Kinuwartelan in Iriga City

Kinuwartelan Perpetual Help Iriga City Camarines Sur Incarceration Tourist Route Kilometer Spanish Garrison Camp History Location Insurrection Prison Barracks Military Description Date RemnantKinuwartelan is located in Perpetual Help, Iriga City in Camarines Sur Province. Kinuwartelan means ‘place of incarceration’, and is situated along the tourist route, approximately seven kilometers from the city proper. Kinuwartelan was a Spanish garrison camp during the Spanish Period of Philippine history. Many Filipino insurrections were kept here at and did hard labor; hence, the name “Kinuwertelan” meaning place of Incarceration. No trace of the prison barracks can be seen today. Continue reading

Universidad de Santa Isabel in Naga City

XUniversidad Santa Isabel Naga City Camarines Sur Womens College School University Colegio Elias Angeles Street Location Address Courses Enrollment Population Students Girls Education Layout Map The Universidad de Santa Isabel is located in Naga City in Camarines Sur. Founded in 1868, the Universidad de Santa Isabel was the first Normal School for women in the Far East. It was also the seat of the first Bicolano government in area after the Spanish war. Before it was conferred a university status, its name was then known as the Colegio de Sta. Isabel. The Universidad de Santa Isabel is located on Elias Angeles Street in Naga City, Camarines Sur. Continue reading

Calvario Hill in Iriga City

Calvario Hill San Francisco Iriga City Camarines Sur Bicol Emerald Grotto Lady Lourdes Asuang Location History Elevation Pagtanggal Iriga Folklore Passion Christ Ermita Mission Chapel Location Info Calvario Hill is located in San Francisco, Iriga City in Camarines Sur Province. Calvario Hill is the site of Bicol‘s magnificent Emerald Grotto of our Lady of Lourdes. The Hill has been touted as being the habitat of the Asuang (witch), which is why the hill has been referred to as the “orno” or “oven”. As the result of the angelization of the area the hill became the site for staging “Pagtanggal”, the Iriga folk version of the re-enactment of the Passion of Christ, hence, the name “Calvario Hill”. The first “ermita” or mission chapel of Iriga during Spanish times was erected here as evidenced by religious artifacts unearthened in the site. Opposite the Ermita the Casino Espanol was erected, a favorite converging are for Spanish rulers. When the Americans came at the turn of the century, this was converted into a base for its cavalry forces. During the Continue reading

The Nahulugan Kampana in Lagonoy

Nahulugan Kampana Santa Maria Lagonoy Camarines Sur Belfry Stone Church History Tourist Attraction Location Grassland Grounds Ontengco Family Spanish Structure Construction Layout Description Tour Nahulugan Kampana is located in Santa Maria, Lagonoy in Camarines Sur Province. Nahulugan Kampana has historical significance because it is the belfry of the first stone church in the country and its ruins serves as the living memory of the past. Nahulugan Kampana became an added tourist attraction of the municipality of Lagonoy. It is located about 300 meters from Lagonoy and can be reached thru walking or riding motor vehicles or padyaks. Presently the area is categorized as open and grassland area, but half a portion is utilized for agricultural purposes. The grounds of Nahulugan Kampana is about one hectare in area and is privately owned by the Continue reading

Nabontolan Falls in Naga

Nabontolan Falls Naga Camarines Sur Bicol Mount Isarog National Park Waterfalls City Hiking Trail Mountain Climbing Picnic Location History Length Water River Swimming Depth Width Malabsay Tour Guide The Nabontolan Falls is located in Naga in Camarines Sur province. The Nabontolan Waterfalls are located about an hour’s hike away from the Malabsay Falls, and is located within the protected Bicol area of the Mount Isarog National Park. Accessible through the Naga City trail, the Nabontolan Falls offer a breathtaking refuge from the busy city life and allows one to commune with nature. It is seldom visited by mountain climbers, hikers and picnic-goers because of its rough trail. Continue reading

Tayak Lagoon on Malarad Island

Tayak Lagoon Malarad Island Caramoan Camarines Sur Beach Fishing Swimming Coral Garden Snorkeling Rocks Limestone Mountain Tour Guide Malarad Naga Location Distance Pictures Camping Destination Water Tayak Lagoon is located on Malarad Island, in Caramoan, Camarines Sur province. The only way to get to reach lagoon, once you are on Malarad Island, is to swim under gaps under the barrier rocks. The lagoon is surrounded by limestone mountains and lush foliage; Located behind Tayak Beach, this crystal-clear lagoon is a perfect sanctuary. Engage in fishing, swimming or listen to the songs of the birds. Tayak Lagoon consists of a vast coral garden in which the corals are similar to the coral garden in Coron, Palawan. The extensive coral formation is spread just several feet from the surface of the water. So, this is ideal for snorkeling. But you have to swim underneath the rocks located at the side of the beach to get through the lagoon. Continue reading

Pitogo Island in Caramoan

Pitogo Island Caramoan Camarines Sur Bay Round Stones Beach Lantangan Naga Location Snorkeling Scuba Diving TourPitogo Island is located at the Center of Pitogo Bay. The shoreline of Pitogo has a beach made up of stones instead of sand. Pitogo Island has an approximately 6-7 hectares of total land area which has a unique smooth-edge stone shoreline called Lantangan Beach. Lantangan Beach is made up of palm-sized stones which make a pleasant sound when the waves wash over them. Pitogo Island is probably the most “Jurassic Park” area of Caramoan. It is where you will be greeted by the stillness as well as peacefulness of the water. Jagged and rugged rocks will also welcome you. From afar, Pitogo Island’s lush green hill and gray stretch of beach beckons invitingly. When your boat docks on the island’s beach, you will find not sand but smooth, palm-sized stones – mostly gray, some white and some reddish – on the shore. As Pitogo Continue reading

Cotivas Island in Caramoan

Cotivas Island Caramoan Camarines Sur Beach Peninsula Sand Tip Point Tide Resort Location Snorkeling Surf BoatThe Cotivas island is a small island between two larger islands at the northernmost part of the Caramoan peninsula. Cotivas Island is the most remote island among the islets of Caramoan in Camarines Sur. Notable for its golden sand beach tip and coconut trees that proliferate at the middle of the island. It is a usual beach stop for the island hopping itinerary due to its calm waves being protected by 2 larger islands on both of its sides and the huts that provide shelter. Because of its secluded location with very few local inhabitants, the island is extra peaceful and quiet. There are no infrastructures but only the sand, the beaches and the trees. It was all nature and yourself, which can make you feel like a castaway and totally withdrawn from the noise and stress of modern city life. Cotivas Island is perfect for beach bumming mainly because of its serene and concrete Continue reading

Bichara Island in Caramoan

Bichara Island Caramoan Camarines Sur Beach Lagoon Boat Tour Rental Package Resort Snorkeling Fishing Sand SurfBichara Island may be small with an area of 8,000 square meters, but it’s obviously laden with charm. One can swim under the canopy of limestone cliffs surrounding the island or collect shells along the beach. The idyllic seascape makes it easy to forget just about everything.. For the natives of Caramoan, Bichara is better known as Paradise Island even if it is a privately owned beach in Camarines Sur. Certainly, it is a paradise of powder-like sand mist besides the crystal clear body of water perfect for scuba diving and beach hopping. Continue reading

Aguirangan Island in Caramoan

Aguirangan Island Caramoan Rose Islet Lagonoy Gulf Camarines Sur Naga Beach Scuba Sabang Port CampingAguirangan Island, also known as Rose Islet, is a small paradise along the Lagonoy Gulf in Camarines Sur. The length of the entire island is about a hectare and a half. It is edged by ivory sand coast on the side facing Presentacion and Lagonoy while the other side is framed by magnificent rock platforms. The surrounding 360-degree view from the Rose Islet as some calls it, is wonderful excess. Mount Mayon from the western side can be seen in its full cone shape on a clear day. On the northern part is the imposing Mount Isarog gently capped by clouds. The Lagonoy mountain ranges on the eastern side stretches down south until it fades out from your sight. The coral formation surrounding the island stretches about a kilometer on the northern side. Submarine canyons, deep vertical walls and other unique formations make this 1.5 hectare island a paradise for Continue reading