The largest province in the Bicol Region of Southern Luzon, Camarines Sur is a diverse region that caters to all manner of tourists, from those seeking recreation and sightseeing to those eager to sample some bustling nightlife outside of Metro Manila.
A mostly agricultural region that produces crops and livestock, Camarines Sur benefits greatly from trade with neighboring provinces and the influx of tourists that flock to experience Bicol’s finest pleasures.
If you fancy lodging in style at a resort, Camarines Sur offers several beautiful alternatives. One is the Gota Beach Resort in the district of Caramoan, a little off the beaten path but well worth the trip, with its lovely white sand beaches situated beside limestone and marble mountains, and a variety of islets and coves to explore.
People seeking a more populated experience should head for the Pasacao chain of resorts, fronting 12 kilometers worth of beach, providing amenities and activities for friends and family. Whether you decide to rent a floating cottage for an afternoon of rest or take in some sun rays while cruising along the seaside, you won’t be disappointed.
Nature lovers may wish to take their hiking boots and backpacks along to Mt. Isarog, a mountain that is teeming with indigenous plant and animal life. Many exotic species of flowers and beasts may be found along its slopes, or at its base, along with literally hundreds of waterfalls scattered about what is known now as the last rainforest mountain in the South Luzon area.
Mt. Asog is another mountain worth visiting, with a sunken crater filled with pine trees, a welcome sight for those who can make it all the way up. There are quite a number of lagoons and islands in the Caramoan and Denrica areas, sites for virgin forests, attractive rock formations, splendid coral reefs, and clean, clear seawater.
It must be noted that Camarines Sur has its own stories to tell about the Spanish colonial occupation, in the form of the buildings left behind that are prime examples of architecture of the period.
Nahulugan Kampana is one of the first stone churches ever built in the region, and Calvario Hill, once a favorite assembly area for the Spanish governing officers, was converted into a military facility by subsequent American and Japanese occupational forces. Many Filipinos met their untimely end here, or at the Spanish garrison camp Kinuwartelan, punished for their unsuccessful insurrections against the reigning power.
Ateneo de Naga
Ateneo de Naga, now one of the foremost educational institutions in the region, was founded in 1940 during the American colonial period and was used by the Japanese as a concentration camp and torture chamber during the Second World War.
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The students who know walk its halls to complete their college education have at best a passing knowledge of the horrors that took place there many years ago.
Naga City would be your best bet if your idea is fun in the evening is visiting a bar or disco club and listening to live jazz or a cover band playing your favorite contemporary music. Perhaps you can complement your alcoholic beverages with a sampling of the Sinarapan, the tiniest commercially harvested fish in the world.
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