Camarines Sur Province

Caramoan IslandCamarines Sur Province is geographically located in the central part of the Bicol peninsula which forms the southeastern part of the Bicol peninsula which forms the southeastern part of the island of Luzon. It is about 450 kilometers from Manila and is located between 14O 10′ and 130 15′ North Latitude and between 1240 10′ and 1220 40′ East Longitude. Its capital is Pili and the province borders Camarines Norte and Quezon to the north, and Albay to the south. To the east lies the island province of Catanduanes across Maqueda Channel.

Camarines Sur is the largest among the six provinces in the Bicol Region both in terms of population and land area. It’s territory encompasses two cities: Naga City, the lone chartered city, is the province’s and the region’s commercial, educational, financial, and cultural center, while Iriga City, a component city, is the center of the Rinconada area.

The province is also the center of religious observances. There are numerous festivals that prove how devoted the people are to their religion. The feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, the patron of the Bicolanos, is one of the country’s most important festivals celebrated every month of September in Naga City. The festivity starts with a penitential procession at dawn participated by the barefooted, male devotees of Our Lady and boat races on the river in the morning. At around noon, the Virgin´s image is carried aboard a decorated barge for a fluvial procession. In Iriga City, the famous Tinagba festival is held every February to honor the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. The townspeople offer their benevolent harvest to the Gods in expressing their thanks. During the festivity, a parade is held featuring the colorful and grandiosely decorated carabao-drawn carts filled with the products harvested from their farms.

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