Thursday, March 1, 2012

Destination: Camarines Norte Part 1

Replica of the first Rizal monument

This was my first visit to the Bicol Region and I know friends who are from that province. I am starting a series of blog posts during my time and experiences in Camarines Norte. We left Manila around 5:30 in the afternoon by a private vehicle provided by the Provincial Tourism Office of Camarines Norte. The group  is composed of Bernard Supetran, PR consultant, Benjamin Layug of Business Mirror and Byahero, a travel website, Joselito Cinco of Manila Standard,  Kara Santos of Sunday Inquirer and yours truly. We arrived at Bagasbas in Camarines Norte at 1:30 in the morning which totals seven hours of travel by land and we stayed in Bagasbas Lighthouse Hotel Resort along Bagasbas Boulevard facing the Bagasbas beach.

Camarines Norte is found in the Northwestern of coast of the Bicol Peninsula, which forms the southeastern section of Luzon. It is one of the six provinces of Bicol Region. The major industries Camarines Norte is proud of are jewelry making, fishing, aquatic products, processing of queen pineapple and tourism. Camarines Norte has a total land area of 232,007 hectares composed of twelve municipalities and is divided in Tagalog and Bicolano speaking towns. Total population of Camarines Norte is about 470,654. The ratio of population density is 202 persons to a square kilometer. In my next blog post, I will feature the churches of Camarines Norte that are celebrating their four hundred years.