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I kept on strolling in Silliman when I was there. For one, it’s where the rest of my batchmates I know are studying. Before, they still allowed the public to enter but they got stricter because of issues that were prevailing with outsiders. You now need to have an ID to enter but I was able to go inside through some improvisations. At least you can still study with your jammies and slippers.

The great thing about Silliman is the atmosphere being patterned to the US lifestyle. Being an American University, people flock to dormitories so they can hang out with people with the same curiosity. Another thing I like is that you can just go out after class and play a round of frisbee, tennis, softball, whatever sport you’d find interesting; for sure you can find a schoolmate with the same interest. Or just go out in some local hotspot and chill with your clique.

Unlike here in Cebu, you’d have to pass through the city first before you can arrive at your school. After enduring the busy traffic, all you want to do is go over with your subjects, get done with them and go home. Of course, there are still those drinking sessions in between. But then the laid back ambiance isn’t as slack as here in Silliman. I also thought I’d see some familiar faces but most of the time I couldn’t. It was then that I realized that the usual people I saw 4 years ago were no longer there anymore.

The usual hang-outs have been replaced by a younger generation. Gone are the days when our innocence and naiveness ruled the different nooks and corners of this 61-hectare lot (I got the figure in wikipedia). Once fresh and recognizable faces that you see walking amidst the falling leaves of acacia trees are already faint; and the desires of school patriotism are replaced of pressure of getting out of the student phase so you can step into the harsh realities outside this Dumaguete bubble. We’re getting old, nobody wants to get left behind.

Haha, I talk as if I’m a Sillimanian. Take note, I haven’t studied here! But I guess if you’ve been here, it transcends any form of title or association. Anyway, I’ll shut up now. Most of the pics here are just in the amphitheater. I was too tired to wander around already.

Silliman University (click for a somewhat larger view)

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Silliman Portal

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Silliman Bookstore and Silliman Hall

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They already had their centennial, 1901-2001. Circee feeling lost.

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Silliman Library

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Figure and alley

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still my favorite spot

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you can only imagine what happens at night.

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And to think it's infront of a church!

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Hibbard Hall, ballfield

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students play frisbee, it's their IN sport

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classes going on

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freedom wall

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PE shorts, hehe

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Catacomb

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new place I've never been to

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inside, more expressions

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lamp and masks

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I can just stay here all afternoon


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soloflightEd.com is a travel blog by Edcel Suyo. He enjoys performing headstands and crazy stunts during his trips in the Philippines, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Now based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and working to earn a living, he takes time to enjoy the city and travel during weekends.
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9 comments… add one
  • Nix

    We’re getting old, nobody wants to get left behind.

    Seryoso… Tinuod.

    Oh well, Dumaguete is Dumaguete, if its possible to have a love affair with a city then we definetly have it. And so true, we once stared and talked about the people who were too old to be in our hangouts before, and now, we are those people.

    Luckily, Dumaguete doesnt age as fast as major cities.

  • rols and circee

    silliman does not define the dumaguete way of living. dumaguete defines silliman. hehehe so you talk like a “gentle people” or should i say “falling leaves”. hehehehe

  • Edcel

    nix: amen ko dira nimo nuke! hehe.

    rols and circee: yeah, but a large part of dumaguete is silliman. without silliman, i dunno what to call dumaguete. hehe. yeah, dumaguete makes me poetic in some ways. maybe that’s why the writer’s guild is hosted there… i think.

  • bEeBeErN

    hello ed!..

    i definitely enjoyed reading your blog about my school..Silliman University..
    i agree that Silliman makes dumaguete known to people..just the ambience and scenery of the school speaks serenity and attracts tourists..and what i am happy about is that, you caught me and my teammates playing frisbee!..hahahaha..i was there when you took that pic..:)

    hope you’d visit Silliman again and sooner..

    keep those blogs comin’..hehe

  • Edcel

    bEeBeErN: ey thanks for dropping by! I wish I could study there when my batchmates were still there. I wish I could also play firsbee thoguh. hehe. maybe some time i’ll visit again.

    thanks! 🙂

  • wahh.. i miss s.u.! esp heflin hall and SULAW “once a sillimanian always be a sillimanian”— i miss the katipunan horror.. hope to see updates for this coming founders day 2009.

    • Edcel

      babang: haha, i dunno where those are located but thanks for dropping by! 🙂 lapit na pala founders day. 🙂

  • alexa

    Just came across your blog. Seeing those pictures brings back good memories. the place has evolved but silliman is still silliman. Miss college days.

    • Edcel

      ey alexa! you’re from silliman pala. hehe. thanks for welcoming us in Balamban! 🙂

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