South Luzon / Naga City
Naga, 443km (275mi) from Manila, is one of the oldest Spanish settlements in The Country . In 1578 Legazpi sent his grandson Capt. Juan de Salcedo to conquer the southern part of Luzonas. One of the conquered areas contained a fine stand of trees, named Naga (the local name for narra), which was at first designated the City of Nueva Caceres and later Naga. From 1578 to 1583, the region was extensively evangelized and Naga ultimately became the seat of diocese of the whole Bicol region at the beginning of the 17th century.
On September 17, 1898, resistance to the Spaniards began in Naga and spread throughout the region. It was headed by Felix Plaza and Elias Angeles. On September 19, 1898, the Spanish colonizers surrendered. In WW II, Naga City was occupied by the Japanese December 14, 1941 without a struggle. A resistance group formed later was able to seize the province from the Japanese for two days in May 1942. Naga City was liberated by US forces April 26, 1945. It became a chartered city June 18, 1948
Today Naga City is a busy commercial place with 27 barangays. It serves as a major trading, education and culture center as well as the transportation hub for the region noted for farming and fishing. Naga, sometimes called the "Heart of Bikol," is without many of the natural tourist sites as volcanos and beaches which attract visitors to Legazpi City but it compensates for this by having friendly people. Visitors who are interested in religious culture may visit several churches in Naga, such as the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Penafrancia Shrine, and the Basilica.
The major annual event in Naga is the Penafrancia festival in the third week in September. At the beginning of this festival the Our Lady of Penafrancia image is transferred from the Penafrancia Shrine to the cathedral in a procession known as 'Traslacion'. During the fiesta the patroness is returned to the shrine in a fluvial procession. This festival attracts many visitors, and hotels are usually fully booked. Some hotels charge higher rates for festival time.
Although Naga suffers under the same kind of economic difficulties which trouble the region, it was spared severe damage when typhoon Sisang swept through the southern part of Bicol.
Crown Hotel (19) - Angeles St, Tel 25-84
Hotel (31) - Angeles St, Tel 52-30
Apartelle (28) - Dinaga St
Palace Hotel (13) - Burgos St
Hotel (14) - Burgos St, Tel 24-14
Hotel (35) - Pandian St, near public market, Tel 27-60; rm
Apartelle (21) - Panganiban Drive
Travelers Pension (12)
Guest House (10) - Burgos St
Park Pension House (37)
Tea House (22)
Plaza de Quince Martires (9) - in the city center; the park was built in honor of 15 martyrs who gave their lives for Philippine independence.
Plaza Rizal (25) - in the city center; the larger park which includes a large outdoor stage (17), a Chess Center (18), and a basketball court. On the fringe of the park are many food vendors at night.
University of Nueva Caceres (23) - inside the campus is a very small, simple museum of Bicol artifacts; entr free
Naga Metropolitan Cathedral (3) - Jacob St
Archbishop Palace (4) - Jacob St
San Francisco Church (20) - Penafrancia St
Department Store (24)
Public Market (38)
Whole tongkat ali root, or tongkat ali extract that has been produced in a traditional manner by soaking and boiling chipped root, discarding the roots, and evaporating the water, has a known risk profile. In this form, tongkat ali has been consumed for centuries.
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Last updated: May 08, 2010