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.

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


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.
Ateneo de Naga University. The Jesuit university in Bicol.
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.
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: Iligan City, Lanao del Norte

Iligan City is a highly urbanized city in the Northern Mindanao, Philippines. It is one of the 10 largest cities in the Philippines in terms of land area.

The name Iligan is from the native Higaunon word “Ilig” which means “to go downstream”. Iligan is predominantly Christian, with Catholics constituting the majority of the Christians. Cebuano is the major language in the city.

Waterfall hopping is now becoming one of the popular activities for tourists in Iligan City. Iligan is known as the City of Majestic Waterfalls because of its numerous waterfalls. There are about 24 waterfalls in the city. The most famous as well as the city’s major landmark, is the Maria Cristina Falls. It is also the primary source of electric power of the city, harnessed by Agus VI Hydroelectric Plant.

Other famous waterfalls in the city are, Tinago Falls, accessible through a 300-step staircase in Barangay Ditucalan. Mimbalut Falls in Barangay Buru-un, Abaga Falls in Barangay Suarez, and Dodiongan Falls in Barangay Bonbonon.

The Maria Cristina Falls
At the Botanical and Zoological Gardens of Maria Cristina


Historically, the coastal town of Linamon was a barangay in Iligan City. It became a separate municipality on January 13, 1960. It is considered as the “Beach Capital of Lanao del Norte”, with beaches spanning from Barangay Poblacion to Barangay Samburon that comprises 16 established beach resorts.

Coastal area in Poblacion, Linamon where you can swim for free

How to go to Iligan City?

Iligan City is served by the Laguindingan International Airport in Cagayan de Oro where there are multiple daily flights from Manila and Cebu.  From the exit of the airport, you can find van transfer booths heading to Iligan. You can also opt to choose to travel by bus. Just go Bulua Bus Terminal. Travel time is roughly an hour.

From Marawi City to Iligan City

This was the route I took going to up north of Lanao. From Marawi City transportation terminal I took a van going to Iligan. Travel time lasted for almost an hour.

For places to stay in Iligan, you can check this link from Iligan Tourism  here

Featured Image: Iligan City’s major landmark MARIA CRISTINA FALLs

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Travel Guide: Samal Island

Samal Island is one of the best visiting islands in Mindanao as it houses numerous beach resorts, abundant marine reefs and tranquil waters that attract tourists to visit them. Samal Island along with Talikud Island comprises the largest resort city in the Philippines – the Island Garden City of Samal in Davao del Norte.

How to get to Samal Island?

Davao City is the jump-off point for Samal Island. If you’re coming from downtown Davao City, you can take a jeepney ride or hire a cab going to any of these three entry points going to the island:

  1. Sta Ana Wharf – motorboats are available to ferry passengers directly to Kaputian and Talikud Island. The wharf is located near Magsaysay Park.
  2. Sasa, Km 11 Ferry Boat Landing – passengers will be riding the Island City Express Bus from R. Castillo and Cabaguio St.and be transported by a ferryboat to the Brgy. Caliclic, Babak District.
  3. Sasa, Km 11 Wharf – motorboats are available to ferry passengers direct to Babak wharf.
View of Sasa, Km 11 Ferry Boat Landing Wharf

If you’re going directy to Kaputian in Samal Island or you’re visiting the other island which is Talikud Island go for option 1. On the other hand, if you’re going to Samal Island take option 2 or 3. I recommend you choose option 3 as the drop-off point in Samal Island is directly to Babak wharf where the tourism desk of Samal is just near. If you need assistance getting around the island, the assigned tourism officer will help you and can even give you various options on where you can stay.

Babak Wharf

Here are the popular tourist attractions of Samal Island aside from its numerous good beach resorts:

Monfort Batcave – home to more than 2 million fruit bats and is adjudged by the Guinness Book of World records as the largest concentration of bats in the world.

Hagimit Falls – the many mini waterfalls about a 30-minute ride from the port of entry in Babak.

Magongawong Falls – located in Kaputian District, it can be reached after a 45-minute ride from the port of entry in Babak.

Taklobo Tours – located in Barangay Adecor, it is home to more than 3,000 giant clams in different stages of growth.

Sanipaan Marine Park – located in Barangay Tambo, Babak District.

Kaputian Beach Park – located in Kaputian Poblacion, an hour away from from Sta Ana wharf.

Mt. Puting Bato – trekking destination which is highest peak of the island at about 1,786 feet about sea level.

Anggas Peak – for those who want to see a clear view of the whole island.

Tamburong Cave – wet cave situated in a private property with a length of 144.3 meters.

Isaland Garden City of Samal Map courtesy of Samal Tourism Desk

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