Qatar National Library

Qatar National Library (QNL) is a non-profit organization under the umbrella of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Its mission is to spread knowledge, nurture imagination,cultivate creativity, and preserve Qatar’s heritage for the future.

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QNL’s 45,000 square meters state-of-the-art library building was opened to the public last November 7, 2017. It was designed by renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. Currently it has around one million books in its collections, more than 500,000 ebooks, periodicals and newspapers, and special collections.

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Aside from its cutting-edge technology, Qatar National Library also have its famed Heritage Collection and facilities for individual and group study and research and a specially designed restaurant, a cafe and a special events area.

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Katara Cultural Village | Doha, Qatar

Located on the eastern Coast between West Bay and The Pearl, the cultural village of Katara was opened in 2010. It is the largest and the most multidimensional cultural project of Qatar made possible by the leadership of HH Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Emir of the State of Qatar.

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Katara is a cultural beacon radiating in the Middle East through theatre, literature, music, visual art, conventions and exhibitions.

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Many Qatari organisations have their offices in Katara. These include the Qatari Society for Engineers, Qatar Fine Arts Society, Visual Art Centre, Qatar Photographic Society, Childhood Cultural Centre, Theatre Society and Qatar Music Academy.

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Did you know that?

Since the year 150 AD, “Catara” was the first and most ancient name designated for Qatar Peninsula in geographic and historical maps.

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Doha City Skyline | Qatar

Qatar’s construction industry has built some of the most unique buildings in the Gulf region. Five of the six tallest buildings are in the country’s capital, Doha City.

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Located within the stretch of the Doha City’s Westbay area, these lofty skyscrapers were designed by the world’s finest architects. These includes the Burj Doha and Qatar World Trade Center.

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A boat ride at the Doha Bay traveling near the Doha Corniche will lead you to the iconic part of the Doha Skyline.

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Souq Waqif |Doha

Souq Waqif is located in Al Souq district which is situated at the center of Doha, Qatar. It is considered one of the best location for tourists within Qatar.

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The souq dates back at least a hundred years. It is known for selling traditional garments, spices, handicrafts, and souvenirs.

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The souq is very popular with local and expats as it offers multiple dining locations.

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There are also pet stalls in Souq Waqif which sell variety of domestic pets including dogs, cats, rabits, turtles and birds.

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A selection of small and artistic shoos with a number of exhibition rooms can be found at the Souq Waqif Art Center. At night, the souq turns into a hive of activity for the residents of Doha City.

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Naga City | Camarines Sur

Naga City in Camarines Sur is known as the “Queen City of Bicol”. It is also called “Heart of Bicol” due to its central location in the Bicol Peninsula and “Pilgrim City” as it is home to the largest Marian pilgrimage in Asia.

Established in 1575, the city then named Ciudad de Nueva Cáceres (New Cáceres City), earned its status as the third Spanish Royal City in the Spanish East Indies after Iloilo and Manila.

Tourists can visit the popular Mount Isarog, Malabsay and Nabontolan Falls, Naga City Ecological Park and numerous hot springs and resorts. Aside from the natural attractions, numerous churches and monasteries, and historical landmarks can also be found within the city.

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Naga Metroolitan Cathedral. Biggest church in Bicol Region which was built from 1816 to 1831
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Holy Rosary Minor Seminary. The center of ecclesiastical education of Bicol Region which was built in 1785.

 

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Basilica Minore of Our Lady of Penafrancia. Built in 1985, the Basilica Minore was constructed as the new home of the miraculous image of the Patroness of Bicolandia.
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Ateneo de Naga University. The Jesuit university in Bicol.
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Unibersidad de Santa Isabel. The first college for women in the Orient.
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San Francisco Church. Established in 1578, it is the first church in the Bicol Region built by the Franciscan Friars.
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Quince Martires Monument. The monument was built to honor the 15 martyrs of Bicol during the Spanish Regime.

 

 

How to go to Naga, Camarines Sur?

From Manila, you can travel by land and take the 9-10 hours bus ride bound for Naga (Superlines, DLTBCo or PhilTranco). Naga is approximately 2 hours away from Daet in Camarines Norte and also 2 hours away from Legazpi City in Albay.

 

Featured Photo: Porta Mariae which was inaugurated on September 10, 2010 in celebration of the 300th year of devotion to the Virgin Mary.

 

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Travel Guide | Daet, Camarines Norte

Daet is the capital of the province of Camarines Norte in the Philippines. It is known as the “Gateway to Bicolandia”.  It is a popular surfing spot among surfers worldwide. It is also home to the annual Daet International Aerosports Show.

Daet was derived from the Bicol word dai-daitan which means, close to each otherAccording to the first Bicol Spanish Dictionary Vocabulario dela Lengua Vicol authored by Fray Marcos de Lisboa, it means “to make friend” or “to be reconciled”. The municipality is rich in non-metallic mineral resources such as white clay.

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The provincial capitol of Camarines Norte in the town of Daet

Points of Interest

Most Holy Trinity Cathedral: Built and was inaugurated in 1984. It is also the cathedral of the Diocese of Daet.

Parroquia de San Juan Bautista: Established in 1611, it is one of the first church in Camarines Norte in the region built by the Franciscan Friars.

Oldest Rizal Monument: The first monument in honor of a Filipino hero, Dr. José Rizal which was unveiled on December 30, 1898.

Bagasbas Beach (Featured Image): Famous for its surfing and kite boarding spot with its long stretch of coastline.

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The 405-year old Paroquia de San Juan Bautista church
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First ever Rizal monument

How to go to Daet, Camarines Norte?

From Manila, you can travel by land and take the 8-hour bus ride bound for Daet (Superlines, DLTBCo or PhilTranco) and get off at Daet town proper.

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Some sweet delicacies in Daet

*For places to stay in Daet, many cheap hotels are within the town proper. You can ask for assistance to the municipal office which is just across the oldest Rizal Monument.

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Travel Guide | Argao, Cebu

Argao is located in the southeast of the province of Cebu, Philippines. It is bounded in the west by the towns of Badian, Alcantara, Ronda, and Dumanjug; in the north by Sibonga; in the east by the Bohol or Cebu Strait; and in the south by Dalaguete.

Argao got its name from a mangrove tree, named Sali-Argaw, which is abundant in its coastal areas. Argao may look simple and quiet but it will surprise you of what it has to offer. Just like its nearby town Carcar, it is one of Cebu’s oldest towns. It contains various old Spanish and American structures and natural attractions.

Places To Explore

San Miguel Archangel Church: This is located beside the town plaza of Argao. It is said that the giant mural found on the ceiling of this church was painted back in the 1800’s.

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The church under renovation

Mahayahay Beach: Visitors can swim, skim and surf for free.

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Mahayhay Beach

Riverstone Castle: The tropical castle resort was built in 2002 in memory of one of Argao’s famous artist, Jesus Galegos. It was designed by Belgian national Raphael Lemmens.

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At the entrance of the Riverstone Castle Resort

Casa Real (Municipal Hall): The oldest existing town hall in the province of Cebu.

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Argao’s municipal hall

Argao Hall of Justice: Made during the Spanish times, this building is a historic landmark in Argao. This building was also used as a ‘Cuartel’ or barracks during World War II.

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The Hall of Justice of Argao

Puerta Marina: Built to serve as an entrance to the town’s center and as a ‘baluarte’ or watchtower, used during the Moro raids.

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Capella Murtuaryo: The old chapel used during the funerals in the past.

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Argao Nature Park: Located at Suico St., one can cruise in a mini-river on a boat.

Bugasok Falls: Located at Barangay Tulalom, The falls’ depth is around 20-meters.

Balay Sa Agta Cave: The name of this cave means ‘Bahay ng Kapre’ because locals believe that this Philippine mythical creature dwells inside the chambers of the cave.

*For tourists going to Balay Sa Agta Cave and Bugasok Falls, you may contact the Argao Tourism Commission at +63 (32)-485 8063 a day before the scheduled tour for reservation of the guides. Rate is 500.00 Php per guide.

Where To Stay?

Three popular resorts you can stay in Argao are the Coal Mountain Resort in Linut-od (Contact Number: +63 (32) 516-5166), Looc Garden Beach Resort or Mahayhay Beach Resort in Rizal St. Extension (Contact Number +63 (32) 483-9516) and the Riverstone Castle Resort (Contact Number: +63 (32) 261-8883).

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Dining area at Riverstone Castle
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Wine and beer cellar at the castle

How To Get To Argao?

From Manila, you may fly to the Mactan-Cebu International Airport. From the airport, you can travel straight ahead to Argao via taxi. You may also opt to take a bus at the South Bus station of Cebu City going to Argao. Travel time will take around two hours depending on the traffic.

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