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The most celebrated event in Naga City is the 9-day festivities in honor of Our Lady of Penafrancia, the patroness in Bicol. The Penafrancia festival is celebrated every 3rd week of September where thousands of pilgrims and tourists go to Naga City. Our Lady of Penafrancia is a replica of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Salamanca, Spain. The bikolanos call the Virgin Mary as “Ina” (mother) or “mahal na ina” (loving mother).
I heard a lot of miracle stories about “Ina”. They say that when you go and celebrate the festival, whatever you pray and wish will come true and ofcourse you should hold on to that faith.
I was invited many times by my good friend so I can experience the festival in his hometown but only this year of 2012 I became available to join them. At first, I came here just to watch and experience how this was celebrated but when we were in the event, I felt different… I really can’t describe how I felt at that moment when a lot of devotees gather in the streets and shout “Viva la Virgen” as the pagoda of the image of the virgin passes by. There are people crying and shouting their devotion to heavens while they wave their white hankies in the air. It’s totally a different experience when you find yourself in live action.
Written Dec 22, 2012
Address: Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines
Along Magsaysay Ave., there lies the trendy nightlife district of Naga City. Dozens of cool restaurants and bars vie for attention from well-heeled locals and tourists alike It's quite cosmopolitan with sophisticated eateries and other nightlife diversions. A few of the places were former homes that were transformed into a dining establishment.
Written Feb 22, 2012
Address: Magsaysay Avenue
For a reasonable price, you'll experience and will learn how to ride a wakeboard :) 500 pesos deposit + 175 pesos 1 hour cable park that includes usage of the pool, 40 pesos vest and helmet rental. 215 pesos will not hurt your pocket, right?
Written Sep 10, 2011
Address: Naga City, Bicol
How do I describe this place?
It is a beautiful strip filled with restaurants, other types of dining places, music bars/lounges, a beauty salon and so much more.
It is pleasing to the eyes and the hippest thing in town.
It's not as posh as the strips in Manila and other places, but it's a fun place to go to in Naga City.
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Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: Center of Magsaysay Avenue, Naga City
The Archbishop's Residence is just across the street of Naga Metropolitan Cathedral. I didn't go to explore the place anymore because I didn't see anyone, I wasn't sure if it was open to the public, or if you needed to be a member of the Parish, or if you had to know someone from the City to be able to go there.
Written Apr 15, 2010
Address: Naga City
Built in 1985, the Basilica Minore was constructed as the new home of the miraculous image of "Ina", the Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia, Patroness of Bicolandia. The Basilica was intended to accommodate the increasing number of pilgrims from all over the country, as well as devotees from overseas who come for pilgrimage just to visit, pay homage and venerate the Our Lady during the annual September celebration of her Feast Day.
The Basilica Minore is where "Ina" is brought and enthroned after annual fluvial parades in her honor.
When we visited the Basilica, renovations to the tabernacle were ongoing, in preparation for the 2010 celebration which is very special, being the 300th year of devotion to "Ina".
Updated Apr 15, 2010
Address: Balatas Road, Naga City
We almost missed the Jubilee Pavilion at the Basilica Minore compound. We were at the grounds taking shots when it suddenly rained hard. We saw the construction workers run to a pavilion so we followed suit. It was a pleasant surprise to see that it wasn't an ordinary pavilion in the middle of the garden; it was the Penafrancia Diamond Jubilee Pavilion. I learned from a marker posted that the construction of the Penafrancia Diamond Jubilee Pavilion was "a collective gift of all Bicolanos of good standing and of the devotees of Our Lady of Penafrancia from all over the world".
What makes the Jubilee Pavilion unique is its beautiful dome with stained glass murals depicting significant historical and religious milestones in the devotion of "Ina".
Updated Apr 15, 2010
Address: Basilica Minore Compound, Balatas, Naga City
I've been to 2 plazas in Naga City: the Rizal Plaza and the Quince Martires Plaza. The trees help in making the place airy, the gardens and benches provide ideal resting places for people.
I was told that Plaza Rizal was designed to be a venue for debates, while Plaza Quince Martires was set up as tribute to and in honor of the 15 Bicol martyrs during the Spanish regime.
Written Apr 6, 2010
Address: Centro, Naga City
San Francisco Church looks like a modern church in downtown area, but it is rich in history. Only the bell tower of the old church building remains as silent witness to the historic event on September 17, 1898. That day, Filipino rebels led by Felix Plazo and Elias Angeles besieged Governor Vicente Zaidin and the remaining Spaniards in Bicol who were at the church premises for the Peñafrancia fiesta. It is said that though there was a siege, none of the Spanish women and children was harmed by the rebels. As a result of the seige, the Spanish governor signed the papers of capitulation marking the end of Spanish rule in Bicol.
Written Apr 6, 2010
Address: Naga City
At the Holy Rosary Minor Seminary is a museum showcasing memorabilia of prominent Bicolano bishops, as well as old scholastics records and books originally owned by first Filipino bishop Jorge Barlin who is a native of Baao, Camarines Sur. Archival and archeological materials such as artifacts and ancient burial jars of early Bicolanos are also on display.
Updated Apr 6, 2010
Address: Holy Rosary Minor Seminary Compound, Naga City