A slim horizontal strip of land cutting across southeast of Negros Oriental. It almost faces the mystical island of Siquijor and faces directly the Cebu Strait. Sibulan in Dumaguete is said to be a fourth class community in Negros Oriental.
Sibulan’s small town of about 16 thousand hectares is scarcely populated, having more than 35,000 inhabitants. To its south is the tourist-busy city of Dumaguete, the capital of Negros Oriental. Among Sibulan’s pride is the eco-tourism area called Twin Lakes on Mount Talinis. These lakes are actually the charming Balinsasayaw and Danao. Sibulan’s main institutional landmarks are its symmetrical municipal hall, the imposing building of the Senior San Antonio de Padua Church, and the modest but operative Sibulan Airport for the province of Dumaguete.
Sibulan is about a mere 5 kilometers away from north of Dumaguete City and is only a short nautical distance from Cebu so that Sibulan people speak Cebuano, which is also the case on main Dumaguete. Tagalog and English are, however, also widely used in the vicinity. Sibulan is basically a farming and fishing town of Dumaguete, although it also derives substantial income from tourism, particularly from its dive and resort sites. These sites are fast becoming major tourism come-ons like the ones found in Sibulan’s adjacent towns in Dumaguete.
Sibulan also has commercial areas beginning to thrive as tourists are beginning to discover the other wonders of this simple town of Dumaguete. Popular modes of public transportation like jeepneys and tricycles make their daily rounds in Sibulan and can take tourists in and out of the town, and even for long distance travel to other destinations of Dunaguete.
Origin of Sibulan
The origin of Sibulan is rather interesting to note, the story sounding more like a myth than a piece of history. Some Spaniards long ago had a miscommunication with some ladies of the locality and mistook the vernacular word “Sibul” to be the place’s name. The ladies really meant to inform them the source of their water, which is natural spring water. “Spring” in the native Sibulan dialect is “Sibul,” as even its Tagalog counterpart has it as “Sibol.” From then on, this narrow strip of a place in Dumaguete has been referred to as Sibulan.
Sibulan is also known for prime lots in real estate which are suitable for residences, vacation settings, farmlands, or real estate investment—with the pace of Sibulan development and that of Dumaguete’s, land value is stable.
Sibulan in Dumaguete is among the province’s fast rising town-princes that may soon hit the tourism headlines.