List of people from Dumaguete

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The following is a list of notable people who were either born in, lived in, are current residents of, or are closely associated with the city of Dumaguete, in Negros Oriental of the Negros Island, Philippines.


  • Ruperto Cadayday, farmer

Anthropology, Sociology, and Historical Conservation[edit]

  • Felix Cata-al, World War II artefact collector
  • Lorna Makil, sociologist
  • Harriet Robertson Reynolds†, anthropologist
  • Hubert Reynolds†, anthropologist

Architecture and Allied Arts[edit]

  • Manuel Almagro, architect[1]
  • Rene Armogenia, architect[2]
  • Efren Padilla, urban designer[3]
  • Dean Sinco, architect[4]
  • Ray Villanueva, architect and co-founder of Estudio Damgo

Business, Economics, and Finance[edit]

  • Michaelangelo Alano, social entrepreneur
  • Juanita Amatong, Philippine Secretary of Finance and first woman executive director in the World Bank Group
  • Mary Davis Amigo†, businesswoman
  • Santiago† and Lily Caballes, businesspeople
  • Agapito Cang†, businessman
  • Roy Cang†, businessman
  • Filomena Tan Cang†, businesswoman
  • Ang Tay†, businessman
  • Chuang Tek Huy†, businessman
  • Don Miguel Diaz†, businessman
  • Tanseing Dy†, businessman
  • Amy Ellingson-Villanueva, social entrepreneur
  • Ramon V. Escaño†, businessman
  • Frans Kleine Koerkamp†, social entrepreneur
  • Edna Diago Lhuillier, businesswoman and philanthropist
  • Don Felix Montenegro†, businessman
  • Don Joaquin Montenegro†, businessman
  • Acquilino Opeña, businessman and co-founder of Opeñas
  • Crispina Opeña, businesswoman and co-founder of Opeñas
  • Avelino A. Quiamco Sr.†, businessman
  • Ernesto Quiamco, businessman
  • Julio O. Sy†, businessman[5] (?)
  • Julio Sy Jr., businessman
  • Daniel Z. SyCip, businessman
  • Feliza Tangente, businesswoman
  • Mariano Larena Uymatiao†, businessman
  • Olivia Yanson, businesswoman and founder of Ceres Liner[6]
  • Frank Yap†, businessman and lawyer
  • Whelma Siton Yap, businesswoman and lawyer
  • Roman T. Yap†, businessman

Cinema and Broadcast Arts[edit]

Culinary Arts[edit]

  • Richie Armogenia, chef and owner of Kri Restaurant, Alima Cafe, and Esturya
  • Carlo Eusebio Baroa, chef and owner of Sobremesa Restaurant, founder of Institute for Culinary & Business Management, and regional director for Southeast Asia of the World Association of Master Chefs
  • Gabby Del Prado, chef and owner of Gabby's Bistro Group
  • Edison Monte de Ramos Manuel, chef and owner of Adamo Restaurant
  • Josephine Bejar Ng, founder of Jo's Chicken Inato
  • Günther Sanin, founder of Dumaguete Academy for Culinary Arts
  • Trinidad Teves-Sagarbarria†, founder of Sans Rival


  • Mariant Escaño-Villegas, founder of MEV Dance Company
  • Lucy Jumawan, founder of Silliman University Dance Troupe
  • Carlou Bernaldez, folk dance researcher
  • Prime Machine, modern dance group


  • Justice Venancio D. Aldecoa Jr.†, Silliman University President[20]
  • Leonor Briones, Secretary of the Department of Education and former Treasurer of the Philippines[21][22]
  • Betty Cernol-McCann, former UBCHEA Executive Director and Silliman University President[23]
  • Pedro Dimaya, librarian and educator
  • Quintin S. Doromal†, Silliman University President
  • Paul Doltz†, educator
  • Cornelia M. Gregorio†, educator
  • David Sutherland Hibbard†, founder of Silliman University
  • Laura Hibbard†, founder of Silliman University
  • Abby Jacobs†, educator
  • Monserrat Gonzales Magbanua†, educator, civic leader, and social worker
  • Carlos Magtolis Jr., educator and historian
  • Ben S. Malayang III, Silliman University President
  • Evangeline M. Nobleza-Bokingo†, home economics professor and cultural worker
  • Metta Jacobs Silliman†, educator
  • Leonardo and Wivina Sicat, educators and founders of ABC Learning Center
  • Robert Silliman†, educator
  • Vicente Sinco†, founder of Foundation University
  • Leandro 'Andy' Sinco†, Foundation University President
  • Mira D. Sinco, Foundation University President
  • Sr. Pura Villanueva SPC, business and religious educator
  • Ambrosio Pinili Somoza, educator
  • Josefina Calumpang Villarin, educator

Environment and Conservation[edit]

  • Jorge Emmanuel, environmental engineer
  • Leo Mamicpic, environmentalist
  • Eti Vendiola, founder of Liptong Woodlands and conservationist[24]

Fashion and Beauty[edit]

  • Rizalina 'Saling' Calumpang Montesa, Miss Negros Oriental representative to the 1927 Manila Carnival Queen national pageant
  • Rogelie Catacutan, model and beauty titlist (Binibining Pilipinas Supranational 2015)
  • Lorraine Kendrickson, model and beauty titlist (Miss World Philippines 2014 1st Princess)
  • Dan Dvran, fashion designer
  • Antonio “Tonying” Hontiveros, designer and pioneering wedding planner
  • Rajo Laurel, fashion designer[25]
  • John David Pfeiffer, fashion casting agent
  • Amir Sali, fashion designer[26]

Health, Psychology, and Medicine[edit]

  • Romeo Ariniego, cardiologist
  • Miguel del Prado, hilot practitioner
  • Al Fuertes, psychologist and conflict resolution expert
  • Jose S. Garcia, surgeon, director of the Sillimian Mission Hospital, and medical director of the Silliman University Medical Center
  • Eusebio C. Kho, surgeon
  • Rozzano C. Locsin, nursing educator and author
  • Fe Sycip Wale, medical doctor and community organizer

Historical Figures[edit]

  • Placido Ausejo†, World War II hero
  • Dios Buhawi† [Ponciano Elofre], revolutionary
  • Eduardo J. Blanco†, World War II hero
  • Sergio Cinco†, revolutionary
  • Don Diego de la Viña†, revolutionary and liberator of Negros Oriental
  • Laureano Mongcopa Flores†, revolutionary
  • León Kilat† [Pantaleón Villegas y Soldi], revolutionary
  • Jojo Magbanua†, scouting hero
  • Jovenal Villanueva Somoza†, World War II hero
  • Felipe Tayko†, revolutionary and liberator of Negros Oriental and provincial governor


  • Cicero Calderon†, lawyer, labor organizer, and second Filipino president of Silliman University
  • Edgardo delos Santos, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
  • Felix Makasiar†, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
  • Marcelino Maxino, lawyer and author

Literature and Historiography[edit]

  • Enriquita Alcaide, balitaw practitioner
  • Merlie Alunan, poet and Carlos Palanca Memorial Award winner[27]
  • Jaime An Lim, poet, fictionist, and Carlos Palanca Memorial Award winner[28]
  • César Ruìz Aquino, poet, fictionist, SEAWrite awardee, and four-time Carlos Palanca Memorial Award winner[29]
  • Claro Ceniza†, poet and philosopher[30]
  • Earl Jude Paul L. Cleope, historian[31]
  • Elsa Martinez Coscolluela, poet, fictionist, playwright, co-founder of the IYAS National Writers Workshop, and Carlos Palanca Memorial Award Hall-of-Famer[32]
  • Leoncio P. Deriada†, poet, fictionist, playwright and Carlos Palanca Memorial Award Hall-of-Famer[33]
  • Pearl Gamboa Doromal†, poet and socialite
  • Christine Godinez-Ortega, poet and co-founder of the Iligan National Writers Workshop [34]
  • Luna Griño Inocian, playwright
  • Leonilda Bayran Magdamo, poet
  • Simon Nino Anton G. Baena, poet
  • Elena Maquiso†, historian and Ulahingan researcher[35]
  • David C. Martinez, fictionist and Carlos Palanca Memorial Award winner[36]
  • Grace Monte de Ramos, poet[37]
  • Jose V. Montebon Jr.†, fictionist
  • Rolin Miguel Cadallo Obina, playwright
  • Myrna Peña-Reyes, poet[38]
  • Caridad Aldecoa Rodriguez†, historian[39]
  • Lakambini Sitoy, fictionist and Carlos Palanca Memorial Award winner[40]
  • T. Valentino Sitoy, historian[41]
  • Artemio Tadena†, poet and Carlos Palanca Memorial Award winner[42]
  • Anthony L. Tan, poet, fictionist, co-founder of the Iligan National Writers Workshop, and Carlos Palanca Memorial Award winner[43]
  • Edilberto Tiempo†, novelist, critic, co-founder of the Silliman University National Writers Workshop, and SEAWrite awardee [44]
  • Edith Tiempo†, poet, novelist, critic, co-founder of the Silliman University National Writers Workshop, and National Artist for Literature[45]
  • Lemuel Torrevillas, playwright and Carlos Palanca Memorial Award winner
  • Rowena Tiempo Torrevillas, poet, fictionist, essayist, and Carlos Palanca Memorial Award winner[46]
  • Ernesto Superal Yee†, poet and fictionist[47]
  • Bobby Flores Villasis, poet, fictionist, playwright, and Carlos Palanca Memorial Award winner[48]

Media and Journalism[edit]

  • Adlai Amor, journalist
  • Alexander Amor†, journalist and founder of The Vanguard
  • Ely Dejaresco, DYEM-FM founding broadcaster and Negros Chronicle founding editor
  • Glynda T. Descuatan, journalist
  • Henry W. Mack†, pioneering DYSR station head
  • Crispin Maslog, journalist and educator
  • Alex Rey Pal, journalist
  • Irma Faith Pal, journalist and MetroPost editor
  • Ina Reformina, broadcast journalist
  • Domini Torrevillas†, journalist and columnist for Philippine Star


  • Eraño Belen†, soldier and patriot
  • Cirilito Sobejana, general, incumbent Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Armed Forces of the Philippines, and recipient of the Medal of Valor


  • Diomar Abrio, music educator
  • Joseph Basa, band conductor
  • Rico Blanco, singer
  • Constantino Bernardez, classical singer
  • Boboy Garovillo, singer and member of APO Hiking Society
  • Emmanuel Gregorio, classical singer
  • Kyle Juliano, pop singer
  • Zoe R. Lopez, violinist and composer
  • Priscilla Magdamo, ethnomusicologist[49]
  • Elmo Makil†, tenor and music educator[50]
  • James Palmore†, music educator
  • Miriam G. Palmore†, music educator
  • Ruth Imperial Pfeiffer, pianist
  • William Pfeiffer†, music educator and researcher
  • Gina C. Raakin, classical pianist, composer, arranger, music educator, and founder of FunShop Creative Learning & Multimedia and Faith UnLmtd
  • Ramon "Rav" Rocamora, classical guitarist
  • Elizabeth Susan Vista-Suarez, pianist, conductor, and music educator[51]
  • Herbert "Bembem" Timtim II, singer and founder of Enchi
  • Earnest Hope Tinambacan, actor, director, singer, and founder of HOPIA and The Belltower Project
  • Gamaliel Viray, classical singer
  • Isabel Dimaya Vista, pianist, conductor, and music educator
  • Eric Wilbert I. Yuzon, classical guitarist, bassist, composer, and arranger

Politics, Diplomacy, and Civic Work[edit]

  • Lazaro J. Alfabeto†, provincial treasurer
  • Juanita Amatong, former Secretary of the Department of Finance[52]
  • Doña Maria Arnaiz vda. de Diaz†, politician and civic leader
  • Rosa Baldado Balbon, civic leader
  • Lourdes Martinez Calumpang†, civic leader
  • Alan Gel Cordova†, city vice mayor[53]
  • MacArthur Corsino, Philippine Ambassador
  • Kira Danganan-Azucena, diplomat
  • Cecilia Hofmann, civic leader
  • Sr. Demetrio Larena†, provincial governor
  • Sr. Meliton Larena†, first mayor of Dumaguete
  • Jocelyn Sy Limkaichong, congresswoman
  • Maria Luisa Locsin†, city councilor and Sibulan mayor
  • Lamberto L. Macias†, congressman
  • Emilio C. Macias II†, provincial governor
  • Sr. Ramon Teves Pastor†, city mayor
  • Sr. Mariano A. Perdices†, city mayor and provincial governor
  • Deogracias Pinili, last municipal president [1946], first and last municipal mayor [1946-1947], and first city mayor [1947-1952] of Dumaguete
  • Felipe Antonio Remollo, city mayor and former President and CEO of Clark Development Corporation
  • José E. Romero†, congressman, senator, first Philippine Ambassador to the Court of St. James's and former Secretary of the Department of Education
  • Jose V. Romero Jr.†, Philippine Ambassador to Italy
  • Miguel Luis R. Romero, congressman
  • Leopoldo Rovira†, first district representative for Negros Oriental
  • German 'Gerry' Saraña†, Bayawan City mayor
  • Ines Serion†, first female mayor in the Philippines, mayor of the municipality of Vallehermoso[54]
  • Jose Pro Teves†, longest-serving city mayor
  • Lorenzo Teves†, senator
  • Margarito Teves, congressman and former Secretary of the Department of Finance[55]
  • Don Serafin L. Teves†, provincial governor and civic leader
  • Hermenegildo Villanueva†, senator

Religion and Theology[edit]

  • Mariano Bernad†, last Spanish colonial parish priest of Dumaguete and historian
  • Julito Buhisan Cortes, D.D., current bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dumaguete
  • Antonio Fortich, Catholic bishop and social activist[56]
  • Everett Mendoza, theologian
  • Bishop Epifanio Surban, first bishop of the Diocese of Dumaguete
  • Proceso Udarbe†, pastor and author[57]
  • Ryan Pagente Jimenez, D.D., Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Chalan Kanoa in the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Joel Tabada, pastor and first Sillimanian arrested by the military when Martial Law was proclaimed in 1972
  • Eleuterio J. Tropa†, founder of the Lamplighter World Peace Mission [SpaceShip 2000]
  • Rev. Dr. Lourdino A. Yuzon†, pastor, theologian, and author


  • Angel C. Alcala, biologist and National Scientist[58]
  • Victor B. Amoroso, biologist[59]
  • Hilconilda Calumpong, biologist
  • Rodolfo B. Gonzales, biologist
  • Clara Y. Lim-Sylianco, chemist and National Scientist[60]
  • Rozzano C. Locsin, nursing educator and author
  • Edna Callejas Mijares, chemist
  • Laurie Hutchison Raymundo, biologist
  • Dioscoro Rabor, biologist
  • Alfredo Y. Reyes†, botanist[61]
  • William Torillo Torres, computer scientist and Father of Philippine Internet

Social Work[edit]

  • Lanilyn Orlina, social worker and community organizer

Sports and Athletics[edit]

  • Jennifer Chan, archer and Olympian
  • Ref Cuaresma, football player and former Azkal goalkeeper
  • Dionisio “Bob” Flores†, archer and coach
  • Mark Javier, archer and Philippine delegate to the Beijing Olympics[62][63]
  • Paula Lynn Obanana, international badminton player
  • Sara Francine Olendo, chess player
  • Jose A. Ravello†, track and field athlete and coach
  • Joann Chan Tabañag, archer and Olympian

Theatre Arts[edit]

  • Evelyn Aldecoa†, actor, director, and founder of Twilight Theatre[64]
  • Ephraim Bejar†, director
  • Belen D. Calingacion, theatre and speech communication specialist
  • Anna del Prado, actor
  • Lu Decenteceo, actor
  • Joanie Dy-Sycip, director and cultural worker
  • Frank Flores, director and founder of Portal Players
  • Junix Inocian†, actor[65]
  • Amiel Y. Leonardia, actor and director
  • Frances Makil-Ignacio, actor[66]
  • Paul Palmore, actor and director[67]
  • Dessa Quesada-Palm, director, actor, and founder of Youth Advocates Through Theatre Arts[68]
  • Prudencio Sirilan†, director and event organizer, co-founder of Sandurot Festival and Buglasan Festival

Visual Arts [Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Mixed Media, and Performance Art][edit]

  • Kristoffer Ardeña, painter[69]
  • Edmund Bendijo, painter[70]
  • Urich Calumpang, photographer
  • Susan Canoy, painter
  • Hersley Ven Casero, painter and photographer[71]
  • Sharon Dadang-Rafols, painter
  • Albert Faurot†, art educator
  • Jana Jumalon-Alano, painter and sculptor
  • Jose Laspiñas†, painter
  • Andre 'Snoopy' Montenegro, underwater photographer
  • Greg Morales, photographer
  • Paul Pfeiffer, multimedia artist[72]
  • Jutze Pamate, painter
  • Jaime Ponce de Leon, director of León Gallery
  • Kennedy Rubias†, painter
  • Razcel Jan Luiz Salvarita, painter, performance artist, filmmaker, and photographer[73]
  • Charlie Sindiong, photographer
  • Danni Sollesta, painter and sculptor
  • Cristina Taniguchi, painter and sculptor[74]
  • Maria Taniguchi, painter[75]
  • Mark Valenzuela, painter[76]
  • Babbu Wenceslao, painter[77]

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