Why You Should Stroll Along Rizal Boulevard (When You're in Dumaguete)Friday, February 03, 2012Ryan Mach
Almost as soon as the lamps are lit a glow appears on the horizon. The tip of a moonrise appears. Kerouac and Ginsberg want to watch it. We drop our knapsacks. I sit on the seawall between them. The concrete is still warm from the day. The moon pulls itself out of the water. Within minutes it’s sky-borne and the boulevard is washed in silver. - Elegies from Another Book, Bobby Villasis
1. Rizal Boulevard is a popular landmark and a historical site. Jose Rizal was believed to have made a short visit and strolled here before going to the nearby island, Dapitan where he was exiled.
2. Its old-world, provincial charm is palpable - colonial-era inspired light posts lining up the stretch, old acacia trees swaying with the sea breeze, locals walking leisurely at the promenade and cobblestone pathways, old structures across the street among other things.
4. It's also a great place in the city to experience the sunrise as well as the sunset while having a refreshing drink or just simply sitting and staring out into the horizon.
6. It offers quiet and serenity especially at night. A stroll after a taste of the boulevard’s action-packed night life is a perfect way to end a pleasant evening soiree.
|Tempurahan along the boulevard|
|Musician serenading a family|
|A horse-drawn rig that clip-clops along the Avenida|
|A modern mansion in front of the boulevard|
|Coconut trees line up the pathway|
|One of the many disco bars|
|Foreign couple enjoying the view|
|Sprawling canopies of old trees|
|Old foreign guy and his lady|
|Huge acacia tree dwarfing the structure in the background|
|Kids having their own 'concert' in the park|
|Bethel Guest House|
|One of the many old houses along the boulevard|
|Massage kiosk with interesting paint color|