Ninoy Aquino Freedom Park
A visit to Dumaguete City is not complete without a stop by “Freedom Park”, officially named Ninoy Aquino Freedom Park in honor of the well-known politician who was assassinated in 1983. Just one ride from the Domestic Airport, taking about 10 minutes, you can already reach the park. Ninoy Aquino Freedom Park is lined with gigantic century-old acacia trees and pathways with blooming flower beds. For the weary, benches are strategically placed in the park. With the beautiful Provincial Capitol in the center and the majestic Mt. Talinis in the background, this area creates a simply mesmerizing backdrop for the picture-perfect selfie; make sure you have your cameras and mono-pods ready.
Freedom Park is home to many events hosted by the city as well as by the province of Negros Oriental. Many times this place is used as a parade ender. After every parade, Freedom Park is the place where all the people in the parade would gather. This is the spot for the yearly Buglasan festival and other activities. During the Buglasan festival, the Freedom Park transforms into a very festive place as all of the towns and cities in Negros Oriental converge and put up their own booths and gimmicks to showcase their municipality or city. Events, contest and activities would take place. During the Christmas season, this park transforms into a wonderland. Light, lanterns and elegant decors would be adorned all over. The park would have carnival rides which are to the delight of both the kids and adults as well. This becomes a venue for family outings and gatherings.
On normal days, locals especially the students use the park as practice area for dancing, speech choirs, modeling, cheer dance, photo shoots and many more. Other residents sit in the benches to relax or walk their dogs around. They choose this place because the area is huge and their pets can run around. Some would also do their exercise here and take a run around the area. No one is obliged to pay if they hang out here. Many a times, group of friends would also meet up in this place and hang out for a couple of hours to catch up and laze around.
Negros Oriental State University, one of the many renowned Universities here in our University town the City is located just beside the park. This explains why one can spot a lot of students in the mentioned university during class hours since most of the studes would spend their break time here. You may either encounter some sitting or squatting on the grass eating snacks or lunches or some would be lying down to rest since the area is very clean as it is well-kept and maintained. At night, the park becomes more inviting and this becomes the perfect spot for star gazing in the area with your love ones.