education. The city is also a popular educational destination for students of surrounding provinces and cities in Visayas and Mindanao. The city is best known for Silliman University, the country's first Protestant university and the first American university in Asia. There are also 18 public elementary schools and 8 public high schools. The city's student population is estimated at 30,000.
The city attracts a considerable number of foreign tourists, particularly Europeans, because of easy fast ferry access from Cebu City, the availability of beach resorts and dive sites and the attraction of dolphin and whale watching in nearby Bais City.
The power source of the city comes from the geothermal power plant in Palinpinon, Valencia. The city has redundant fiber optic lines and is a focal point for telecommunications. It is the landing point for fiber optic cables linking it to Manila, the capital of the country, the cities south of Luzon and the whole Visayas, as well as to other major cities in Mindanao.