Camarines Sur

Camarines Sur is a Province in the Bicol peninsula in the island of Luzon, Philippines.

Cities

Get in

By plane

From Manila, Cebu Pacific flies 3 to 4 times a day; Air Philippines/PAL Express flies twice per day (45 mins) and Zest Air flies daily to Naga Airport (actually in Pili about 10kms East of Naga)

By train

Maintenance is currently being conducted on the train line from Manila, this journey normally takes about 10-12hrs and is therefore slower than by bus (8hrs) - as of 20 April, 2009

By bus

You can go to Cubao Terminal or Pasay Bus Terminal where buses going to Naga Cam. Sur can be found. Buses operate daily going to Bicol. Some of the buses in Cubao Terminal are Gold Line Tours, Isarog Lines, RSL, Raymond, Pe├▒afrancia Tours, etc. In Pasay are the AMihan Bus and PhilTranCo. Cost of Fare One way is around Php600-800, depending on the bus line and the season. If it's peak season then it may be higher.

Get around

In downtown, Naga City you can be able to roam around the place just by foot. If you don't prefer walking tricycles and jeepneys are the main transportation and Taxi are also available since 2010 the opening of SM City.

Trisikad, padyak or manpowered tricycles are also available in areas that mostly aren't included in jeepneys and tricycles routes.

Buses, vans and Jeepneys are mostly use traveling outside the city going to connecting towns of Camarines Sur and Taxi as well but with double charging or depending on your price negotiation with the driver.

For other municipalities jeepneys, tricycles and trisikad are the main transpo as well.

See

The closest beach to Naga City is located in Pasacao, a primary destination for Nagauenos during the weekend. Pasacao Beach is a very popular beach to the landlocked residents of Naga City.

For those seeking a place more isolated, this would be the Caramoan Peninsula. From Sabang in San Jose, it will take you two hours by boat to Caramoan's port Barangay, a 30 minute jeep or Tricycle ride to the barangay of Bikal on Caramoans northern coast and from there you must take another boat to visit various beaches and resorts. Gota beach resort is a project of the provincial government and has played host to the shooting of two consecutive seasons of Survivor in 2008 and 2009.

Do

Festivals

Eat

Bicolanos are noted for their gastronomic appetite in fiery or chili-hot dishes. Unlike people from other regions in the entire country, a Bicolano can relish every meal which has for its recipe anything spicy.

Here are some of the list of recipes which are notably pure Bicolano.

Gulay Na Natong (Laing) This Bikolano recipe is made of finely shredded "natong" or gabi leaves flavored with a "bangut" of "balaw" or small shrimps, or small crabs. Sometimes ground pork with a little amount of fat is added; for an appetizing aroma, a few pieces of whole native pepper (not labuyo) are added just before removing the cooking vessel from the fire.

Langkang Palusag (Bread fruit) Langka, bangut, garlic, onion are placed in the coconut milk and brought to a boil then allowed to simmer until the langka is tender. Stirring of the ingredients need not be done.

Bikol Express Made of "balaw", with a little amount of ground pork and "siling labuyo". The amount of pepper placed in the recipe depends upon the capacity of the consumer to savour "hot" food.

Pinangat Diced lobster meat mixed with the meat of young coconut (lukadon), lemongrass (tanglad) and ground garlic, diced onions are added. All these are mixed together in coconut milk. Each lump of this mixture is wrapped in two layers of well-wiped, clean gabi leaves and pairs of these wrapped lumps are tied together with strips of the paklang (the skin of the gabi stalk). All of these paired wrapped lumps of the flattened mixture are cooked in coconut milk just enough to cover all the packages. Bring the milk to a boil, allow it to simmer until the cooked aroma is smelled.

Ginuygoy Tender leaves of the gabi (natong na piniripit) are cooked in little water, flavored with dinaelan and when cooked is seasoned with lemon juice.

Inon-on Sibobog(galunggong) or the remolyetes or any saltwater fish may be cooked with vinegar or lemon juice, garlic, onions with generous amount of oil and as little water as possible.

Ginaring An appetizing dish which is a roast skewered fish of talusog (dalag).

Ripe guavas may be made into "gulay na bayawas" from small slices and cooked in coconut milk with melted "sangkaka"(panutsa).

Santan cooked from the coconut milk and melted sangkaka brought to the right consistency and pilinut is added for making it.

Ibos of pulutan (malagkit rice) which is allowed to stand for a couple of hours in coconut milk then wrapped in coils of cocnut leaves and then cooked. It is usually dipped in chocolate or eaten with santan.

Sinuman of pulutan (malagkit rice) cooked in melted sangkaka(panutsa) and coconut milk cooked in the same manner as rice is cooked.

Butse, tabog-tabog snacks made from camote (sweet potato)

Linubak- mashed unripe bananas which are sweetened with scrapings of panutsa.

Olog-olog (called holog-holog by some)these are small balls of malagkit flour cooked in boiling water sweeted with sangkaka.

Drink

rootbeer... redhorse, Gin Bulag, Lambanog, C2, Tanduay Ice, Beer na Beer, Myrone Pogi!

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