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: Cotabato City

Cotabato City is one of the independent component cities located in Mindanao, Philippines. It is known to be one of the rare places in the country where Christians, Muslims and Lumads live in harmony.

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The People’s Palace

The city is the regional center of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) but the city is administratively part of the Soccsksargen Region.

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Brasswares within ARMM ORC Complex

Getting to Cotabato City

Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific have daily flights to Cotabato City. If you’re coming from Davao City, you can travel via buses and vans going to the city. Travel time is nearly five hours.

Some tourist destinations

Church of the Immaculate Conception of Tamontaka: The oldest church, of Spanish architecture and design, was built by the Jesuits.

Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid: The largest Muslim center of worship in the Philippines which reportedly costs $48 million.

Kutawato Caves: The only caves in the country that is right in the heart of the city.

Timaco Hill: The place is overlooking the Illana Bay and is a good resort with bluegreen waters, sandy white beach, lake and cave, wooded park and a river.

People’s Palace: The structure combines ethno-modern architectural with Muslim-inspired roof symbolizing its royalty and Roman art symbolizing the existence of Christianity in the City.

ORC Complex: The regional seat of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao which composed of different government offices of the entire region of ARMM and some offices of the SOCCSARGEN.

Tantawan Park: A park built at the foot of Pedro Colina Hill which stand the huge golden statue of Sultan Kudarat.

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Old Cotabato City Hall
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The majestic Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid

Where to stay?

Here a list of hotels, inns, lodging and pension houses in Cotabato City:

Diamond Hotel
Cor. Makakua & Jose Lim Sr. St., Cotabato City

El Manuel Hotel
Quezon Avenue, Cotabato City

Estosan Garden Hotel
Gov. Gutierrez Avenue, Cotabato City

Hotel Filipino & Restaurant
Sinsuat Avenue, Cotabato City

Vision Inn
Bonifacio Street, Cotabato City

Citi Plaza
Makakua Street, Cotabato City

Pacific Heights Pension House
San Vicente Street, Cotabato City

Hotel Castro
Sinsuat Avenue, Cotabato City

Sardonyx Pension House
Gov. Gutierrez Street, Cotabato City

Azaleas Pension House
Sinsuat Avenue, Cotabato City
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Pension Rafael
San Isidro Street, Cotabato City

Hotel Cirilo 
Sultan Makakua Street, Cotabato City

For further assistance you may contact Madame Lenie of Cotabato City Tourism Department through mobile number +63 919 562 4175.

Disclosure: TheTravelad personally writes his blogs for informational purposes. All photos and content provided in this blog are owned by TheTraveLad. Photos may not be used without permission. In this particular trip TheTravelad wholeheartedly thanks Cotabato City’s Department of Tourism for the generosity to tour him around the city. For more comments and suggestions, you can send an email to thetravelad@yahoo.com.ph