this is my first posting and because I am a new 'Dumaguetian' I decided to post this topic as information to others who may be deciding on where in the Philippines it is best to live.
After having arrived in the Philippines to live here permanently in 2009, I have come to the conclusion that Dumaguete is by far the best city for me.
I have spent 2 months traveling to most parts of the Philippines from Zamboanga (far south) to Baguio (Northern region) visiting over 25 major cities and dozens of provincial towns along the way in search of the best place to settle down. On my observations I found that Dumaguete won over every other city I visited on the following points. There are other places that share some of these points but there is no city that can hold title to all of these.
Dumaguete is the best place to live because -
1- The city is very clean in comparison to most other cities.
2- The people are friendly and accepting of foreigners and not suffering from xenophobia.
3- There are many opportunities for business and untapped markets.
4- The City has good services and infrastructure (and there are even better plans for the future).
5- You can travel to Cebu, Mindenao, Bohol or Siquijor (another great place) easily and fast.
6- The beaches are beautiful and clean.
7- Cost of food, clothing, rent and most consumer goods is low.
8- The tricycles are of the largest design in the Philippines and even if you are 7 foot tall you will still have leg room. In Bohol for example the tricycles are the smallest and you need to be a midget to get through the opening.
9- The locals don't drive you crazy with loud singing(usually howling) on kareokie machines everywhere you go.
10- Although there are no visible taxi cars here the tricycles provide an excellent transport service and unlike some other cities don't expel tons of smoke from their exhaust pipes. As a result the city is not covered in thick smog.
11- If you drive your own car you will notice that the roads here are wide, in good condition and there is plenty of space for pedestrians to walk without having to walk on the road.
12- The restoraunts are numerous and good and there is a large variety of International cuisene. I even found a place along the Boulevard that serves excellent Vienna Schnitzel !!
13- There are almost no children or other types of beggars and people living on the streets.
14- The medical services and hospitals are excellent.
15- There are no electricity power cuts.
16- The water tastes fine and it is safe to drink.
17- It's a bit cooler due to the eastern aspect and geographical position of the mountains (a great bonus).
18- Crime is low.