New Favorite

So, a few weeks ago, we went to Oslob to hopefully find a place where we could stay for the long break. However, since things didn’t quite look good, we had to look somewhere else. Fortunately, out of all the many places where we could stop for a few minutes during our long ride, we stopped somewhere in the town of Dalaguete.

Long story short, with the help of a few kind locals, we were able to book a nice beach house. The beach house was baranggay-operated so it was cheap and safe. It also has a/c and a private veranda with a wonderful view of the sea (Tañon Strait?) Not bad at all!

Dalaguete is around 2 hours from Cebu City. It is a huge town. However, the only parts that are readily visible to travelers down south are the spots which can be seen from the main highway. So, at first glance, Dalaguete is just some bland southern town with one busy joint and endless rows of silent neighborhoods. Wrong! It was quite a pleasant surprise to discover that Dalaguete is, actually, a lot more than just ‘southern twang’, bibingka, “itlog mo noy orange,” and bus pit stops. In fact, after being a self-proclaimed Dalaguetnon (I lived there for two days, yo!) I could say that Dalaguete is now my new favorite. Suroy na sa Dalaguete, ‘day ug dodong! 🙂

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Tidet-tidet! Dalaguete is my new favorite!

Okay, before we proceed. Let me inform the uninitiated that Cebuanos have this little private joke about Dalaguete. I’m not sure if Dalaguetnons find it offensive but based on experience with Dalaguetnon friends, they don’t mind at all. They just laugh and say, “Well, that’s just the way we are. Deal with it!” If you’re non-Cebuano, please make sure your Dalaguetnon friends are okay with it. Hehe.

So, what exactly am I talking about? Well, it’s this ‘southern twang’ of the Dalaguetnons that makes them very endearing and easily recognizable. By southern twang, I mean that soft quality and tone that they use when they speak. While Cebuanos in the city use the hardest sounding accent that they could think of, Dalaguetnons sound like total romanticos. Heck, even the huge dudes I heard talking about a boxing match in the plaza sounded like complete casanovas. Haha.

For example, city Cebuanos would say, “Gi-igu niya sa nawng ang kuntra ui!” (He hit his enemy in the face!) Dalaguetnons would say, “Ge-ego neya sa nawong ang kontra oe!” Hahaha. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit. But I hope you get the gist.

According to one little (but very popular) joke, when buses reach Dalaguete, the sound of their horn would turn from ti-dit (tee-diiit) to ti-det (tee-dettttttt.) Seriously, if you don’t get what I’m saying, please go to Dalaguete right this minute and just talk to the first Dalaguetnon you meet. Just be careful, though. You might fall in love! Hahaha.

View from our place. Aweesome, right?

Noon-time at the veranda. Hot!

The other side. There’s Alcoy!

Kite! Summer in the Philippines!

Ready to go swimming?

Osman and Dad were in the water an hour after we arrived.

A friendly fisherman. He’s looking for some baby bangus.

A kid flying his home-made kite.

Later that afternoon, we decided to tour the neighborhood.

The quiet neighborhood streets of Dalaguete.

Wow! Looking really peaceful and safe.

Hey, what is this?

It’s the pantalan (port)! Very nice! Perfect for afternoon chats.

Fisherman!

Wow! Wonderful view!

Park your bike for a bit and just enjoy the place.

Sea-side park. Very gorgeous. On the other side is a small food park. Cool!

The water gets really deedp when the tide is high.

Road in front of the town church.

The perimeter wal surrounding the town church. Lovely.

Awesome-looking ‘plant boxes’ in the plaza.

A watchtower in front of the church. This was used to keep locals ready for Moro invasions in the past.

The plaza in front of the church.

View of the tower and the sea.

The town church. Just beautiful.

And that age-old tree right next to the church is just really pretty.

Prohibited inside the church plaza.

The convent beside the church.

A children’s park right in front of the rectory.

Age-old trees of Dalaguete.

View of the church interior. Lovely, right?

After a quick tour of the church, we went to the highway to grab some snacks. This Petron is the only gas station in the area.

Parking our bike at the corner of the busiest intersection in Dalaguete. The road on the other side leads you to Baranggay Mantalongon. We parked in front of Julie’s for some hot bread and noodles. Yum!

When we returned to the house, the tide was low and it was perfect for some beachcombing. Hehe.

A local fisherman getting his nets ready.

Sea urchin!

Other curious beachlovers.

The vast mudflats of Dalaguete. Awesome!

Where are you going, kid?

Starfish!

Ready to swim!

His kite is still up in the sky.

Looking for clams.

Nice view, right?

A school of fish! Awesome!

The beach house.

Osman and his starfish.

Local kids ready to swim.

Saluwaki!

Fishermen calling it a day.

Look ma, no hands!

Chillaxing!

Beautiful sunset.

Osman can’t get enough of the water. He was in the water for more than 5 hours.

Another good thing about Dalaguete is that they now have Alberto’s pizza. Hehehe. Pizza after a tiring day? Why not?

Visit Dalaguete now, mga bai!

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