Naga city can be found in Bicol Region in the Philippines. Naga city is also one of Luzon’s hipper commercial centres. The town was established by the order of a Spanish Governor General named Francisco de Sande in 1575. There are a lot of churches in the city so there are a lot of local tourists here are going church hoping but Naga also offers a scenic and beautiful wildlife so if you’re into adventuring Naga is also a good choice for you. The locals are friendly and welcoming and the city offers what any other urbanized city can offer and it also has a nice and vibrant nightlife in all of Bicol.
1. Mount Isarog – It is a dormant volcano and also a national park that is open for trekking and mountain-biking other activities. A good place to go to if you want to go adventuring. You can also trek here to Malabsay Falls.
2. Naga City Coliseum – The coliseum is also known as “The Big Dome of the South” and was later renamed as Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum in honor of the Former Mayor of Naga City and DILG Secretary. The coliseum has a capacity of seating 12,000 or more spectators. This is where they watch some local events and basketball games.
3. Metro Naga Sports Complex – The complex is located in Barangay Pacol and it has Olympic-sized swimming pools, tennis courts and an oval track. A good place to visit if you’re into sports activities.
4. Naga Metropolitan Cathedral – The church is considered as the oldest cathedral that was established in southern Luzon. The church was built in 1573 and also inaugurated in 1575.
5. Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine – The church was established in 1750 and is also the original home of the patron saint of Our Lady of Peñafrancia for two centuries.
6. Peñafrancia Basilica Minore –It was established in 1985 and is now the new home of Our Lady of Peñafrancia.
7. The Holy Rosary Minor Seminary Museum – The museum showcases the region’s ancient relics and artifacts like ancient china, burial jars, rare stones and ritual objects.
8. The Penafrañcia Museum – The museum contains the sacred vestiges that are related to Marian devotion to the patron saint of Our Lady of Peñafrancia.
9. Casa Tribunal site – The place is located on Elias Angeles Street and was the original site of the Casa Tribunal or “common house” which provided free rooms to its travelers until 1839.
10. House of Tomas Prieto – The site is located at the corner Panganiban Drive and Peñafrancia Avenue and it was the home of the Bicolano martyr named Tomas Prieto who was executed on January 4, 1897 at the Bagumbayan in Manila together with ten others that were known as the “Bicolano Martyrs”.
Naga is also a great jump off point to the other beautiful places in Camarines Sur. Be sure to check out CWC (located in Cadlan, Pili, Camarines Sur) as well if you’re into watersports.
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Photo Credits: Penafrancis Shrine by Ninya Regalado