Negros Oriental, a laid-back province situated in the southeastern portion of Negros Island, Visayas, Philippines. Surrounded on the north and west by its neighboring province, Negros Occidental; the province is a breathtaking mix of culture and modernization. Dumaguete City is the capitol of Negros Oriental. The government is also located in the capitol area of the City. The province is divided from Cebu Island by the Tañon Strait. Siquijor Island and the dive paradise of Apo Island lay also to the east. The northern parts of Mindanao can be seen in good conditions from the south of Negros Oriental.
Brief History of Negros Oriental
Originally called Buglas, its name was changed by the Spaniards who colonized the country. Referring to the dark-skinned natives that lived on the island, the Spaniards changed its name to Negros. At first, the province was part of Cebu until it was turned into an independent military district in 1734. Later on, the island was divided into two provinces, thus the birth of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental.