Naga

Naga is the largest and most important city in the Bicol region, being its center of almost everything. It is the capital of the province of Camarines Sur, and is the core of the organized Metropolitan Naga.

Understand

Naga City was known as Nueva Caceres and was one of the major cities during the Spanish rule in the Philippines. Naga City is also home to the seat of the Archdiocese of Caceres, one of the oldest dioceses in the Philippines. Naga City is also the center of devotion to the Our Lady of Peñafrancia which is one of the largest Marian devotions in Asia. Naga City is the economic, commercial, trade, tourism, medical, technological, religious, cultural, industrial, educational, financial, and social center of the Bicol Region. It is also Camarines Sur's most populous city. It is also the regional center of trade, commerce, and industry, as it is home to large international companies, high-rise hotels, and condominiums. Known as the Convention City of Southern Luzon, Naga City is also the cultural center of Bicol Region because of large convention centers, and most cultural food, festivals, and poetry are located in the city, as well as the second largest coliseum in the Philippines, the Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum.

Get in

By plane

Plane rides to Naga City take about forty-five (45) minutes. Airline companies that provide this service are Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific . Planes land at the Naga Airport in Pili, Camarines Sur, so you will have to take a fifteen (15) minute car ride to get to Naga City.

By car

Naga is 445 km by road from Manila.

By bus

Hundred buses travel to Naga City from Metro Manila, serviced by southwest bound. Departed from several buses pool, can be several times within a day but from Naga City back to Manila normally start from 05.30 AM and the journey takes 8 -10 hours. Asked to be align at Pasay City or nearby EDSA for more convenient travel to downtown Manila.

Naga City has a good terminus. The terminus is considered largest and busiest in Bicol, it was renamed Bicol Central Station. Several canteen served local food and passengers will be departed from the main gate and follow the sign that mentioned its direction, e.g to Manila, to Daet etc. Make sure your bags are properly kept in the baggage compartment and bring your hand-carry into the bus.

Tickets sales daily and can be booked in advance, just go to the counters and choose based on budget: economy (non A/C) to executive (A/C with seating lay out 2 - 2 or 1 - 2 are available).

Get around

Navigating Naga City is easy by car. Public transportation is provided by pedi-cabs,jeepneys and tricycles (three wheel motorcycles). Transport by taxis is now available.

See

Churches and monasteries

Natural attractions

Malabsay Falls

Resorts

Historical landmarks

Monuments

Plaza de Nueva Caceres
The Plaza Quince Martires Monument
The Miguel Robles de Covarrubias Monument

Museums

Bicol Science Centrum

Do

Wakeboarding at Camarines Sur Watersports Complex (CWC)

The Panicuason Hot Springs, in Barangay Panicuason, Naga City, is a 15-minute drive up Mt. Isarog's slopes. There are about five pools with different temperatures. Immerse yourself in the hottest pool and peacefully contemplate your existence, surrounded by lush foliage of a tropical rainforest.

Buy

Shopping Malls & Supermarkets

Eat

Local culinary is known as Bicolano food. Coconut milk is the most important ingredient to be added during the cooking. Mains can be pork, seafood or poultry. Flavor will be hot from chili, sweet and sour to savoury enriched by coconut milk base. Most famous amongst the Bicolanos' menu is Bicol Express, which consists of pork and intestine slow-cooked in coconut milk, vinegar and some spices. Common Filipino menus also can be found quite easily. They include dishes like pork adobo, silog (fried rice in garlic), milkfish (bangus) and longganisa (pork sausages). The taste of the longganisa is sweet, quite similar to Ilocano's longganisa.

Fast food chains such as Jollibee, McDonalds, Bigg's Diner and a lot more serve food at mid-range prices.

Splurge

Eat at the finest Caby's Cabana, Yellow Cab, or the famed culinary center, The Cereza which houses fine dining foreign-themed restaurants such as Grissini Ristorante, El Cabareta Grande, Biringyan Francois, and the Milky Way.

Sleep

Budget

Mid-range

Go next

As the capital and center of Camarines Sur, Naga City serves as the hub for other cities and municipalities in the province. The Central Bus Terminal offers one the means to get to other areas of Camarines Sur. One may take buses or filcabs. Buses make frequent stops to every town they pass through to pick up passengers. Filcabs are vans whose original seats are removed and refitted to accommodate more passengers. They are usually faster way to get to your destination but they have a practice of filling up all the seats before they leave.

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