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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Monasterio de Tarlac | San Jose, Tarlac

The Monasterio de Tarlac is a well-known tourist destination in the province of Tarlac in the Philippines. The monastery is located at the 278-hectare Tarlac Ecotourism Park in Brgy. Lubigan, San Jose. It is run by the Servants of the Risen Christ Monastic Community.

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The Admin and Information Office
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View of Mount Damas from Monasterio de Tarlac

Construction of Monasterio de Tarlac started at the end of 2000. The monastery holds a relic of the Holy Cross and is the only one known to possess such in Asia. In 2005, the relic came to the monastery and was enshrined beneath the chapel’s altar in January 30, 2007. The said relic is believed to be part of the cross discovered in Jerusalem by Helena, mother of Constantine The Great.

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The chapel where the relic is located

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Prior’s hermitage

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There is no entrance fee to the monastery and it is open to the public daily from 7:00AM to 6:00PM. Masses are celebrated at 10:30 am daily (except Thursdays) and at 3:00 pm on Sundays.

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Barricade in front of the altar protecting the relic
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Beneath the altar is where the relic of a piece of the one true cross was placed

How to get to Monasterio De Tarlac?

From Manila, take the North Luzon Expressway, exit Sta. Ines Toll Plaza in Mabalacat, Pampanga. Proceed towards north to Tarlac City. Upon reaching Brgy. San Sebastian, take a left turn to the bypass road (Tarlac – Pangasinan) towards the town of Camiling. Follow the 36-km road to Brgy. Lubigan in San Jose, Tarlac (refer to the markers and signs on the road). Travel time takes 2-3 hours if via TPLEX.

Monasterio de Tarlac Information Office  at +63 916 2508414 or landline at +63 (45) 4933002

Featured Photo: Monasterio de Tarlac’s 30-foot statue of the Risen Christ  on top of Mount Resurrection, part of the Zambales Mountain Range.

 

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Travel Guide: Marawi City, Lanao del Sur

Marawi City, officially known as the Islamic City of Marawi, is the capital city of the province of Lanao del Sur on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. The city is predominantly Muslim inhabitants which accounts for 99.6% of the population.

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King Faisal Mosque

Due to its high elevation, Marawi’s weather is cool. The city is also called the Summer Capital of the South, a nickname shared with Malaybalay City, Bukidnon which legally holds the title.

Some Points of Interest

Mindanao State University: Founded in 1961, it serves as an educational institute and a center of social and cultural integration. Marawi City draws the most number of visitors within Lanao del Sur in which the MSU is located.

Lake Lanao: The largest lake in Mindanao and one of the deepest in the Philippines. It is one of the 15 ancient lakes of the world.

Kilometer Zero Point Marker: An important landmark in Lanao del Sur, from which all distances in Mindanao are measured, similar to the Kilometre zero marker at the Rizal Park in Manila.

Aga Khan Museum: Located inside Mindanao State University,the museum was named in honor of Sultan Aga Khan who contributed to the realization of the museum. Indigenous art and cultural material are being displayed.

Sacred Mountain National Park: The 94-hectare park and protected area was established on August 5, 1965. The park is dominated by Mount Mupo, a 900-foot extinct volcanic cone.

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Gate to Mindanao State University
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Inside MSU
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Aga Khan Museum of Islamic Arts

How to get to Marawi City: 

Iligan to Marawi City

From Iligan City’s South Bound Terminal, board an FX van or jeepney with a Marawi City signboard. Travel time is 45 minutes.

Cotabato City to Marawi City

From the downtown central area of Cotabato City near market area, you can take a van going to Marawi City. Travel Time is nearly 4 hours.

If you are planning to visit Marawi but hesitant because of stories of danger lurking around the infamous city, get in touch to the Provincial Tourism Council of Lanao del Sur prior to your trip to get some tips and the needed assistance. You may contact Ms. Raifa through mobile number +63 917 706 8838.

About The Featured Image 

Battle of Marawi: The painting was conceptualized by Aga Khan Museum director Minerva Saber-Sani illustrating the fight between the Spanish-Filipino soldiers and the Meranao defenders. On March 10, 1895, the Spanish through its mighty 5,000 armies, took possession of Fort Marahui of Marawi.

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The Grand Mosque of the Philippines

The Grand Mosque or the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid is one of the major landmarks in Cotabato City, Philippines attracting not only Muslims but different kinds of tourists of different religions because of its magnificent structure.

The mosque is located in Barangay Kalanganan in Cotabato City and it’s the largest mosque in the entire country. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei Darussalam to whom the mosque was named funded the construction of this mosque at a reported cost of US$48 million to help the emerging Muslim population in the Southern Philippines.

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The height of the mosque is equivalent to a 15-storey building. Crescent moons adorn the domes painted in gold.  Its minarets measure 43 meters high (141 feet) on top of which are pilot’s lights to avoid aerial accidents at night. The mosque can accommodate 800 male and 400 female worshippers.

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How to get to the Grand Mosque?

From the downtown central area of Cotabato City, ride a jeepney (Highway-Awang route) and go to Husky Bus Terminal along Sinsuat Avenue. From the terminal, you can hire a tricycle and experience a scenic 2-3km ride going to the mosque.

If you want to explore more of Cotabato City, read the previous blog Travel Gude: Cotabato City

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