Camarines Sur –
Home of the Penafrancia and Wakeboarding Capital
Camarines Sur is
known as the home of the Our Lady of Penafrancia. The
whole Bicol Region as well as devotees all over the
country visit the province September of every year to
attend the fluvial festival. Their veneration to the
Our Lady is proof of how religious the Bicolanos are.
Aside from this religious
icon, CamSur has slowly developed economically. The
state-of-the-art Camarines Sur Watersports Complex (CWC)
has become the favored venue for water sports activities,
especially wakeboarding. CWC has served as the venue
of numerous local and international water sport events
1,693,821 (as of 2007 Census)
2. Land Area – 5,380.8 sq. km
3. Capital – Pili
4. Language/Dialect – Bikol, English, and Filipino
- Del Gallego
- Presentacion (Parubcan)
- San Fernando
- San Jose
The Nuestra Senora de Pena de Francia is one of the
most highly venerated images of the Virgin Mary. Every
September, the Bicolanos celebrates its festival through
a special and colorful fluvial parade.
Water sport activities at Camarines Sur Watersports
The Camarines Sur Watersports Complex (CWC) has served
as one of the premier water sports complex in the Philippines
and in Asia. It has been featured in local and international
sports magazines and has served as the venue for numerous
local and international water sports competitions.
Sea Kayaking at Caramoan
It provides a totally untouched environment for kayakers
willing to bring their own boats. The tranquility and
undisturbed environment of Caramoan will make a kayaker's
Bicolandia's most famous dishes usually uses two main
ingredients: chili and coconut milk. Its distinct mix
of ingredients and taste makes them unforgettable.
- Gulay na Natong (Laing) – Taro leaves (natong)
cooked in coconut milk and mixed with bangut or balao(fermented
small shrimps) pork strips and chili.
- Langkang Palusag – Mixed of jackfruit, bangut,
garlic, and onion cooked in coconut milk
- Bikol Express – pork with fermented shrimp
paste (bagoong) and siling labuyo.
- Pinangat – diced lobster meat mixed with young
coconut meat, lemongrass, ground garlic and diced
onion wrapped in taro leaves and boiled in coconut
- Ginuygoy – tender taro leaves cooked in little
water and seasoned with lemon juice and dinaelan (a
variety of balao)
- Inon-on – Mackerel scad or any salt-water
fish cooked with lemon juice or vinegar, garlic, onions,
oil and little water.
- Sinuman - rice cake with melted panutsa (sugar cane
candy) and coconut milk.
Places of Interest
Location: Brgy. San Nicolas, Iriga City, Camarines Sur
The museum houses artifacts and documents about the
oldest transportation company in the Philippines,
of Nueva Caceres Museum
Location: Brgy. Igualdad, Naga City, Camarines Sur
It is one of the oldest universities outside Manila.
It houses historical artifacts about the Bicol region.
National Railroad Marker Park
Location: Del Gallego, Camarines Sur
Former President Manuel L. Quezon drove a golden nail
at the site during the inauguration of the North and
South Railroad tracks which connected Manila to Legazpi
Location: Brgy. San Francisco, Iriga City, Camarines
The hill was said to be the habitat of witches. Durinng
the American occupation, it was used as a base for the
cavalry force. On the other hand, ti served as a garrison
and watchtower of the Japanese forces during World War
Location: Naga City, Camarines Sur
It was dubbed as the Fort Santiago of Bicol during World
War II. The building was utilized as a concentration
camp and torture chamber.
Location: Naga Cathedral Grounds, Naga City, Camarines
Founded in 1793, it became the second school established
in the Philippines. Inside its compounds is the Museo
del Seminario Conciliar de Nueva Caceres.
Sur Watersports Complex
Location:Brgy. Cadlan, Pili, Camarines Sur
This six (6)-hectare complex, with its 6-point cable
ski system, is sure to draw guests, riders and spectators
by the thousands. Because of good weather conditions,
cable skiing in the park can be done all year round.
Location: Bombon Church, Bombon, Camarines Sur
According to one legend, this leaning structure of the
belfry made the townspeople want to destroy it. However,
the parish priest insisted his parishioners to leave
the tower as it is and continued working on it until
it was finished.
Location: Tigaon, Camarines Sur
It has an elevation of 1,800 feet above sea level. The
breeze at this point is hauntingly cool amid luxurious
surroundings that abound in the place.
Location: Brgy. Sta. Maria, Lagonoy, Camarines Sur
This belfry is the ruins of the first stone church in
the province. The land where it is located has been
converted for agricultural purposes.
Location:Iriga, Camarines Sur
This dormant volcano has an elevation of about 4,823
feet. It is a very noticeable landmark. Its eruption
in 1611 had caused the existence of Lake Buhi in the
province. It is home to the Agta, a tribal people of
Location: Naga City, Camarines Sur
It is now the last Rainforest Mountain in Southern Luzon.
Towering 1,976 meters above sea level and covering 10,
112 hectares, it is the haven of indigenous flora and
fauna. Most of the rare exotic of orchids, medicinal
and flowering plants, wild boars, deers, squirrels,
monkeys and untamed rodents are found on the base of
the slopes of the mountain.
Location: Brgy. Paniman, Caramoan, Camarines Sur
Composed of two caves called Little Gota and Big Gota,
which are the main attractions of the Caramoan National
Park. One can enjoy a stretch of sugary fine white beach
comparable to that of Boracay, a salt water lake, and
Location: Caramoan, Camarines Sur
A 10-kilometer long island about 3 kilometers at its
widest point. The island has long stretches of uniquely
white fine sand. At sitio Nipa, a spring 300 meters
from the shore provides fresh water source not available
elsewhere. A 40-hectare mangrove swamp near Barangay
Oring offers a habitat for a marine wildlife
Location: Caramoan, Camarines Sur
The one beach in the country that can match Miami Beach
in Florida. It provides a totally untouched environment
for kayakers willing to bring their own boats. The tranquility
and undisturbed environment of Caramoan will make a
kayaker's experience unique.
Location: San Jose, Camarines Sur
Has three mouths and a 300-meter canopy stretching further
up into the Calinigan Mountains. Stalactites, stalagmites,
and huge columns and pillars adorn the ceiling and floors.
Dripstone formed like icicles and suspended waterfalls
can also be found.
Location: Libmanan, Camarines Sur
it contains innumerable stalactites and pillars ranging
from massive to extremely delicate. Thousands of bats
are housed in this cave, presenting a very extraordinary
spectacle. Their presence provides a very good source
of guano supply and phosphate.
Location: Mt. Isarog, Naga CIty, Camarines Sur
The sixty foot Itbog Twin Falls is an awesome spectacle
of gushing white waters from somewhere on top of Mt.
Location: Mt. Isarog, Brgy. Panicuason, Naga City, Camarines
This 40-foot high scenic wonder features swimming areas
beneath the waterfalls, concrete winding stairs, foot
bridges and pathways, cottages and related facilities
for use by swimmers and visitors, and a plant nursery
and campaign ground.
Minore de Nuestra Senora de Pena de Francia (Basilica
Minore of Our Lady of Penafrancia)
Location:Balatas Road, Naga City, Camarines Sur
Home to the miraculous image of the Patroness of Bicolandia,
Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia. Thousands
of pilgrims flock to this site during the September
celebration of the Penafrancia Fiesta just to visit
and venerate the virgin.
Constructed in 1816 to 1831, the Cathedral was for many
years the seat of the Archdiocese of Caceres which encompassed
the six Bicol provinces. It is the biggest church in
Seminario Conciliar de Nueva Caceres
Location: Naga Metropolitan Cathedral Compound, Elias
Angeles St., Naga City, Camarines Sur
This ecclesiastical museums displays artifacts and regalia
concerning the spiritual history of Bicol region, also
exhibited here are memorabilia of famous Bicolano bishops,
old scholastic records and archival materials confirming
the Bicolanos knowledge about religion.
of Penafrancia Church
Location: Penafrancia Ave., Naga City, Camarines Sur
This is the original home of Our Lady of Peñafrancia,
the patroness of Bicolandia. The Church's hand-painted
ceilings and fine architecture has been preserved for
the appreciation of the devotees and visitors.
of the Immaculate Conception Church (Quipayo Church)
Location: Calabanga, Camarines Sur
The Church founded by the Franciscan missionaries who
came to Camarines Sur in 1578. Its patron saint is the
Our Lady of the Immaculate Concepcion.
Place: Naga City, Camarines Sur
Date: Second Friday of September
The Voyadores Festival is considered to be part of the
week-long Peñafrancia Festival.The festival is
named after the male devotees (voyadores) who accompany
and carry the Virgin's image in a procession called
Traslacion for a Novena at the Metropolitan Cathedral.The
image of the Lady of Peñafrancia is borne on
the shoulders of her male devotees from her shrine,
the Peñafrancia Basilica, to the Naga Cathedral
where the image will stay for one week.
Place: Naga City, Camarines Sur
Date: Third week of September
The feast day is preceded by a novena, nine days of
prayer, in honor of the Virgin. On the first day, the
image of the Virgin is brought from its shrine to the
Naga Cathedral (Voyadores Festival) where the novena
is held. On the last day, the image is returned to her
shrine following the Naga River route. The colorful
evening procession is lit by thousands of candles from
devotees in boats escorting the image. When the barge
reaches its destination, the devotees shout "Viva
la Virgen" (Long live the Virgin!) and the image
is brought back in a procession to the cathedral.
Place: Nabua, Camarines Sur
Date: May 1
The Alinsangan 'Boa-Boahan' Festival was introduced
in 1975. t is a festival showing fertility and thanksgiving.
Fertility, because Boa was taken from the young embryo
of the coconut and thanksgiving for it was their only
source of food after the ravage of floodwaters. Highlight
of the celebration is the street pageantry with the
town's folks dressed in colorful costumes parading through
the town proper.
Place: Minalabac, Camarines Sur
Date: May 11
It is considered as one of the most colorful and interesting
fiestas in the Bikol region. This festival is a celebration
of bountiful harvest the land has given to its people
through the intercession of their Catholic patron saints,
Apostles James and Philip.
Place: Iriga City, Camarines Sur
Date: February 11
This is a colorful parade of the ball-cart laden with
harvested crops that wind up at the foot of the Grotto
of our Lady of Lourdes as a token of thanks for the
year's bountiful harvest.
How To Get There?
The province is an eight (8) hour bus ride via
the Maharlika highway (Pan-Philippine Highway).
These buses are stationed at Pasay, Cubao, and
Camarines Sur can be reached by plane within 45
minutes. Daily flights are bound for Naga City,
landing at Naga City Domestic Airport in Pili