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

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

Lake Buhi in Camarines Sur

Lake Buhi Camarines SurLake Buhi is located in Buhi, Camarines Sur, a province located in the Bicol Region of Luzon. It has an area of 18 square kilometres and has an average depth of 8 meters. The lake lays in the valley formed by two ancient volcanoes, Mount Iriga and Mount Malimas. This formation was created in 1641, when an earthquake caused a side of Mount Iriga to collapse. The resulting landslide created a natural dam that blocked the flow of nearby streams. Another theory suggests that it was created by the eruption of Mount Asog which is now a dormant volcano. The Lake showcases an enchanting beauty with its undulating mountain slopes and long stretches of shoreline. The major economic activities in Buhi are agriculture and fishing, both of which Continue reading