Naga, Camarines Sur

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" being the region's economic center. Naga City is cited as one of the ''Most Business-Friendly Cities in Asia'' and is considered to be one of the ''Philippines Top 10'' cities, being the ''3rd Most Competitive City in the Philippines'' http: www.bicolmail.com 2012 ?p 17186 http: www.bicolstandard.com 2014 08 daet-naga-city-most-competitive-cities-municipalities-2014.html and ''most competitive city in Bicol''. Naga City is also the only city in where there is a cyber zone that specializes in free internet to everyone. Many entrepreneurs cited the city as the most business-friendly in the Bicol region. located at the heart of Bicol, Naga City is also the trade city in Bicol that is the embarkation point and resting point of goods from Visayas and Manila. Central Business District 1 File:WTNaga EURO B26.JPG WTNaga EURO B26 right thumb Elias Angeles Street right thumb The Naga City Peoples Mall (Image:WTNaga EURO B40.JPG) The first Central Business District, commonly known as 'Downtown Naga' or simply 'Centro' which means center is located in the southern part of the city. In the north, it boundaries on the Naga University Belt and boundaries to the south by the historical Naga City Peoples Mall or simply Naga City Community Supermarket. It surrounds the triplet plazas of Naga City, The Plaza Quince (15) Martires, The Plaza Quezon, and the main monument that is the center of the Central Business District 1, the Plaza Rizal. The Central Business District 1's main roads are the Elias Angeles Street that starts from the Metropolitan Cathedral and ends at the Naga City Supermarket, the Peñafrancia Avenue, which starts at the Pacol Rotunda, north of Naga City, and ends at Panganiban Drive, and the General Luna St. which starts from the Cathedral rotunda and ends at the Tabuco Bridge. The Central Business District 1 is the location of some large local businesses that sells a few local delicacies and native products from neighboring municipalities and provinces. Central Business District 2 WTNaga EURO C1 left thumb Panganiban Drive (File:WTNaga EURO C1.JPG) The second Central Business District is the location of international, and national businesses and is located along the Panganiban (Jose Maria Panganiban) Drive, Roxas (Manuel Roxas) Avenue, and Ninoy (Ninoy Aquino) and Cory (Corazon Aquino) Avenue. The Central Business District 2 is also the location of the largest mall in Bicol, the SM City Naga, the largest, and busiest bus terminal in the Bicol Region, the '''Naga City Central Bus Terminal''', to be renamed as Bicol Central Station, http: naga.gov.ph news p2-9m-ingreso-kan-bus-terminal-cada-bulan and the large Camarines Sur Industrial and Technological Park which houses several Business Process Outsourcing Offices such as Accenture. Though comparably larger, the second Central Business District also is the location of the delivery point, and resting point of trade goods from Legazpi City, Sorsogon City, Masbate City, and Catanduanes. This is also the place where the Naga City Regional Trade Center opened beside the Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum, which is the second largest coliseum in the Philippines after the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The district also is the location of some hotels and some cheap convention centers. South Riverfront Growth Area The South Riverfront Growth Area is found only a few blocks west of CBD-I. It is geared to accommodate medium- to high-end commercial development. It is one of the largest economic allocations made by the local government of Naga. South Riverfront is composed of the whole of Brgy. Sabang– except those areas which are socialized housing sites or are otherwise excluded by the Naga City Land Use Plan for commercial or industrial development. Aside from CBD-I, it is bounded by the Naga River and the town of Camaligan, Camarines Sur. development of the area is anchored on Naga City’s biggest shopping mall– LCC Central Mall. The development area is the location of the Naga City IT Park. Agro-Industrial Zone This area is envisioned as an agro-industrial hub, capitalizing on Bicol’s extensive agricultural resources, the market offered by Naga itself, and the city’s character as the regional center of trade and services– providing access to markets in Metro Naga, Camarines Sur, Bicol and South Luzon. The Agro-Industrial Zone spans barangays Del Rosario, Cararayan, San Isidro, Pacol and Carolina– Naga’s traditional agricultural areas. It has an area of 309 hectares. It will be the site of the 105-hectare Naga Agro-Industrial Ecozone, operated by the Pacol Agro-Industrial Corporation with incentives from the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA). Magsaysay District File:WTNaga Mr.Kengkoy B26.JPG WTNaga Mr.Kengkoy B26 left thumb Magsaysay Avenue The main road in the city is Magsaysay Avenue or Magsaysay Boulevard which starts from Bagumbayan Road (Naga-Calabanga (Calabanga, Camarines Sur)-Siruma (Siruma, Camarines Sur)-Garchitorena (Garchitorena, Camarines Sur)-Partido (Partido (Philippines)) North Road), connecting it to the Magsaysay District where accommodations and restaurants catering to travelers are found. Atiyah, Jeremy (2002). "Rough Guide to Southeast Asia", pg. 880. Rough Guides Ltd., London. ISBN 1-85828-893-2. Businesses are open till late at night with some shops also open 24 7. Naga City also has its share of fastfood restaurant chains. The city hall, provincial capitol and several provincial offices are also located in the district around the Peñafrancia Basilica (Peñafrancia Basilica Minore). Banking and Finance thumb right Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Central Bank of the Philippines) Regional Office (File:WTNaga LAPANAK C43.JPG) The Total Banks in the city is around 62 excluding the regional office of Banco Sentral ng Pilipinas, and the national offices Peñafrancia Financial Corporation, Nueva Caceres Savings Bank, Rural Bank of Nueva caceres, and Northeast Philippine Bank. The city hosts the Regional offices of Banco De Oro, Philippine National Bank, Development Bank of the Philippines, Metrobank (Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company), RCBC (Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation), Allied Bank (Allied Banking Corporation), China Banking Corporation, Philtrust Bank, UnionBank of the Philippines, Philippine Veterans Bank, Asia United Bank, Maybank, Mega International Commercial Bank, Asia United Bank, Bank of Commerce, East West Bank, Citibank Philippines, Bank of Makati, Bank of the Philippine Islands,and the Philippine Postal Savings Bank (Philippine Postal Corporation). Banks with many branches are Banco de Oro with 12 branches (Banco De Oro), Bank of the Philippine Islands has 9 branches including BPI family bank (Bank of the Philippine Islands), MetroBank has 4 branches, China bank and Landbank has 3, RCBC and Security bank 2 branches . A leading thrift bank, RCBC Savings Bank, enjoys patronage from both Filipino and Chinese businessmen. Robinsons Bank of the Gokongwei group has also set up its branch in the city. One of the biggest rural banks in the country, Bank of Makati, is also found in the city. Land bank -Magsaysay branch, Security Bank-Diversion branch and Philippine Planters Bank, are the three latest banks to open in the city this year 2013. Meanwhile Banco de Oro opened their twelfth branch in DECA Corporate Center and Maybank at Panganiban Drive. Shopping Malls WTNaga EURO A33 right thumb The Avenue Square (File:WTNaga EURO A33.JPG) SM City Naga is the most visited, and largest shopping mall in the Bicol Region, ranging from 100,000-250,000 every two days. SM City Naga is located at the second Central Business District and beside the Naga City Central Bus Terminal, the largest and busiest bus terminal in Bicol Region. Naga City also has another largest mall in the Bicol Region, the Nagaland E-Mall that is strategically located in the Central Business District 1 or Centro Naga, with Robisons Supermarket as its anchor store. The mall is considered to be the largest homegrown commercial complex in the Bicol Region, due to its size. LCC Central Mall (LCC Mall) Naga is also located in Felix Plazo Street near Central Business District I and has the Naga City Integrated Westbound Transport Terminal, which caters transportation from Del Gallego, Camarines Sur, to Milaor, Camarines Sur and everything in between. There are two Puregold Malls in Naga City, the Puregold Centro Naga, and the Puregold Naga which is located in Diversion Road. The Avenue Square is Bicol Region's first lifestyle center built in 2005 along Magsaysay Avenue. Avenue Square currently is one of the nightlife centers in the Bicol Region. There are also leisure hubs in the city, and majority are constructed along Magsaysay Avenue, since it is the center of nightlife in the Bicol Region. A leisure hub built along Magsaysay Avenue is the Westpark Center. Another leisure hub is the Night Plaza which is the location of the first Starbucks in Southern Luzon. The Gaisano Mall Naga has already started dumping by Bicol Medical Center. Business Process Outsourcing Naga City was cited as one of the best places to conduct BPO business in the Philippines. http: www.curranrecruit.com.au #!BPO-Hot-spots-in-the-Philippines--looking-beyond-Manila- c15hi 3CB5CF5C-6C36-44CA-82E0-78C458CE16D9 The city currently has three IT parks—the Naga City IT Park, the Camarines Sur Industrial and Technological Park, and the newly inaugurated Naga City Technology Center that are all highly conducive for outsourcing businesses as well as transactions that do not require transportation. The three facilities offer about 40,000 call center seats that could provide jobs to some 120,000 agents in three-shifts. Pioneering the business in Naga City is the Incubation Center of Southern Luzon Technological College Foundation Inc. (SLTCFI) and Philippine Computer Colleges which are extensions of Naga City Industries District, the third IT ecozone in the Bicol region inaugurated in August 13, 2011. Naga City is also the location of IT schools, and cyberoffices in the Bicol Region. The Philippine Computer Foundation College Inc. has opened their South Luzon Call center in Naga City in order to get more clients at reach. http: pcfc.edu.ph http: panpages.ph listings ph328029-philippine-computer-foundation-college The Worldtech Resources Institute also has constructed their own edifice that can hande 5,000 to 9,000 call center agents per shift. http: provemewrong.net23.net President.php The Computer Communication Development Institute or CCDI has also headquartered their operations in Naga City, and is the extension of the Naga City Technology Center. http: eskwelahan.com camarinessur ccdi-naga.html http: www.philippinecompanies.com companyprofile 55510 computer-communication-development-institute-naga-city This institute is the overall watcher of government-owned BPO companies in the Bicol Region. The international BPO company IBM also constructed their own call center office just infront of SM City Naga. http: www.abs-cbnnews.com business 05 21 13 ibm-unit-set-bpo-facility-naga-city IBM is to undergo a major expansion this 2014 constructing a new 6-floor building and heightening the first building from 2 floors to 5 floors. http: newsbytes.ph 2013 05 22 ibm-bares-bpo-expansion-in-naga-city Places of interest thumb right The Rotunda (architecture) rotunda (Image:Nagacathedral.jpg) in front of the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral. thumb right San Francisco Church (Image:IJVSanFranciscoChurch4.jpg) Churches and monasteries * '''Naga Metropolitan Cathedral (Naga Cathedral)''' is the oldest cathedral established in the whole southern Luzon. It was built in 1573, and was inaugurated in 1575. It is also the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Caceres. * '''Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine''' is the original home of Our Lady of Peñafrancia for two centuries. It was established in 1750. * '''Peñafrancia Basilica Minore''', established in 1985, it is the new home of Our Lady of Peñafrancia where the Traslacion starts when her image is led into procession around the city streets then brought to the cathedral. * '''San Francisco Church''', established in 1578, it is the first church in the region built by the Franciscan Friars. The surrender of the Spanish forces to the Bikol revolutionaries Elias Angeles and Felix Plazo took place here on September 18, 1896. The church was reduced to rubble by the heavy bombing of Naga in World War II, and the church remained in ruins until the present new edifice was constructed. * '''St. Jude Churches in del Rosario''' * '''Carmelite Church and Monastery''' - home of the Carmelite nuns in Bicol. * '''Holy Rosary Minor Seminary and Museum''' - oldest seminary in the Bicol Region, it houses the old paraphernalia, and items used by the old Catholic Church, including the documents of Our Lady of Peñafrancia’s verified devotion, and coronation. *'''Holy Rosary Major Seminary and Church''' -the largest seminary in the Bicol Region. * '''Immaculate Conception Church''' * '''Caritas Mariae Church in Pacol''' *''' Christ the King Church''', Ateneo de Naga University * '''Holy Cross Parish Church in Barangay Tabuco''' Natural attractions thumb Malabsay Falls (Image:Malabsayfalls.jpg) * '''Mount Isarog''' is a dormant volcano and a national park open for trekking and mountain biking *''' Malabsay Falls''', a waterfall near Mt. Isarog. It can be accessible through hiking in the Panicuason trail or through the Stonehouse Gardens Resort. * '''Nabontolan Falls''' rests within the protected area of Mt. Isarog National Park and accessible through the Panicuason trail, this waterfall offers a breathtaking refuge from the busy city life and allows one to commune with nature. It is seldom visited by mountain climbers, hikers and picnic-goers because of its rough trail. http: planet.naga.ph 36971 destination-nabontolan-falls *'''Naga City Ecology Park''' is an ecological park located in Brgy. Pacol, at the foot of Mount Isarog. It is a five-hectare sprawl of tropical greenery, the park showcases various exotic plants, palms, an eco-walk maze, topiary garden, an orchid and mini-forest. Walkways, lawns, and pavilions provides for family picnics, stroll, and undisturbed appreciation of nature’s beauty. http: panpages.ph listings ph56148-the-naga-city-ecology-park *'''Panicuason Hot Springs Resort''' is one of Bicol’s secret hideaways. Located at the bottom of a forest river ravine accessible via a private road, this resort is smack at the center of the teeming rain forest of Mt. Isarog. Only 30 minutes away from downtown naga, the resort is a sight to behold, a virtual jungle paradise of ancient trees and giant ferns minus the wild animals. The resort is composed of several natural pools with temperatures ranging from a cold 20 degrees Celsius to a steaming 39 degrees Celsius. Frequented by local and international visitors, it has also been featured on national TV shows. A day or two at the hot springs resort will surely uplift one’s spirit and soothe aching and weary muscles with hot spring water that emanates from the earth’s bowels. http: www.gmanetwork.com news story 299344 newstv biyahenidrew 48-hours-in-naga-a-biyahe-ni-drew-itinerary Resorts *'''Spring Valley Garden Resort''', is a resort that sprawls at the outer slope of Mount Isarog and derives its name from natural springs that feed its four swimming pools with fresh freely flowing water. Resort''', is one of the oldest known resorts in the city. Since its development in 1970, it has maintained its services and reputation in the city as one of the first resorts in Naga. http: www.nagacitydeck.com 2011 05 penafrancia-resort-carolina-naga-city.html *'''Stonehouse Garden Resort''', is a resort at the very slope of Mount Isarog . The resort is jump-off to the Panicuason Trail, which leads to Malabsay and Nabontolan Falls, and to Mt. Isarog itself. http: www.angkulet.com 2012 12 31 stonehouse-gardens-resort-naga-city #sthash.2ldLnp5b.dpbs *'''Rock Garden Resort''' *'''Casa Ofelia Resort''' is a resort in Brgy. Carolina. http: ph.geoview.info casa_ofelia_resort,18615048p Historical landmarks Nine sites and landmarks in the city with historical value Barrameda,Jr., Jose V.. "Naga’s historical landmarks". Naga City Official Website. Retrieved on 2012-05-23. * '''''Calle Via Gainza''''', now Peñafrancia Avenue, was first known as Via Gainza in honor of Bishop Francisco Gainza, O.P. (1863–1879), the 25th and considered as the greatest Spanish bishop of the See of Caceres. * '''''Calle Real''''', now Elias Angeles Street, was one of the earliest streets in Spanish Nueva Caceres laid out at the close of the 16th century. The street figured as a historic backdrop to the events of September 1898, which established the Filipino revolutionary government headed by Elias Angeles. * '''''Calle de Legaspi''''' at the western portion of Panganiban Drive, was established in 1839 after the Naga River was straightened as a short cut from Calle Real to the new western bank of the river. * '''''Casa Real''''' '''site''' on General Luna Street. The Casa Real, the government building of Nueva Caceres, was established at this location in 1588 * '''''Casa Tribunal''''' '''site''' on Elias Angeles Street was the original site of the ''Casa Tribunal'' or “common house” which provided free rooms to travelers until 1839. * '''''Casino Español''''' '''site''' at the corner Elias Angeles and Arana Street, was the location of Casino Español, a spacious building of piedra china and wood that served as the social and recreational center of the male Spanish population of Nueva Caceres and neighboring towns. * '''House of Tomas Prieto site''' at the corner Panganiban Drive and Peñafrancia Avenue was the home of the Bicolano martyr, Tomas Prieto, who was executed on January 4, 1897 at the Bagumbayan Field in Manila together with ten others, collectively known as the "Bicol Martyrs." * The '''Naga City Police Station''' on Barlin Street was the site of the Cuartel General of the Guardia Civil in Camarines that was constructed in 1870, but was razed by fire caused by faulty electrical wiring. * '''''Puente de Naga''''', now Lt. Delfin Rosales Bridge, the massively designed concrete bridge was constructed in 1847 and was known as Puente de Naga, and until the 1920s when the bridge was renamed in honor of Bicolano Jose Maria Panganiban. It was renamed again in 1989, to honor Lt. Delfin C. Rosales in World War II, during the battle for Naga in April 1945. Monuments thumb right Plaza de Nueva Caceres (Image:WTNaga BAHALANA B41.JPG) thumbnail right The Plaza Quince Martires Monument (File:The Fifteen Martyrs of Bicol Monument in Naga City, Camarines Sur.JPG) *'''Plaza Miguel Robles de Covarrubias''' is a monument in the plaza of Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine, the old home of Our Lady of Peñafrancia. It was constructed, along with the stage, to commemorate the 300 Years of love and devotion to the Our Lady of Peñafrancia, the patroness of Bicolandia. It also depicts of how Fr. Miguel Robles de Covarrubias brought Ina to the Bicolanos. *'''Plaza de Nueva Caceres''', also known as the '''Oragon Monument''', is a monument constructed by the local government of Naga City to commemorate Naga City's long history, and its charter anniversaries. The monument depicts Nueva Caceres during the Spanish Period. The yearly foundation day of Nueva Caceres is held in the monument. http: www.nagacitydeck.com 2010 06 unveiling-of-plaza-ciudad-de-nueva.html *'''Plaza Rizal''' is the oldest plaza and monument in Naga City. It is the centerpiece of the Rizal Park which was the former park of the old Camarines Sur Provincial Capitol. It has José Rizal and some angels in the monument. Majority of trade fairs held in the city are sometimes done in the plaza. The plaza is also adjacent to the Plaza Quezon. *'''Plaza Quezon''' is the largest plaza in Naga City. It is where the Regional Civic Parade, Voyadores Festival, Military Parade are done in September during the festivities of Our Lady of Peñafrancia. It is also where international artists and showbiz caravans are held when visiting the city. http: naga.gov.ph see-naga attractions *'''Plaza Barlin''' is the only monument constructed to commemorate Bishop Jorge Barlin, the first Filipino bishop, which was from Baao, Camarines Sur. *'''Plaza Quince Martires''' is the monument located at the very heart of Naga's Central Business District I. It commemorates the martyrdom of 15 people from Naga who oppose Spanish Regime. It was on January 4, 1897 or barely 5 days after the National Hero –Dr. Jose P. Rizal – was executed when the 11 prisoners from Bicol were also executed on the same field in Bagumabayan (now Luneta). The four others had either died in prison as a result of torture or while in exile in the island of Fernando Poo (or Fernando Pó), off the coast of Africa. The monument was built on November 29, 1926 during the American occupancy. http: www.voxbikol.com article bikol-honors-its-15-martyrs-the1896-revolution *'''Jose Maria Panganiban Monument''' in Naga Central School I is a monument dedicated to the Bicolano hero Jose Maria Panganiban, who was an active member of the La Solidaridad Propaganda movement during the waning days of Spanish Colonial Rule. *'''Jesse Robredo Monument''' in his burial site at Eternal Gardens Naga City located at Balatas Road where the Peñafrancia Basilica Minore is located and near to the monument. It is a commemorative monument to honor the late Jesse Robredo who was Naga City Mayor from 1988 to 2009. He was a great example of good governance in the country. *'''Infantil de la Milagrosa Monument''' in front of the Universidad de Santa Isabel is a historic monument built by the Daughters of Charity that is the management of the Universidad de Santa Isabel and is a major component of Catholic life. The monument commemorates the thanksgiving of the nuns after World War II in which that they were saved from the impending danger. *'''Sto. Niño Monument''' is a monument located inside the Parish of the Immaculate Conception. It is a monument unveiled by the Archdiocese of Caceres to commemorate the patronage of Santo Niño in the Archdiocese, being centered in the parish. Museums thumb Bicol Science Centrum (Image:Bicol science centrum.JPG) * The '''Holy Rosary Minor Seminary Museum''' showcases Bicol's ancient relics and artifacts like burial jars, ancient china wares,rare stones and ritual objects. The museum also features local church history where old Church vestiges and sacred objects are displayed. * The '''Penafrañcia Museum''' contains sacred vestiges related to Marian devotion to Our Lady of Peñafrancia. * The '''University of Nueva Caceres Museum''' is one of the oldest museums outside Manila and recognized by the International Association of Museum. It houses historical artifacts of the ancient Bikol, its people and culture. * '''Bicol Science and Technology Centrum''' is a science museum established in 1993 in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology to cater to the science and technology education for the young, professionals, teachers andenthusiasts alike. It features an exhibit of interactive gadgets, a skywatch gallery, a sci-cubby hole for the kids, an audio-visual room and a cybercafé for internet users. * The '''Naga City Art Gallery''', established by the Salingoy Art Group in partnership with the Naga City government, houses traditional and contemporary art works of Bicolano artists. * The '''Mariel Daculoo's Art Gallery''', was established by American friar named Fr. Kris B. Amador in 2014 in partnership with the 555 yuna foundation, Their gallery are more about ancient, nature etc.. Culture Naga City is considered to be Bicol's cultural center due to the largest festival in the region is held in the city, The Peñafrancia Festival. Festivals thumb left Fluvial Procession for Our Lady of Peñafrancia (Image:Peñafrancia Fluvial Parade Naga City.jpg) The Peñafrancia Festival The city celebrates the Feast of Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia Our Lady of Peñafrancia, the Patroness of the Bicol Region starting second Friday of September each year. The start of the 10-day feast, the largest Marian devotions in the country, is signalled by a procession (called ''Traslacion'') which transfers the centuries-old image of the Blessed Virgin Mary from its shrine at the Peñafrancia Basilica Minore to the 400-year old Naga Metropolitan Cathedral. Coinciding with nine days of novena prayer at the cathedral, the city celebrates with parades, pageants, street parties, singing contests, exhibits, concerts, and other activities. Finally, on the third Saturday of September, the image is returned shoulder-borne by so-called ''voyadores'' to the Basilica Minore de Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia via the historic Naga River. The next day, marks the feast day of the Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Pontifical High Masses are celebrated in the Basilica Minore, attended by hundreds of thousands of faithful devotees. Kamundagan Festival Naga City celebrates the '''Kamundagan Festival''' every Christmas time. It begins with the lighting of the Christmas Village in the Plaza Quezon Grandstand. After the lighting of the Christmas Village, six locally handmaid stars, known locally as '''parols''' are lighted with different meanings. Love, progress, peace, happiness, prosperity, and joy symbolize the stars. The giant Christmas tree is lighted 2 weeks before Christmas. Every night, different fantasy-themed Christmas shows are held in the Plaza Quezon. A Grand Christmas Bazaar is also held near the Cathedral, exhibiting different talents in Magic, Trickery, Beauty, and Brains. The Bazaar also has some stores that sell locally made Christmas themed products for visitors. Kinalas Festival Naga City celebrates Kinalas Festival during its yearly anniversary of Chartership or Cityhood. It honors the most famous local delicacies, the Kinalas, and Siling Labuyo, with it having a food contest. Also known as Charter Day Festival, different organizations and schools, compete in Sports and Academics, as sponsored by the local government. Food and delicacies Naga is known to have some native foods and delicacies: * Kinalas - Kinalas and log-log are noodle soup dishes served Bicol style, similar to ''mami'' except for a topping of what looked like a Pansit Palabok sauce, and the meaty dark soup made from boiling a cow or a pig’s head until the flesh fell off. Kinalas luglog, from the Tagalog word "''kalas''", refers to the "fall off the bone" meat that is placed on top of the noodles. The soup is the broth of beef bone and bone marrow (sometimes skull and brain included) or what Manileños call "''bulalo''". http: kinalasnaga.blogspot.com The soup is topped with very tender meat slices that also came from the pig's head. It is usually served hot with an egg, sprinkled with roasted garlic and spring onions. Kalamansi and patis may be added according to taste. Kinalas is usually paired with Baduya Banana Cue or Camote Cue. * Buko Juice - Juice freshly extracted from a young coconut. http: www.pchrd.dost.gov.ph index.php 2012-05-23-07-46-36 2012-05-24-00-03-06 5588-the-beneficial-buko-juice * Nata de Coco * Pan de Naga - the local bread of the city http: leahdeleon.com 2012 10 17 pan-de-naga-pugon-pandesal Sports * Metro Naga Sports Complex in Barangay Pacol has Olympic-sized swimming pools, tennis courts and a track oval. "Heritage Tour". See Naga. Retrieved on 2012-06-13. * Naga City Coliseum- Later renamed as Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum in honor of the late DILG Secretary and Former Mayor of Naga City. Nightlife * The nightlife in Naga City is concentrated along Magsaysay Avenue where restaurants, bars and music lounges are lined up catering to tourist and locals alike. Nightlife in the city is considered as the most vibrant in Bicol. "Fun things to do in Naga City". Virtual Tourist. Retrieved on 2012-06-13. Infrastructure Transportation left thumb Philippine National Railways Naga railway station Naga Station (Image:WTNaga BAHALANA B47.JPG) By air Naga City is easily accessible by air. The city is served by the Naga Airport (WNP) located at Barangay San Jose in the neighboring town of Pili (Pili, Camarines Sur). It has a runway of 4,780 meters. Flights from Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Naga takes approximately 35–40 minutes with services provided by Cebu Pacific which has five flights daily, and Air Philippines that has six flights daily. The airport is capable of handling large and international aircraft. By land By land, Naga is a 7 to 8-hour ride from Manila via Quirino & Andaya Highways or 10 hours via the Maharlika Highway. It is approximately 22 hours from Cebu City with ferry transfers in Sorsogon, the southernmost province of the Bicol peninsula. Buses ply to Sorsogon and Tacloban. Railways Naga City is the Regional head office and the Center point of the Philippine National Railway's Bicol Line. Naga Prosper and flourished as it serves as a transit point of Commerce in Camarines' Area. Daily rail services to and from Manila were provided by the Philippine National Railways under Bicol Express Service. Naga with adjacent towns and cities from Tagkawayan, Quezon province to Ligao, Albay is served daily by Bicol Commuter's express. A plan has been expressed upon completion of the rehabilitation of the Line to Legazpi (Legazpi, Albay) the Bicol Commuter's Express will be extended up to Legazpi in the near future. Network Roads and Bridges Naga City's total road network as of December 2009 is 185.02 Kilometers, of which 147.67 km are now concreted; 14.63 km are concreted with asphalt overlay, 4.10 km are asphalted; 11.87 km are gravel surfaced while 5.76 km are still earth road unsurfaced. This translates to an increase of 19.74 km http: naga.gov.ph ecological-profile infrastructure-ecological-profile transportation-2 Land Transportation The common vehicles used for intra-city travel are ''Public-Utility Jeepneys'', ''Trimobiles'', and ''Padyaks''. Padyaks can be used in subdivision and barangay transportation. They provide medium amount of speed in terms of travelling to the city center. Trimobiles are most famous and most used land transport in the city. There are 1,500 units available for hire while 1,150 are for private use. There is now stiffer competition among drivers that create a wide range of problems such as fare overcharging, refusal to convey passengers, imbalance distribution of trimobile service resulting to a shortage of transport service in some areas of the city and rampant traffic violations. utility jeepneys (PUJ) and multicabs are another major mode of intra-city transport used by regular commuters, a total of 323 units. Inter-town trips are served by 403 Filcab vans and 708 jeepneys while inter-provincial trips are served by an average of 300 airconditioned and non-airconditioned buses and 88 Filcab vans. Late last year, about 50 taxi units became available in the city. They use the sides of new SM Naga City as waiting area for passengers within and outside the city. Major Roads There are different major roads in every district of the city. Centro (CBD I) * ''Elias Angeles Street'' http: nearbyph.com location 13.624248 123.185493 elias-angeles-street-sta-cruz-naga-city-camarines-sur-4400-philippines -is the main thoroughfare in CBD I. It is primarily used by people heading from the Partido (Partido (Philippines)) Area, the towns of Calabanga (Calabanga, Camarines Sur), Bombon (Bombon, Camarines Sur), Magarao (Magarao, Camarines Sur), Canaman (Canaman, Camarines Sur) and the barangays of Bagumbayan Norte and Sur, along with Barangay Calauag.. Formerly called Calle Real, it starts at the merging of Bagumbayan Road (Naga-Calabanga (Calabanga, Camarines Sur)-Siruma (Siruma, Camarines Sur)-Garchitorena (Garchitorena, Camarines Sur)-Partido (Partido (Philippines)) North Road) and Jacob (Hakob) Street. It passes through the Metropolitan Naga Cathedral (Naga Cathedral), the main plazas of Naga City, the Nagaland E-Mall, several banks, and the terminal heading to Naga City's north barangays. It ends at its junction with Caceres Avenue at the Barangay hall of Barangay Dinaga. * ''Peñafrancia Avenue''-is another thoroughfare in CBD I. It is primarily used by people from the northern barangays of Naga City (Panicuason, Carolina, Cararayan, San Isidro, Balatas, San Felipe, and Pacol) along with the barangays of Peñafrancia (Peñafrancia, Naga), Liboton, Dayangdang, and Tinago. It starts from the junction of Padre Garcia Avenue in which it becomes Pacol Road after crossing it. It passes through the barangay of San Felipe, the Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine, the barangay of Peñafrancia (Peñafrancia, Naga), which has the old houses of Naga City, and the Naga City Hospital, and through the CBD I, passing by the back portion of Nagaland E-Mall, San Francisco Church, the ''Plaza Quince Martires''. It ends at its junction with Panganiban Drive. http: nearbyph.com location 13.636003 123.198792 penafrancia-avenue-naga-city-cs-4400-philippines *''General Luna Street''-is a short but major thoroughfare in CBD I. It starts from Plaza Barlin, and ends at Caceres Avenue, at the Naga City People's Mall. http: nearbyph.com location 13.623058 123.184486 general-luna-street-naga-city-4400-camarines-sur-philippines *''Barlin Street''-is another thoroughfare in CBD I. It starts from Padre Burgos Street, near the University of Nueva Caceres, and ends at the Quadricentennial Arch Rotunda (Naga Cathedral) inside the compound of the Naga Cathedral. CBD II *''Panganiban Drive''-is the main thoroughfare in CBD II. It is primarily used by people heading from the barangays of Concepcion Pequeña, and Grande, along with barangay Del Rosario. It starts from Elias Angeles Street, in front of the Plaza Rizal. It passes through intersetions with Peñafrancia Avenue, Calle del Rio, Blumetritt Street, then passes to Ninoy and Cory Avenue, which is heading to SM City Naga, ''Bicol Central Station'', Jesse Robredo Coliseum, ''CBD Plaza Hotel'', ''Nueva Caceres Convention Center''. Panganiban Drive then passes to the regional offices of Department of Agriculture (Department of Agriculture (Philippines)), Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Trade and Industry (Department of Trade and Industry (Philippines)), Department of Education, and Pag-Ibig. Panganiban Drive ends at the Central Rotunda. South Riverfront Growth Area *''Felix Plazo Street''-is the main thoroughfare in the area. It starts from Abella Street, and ends in the Bishop Francisco Gainza Highway, or locally known as Mabolo-Camaligan-Gainza Road, heading to the town of Gainza. LCC Central Mall is located in the street. Bagumbayan District thumb right Bagumbayan Street (File:WTNaga LAPANAK C28.JPG) *''Bagumbayan Street''-also known as '''Naga'''-Calabanga (Calabanga, Camarines Sur)-Siruma (Siruma, Camarines Sur)-Garchitorena (Garchitorena, Camarines Sur)-Partido (Partido (Philippines)) North Road is the main thoroughfare in the area. It strats from the merging with Jacob Street forming Elias Angeles Street, and ends as Bagumabayan Street in the intersection with Taculod Road. It passes through the barangays of Bagumbayan Norte, and Bagumabayan Sur. *''Queborac Drive''-is the main thoroughfare for residents in Marupit, Sua and Dugcal in the town of Camaligan (Camaligan, Camarines Sur), the residents of San Vicente, Del Rosario, Baras, and Poro in the town of Canaman (Canaman, Camarines Sur) and the residents of Jolly Neighbors Subdivision in Barangay Bagumbayan Sur. It starts from Bagumabayan Street, and ends at the Mabolo-Camaligan (Camaligan, Camarines Sur)-Gainza (Gainza, Camarines Sur) Road, which heads to Pamplona (Pamplona, Camarines Sur) Magsaysay District thumb right The intersection of Peñafrancia and Magsaysay Avenues (File:WTNaga EURO A28.JPG) *''Magsaysay Avenue''-is the main thoroughfare in the Magsaysay District, the center of nightlife in the Bicol Region. http: books.google.com.ph books?id 1ZjX38KrDqIC&pg PT1224&lpg PT1224&dq nightlife+most+vibrant+in+bicol&source bl&ots Xgk9jozkkg&sig lsFC8BN-EQ_Y0FxRIVKTIOzSCdc&hl en&sa X&ei TmZoU-6HBISE8gXxqYDoDw&ved 0CCYQ6AEwAA#v onepage&q nightlife%20most%20vibrant%20in%20bicol&f false It starts from the intersection with Queborac Drive and Bagumbayan Street. It then passes through a portion of Barangay Liboton, passing through the Naga College Foundation, and Camarines Sur National High School Liboton Annex (Camarines Sur National High School). It then intersects with Peñafrancia Avenue (Peñafrancia), and crosses the Naga River (Bicol River). It then enters the Magsaysay District with Avenue Square's complex. It intersects again with Balatas Road (heading to the Peñafrancia Basilica) and passes through some bars and nightclubs. It finally ends with the entrance to the rotunda along with Panganiban Drive and Maharlika Highway (Pan-Philippine Highway). http: nearbyph.com location 13.636100 123.193352 magsaysay-avenue-corner-catmon-street-naga-city-camarines-sur-philippines Phone services Naga is served by landline and mobile phone companies like BayanTel and Digitel of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company. Major mobile phone providers in the area include Globe Telecom, Smart (Smart Communications), and Sun Cellular. Public Services Health care thumb right The Bicol Medical Center (Image:Bicol medical center 1.JPG) thumb right AGO Foundation Hospital (Image:Ago foundation hospital naga city.JPG) Naga City hosts the largest hospitals in the Bicol Region. The government owned Bicol Medical Center and the Universidad de Sta. Isabel - Mother Seton Hospital owned and operated by the Daughters of Charity, along with the government-owned Camarines Sur Provincial Hospital are considered to be the largest hospitals in the Bicol Region in size and accommodation. Naga City also houses the only medical district in Bicol, The Metropolitan Naga Medical District. Naga City is the Medical Center of Bicol. * '''Bicol Medical Center (BMC)''', the largest hospital in the Bicol Region, formerly called the Camarines Sur Regional Hospital, is located in Concepcion Pequeña, offers specialty training in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, General Surgery, Obstetric and Gynecology, Anesthesiology, Radiology, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Orthopedics and Traumatology, the only in Bicol. This is also the base hospital of the Helen Keller Foundation where eye specialists all over the country are trained and later assigned in different parts of the Philippines. "Bicol Medical Center" Located in the BMC Compound are the following hospitals: *Bicol Optical Center- the only optical center in the Bicol Region that is instituted. *Bicol Orthopedic, Obgyne, and Respiratory Center *Bicol Trauma, and Cancer Center * '''Universidad de Sta. Isabel- Mother Seton Hospital (USI - MSH)''', is the biggest private hospital in the Bicol Region for the number of admissions, medical equipment facility, number of beds available, physical structure and number of board certified medical consultants. It is the only private hospital in Bicol offering specialty training programs accredited by the Philippine Medical Association’s component society in major fields of Medicine, like in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and General Surgery. "Universidad de Sta. Isabel-Mother Seton Hospital". * '''Camarines Sur Provincial Hospital''' another largest hospital in the Bicol Region and in Camarines Sur. It was created and founded in 1989 through Republic Act 9963. This integrated hospital is one of the first-class hospitals in the Philippines. * The Plaza Medica houses the Naga Endocrine Laboratory (also called the ''Endolab''), a modern specialty laboratory facility and hormone laboratory Naga. * Bicol Philanthropic Hospital (tertiary hospital) * Blessed Light Christian Hospital (tertiary hospital) * St. John Hospital (tertiary hospital) * Ago Foundation Hospital (tertiary hospital) * Naga City Integrated Hospital (tertiary hospital) * Dr. Nilo Roa Memorial Hospital (tertiary hospital) * Metropolitan Naga Medical Center (tertiary hospital) * Naga City Hospital (tertiary hospital) * Bicol Access Health Centrum (tertiary hospital) * NICC Naga Doctors Hospital (tertiary hospital) * Bicol Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center (secondary hospital) * Bicol Dietician Center (secondary hospital) * Bicol Heart Center (secondary hospital) * Delfin Rosales Integrated Infirmary (secondary hospital) * Almeda Medicare Community Center (secondary hospital) * Dr. Joaquin Perez Medical Infirmary (secondary hospital) Waste Management and Disposal Solid Waste The main pollutants in the city come in the form of solid waste generated daily. Generally, these wastes come from various sources: residential, commercial, industrial and institutional. Naga City generates approximately 85.8 tons of waste per year, based on the latest 2009 estimates, where agricultural waste makes up a little more than one-fourth (26%) of the total volume. Food wastes make up a slightly smaller share at 23%. Paper- based materials compose 12%, while the other material categories are spread out in smaller percentages. Solid wastes are disposed of and collected via the city’s garbage trucks which traverses ten routes on a daily basis. Collected wastes are then dumped at the ''Balatas Controlled Dump site'' where they are segregated according to type of wastes biodegradable and non-biodegradable. Waste A study on wastewater treatment facility is incorporated in the proposed septage management ordinance where the city will be very strict in the compliance of proper waste treatment by housing and establishment owners. The Local Water Utilities Agency has identified the Metro Naga Water District as its local partner in providing septage services, in exchange for the collection of environmental fees in water bills. The new wastewater treatment facility of SM City Naga, operational since April 20, 2009, has a capacity of 500 cu. meters per day but at present it is treating only around 200. http: naga.gov.ph ecological-profile waste-management Awards The concern for the environment of the Naga City government was nationally and internationally recognized. In 1998 it received the Dubai International Award as one of the Top 10 World Best Practices in Improving the Living Environment, for Naga City’s Participatory Planning Initiatives. It received the 1995, 1998 and 1999 Cleanest “AA” Slaughterhouse Awards given by the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the National Meat Inspection Commission (NMIC). In 1994, Naga City was a regional winner as the Cleanest and Greenest in Bicol. While on June 2001, LGU Naga City received the Saringgaya Award from the DENR for Distinguished Contributions in the Development of Environmental Programs in Region V. http: archives.pia.gov.ph ?m 12&sec reader&rp 1&fi p040326.htm&no 6&date 03 26 2004 Fire Safety The ''Naga City Fire Station'' is one of the most equipped fire stations in the country. Other fire stations include Naga Chin Po Tong Fire Brigade, and the Naga White Volunteer http: news.pia.gov.ph index.php?article 861393921793 Police and Law Enforcement The city is the location of two of the largest police stations in the Bicol Region . The historical ''Naga City Police Station'', which had been the military base of operations of the ''Guardia Civil'' in the Bicol Region, during the time of the Spanish Regime in the Philippines. http: naga.gov.ph see-naga attractions naga-city-police-station http: r05.pia.gov.ph index.php?article 861357375545 Another police office located in the city is the provincial office of the Philippine National Police in Camarines Sur, located in Barangay Concepcion Grande. http: r05.pia.gov.ph index.php?article 861385550341 Education Naga City is considered to be Southern Luzon's educational center due to its prestigious academic performances of schools, and is the home of six largest universities in the Bicol Region. The city is also the home of several colleges which produce high-quality people that can serve. Tertiary education left thumb Ateneo de Naga University (Image:WTNaga HMMM A2.JPG) WTNaga BAHALANA A13 left thumb Universidad de Sta. Isabel (File:WTNaga BAHALANA A13.JPG) The Ateneo de Naga University (ADNU) is Jesuit university in the Bicol Region, and is the largest catholic university in the Bicol Region. The school is accredited with PAASCU since 1979, making it one of the best universities in the country. ADNU is the first university in the Philippines to achieve PAASCU Institutional Accreditation, on top of its Autonomous Status, Level III Status, and its Center of Excellence in Teachers Education, Center of Development in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, and Information Technology. It has produced top animators in the country since it launched its Bachelor's Degree in Animation. The university is also the alma mater of the very first Bicolano Jesuit priest, Father Juan Bonafe, S.J. - The Universidad de Santa Isabel is the oldest normal school for girls in Asia inaugurated on April 12, 1869. It is a sectarian school run by the religious Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul Sisters. The University of Nueva Caceres is the very first university south of Luzon, outside of Manila and is considered to be largest in the Bicol Region due to its population and size. The Bicol College of Arts and Trade, Then Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges, now Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology has also a large student base in the city. Arch. Antonio Imperial III, who placed 2nd in the 2007 Architecture Board Exam, is a graduate of this school. One of the leading maritime schools in the country, Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation, has two campuses in Metro Naga, one along Panganiban Drive and another in Canaman, a suburban town. WTNaga LAPANAK B2 right thumb University of Nueva Caceres (File:WTNaga LAPANAK B2.JPG) WTNaga HIJAB A18 right thumb The Naga College Foundation (File:WTNaga HIJAB A18.JPG) The Naga College Foundation is the leading Criminology school in the region. It has produced topnotch placements in the National Police Commission Examinations and the Criminologist Licensure Exams through the years (Top 3 Criminology School in the Philippines, 1993; Alex Pederio, 1999; Henry Navarro, 7th place, 1999; Noel Cabral, 6th placer, 2002; Romeo Caballero, 8th placer, 2002; Xavier Mirasol, 11th place, 2004; Frederick R. Eboña, National 2nd Placer, Licensure Board Examination 2009). Naga College Foundation's Nursing and Health Sciences Department also Produced a number of topnotchers in Nursing as well as Midwifery(Asther de la Cruz, National 3rd Placer, Midwifery, 2001; Leslie Guerra, National 6th Placer, Nursing, 2005, Neri Grace Zapata National 11th Placer, Nursing, 2008; Florian Maureen Palma, 3rd Placer Nationwide Midwives Licensure Examination 2009 and 15th Placer Nationwide Nursing Board Exam; Clarissa Leonor Tible Escober, 4th Placer Nationwide Nursing Board Exam 2009) as well as being the Top performing nursing school in Bicol since 2003; 100% passing rate, 1997. The oldest live-in Christian higher educational institute for the clergy in the country was established in the city in the early part of the 18th century. The Holy Rosary Seminary (El Seminario del Santissimo Rosario), a Roman Catholic seminary run by the Archdiocese of Caceres, has produced 22 bishops, including the first Filipino bishop, Jorge Barlin, and the first Filipino Cardinal to work in the Roman Curia, Jose Cardinal Sanchez. It has richly contributed as well to the national heritage through Jose Ma. Panganiban and Tomas Arejola and 7 of the 15 Bikol Martyrs. On January 29, 1988, the National Historical Institute declared the Holy Rosary Seminary as a National Historical Landmark. Secondary education and lower WTNaga HIJAB A12a left thumb The Naga Parochial School (File:WTNaga HIJAB A12a.JPG) The government-run '''Camarines Sur National High School''' registers over 15,000 enrollees every school year and it is the biggest secondary school in the region. Naga City Science High School was established in Naga City in 1994, it is considered to be one of the top-notch schools in the country. The school contains pilot curricula in Bicol Region, the Spanish (Spanish language) Curriculum, which is the third in the Philippines, and the Journalism curriculum, which are incubation for students to receive training and exposure to college-related situations. The school is also a consistent champion at the Doon Po Sa Amin or DPSA National Contest. https: www1.smart.com.ph about newsroom press-releases csr-news 2014 02 20 naga-generates-best-hometown-stories Two schools in the city, Saint Joseph School(SJS) and Naga Hope Christian School (NHCS), caters to Filipino-Chinese students. The '''Naga Parochial School''' (NPS) is the largest Parochial school in the Bicol region receiving 850 enrollees yearly. It is run by priests of the Archdiocese of Caceres. It is the first PAASCU-accredited parochial school in the Philippines. Some members of the clergy (63 as of 2007 with 3 bishops) assigned to the city are alumni of the school. This is an exclusive Catholic school for boys with Most Rev. Rolando Joven Tria Tirona as chair of the Board Trustees. Well-known personalities such as the late Raul Roco, Jesse Robredo, Francis Garchitorena, Luis R. Villafuerte, Jaime Fabregas, Jonathan Dela Paz Zaens, Archbishop Tito Yllana, Bishop Jose Rojas PC, DD are graduates of NPS. right thumb STI Naga (Image:WTNaga LAPANAK C45.JPG) Arborvitae Plains Montessori, Inc. (formerly Casa Dei Bambini Montessori), is a Montessori school (Montessori education) with eleven branches spread all over the Philippines offering education according to the Montessori method modified for the Philippine curriculum. The Naga City Montessori School was established in 1989 offering pre-school, grade school and high school education. The Village Montessori on San Leandro St. is the only school in the Bicol Region that offers the real Montessori method which follows the continuous progression curriculum of the American Montessori Society. Specialized computer schools have also mushroomed in the city due to popularity of computer courses, both degree and short-term. AMA Computer University and STI College have established campuses in the city. "Region V". AMA Computer University. Retrieved on 2012-05-13. "STI College - Naga". STI College. Retrieved on 2012-05-13. Other specialized computer schools include Worldtech Resources Institute (WRI), Philippine Computer Foundation College (PCFC) and CCDI. Tutorial and review centers for higher education are found in the city. Some of these centers are Art Review Center, Edgeworth Review Center, and AimOne Review Center. Tutorial centers such as Asiawise Study Center, which is located along Barlin St. (near Naga Cathedral), also offer review programs for UP and other college entrance tests, Philippine Science High School qualifying exam, and Law Aptitude Exam. City Youth Programs Some of the reasons are the Youth Code authored by City Councilor Hon. Ray-an Cydrick Rentoy and co-authored by Sangguniang Kabataan Federation President Hon. Dan Paolo Morales, the City Youth Officials Program, being member of the city council of the SKF President, recognition of various youth orgranizations, the Naga City Council for Youth Affairs, etc. City Youth Officials Program By virtue of SP Ordinance No. 2007-008, as amended by Ordinance No. 2009-017 dated March 19, 2007 and March 17, 2009 respectively Institutionalizing the Naga City Youth Officials Program and declared the period from April 15 to May 31 each year as City Youth Month. During this period, youth officials will be given the opportunity to handle the operations of the city government except in areas, which are policy determining or requiring monetary disbursements. Each year, 45 youths will be selected through a two-phase selection process (written and oral examinations) from a pool of qualified youth applicants nominees in Naga City. Naga City Youth Officials Website The youths that will be selected will be appointed as follows: align center WNP align center RPUN style "background:#DDDDDD" Naga Airport align center -


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Luzon's educational center due to its prestigious academic performances of schools, and is the home of six largest universities in the Bicol Region. The city is also the home of several colleges which produce high-quality people that can serve. Tertiary education left thumb Ateneo de Naga University (Image:WTNaga HMMM A2.JPG) WTNaga BAHALANA A13 left thumb Universidad de Sta. Isabel (File:WTNaga BAHALANA A13.JPG) The Ateneo de Naga University (ADNU) is Jesuit


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Supermarket as its anchor store. The mall is considered to be the largest homegrown commercial complex in the Bicol Region, due to its size. LCC Central Mall (LCC Mall) Naga is also located in Felix Plazo Street near Central Business District I and has the Naga City Integrated Westbound Transport Terminal, which caters transportation from Del Gallego, Camarines Sur, to Milaor, Camarines Sur and everything in between. There are two Puregold Malls in Naga City, the Puregold Centro Naga, and the Puregold Naga which is located in Diversion Road. The Avenue Square is Bicol Region's first lifestyle center built in 2005 along Magsaysay Avenue. Avenue Square currently is one of the nightlife centers in the Bicol Region. There are also leisure hubs in the city, and majority are constructed along Magsaysay Avenue, since it is the center of nightlife in the Bicol Region. A leisure hub built along Magsaysay Avenue is the Westpark Center. Another leisure hub is the Night Plaza which is the location of the first Starbucks in Southern Luzon. The Gaisano Mall Naga has already started dumping by Bicol Medical Center. Business Process Outsourcing Naga City was cited as one of the best places to conduct BPO business in the Philippines. http: www.curranrecruit.com.au #!BPO-Hot-spots-in-the-Philippines--looking-beyond-Manila- c15hi 3CB5CF5C-6C36-44CA-82E0-78C458CE16D9 The city currently has three IT parks—the Naga City IT Park, the Camarines Sur Industrial and Technological Park, and the newly inaugurated Naga City Technology Center that are all highly conducive for outsourcing businesses as well as transactions that do not require transportation. The three facilities offer about 40,000 call center seats that could provide jobs to some 120,000 agents in three-shifts. Pioneering the business in Naga City is the Incubation Center of Southern Luzon Technological College Foundation Inc. (SLTCFI) and Philippine Computer Colleges which are extensions of Naga City Industries District, the third IT ecozone in the Bicol region inaugurated in August 13, 2011. Naga City is also the location of IT schools, and cyberoffices in the Bicol Region. The Philippine Computer Foundation College Inc. has opened their South Luzon Call center in Naga City in order to get more clients at reach. http: pcfc.edu.ph http: panpages.ph listings ph328029-philippine-computer-foundation-college The Worldtech Resources Institute also has constructed their own edifice that can hande 5,000 to 9,000 call center agents per shift. http: provemewrong.net23.net President.php The Computer Communication Development Institute or CCDI has also headquartered their operations in Naga City, and is the extension of the Naga City Technology Center. http: eskwelahan.com camarinessur ccdi-naga.html http: www.philippinecompanies.com companyprofile 55510 computer-communication-development-institute-naga-city This institute is the overall watcher of government-owned BPO companies in the Bicol Region. The international BPO company IBM also constructed their own call center office just infront of SM City Naga. http: www.abs-cbnnews.com business 05 21 13 ibm-unit-set-bpo-facility-naga-city IBM is to undergo a major expansion this 2014 constructing a new 6-floor building and heightening the first building from 2 floors to 5 floors. http: newsbytes.ph 2013 05 22 ibm-bares-bpo-expansion-in-naga-city Places of interest thumb right The Rotunda (architecture) rotunda (Image:Nagacathedral.jpg) in front of the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral. thumb right San Francisco Church (Image:IJVSanFranciscoChurch4.jpg) Churches and monasteries * '''Naga Metropolitan Cathedral (Naga Cathedral)''' is the oldest cathedral established in the whole southern Luzon. It was built in 1573, and was inaugurated in 1575. It is also the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Caceres. * '''Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine''' is the original home of Our Lady of Peñafrancia for two centuries. It was established in 1750. * '''Peñafrancia Basilica Minore''', established in 1985, it is the new home of Our Lady of Peñafrancia where the Traslacion starts when her image is led into procession around the city streets then brought to the cathedral. * '''San Francisco Church''', established in 1578, it is the first church in the region built by the Franciscan Friars. The surrender of the Spanish forces to the Bikol revolutionaries Elias Angeles and Felix Plazo took place here on September 18, 1896. The church was reduced to rubble by the heavy bombing of Naga in World War II, and the church remained in ruins until the present new edifice was constructed. * '''St. Jude Churches in del Rosario''' * '''Carmelite Church and Monastery''' - home of the Carmelite nuns in Bicol. * '''Holy Rosary Minor Seminary and Museum''' - oldest seminary in the Bicol Region, it houses the old paraphernalia, and items used by the old Catholic Church, including the documents of Our Lady of Peñafrancia’s verified devotion, and coronation. *'''Holy Rosary Major Seminary and Church''' -the largest seminary in the Bicol Region. * '''Immaculate Conception Church''' * '''Caritas Mariae Church in Pacol''' *''' Christ the King Church''', Ateneo de Naga University * '''Holy Cross Parish Church in Barangay Tabuco''' Natural attractions thumb Malabsay Falls (Image:Malabsayfalls.jpg) * '''Mount Isarog''' is a dormant volcano and a national park open for trekking and mountain biking *''' Malabsay Falls''', a waterfall near Mt. Isarog. It can be accessible through hiking in the Panicuason trail or through the Stonehouse Gardens Resort. * '''Nabontolan Falls''' rests within the protected area of Mt. Isarog National Park and accessible through the Panicuason trail, this waterfall offers a breathtaking refuge from the busy city life and allows one to commune with nature. It is seldom visited by mountain climbers, hikers and picnic-goers because of its rough trail. http: planet.naga.ph 36971 destination-nabontolan-falls *'''Naga City Ecology Park''' is an ecological park located in Brgy. Pacol, at the foot of Mount Isarog. It is a five-hectare sprawl of tropical greenery, the park showcases various exotic plants, palms, an eco-walk maze, topiary garden, an orchid and mini-forest. Walkways, lawns, and pavilions provides for family picnics, stroll, and undisturbed appreciation of nature’s beauty. http: panpages.ph listings ph56148-the-naga-city-ecology-park *'''Panicuason Hot Springs Resort''' is one of Bicol’s secret hideaways. Located at the bottom of a forest river ravine accessible via a private road, this resort is smack at the center of the teeming rain forest of Mt. Isarog. Only 30 minutes away from downtown naga, the resort is a sight to behold, a virtual jungle paradise of ancient trees and giant ferns minus the wild animals. The resort is composed of several natural pools with temperatures ranging from a cold 20 degrees Celsius to a steaming 39 degrees Celsius. Frequented by local and international visitors, it has also been featured on national TV shows. A day or two at the hot springs resort will surely uplift one’s spirit and soothe aching and weary muscles with hot spring water that emanates from the earth’s bowels. http: www.gmanetwork.com news story 299344 newstv biyahenidrew 48-hours-in-naga-a-biyahe-ni-drew-itinerary Resorts *'''Spring Valley Garden Resort''', is a resort that sprawls at the outer slope of Mount Isarog and derives its name from natural springs that feed its four swimming pools with fresh freely flowing water. Resort''', is one of the oldest known resorts in the city. Since its development in 1970, it has maintained its services and reputation in the city as one of the first resorts in Naga. http: www.nagacitydeck.com 2011 05 penafrancia-resort-carolina-naga-city.html *'''Stonehouse Garden Resort''', is a resort at the very slope of Mount Isarog . The resort is jump-off to the Panicuason Trail, which leads to Malabsay and Nabontolan Falls, and to Mt. Isarog itself. http: www.angkulet.com 2012 12 31 stonehouse-gardens-resort-naga-city #sthash.2ldLnp5b.dpbs *'''Rock Garden Resort''' *'''Casa Ofelia Resort''' is a resort in Brgy. Carolina. http: ph.geoview.info casa_ofelia_resort,18615048p Historical landmarks Nine sites and landmarks in the city with historical value Barrameda,Jr., Jose V.. "Naga’s historical landmarks". Naga City Official Website. Retrieved on 2012-05-23. * '''''Calle Via Gainza''''', now Peñafrancia Avenue, was first known as Via Gainza in honor of Bishop Francisco Gainza, O.P. (1863–1879), the 25th and considered as the greatest Spanish bishop of the See of Caceres. * '''''Calle Real''''', now Elias Angeles Street, was one of the earliest streets in Spanish Nueva Caceres laid out at the close of the 16th century. The street figured as a historic backdrop to the events of September 1898, which established the Filipino revolutionary government headed by Elias Angeles. * '''''Calle de Legaspi''''' at the western portion of Panganiban Drive, was established in 1839 after the Naga River was straightened as a short cut from Calle Real to the new western bank of the river. * '''''Casa Real''''' '''site''' on General Luna Street. The Casa Real, the government building of Nueva Caceres, was established at this location in 1588 * '''''Casa Tribunal''''' '''site''' on Elias Angeles Street was the original site of the ''Casa Tribunal'' or “common house” which provided free rooms to travelers until 1839. * '''''Casino Español''''' '''site''' at the corner Elias Angeles and Arana Street, was the location of Casino Español, a spacious building of piedra china and wood that served as the social and recreational center of the male Spanish population of Nueva Caceres and neighboring towns. * '''House of Tomas Prieto site''' at the corner Panganiban Drive and Peñafrancia Avenue was the home of the Bicolano martyr, Tomas Prieto, who was executed on January 4, 1897 at the Bagumbayan Field in Manila together with ten others, collectively known as the "Bicol Martyrs." * The '''Naga City Police Station''' on Barlin Street was the site of the Cuartel General of the Guardia Civil in Camarines that was constructed in 1870, but was razed by fire caused by faulty electrical wiring. * '''''Puente de Naga''''', now Lt. Delfin Rosales Bridge, the massively designed concrete bridge was constructed in 1847 and was known as Puente de Naga, and until the 1920s when the bridge was renamed in honor of Bicolano Jose Maria Panganiban. It was renamed again in 1989, to honor Lt. Delfin C. Rosales in World War II, during the battle for Naga in April 1945. Monuments thumb right Plaza de Nueva Caceres (Image:WTNaga BAHALANA B41.JPG) thumbnail right The Plaza Quince Martires Monument (File:The Fifteen Martyrs of Bicol Monument in Naga City, Camarines Sur.JPG) *'''Plaza Miguel Robles de Covarrubias''' is a monument in the plaza of Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine, the old home of Our Lady of Peñafrancia. It was constructed, along with the stage, to commemorate the 300 Years of love and devotion to the Our Lady of Peñafrancia, the patroness of Bicolandia. It also depicts of how Fr. Miguel Robles de Covarrubias brought Ina to the Bicolanos. *'''Plaza de Nueva Caceres''', also known as the '''Oragon Monument''', is a monument constructed by the local government of Naga City to commemorate Naga City's long history, and its charter anniversaries. The monument depicts Nueva Caceres during the Spanish Period. The yearly foundation day of Nueva Caceres is held in the monument. http: www.nagacitydeck.com 2010 06 unveiling-of-plaza-ciudad-de-nueva.html *'''Plaza Rizal''' is the oldest plaza and monument in Naga City. It is the centerpiece of the Rizal Park which was the former park of the old Camarines Sur Provincial Capitol. It has José Rizal and some angels in the monument. Majority of trade fairs held in the city are sometimes done in the plaza. The plaza is also adjacent to the Plaza Quezon. *'''Plaza Quezon''' is the largest plaza in Naga City. It is where the Regional Civic Parade, Voyadores Festival, Military Parade are done in September during the festivities of Our Lady of Peñafrancia. It is also where international artists and showbiz caravans are held when visiting the city. http: naga.gov.ph see-naga attractions *'''Plaza Barlin''' is the only monument constructed to commemorate Bishop Jorge Barlin, the first Filipino bishop, which was from Baao, Camarines Sur. *'''Plaza Quince Martires''' is the monument located at the very heart of Naga's Central Business District I. It commemorates the martyrdom of 15 people from Naga who oppose Spanish Regime. It was on January 4, 1897 or barely 5 days after the National Hero –Dr. Jose P. Rizal – was executed when the 11 prisoners from Bicol were also executed on the same field in Bagumabayan (now Luneta). The four others had either died in prison as a result of torture or while in exile in the island of Fernando Poo (or Fernando Pó), off the coast of Africa. The monument was built on November 29, 1926 during the American occupancy. http: www.voxbikol.com article bikol-honors-its-15-martyrs-the1896-revolution *'''Jose Maria Panganiban Monument''' in Naga Central School I is a monument dedicated to the Bicolano hero Jose Maria Panganiban, who was an active member of the La Solidaridad Propaganda movement during the waning days of Spanish Colonial Rule. *'''Jesse Robredo Monument''' in his burial site at Eternal Gardens Naga City located at Balatas Road where the Peñafrancia Basilica Minore is located and near to the monument. It is a commemorative monument to honor the late Jesse Robredo who was Naga City Mayor from 1988 to 2009. He was a great example of good governance in the country. *'''Infantil de la Milagrosa Monument''' in front of the Universidad de Santa Isabel is a historic monument built by the Daughters of Charity that is the management of the Universidad de Santa Isabel and is a major component of Catholic life. The monument commemorates the thanksgiving of the nuns after World War II in which that they were saved from the impending danger. *'''Sto. Niño Monument''' is a monument located inside the Parish of the Immaculate Conception. It is a monument unveiled by the Archdiocese of Caceres to commemorate the patronage of Santo Niño in the Archdiocese, being centered in the parish. Museums thumb Bicol Science Centrum (Image:Bicol science centrum.JPG) * The '''Holy Rosary Minor Seminary Museum''' showcases Bicol's ancient relics and artifacts like burial jars, ancient china wares,rare stones and ritual objects. The museum also features local church history where old Church vestiges and sacred objects are displayed. * The '''Penafrañcia Museum''' contains sacred vestiges related to Marian devotion to Our Lady of Peñafrancia. * The '''University of Nueva Caceres Museum''' is one of the oldest museums outside Manila and recognized by the International Association of Museum. It houses historical artifacts of the ancient Bikol, its people and culture. * '''Bicol Science and Technology Centrum''' is a science museum established in 1993 in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology to cater to the science and technology education for the young, professionals, teachers andenthusiasts alike. It features an exhibit of interactive gadgets, a skywatch gallery, a sci-cubby hole for the kids, an audio-visual room and a cybercafé for internet users. * The '''Naga City Art Gallery''', established by the Salingoy Art Group in partnership with the Naga City government, houses traditional and contemporary art works of Bicolano artists. * The '''Mariel Daculoo's Art Gallery''', was established by American friar named Fr. Kris B. Amador in 2014 in partnership with the 555 yuna foundation, Their gallery are more about ancient, nature etc.. Culture Naga City is considered to be Bicol's cultural center due to the largest festival in the region is held in the city, The Peñafrancia Festival. Festivals thumb left Fluvial Procession for Our Lady of Peñafrancia (Image:Peñafrancia Fluvial Parade Naga City.jpg) The Peñafrancia Festival The city celebrates the Feast of Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia Our Lady of Peñafrancia, the Patroness of the Bicol Region starting second Friday of September each year. The start of the 10-day feast, the largest Marian devotions in the country, is signalled by a procession (called ''Traslacion'') which transfers the centuries-old image of the Blessed Virgin Mary from its shrine at the Peñafrancia Basilica Minore to the 400-year old Naga Metropolitan Cathedral. Coinciding with nine days of novena prayer at the cathedral, the city celebrates with parades, pageants, street parties, singing contests, exhibits, concerts, and other activities. Finally, on the third Saturday of September, the image is returned shoulder-borne by so-called ''voyadores'' to the Basilica Minore de Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia via the historic Naga River. The next day, marks the feast day of the Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Pontifical High Masses are celebrated in the Basilica Minore, attended by hundreds of thousands of faithful devotees. Kamundagan Festival Naga City celebrates the '''Kamundagan Festival''' every Christmas time. It begins with the lighting of the Christmas Village in the Plaza Quezon Grandstand. After the lighting of the Christmas Village, six locally handmaid stars, known locally as '''parols''' are lighted with different meanings. Love, progress, peace, happiness, prosperity, and joy symbolize the stars. The giant Christmas tree is lighted 2 weeks before Christmas. Every night, different fantasy-themed Christmas shows are held in the Plaza Quezon. A Grand Christmas Bazaar is also held near the Cathedral, exhibiting different talents in Magic, Trickery, Beauty, and Brains. The Bazaar also has some stores that sell locally made Christmas themed products for visitors. Kinalas Festival Naga City celebrates Kinalas Festival during its yearly anniversary of Chartership or Cityhood. It honors the most famous local delicacies, the Kinalas, and Siling Labuyo, with it having a food contest. Also known as Charter Day Festival, different organizations and schools, compete in Sports and Academics, as sponsored by the local government. Food and delicacies Naga is known to have some native foods and delicacies: * Kinalas - Kinalas and log-log are noodle soup dishes served Bicol style, similar to ''mami'' except for a topping of what looked like a Pansit Palabok sauce, and the meaty dark soup made from boiling a cow or a pig’s head until the flesh fell off. Kinalas luglog, from the Tagalog word "''kalas''", refers to the "fall off the bone" meat that is placed on top of the noodles. The soup is the broth of beef bone and bone marrow (sometimes skull and brain included) or what Manileños call "''bulalo''". http: kinalasnaga.blogspot.com The soup is topped with very tender meat slices that also came from the pig's head. It is usually served hot with an egg, sprinkled with roasted garlic and spring onions. Kalamansi and patis may be added according to taste. Kinalas is usually paired with Baduya Banana Cue or Camote Cue. * Buko Juice - Juice freshly extracted from a young coconut. http: www.pchrd.dost.gov.ph index.php 2012-05-23-07-46-36 2012-05-24-00-03-06 5588-the-beneficial-buko-juice * Nata de Coco * Pan de Naga - the local bread of the city http: leahdeleon.com 2012 10 17 pan-de-naga-pugon-pandesal Sports * Metro Naga Sports Complex in Barangay Pacol has Olympic-sized swimming pools, tennis courts and a track oval. "Heritage Tour". See Naga. Retrieved on 2012-06-13. * Naga City Coliseum- Later renamed as Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum in honor of the late DILG Secretary and Former Mayor of Naga City. Nightlife * The nightlife in Naga City is concentrated along Magsaysay Avenue where restaurants, bars and music lounges are lined up catering to tourist and locals alike. Nightlife in the city is considered as the most vibrant in Bicol. "Fun things to do in Naga City". Virtual Tourist. Retrieved on 2012-06-13. Infrastructure Transportation left thumb Philippine National Railways Naga railway station Naga Station (Image:WTNaga BAHALANA B47.JPG) By air Naga City is easily accessible by air. The city is served by the Naga Airport (WNP) located at Barangay San Jose in the neighboring town of Pili (Pili, Camarines Sur). It has a runway of 4,780 meters. Flights from Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Naga takes approximately 35–40 minutes with services provided by Cebu Pacific which has five flights daily, and Air Philippines that has six flights daily. The airport is capable of handling large and international aircraft. By land By land, Naga is a 7 to 8-hour ride from Manila via Quirino & Andaya Highways or 10 hours via the Maharlika Highway. It is approximately 22 hours from Cebu City with ferry transfers in Sorsogon, the southernmost province of the Bicol peninsula. Buses ply to Sorsogon and Tacloban. Railways Naga City is the Regional head office and the Center point of the Philippine National Railway's Bicol Line. Naga Prosper and flourished as it serves as a transit point of Commerce in Camarines' Area. Daily rail services to and from Manila were provided by the Philippine National Railways under Bicol Express Service. Naga with adjacent towns and cities from Tagkawayan, Quezon province to Ligao, Albay is served daily by Bicol Commuter's express. A plan has been expressed upon completion of the rehabilitation of the Line to Legazpi (Legazpi, Albay) the Bicol Commuter's Express will be extended up to Legazpi in the near future. Network Roads and Bridges Naga City's total road network as of December 2009 is 185.02 Kilometers, of which 147.67 km are now concreted; 14.63 km are concreted with asphalt overlay, 4.10 km are asphalted; 11.87 km are gravel surfaced while 5.76 km are still earth road unsurfaced. This translates to an increase of 19.74 km http: naga.gov.ph ecological-profile infrastructure-ecological-profile transportation-2 Land Transportation The common vehicles used for intra-city travel are ''Public-Utility Jeepneys'', ''Trimobiles'', and ''Padyaks''. Padyaks can be used in subdivision and barangay transportation. They provide medium amount of speed in terms of travelling to the city center. Trimobiles are most famous and most used land transport in the city. There are 1,500 units available for hire while 1,150 are for private use. There is now stiffer competition among drivers that create a wide range of problems such as fare overcharging, refusal to convey passengers, imbalance distribution of trimobile service resulting to a shortage of transport service in some areas of the city and rampant traffic violations. utility jeepneys (PUJ) and multicabs are another major mode of intra-city transport used by regular commuters, a total of 323 units. Inter-town trips are served by 403 Filcab vans and 708 jeepneys while inter-provincial trips are served by an average of 300 airconditioned and non-airconditioned buses and 88 Filcab vans. Late last year, about 50 taxi units became available in the city. They use the sides of new SM Naga City as waiting area for passengers within and outside the city. Major Roads There are different major roads in every district of the city. Centro (CBD I) * ''Elias Angeles Street'' http: nearbyph.com location 13.624248 123.185493 elias-angeles-street-sta-cruz-naga-city-camarines-sur-4400-philippines -is the main thoroughfare in CBD I. It is primarily used by people heading from the Partido (Partido (Philippines)) Area, the towns of Calabanga (Calabanga, Camarines Sur), Bombon (Bombon, Camarines Sur), Magarao (Magarao, Camarines Sur), Canaman (Canaman, Camarines Sur) and the barangays of Bagumbayan Norte and Sur, along with Barangay Calauag.. Formerly called Calle Real, it starts at the merging of Bagumbayan Road (Naga-Calabanga (Calabanga, Camarines Sur)-Siruma (Siruma, Camarines Sur)-Garchitorena (Garchitorena, Camarines Sur)-Partido (Partido (Philippines)) North Road) and Jacob (Hakob) Street. It passes through the Metropolitan Naga Cathedral (Naga Cathedral), the main plazas of Naga City, the Nagaland E-Mall, several banks, and the terminal heading to Naga City's north barangays. It ends at its junction with Caceres Avenue at the Barangay hall of Barangay Dinaga. * ''Peñafrancia Avenue''-is another thoroughfare in CBD I. It is primarily used by people from the northern barangays of Naga City (Panicuason, Carolina, Cararayan, San Isidro, Balatas, San Felipe, and Pacol) along with the barangays of Peñafrancia (Peñafrancia, Naga), Liboton, Dayangdang, and Tinago. It starts from the junction of Padre Garcia Avenue in which it becomes Pacol Road after crossing it. It passes through the barangay of San Felipe, the Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine, the barangay of Peñafrancia (Peñafrancia, Naga), which has the old houses of Naga City, and the Naga City Hospital, and through the CBD I, passing by the back portion of Nagaland E-Mall, San Francisco Church, the ''Plaza Quince Martires''. It ends at its junction with Panganiban Drive. http: nearbyph.com location 13.636003 123.198792 penafrancia-avenue-naga-city-cs-4400-philippines *''General Luna Street''-is a short but major thoroughfare in CBD I. It starts from Plaza Barlin, and ends at Caceres Avenue, at the Naga City People's Mall. http: nearbyph.com location 13.623058 123.184486 general-luna-street-naga-city-4400-camarines-sur-philippines *''Barlin Street''-is another thoroughfare in CBD I. It starts from Padre Burgos Street, near the University of Nueva Caceres, and ends at the Quadricentennial Arch Rotunda (Naga Cathedral) inside the compound of the Naga Cathedral. CBD II *''Panganiban Drive''-is the main thoroughfare in CBD II. It is primarily used by people heading from the barangays of Concepcion Pequeña, and Grande, along with barangay Del Rosario. It starts from Elias Angeles Street, in front of the Plaza Rizal. It passes through intersetions with Peñafrancia Avenue, Calle del Rio, Blumetritt Street, then passes to Ninoy and Cory Avenue, which is heading to SM City Naga, ''Bicol Central Station'', Jesse Robredo Coliseum, ''CBD Plaza Hotel'', ''Nueva Caceres Convention Center''. Panganiban Drive then passes to the regional offices of Department of Agriculture (Department of Agriculture (Philippines)), Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Trade and Industry (Department of Trade and Industry (Philippines)), Department of Education, and Pag-Ibig. Panganiban Drive ends at the Central Rotunda. South Riverfront Growth Area *''Felix Plazo Street''-is the main thoroughfare in the area. It starts from Abella Street, and ends in the Bishop Francisco Gainza Highway, or locally known as Mabolo-Camaligan-Gainza Road, heading to the town of Gainza. LCC Central Mall is located in the street. Bagumbayan District thumb right Bagumbayan Street (File:WTNaga LAPANAK C28.JPG) *''Bagumbayan Street''-also known as '''Naga'''-Calabanga (Calabanga, Camarines Sur)-Siruma (Siruma, Camarines Sur)-Garchitorena (Garchitorena, Camarines Sur)-Partido (Partido (Philippines)) North Road is the main thoroughfare in the area. It strats from the merging with Jacob Street forming Elias Angeles Street, and ends as Bagumabayan Street in the intersection with Taculod Road. It passes through the barangays of Bagumbayan Norte, and Bagumabayan Sur. *''Queborac Drive''-is the main thoroughfare for residents in Marupit, Sua and Dugcal in the town of Camaligan (Camaligan, Camarines Sur), the residents of San Vicente, Del Rosario, Baras, and Poro in the town of Canaman (Canaman, Camarines Sur) and the residents of Jolly Neighbors Subdivision in Barangay Bagumbayan Sur. It starts from Bagumabayan Street, and ends at the Mabolo-Camaligan (Camaligan, Camarines Sur)-Gainza (Gainza, Camarines Sur) Road, which heads to Pamplona (Pamplona, Camarines Sur) Magsaysay District thumb right The intersection of Peñafrancia and Magsaysay Avenues (File:WTNaga EURO A28.JPG) *''Magsaysay Avenue''-is the main thoroughfare in the Magsaysay District, the center of nightlife in the Bicol Region. http: books.google.com.ph books?id 1ZjX38KrDqIC&pg PT1224&lpg PT1224&dq nightlife+most+vibrant+in+bicol&source bl&ots Xgk9jozkkg&sig lsFC8BN-EQ_Y0FxRIVKTIOzSCdc&hl en&sa X&ei TmZoU-6HBISE8gXxqYDoDw&ved 0CCYQ6AEwAA#v onepage&q nightlife%20most%20vibrant%20in%20bicol&f false It starts from the intersection with Queborac Drive and Bagumbayan Street. It then passes through a portion of Barangay Liboton, passing through the Naga College Foundation, and Camarines Sur National High School Liboton Annex (Camarines Sur National High School). It then intersects with Peñafrancia Avenue (Peñafrancia), and crosses the Naga River (Bicol River). It then enters the Magsaysay District with Avenue Square's complex. It intersects again with Balatas Road (heading to the Peñafrancia Basilica) and passes through some bars and nightclubs. It finally ends with the entrance to the rotunda along with Panganiban Drive and Maharlika Highway (Pan-Philippine Highway). http: nearbyph.com location 13.636100 123.193352 magsaysay-avenue-corner-catmon-street-naga-city-camarines-sur-philippines Phone services Naga is served by landline and mobile phone companies like BayanTel and Digitel of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company. Major mobile phone providers in the area include Globe Telecom, Smart (Smart Communications), and Sun Cellular. Public Services Health care thumb right The Bicol Medical Center (Image:Bicol medical center 1.JPG) thumb right AGO Foundation Hospital (Image:Ago foundation hospital naga city.JPG) Naga City hosts the largest hospitals in the Bicol Region. The government owned Bicol Medical Center and the Universidad de Sta. Isabel - Mother Seton Hospital owned and operated by the Daughters of Charity, along with the government-owned Camarines Sur Provincial Hospital are considered to be the largest hospitals in the Bicol Region in size and accommodation. Naga City also houses the only medical district in Bicol, The Metropolitan Naga Medical District. Naga City is the Medical Center of Bicol. * '''Bicol Medical Center (BMC)''', the largest hospital in the Bicol Region, formerly called the Camarines Sur Regional Hospital, is located in Concepcion Pequeña, offers specialty training in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, General Surgery, Obstetric and Gynecology, Anesthesiology, Radiology, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Orthopedics and Traumatology, the only in Bicol. This is also the base hospital of the Helen Keller Foundation where eye specialists all over the country are trained and later assigned in different parts of the Philippines. "Bicol Medical Center" Located in the BMC Compound are the following hospitals: *Bicol Optical Center- the only optical center in the Bicol Region that is instituted. *Bicol Orthopedic, Obgyne, and Respiratory Center *Bicol Trauma, and Cancer Center * '''Universidad de Sta. Isabel- Mother Seton Hospital (USI - MSH)''', is the biggest private hospital in the Bicol Region for the number of admissions, medical equipment facility, number of beds available, physical structure and number of board certified medical consultants. It is the only private hospital in Bicol offering specialty training programs accredited by the Philippine Medical Association’s component society in major fields of Medicine, like in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and General Surgery. "Universidad de Sta. Isabel-Mother Seton Hospital". * '''Camarines Sur Provincial Hospital''' another largest hospital in the Bicol Region and in Camarines Sur. It was created and founded in 1989 through Republic Act 9963. This integrated hospital is one of the first-class hospitals in the Philippines. * The Plaza Medica houses the Naga Endocrine Laboratory (also called the ''Endolab''), a modern specialty laboratory facility and hormone laboratory Naga. * Bicol Philanthropic Hospital (tertiary hospital) * Blessed Light Christian Hospital (tertiary hospital) * St. John Hospital (tertiary hospital) * Ago Foundation Hospital (tertiary hospital) * Naga City Integrated Hospital (tertiary hospital) * Dr. Nilo Roa Memorial Hospital (tertiary hospital) * Metropolitan Naga Medical Center (tertiary hospital) * Naga City Hospital (tertiary hospital) * Bicol Access Health Centrum (tertiary hospital) * NICC Naga Doctors Hospital (tertiary hospital) * Bicol Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center (secondary hospital) * Bicol Dietician Center (secondary hospital) * Bicol Heart Center (secondary hospital) * Delfin Rosales Integrated Infirmary (secondary hospital) * Almeda Medicare Community Center (secondary hospital) * Dr. Joaquin Perez Medical Infirmary (secondary hospital) Waste Management and Disposal Solid Waste The main pollutants in the city come in the form of solid waste generated daily. Generally, these wastes come from various sources: residential, commercial, industrial and institutional. Naga City generates approximately 85.8 tons of waste per year, based on the latest 2009 estimates, where agricultural waste makes up a little more than one-fourth (26%) of the total volume. Food wastes make up a slightly smaller share at 23%. Paper- based materials compose 12%, while the other material categories are spread out in smaller percentages. Solid wastes are disposed of and collected via the city’s garbage trucks which traverses ten routes on a daily basis. Collected wastes are then dumped at the ''Balatas Controlled Dump site'' where they are segregated according to type of wastes biodegradable and non-biodegradable. Waste A study on wastewater treatment facility is incorporated in the proposed septage management ordinance where the city will be very strict in the compliance of proper waste treatment by housing and establishment owners. The Local Water Utilities Agency has identified the Metro Naga Water District as its local partner in providing septage services, in exchange for the collection of environmental fees in water bills. The new wastewater treatment facility of SM City Naga, operational since April 20, 2009, has a capacity of 500 cu. meters per day but at present it is treating only around 200. http: naga.gov.ph ecological-profile waste-management Awards The concern for the environment of the Naga City government was nationally and internationally recognized. In 1998 it received the Dubai International Award as one of the Top 10 World Best Practices in Improving the Living Environment, for Naga City’s Participatory Planning Initiatives. It received the 1995, 1998 and 1999 Cleanest “AA” Slaughterhouse Awards given by the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the National Meat Inspection Commission (NMIC). In 1994, Naga City was a regional winner as the Cleanest and Greenest in Bicol. While on June 2001, LGU Naga City received the Saringgaya Award from the DENR for Distinguished Contributions in the Development of Environmental Programs in Region V. http: archives.pia.gov.ph ?m 12&sec reader&rp 1&fi p040326.htm&no 6&date 03 26 2004 Fire Safety The ''Naga City Fire Station'' is one of the most equipped fire stations in the country. Other fire stations include Naga Chin Po Tong Fire Brigade, and the Naga White Volunteer http: news.pia.gov.ph index.php?article 861393921793 Police and Law Enforcement The city is the location of two of the largest police stations in the Bicol Region . The historical ''Naga City Police Station'', which had been the military base of operations of the ''Guardia Civil'' in the Bicol Region, during the time of the Spanish Regime in the Philippines. http: naga.gov.ph see-naga attractions naga-city-police-station http: r05.pia.gov.ph index.php?article 861357375545 Another police office located in the city is the provincial office of the Philippine National Police in Camarines Sur, located in Barangay Concepcion Grande. http: r05.pia.gov.ph index.php?article 861385550341 Education Naga City is considered to be Southern Luzon's educational center due to its prestigious academic performances of schools, and is the home of six largest universities in the Bicol Region. The city is also the home of several colleges which produce high-quality people that can serve. Tertiary education left thumb Ateneo de Naga University (Image:WTNaga HMMM A2.JPG) WTNaga BAHALANA A13 left thumb Universidad de Sta. Isabel (File:WTNaga BAHALANA A13.JPG) The Ateneo de Naga University (ADNU) is Jesuit university in the Bicol Region, and is the largest catholic university in the Bicol Region. The school is accredited with PAASCU since 1979, making it one of the best universities in the country. ADNU is the first university in the Philippines to achieve PAASCU Institutional Accreditation, on top of its Autonomous Status, Level III Status, and its Center of Excellence in Teachers Education, Center of Development in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, and Information Technology. It has produced top animators in the country since it launched its Bachelor's Degree in Animation. The university is also the alma mater of the very first Bicolano Jesuit priest, Father Juan Bonafe, S.J. - The Universidad de Santa Isabel is the oldest normal school for girls in Asia inaugurated on April 12, 1869. It is a sectarian school run by the religious Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul Sisters. The University of Nueva Caceres is the very first university south of Luzon, outside of Manila and is considered to be largest in the Bicol Region due to its population and size. The Bicol College of Arts and Trade, Then Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges, now Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology has also a large student base in the city. Arch. Antonio Imperial III, who placed 2nd in the 2007 Architecture Board Exam, is a graduate of this school. One of the leading maritime schools in the country, Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation, has two campuses in Metro Naga, one along Panganiban Drive and another in Canaman, a suburban town. WTNaga LAPANAK B2 right thumb University of Nueva Caceres (File:WTNaga LAPANAK B2.JPG) WTNaga HIJAB A18 right thumb The Naga College Foundation (File:WTNaga HIJAB A18.JPG) The Naga College Foundation is the leading Criminology school in the region. It has produced topnotch placements in the National Police Commission Examinations and the Criminologist Licensure Exams through the years (Top 3 Criminology School in the Philippines, 1993; Alex Pederio, 1999; Henry Navarro, 7th place, 1999; Noel Cabral, 6th placer, 2002; Romeo Caballero, 8th placer, 2002; Xavier Mirasol, 11th place, 2004; Frederick R. Eboña, National 2nd Placer, Licensure Board Examination 2009). Naga College Foundation's Nursing and Health Sciences Department also Produced a number of topnotchers in Nursing as well as Midwifery(Asther de la Cruz, National 3rd Placer, Midwifery, 2001; Leslie Guerra, National 6th Placer, Nursing, 2005, Neri Grace Zapata National 11th Placer, Nursing, 2008; Florian Maureen Palma, 3rd Placer Nationwide Midwives Licensure Examination 2009 and 15th Placer Nationwide Nursing Board Exam; Clarissa Leonor Tible Escober, 4th Placer Nationwide Nursing Board Exam 2009) as well as being the Top performing nursing school in Bicol since 2003; 100% passing rate, 1997. The oldest live-in Christian higher educational institute for the clergy in the country was established in the city in the early part of the 18th century. The Holy Rosary Seminary (El Seminario del Santissimo Rosario), a Roman Catholic seminary run by the Archdiocese of Caceres, has produced 22 bishops, including the first Filipino bishop, Jorge Barlin, and the first Filipino Cardinal to work in the Roman Curia, Jose Cardinal Sanchez. It has richly contributed as well to the national heritage through Jose Ma. Panganiban and Tomas Arejola and 7 of the 15 Bikol Martyrs. On January 29, 1988, the National Historical Institute declared the Holy Rosary Seminary as a National Historical Landmark. Secondary education and lower WTNaga HIJAB A12a left thumb The Naga Parochial School (File:WTNaga HIJAB A12a.JPG) The government-run '''Camarines Sur National High School''' registers over 15,000 enrollees every school year and it is the biggest secondary school in the region. Naga City Science High School was established in Naga City in 1994, it is considered to be one of the top-notch schools in the country. The school contains pilot curricula in Bicol Region, the Spanish (Spanish language) Curriculum, which is the third in the Philippines, and the Journalism curriculum, which are incubation for students to receive training and exposure to college-related situations. The school is also a consistent champion at the Doon Po Sa Amin or DPSA National Contest. https: www1.smart.com.ph about newsroom press-releases csr-news 2014 02 20 naga-generates-best-hometown-stories Two schools in the city, Saint Joseph School(SJS) and Naga Hope Christian School (NHCS), caters to Filipino-Chinese students. The '''Naga Parochial School''' (NPS) is the largest Parochial school in the Bicol region receiving 850 enrollees yearly. It is run by priests of the Archdiocese of Caceres. It is the first PAASCU-accredited parochial school in the Philippines. Some members of the clergy (63 as of 2007 with 3 bishops) assigned to the city are alumni of the school. This is an exclusive Catholic school for boys with Most Rev. Rolando Joven Tria Tirona as chair of the Board Trustees. Well-known personalities such as the late Raul Roco, Jesse Robredo, Francis Garchitorena, Luis R. Villafuerte, Jaime Fabregas, Jonathan Dela Paz Zaens, Archbishop Tito Yllana, Bishop Jose Rojas PC, DD are graduates of NPS. right thumb STI Naga (Image:WTNaga LAPANAK C45.JPG) Arborvitae Plains Montessori, Inc. (formerly Casa Dei Bambini Montessori), is a Montessori school (Montessori education) with eleven branches spread all over the Philippines offering education according to the Montessori method modified for the Philippine curriculum. The Naga City Montessori School was established in 1989 offering pre-school, grade school and high school education. The Village Montessori on San Leandro St. is the only school in the Bicol Region that offers the real Montessori method which follows the continuous progression curriculum of the American Montessori Society. Specialized computer schools have also mushroomed in the city due to popularity of computer courses, both degree and short-term. AMA Computer University and STI College have established campuses in the city. "Region V". AMA Computer University. Retrieved on 2012-05-13. "STI College - Naga". STI College. Retrieved on 2012-05-13. Other specialized computer schools include Worldtech Resources Institute (WRI), Philippine Computer Foundation College (PCFC) and CCDI. Tutorial and review centers for higher education are found in the city. Some of these centers are Art Review Center, Edgeworth Review Center, and AimOne Review Center. Tutorial centers such as Asiawise Study Center, which is located along Barlin St. (near Naga Cathedral), also offer review programs for UP and other college entrance tests, Philippine Science High School qualifying exam, and Law Aptitude Exam. City Youth Programs Some of the reasons are the Youth Code authored by City Councilor Hon. Ray-an Cydrick Rentoy and co-authored by Sangguniang Kabataan Federation President Hon. Dan Paolo Morales, the City Youth Officials Program, being member of the city council of the SKF President, recognition of various youth orgranizations, the Naga City Council for Youth Affairs, etc. City Youth Officials Program By virtue of SP Ordinance No. 2007-008, as amended by Ordinance No. 2009-017 dated March 19, 2007 and March 17, 2009 respectively Institutionalizing the Naga City Youth Officials Program and declared the period from April 15 to May 31 each year as City Youth Month. During this period, youth officials will be given the opportunity to handle the operations of the city government except in areas, which are policy determining or requiring monetary disbursements. Each year, 45 youths will be selected through a two-phase selection process (written and oral examinations) from a pool of qualified youth applicants nominees in Naga City. Naga City Youth Officials Website The youths that will be selected will be appointed as follows: align center WNP align center RPUN style "background:#DDDDDD" Naga Airport align center -


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by Naga itself, and the city’s character as the regional center of trade and services– providing access to markets in Metro Naga, Camarines Sur, Bicol and South Luzon. The Agro-Industrial Zone spans barangays Del Rosario, Cararayan, San Isidro, Pacol and Carolina– Naga’s traditional agricultural areas. It has an area of 309 hectares. It will be the site of the 105-hectare Naga Agro-Industrial Ecozone, operated by the Pacol Agro-Industrial Corporation with incentives from the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA). Magsaysay District WTNaga Mr.Kengkoy B26 left thumb Magsaysay Avenue (File:WTNaga Mr.Kengkoy B26.JPG) The main road in the city is Magsaysay Avenue or Magsaysay Boulevard which starts from Bagumbayan Road (Naga-Calabanga (Calabanga, Camarines Sur)-Siruma (Siruma, Camarines Sur)-Garchitorena (Garchitorena, Camarines Sur)-Partido (Partido (Philippines)) North Road), connecting it to the Magsaysay District where accommodations and restaurants catering to travelers are found. Atiyah, Jeremy (2002). "Rough Guide to Southeast Asia", pg. 880. Rough Guides Ltd., London. ISBN 1-85828-893-2. Businesses are open till late at night with some shops also open 24 7. Naga City also has its share of fastfood restaurant chains. The city hall, provincial capitol and several provincial offices are also located in the district around the Peñafrancia Basilica (Peñafrancia Basilica Minore). Banking and Finance thumb right Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Central Bank of the Philippines) Regional Office (File:WTNaga LAPANAK C43.JPG) The Total Banks in the city is around 62 excluding the regional office of Banco Sentral ng Pilipinas, and the national offices Peñafrancia Financial Corporation, Nueva Caceres Savings Bank, Rural Bank of Nueva caceres, and Northeast Philippine Bank. The city hosts the Regional offices of Banco De Oro, Philippine National Bank, Development Bank of the Philippines, Metrobank (Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company), RCBC (Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation), Allied Bank (Allied Banking Corporation), China Banking Corporation, Philtrust Bank, UnionBank of the Philippines, Philippine Veterans Bank, Asia United Bank, Maybank, Mega International Commercial Bank, Asia United Bank, Bank of Commerce, East West Bank, Citibank Philippines, Bank of Makati, Bank of the Philippine Islands,and the Philippine Postal Savings Bank (Philippine Postal Corporation). Banks with many branches are Banco de Oro with 12 branches (Banco De Oro), Bank of the Philippine Islands has 9 branches including BPI family bank (Bank of the Philippine Islands), MetroBank has 4 branches, China bank and Landbank has 3, RCBC and Security bank 2 branches . A leading thrift bank, RCBC Savings Bank, enjoys patronage from both Filipino and Chinese businessmen. Robinsons Bank of the Gokongwei group has also set up its branch in the city. One of the biggest rural banks in the country, Bank of Makati, is also found in the city. Land bank -Magsaysay branch, Security Bank-Diversion branch and Philippine Planters Bank, are the three latest banks to open in the city this year 2013. Meanwhile Banco de Oro opened their twelfth branch in DECA Corporate Center and Maybank at Panganiban Drive. Shopping Malls WTNaga EURO A33 right thumb The Avenue Square (File:WTNaga EURO A33.JPG) SM City Naga is the most visited, and largest shopping mall in the Bicol Region, ranging from 100,000-250,000 every two days. SM City Naga is located at the second Central Business District and beside the Naga City Central Bus Terminal, the largest and busiest bus terminal in Bicol Region. Naga City also has another largest mall in the Bicol Region, the Nagaland E-Mall that is strategically located in the Central Business District 1 or Centro Naga, with Robisons Supermarket as its anchor store. The mall is considered to be the largest homegrown commercial complex in the Bicol Region, due to its size. LCC Central Mall (LCC Mall) Naga is also located in Felix Plazo Street near Central Business District I and has the Naga City Integrated Westbound Transport Terminal, which caters transportation from Del Gallego, Camarines Sur, to Milaor, Camarines Sur and everything in between. There are two Puregold Malls in Naga City, the Puregold Centro Naga, and the Puregold Naga which is located in Diversion Road. The Avenue Square is Bicol Region's first lifestyle center built in 2005 along Magsaysay Avenue. Avenue Square currently is one of the nightlife centers in the Bicol Region. There are also leisure hubs in the city, and majority are constructed along Magsaysay Avenue, since it is the center of nightlife in the Bicol Region. A leisure hub built along Magsaysay Avenue is the Westpark Center. Another leisure hub is the Night Plaza which is the location of the first Starbucks in Southern Luzon. The Gaisano Mall Naga has already started dumping by Bicol Medical Center. Business Process Outsourcing Naga City was cited as one of the best places to conduct BPO business in the Philippines. http: www.curranrecruit.com.au #!BPO-Hot-spots-in-the-Philippines--looking-beyond-Manila- c15hi 3CB5CF5C-6C36-44CA-82E0-78C458CE16D9 The city currently has three IT parks—the Naga City IT Park, the Camarines Sur Industrial and Technological Park, and the newly inaugurated Naga City Technology Center that are all highly conducive for outsourcing businesses as well as transactions that do not require transportation. The three facilities offer about 40,000 call center seats that could provide jobs to some 120,000 agents in three-shifts. Pioneering the business in Naga City is the Incubation Center of Southern Luzon Technological College Foundation Inc. (SLTCFI) and Philippine Computer Colleges which are extensions of Naga City Industries District, the third IT ecozone in the Bicol region inaugurated in August 13, 2011. Naga City is also the location of IT schools, and cyberoffices in the Bicol Region. The Philippine Computer Foundation College Inc. has opened their South Luzon Call center in Naga City in order to get more clients at reach. http: pcfc.edu.ph http: panpages.ph listings ph328029-philippine-computer-foundation-college The Worldtech Resources Institute also has constructed their own edifice that can hande 5,000 to 9,000 call center agents per shift. http: provemewrong.net23.net President.php The Computer Communication Development Institute or CCDI has also headquartered their operations in Naga City, and is the extension of the Naga City Technology Center. http: eskwelahan.com camarinessur ccdi-naga.html http: www.philippinecompanies.com companyprofile 55510 computer-communication-development-institute-naga-city This institute is the overall watcher of government-owned BPO companies in the Bicol Region. The international BPO company IBM also constructed their own call center office just infront of SM City Naga. http: www.abs-cbnnews.com business 05 21 13 ibm-unit-set-bpo-facility-naga-city IBM is to undergo a major expansion this 2014 constructing a new 6-floor building and heightening the first building from 2 floors to 5 floors. http: newsbytes.ph 2013 05 22 ibm-bares-bpo-expansion-in-naga-city Places of interest thumb right The Rotunda (architecture) rotunda (Image:Nagacathedral.jpg) in front of the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral. thumb right San Francisco Church (Image:IJVSanFranciscoChurch4.jpg) Churches and monasteries * '''Naga Metropolitan Cathedral (Naga Cathedral)''' is the oldest cathedral established in the whole southern Luzon. It was built in 1573, and was inaugurated in 1575. It is also the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Caceres. * '''Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine''' is the original home of Our Lady of Peñafrancia for two centuries. It was established in 1750. * '''Peñafrancia Basilica Minore''', established in 1985, it is the new home of Our Lady of Peñafrancia where the Traslacion starts when her image is led into procession around the city streets then brought to the cathedral. * '''San Francisco Church''', established in 1578, it is the first church in the region built by the Franciscan Friars. The surrender of the Spanish forces to the Bikol revolutionaries Elias Angeles and Felix Plazo took place here on September 18, 1896. The church was reduced to rubble by the heavy bombing of Naga in World War II, and the church remained in ruins until the present new edifice was constructed. * '''St. Jude Churches in del Rosario''' * '''Carmelite Church and Monastery''' - home of the Carmelite nuns in Bicol. * '''Holy Rosary Minor Seminary and Museum''' - oldest seminary in the Bicol Region, it houses the old paraphernalia, and items used by the old Catholic Church, including the documents of Our Lady of Peñafrancia’s verified devotion, and coronation. *'''Holy Rosary Major Seminary and Church''' -the largest seminary in the Bicol Region. * '''Immaculate Conception Church''' * '''Caritas Mariae Church in Pacol''' *''' Christ the King Church''', Ateneo de Naga University * '''Holy Cross Parish Church in Barangay Tabuco''' Natural attractions thumb Malabsay Falls (Image:Malabsayfalls.jpg) * '''Mount Isarog''' is a dormant volcano and a national park open for trekking and mountain biking *''' Malabsay Falls''', a waterfall near Mt. Isarog. It can be accessible through hiking in the Panicuason trail or through the Stonehouse Gardens Resort. * '''Nabontolan Falls''' rests within the protected area of Mt. Isarog National Park and accessible through the Panicuason trail, this waterfall offers a breathtaking refuge from the busy city life and allows one to commune with nature. It is seldom visited by mountain climbers, hikers and picnic-goers because of its rough trail. http: planet.naga.ph 36971 destination-nabontolan-falls *'''Naga City Ecology Park''' is an ecological park located in Brgy. Pacol, at the foot of Mount Isarog. It is a five-hectare sprawl of tropical greenery, the park showcases various exotic plants, palms, an eco-walk maze, topiary garden, an orchid and mini-forest. Walkways, lawns, and pavilions provides for family picnics, stroll, and undisturbed appreciation of nature’s beauty. http: panpages.ph listings ph56148-the-naga-city-ecology-park *'''Panicuason Hot Springs Resort''' is one of Bicol’s secret hideaways. Located at the bottom of a forest river ravine accessible via a private road, this resort is smack at the center of the teeming rain forest of Mt. Isarog. Only 30 minutes away from downtown naga, the resort is a sight to behold, a virtual jungle paradise of ancient trees and giant ferns minus the wild animals. The resort is composed of several natural pools with temperatures ranging from a cold 20 degrees Celsius to a steaming 39 degrees Celsius. Frequented by local and international visitors, it has also been featured on national TV shows. A day or two at the hot springs resort will surely uplift one’s spirit and soothe aching and weary muscles with hot spring water that emanates from the earth’s bowels. http: www.gmanetwork.com news story 299344 newstv biyahenidrew 48-hours-in-naga-a-biyahe-ni-drew-itinerary Resorts *'''Spring Valley Garden Resort''', is a resort that sprawls at the outer slope of Mount Isarog and derives its name from natural springs that feed its four swimming pools with fresh freely flowing water. Resort''', is one of the oldest known resorts in the city. Since its development in 1970, it has maintained its services and reputation in the city as one of the first resorts in Naga. http: www.nagacitydeck.com 2011 05 penafrancia-resort-carolina-naga-city.html *'''Stonehouse Garden Resort''', is a resort at the very slope of Mount Isarog . The resort is jump-off to the Panicuason Trail, which leads to Malabsay and Nabontolan Falls, and to Mt. Isarog itself. http: www.angkulet.com 2012 12 31 stonehouse-gardens-resort-naga-city #sthash.2ldLnp5b.dpbs *'''Rock Garden Resort''' *'''Casa Ofelia Resort''' is a resort in Brgy. Carolina. http: ph.geoview.info casa_ofelia_resort,18615048p Historical landmarks Nine sites and landmarks in the city with historical value Barrameda,Jr., Jose V.. "Naga’s historical landmarks". Naga City Official Website. Retrieved on 2012-05-23. * '''''Calle Via Gainza''''', now Peñafrancia Avenue, was first known as Via Gainza in honor of Bishop Francisco Gainza, O.P. (1863–1879), the 25th and considered as the greatest Spanish bishop of the See of Caceres. * '''''Calle Real''''', now Elias Angeles Street, was one of the earliest streets in Spanish Nueva Caceres laid out at the close of the 16th century. The street figured as a historic backdrop to the events of September 1898, which established the Filipino revolutionary government headed by Elias Angeles. * '''''Calle de Legaspi''''' at the western portion of Panganiban Drive, was established in 1839 after the Naga River was straightened as a short cut from Calle Real to the new western bank of the river. * '''''Casa Real''''' '''site''' on General Luna Street. The Casa Real, the government building of Nueva Caceres, was established at this location in 1588 * '''''Casa Tribunal''''' '''site''' on Elias Angeles Street was the original site of the ''Casa Tribunal'' or “common house” which provided free rooms to travelers until 1839. * '''''Casino Español''''' '''site''' at the corner Elias Angeles and Arana Street, was the location of Casino Español, a spacious building of piedra china and wood that served as the social and recreational center of the male Spanish population of Nueva Caceres and neighboring towns. * '''House of Tomas Prieto site''' at the corner Panganiban Drive and Peñafrancia Avenue was the home of the Bicolano martyr, Tomas Prieto, who was executed on January 4, 1897 at the Bagumbayan Field in Manila together with ten others, collectively known as the "Bicol Martyrs." * The '''Naga City Police Station''' on Barlin Street was the site of the Cuartel General of the Guardia Civil in Camarines that was constructed in 1870, but was razed by fire caused by faulty electrical wiring. * '''''Puente de Naga''''', now Lt. Delfin Rosales Bridge, the massively designed concrete bridge was constructed in 1847 and was known as Puente de Naga, and until the 1920s when the bridge was renamed in honor of Bicolano Jose Maria Panganiban. It was renamed again in 1989, to honor Lt. Delfin C. Rosales in World War II, during the battle for Naga in April 1945. Monuments thumb right Plaza de Nueva Caceres (Image:WTNaga BAHALANA B41.JPG) thumbnail right The Plaza Quince Martires Monument (File:The Fifteen Martyrs of Bicol Monument in Naga City, Camarines Sur.JPG) *'''Plaza Miguel Robles de Covarrubias''' is a monument in the plaza of Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine, the old home of Our Lady of Peñafrancia. It was constructed, along with the stage, to commemorate the 300 Years of love and devotion to the Our Lady of Peñafrancia, the patroness of Bicolandia. It also depicts of how Fr. Miguel Robles de Covarrubias brought Ina to the Bicolanos. *'''Plaza de Nueva Caceres''', also known as the '''Oragon Monument''', is a monument constructed by the local government of Naga City to commemorate Naga City's long history, and its charter anniversaries. The monument depicts Nueva Caceres during the Spanish Period. The yearly foundation day of Nueva Caceres is held in the monument. http: www.nagacitydeck.com 2010 06 unveiling-of-plaza-ciudad-de-nueva.html *'''Plaza Rizal''' is the oldest plaza and monument in Naga City. It is the centerpiece of the Rizal Park which was the former park of the old Camarines Sur Provincial Capitol. It has José Rizal and some angels in the monument. Majority of trade fairs held in the city are sometimes done in the plaza. The plaza is also adjacent to the Plaza Quezon. *'''Plaza Quezon''' is the largest plaza in Naga City. It is where the Regional Civic Parade, Voyadores Festival, Military Parade are done in September during the festivities of Our Lady of Peñafrancia. It is also where international artists and showbiz caravans are held when visiting the city. http: naga.gov.ph see-naga attractions *'''Plaza Barlin''' is the only monument constructed to commemorate Bishop Jorge Barlin, the first Filipino bishop, which was from Baao, Camarines Sur. *'''Plaza Quince Martires''' is the monument located at the very heart of Naga's Central Business District I. It commemorates the martyrdom of 15 people from Naga who oppose Spanish Regime. It was on January 4, 1897 or barely 5 days after the National Hero –Dr. Jose P. Rizal – was executed when the 11 prisoners from Bicol were also executed on the same field in Bagumabayan (now Luneta). The four others had either died in prison as a result of torture or while in exile in the island of Fernando Poo (or Fernando Pó), off the coast of Africa. The monument was built on November 29, 1926 during the American occupancy. http: www.voxbikol.com article bikol-honors-its-15-martyrs-the1896-revolution *'''Jose Maria Panganiban Monument''' in Naga Central School I is a monument dedicated to the Bicolano hero Jose Maria Panganiban, who was an active member of the La Solidaridad Propaganda movement during the waning days of Spanish Colonial Rule. *'''Jesse Robredo Monument''' in his burial site at Eternal Gardens Naga City located at Balatas Road where the Peñafrancia Basilica Minore is located and near to the monument. It is a commemorative monument to honor the late Jesse Robredo who was Naga City Mayor from 1988 to 2009. He was a great example of good governance in the country. *'''Infantil de la Milagrosa Monument''' in front of the Universidad de Santa Isabel is a historic monument built by the Daughters of Charity that is the management of the Universidad de Santa Isabel and is a major component of Catholic life. The monument commemorates the thanksgiving of the nuns after World War II in which that they were saved from the impending danger. *'''Sto. Niño Monument''' is a monument located inside the Parish of the Immaculate Conception. It is a monument unveiled by the Archdiocese of Caceres to commemorate the patronage of Santo Niño in the Archdiocese, being centered in the parish. Museums thumb Bicol Science Centrum (Image:Bicol science centrum.JPG) * The '''Holy Rosary Minor Seminary Museum''' showcases Bicol's ancient relics and artifacts like burial jars, ancient china wares,rare stones and ritual objects. The museum also features local church history where old Church vestiges and sacred objects are displayed. * The '''Penafrañcia Museum''' contains sacred vestiges related to Marian devotion to Our Lady of Peñafrancia. * The '''University of Nueva Caceres Museum''' is one of the oldest museums outside Manila and recognized by the International Association of Museum. It houses historical artifacts of the ancient Bikol, its people and culture. * '''Bicol Science and Technology Centrum''' is a science museum established in 1993 in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology to cater to the science and technology education for the young, professionals, teachers andenthusiasts alike. It features an exhibit of interactive gadgets, a skywatch gallery, a sci-cubby hole for the kids, an audio-visual room and a cybercafé for internet users. * The '''Naga City Art Gallery''', established by the Salingoy Art Group in partnership with the Naga City government, houses traditional and contemporary art works of Bicolano artists. * The '''Mariel Daculoo's Art Gallery''', was established by American friar named Fr. Kris B. Amador in 2014 in partnership with the 555 yuna foundation, Their gallery are more about ancient, nature etc.. Culture Naga City is considered to be Bicol's cultural center due to the largest festival in the region is held in the city, The Peñafrancia Festival. Festivals thumb left Fluvial Procession for Our Lady of Peñafrancia (Image:Peñafrancia Fluvial Parade Naga City.jpg) The Peñafrancia Festival The city celebrates the Feast of Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia Our Lady of Peñafrancia, the Patroness of the Bicol Region starting second Friday of September each year. The start of the 10-day feast, the largest Marian devotions in the country, is signalled by a procession (called ''Traslacion'') which transfers the centuries-old image of the Blessed Virgin Mary from its shrine at the Peñafrancia Basilica Minore to the 400-year old Naga Metropolitan Cathedral. Coinciding with nine days of novena prayer at the cathedral, the city celebrates with parades, pageants, street parties, singing contests, exhibits, concerts, and other activities. Finally, on the third Saturday of September, the image is returned shoulder-borne by so-called ''voyadores'' to the Basilica Minore de Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia via the historic Naga River. The next day, marks the feast day of the Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Pontifical High Masses are celebrated in the Basilica Minore, attended by hundreds of thousands of faithful devotees. Kamundagan Festival Naga City celebrates the '''Kamundagan Festival''' every Christmas time. It begins with the lighting of the Christmas Village in the Plaza Quezon Grandstand. After the lighting of the Christmas Village, six locally handmaid stars, known locally as '''parols''' are lighted with different meanings. Love, progress, peace, happiness, prosperity, and joy symbolize the stars. The giant Christmas tree is lighted 2 weeks before Christmas. Every night, different fantasy-themed Christmas shows are held in the Plaza Quezon. A Grand Christmas Bazaar is also held near the Cathedral, exhibiting different talents in Magic, Trickery, Beauty, and Brains. The Bazaar also has some stores that sell locally made Christmas themed products for visitors. Kinalas Festival Naga City celebrates Kinalas Festival during its yearly anniversary of Chartership or Cityhood. It honors the most famous local delicacies, the Kinalas, and Siling Labuyo, with it having a food contest. Also known as Charter Day Festival, different organizations and schools, compete in Sports and Academics, as sponsored by the local government. Food and delicacies Naga is known to have some native foods and delicacies: * Kinalas - Kinalas and log-log are noodle soup dishes served Bicol style, similar to ''mami'' except for a topping of what looked like a Pansit Palabok sauce, and the meaty dark soup made from boiling a cow or a pig’s head until the flesh fell off. Kinalas luglog, from the Tagalog word "''kalas''", refers to the "fall off the bone" meat that is placed on top of the noodles. The soup is the broth of beef bone and bone marrow (sometimes skull and brain included) or what Manileños call "''bulalo''". http: kinalasnaga.blogspot.com The soup is topped with very tender meat slices that also came from the pig's head. It is usually served hot with an egg, sprinkled with roasted garlic and spring onions. Kalamansi and patis may be added according to taste. Kinalas is usually paired with Baduya Banana Cue or Camote Cue. * Buko Juice - Juice freshly extracted from a young coconut. http: www.pchrd.dost.gov.ph index.php 2012-05-23-07-46-36 2012-05-24-00-03-06 5588-the-beneficial-buko-juice * Nata de Coco * Pan de Naga - the local bread of the city http: leahdeleon.com 2012 10 17 pan-de-naga-pugon-pandesal Sports * Metro Naga Sports Complex in Barangay Pacol has Olympic-sized swimming pools, tennis courts and a track oval. "Heritage Tour". See Naga. Retrieved on 2012-06-13. * Naga City Coliseum- Later renamed as Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum in honor of the late DILG Secretary and Former Mayor of Naga City. Nightlife * The nightlife in Naga City is concentrated along Magsaysay Avenue where restaurants, bars and music lounges are lined up catering to tourist and locals alike. Nightlife in the city is considered as the most vibrant in Bicol. "Fun things to do in Naga City". Virtual Tourist. Retrieved on 2012-06-13. Infrastructure Transportation left thumb Philippine National Railways Naga railway station Naga Station (Image:WTNaga BAHALANA B47.JPG) By air Naga City is easily accessible by air. The city is served by the Naga Airport (WNP) located at Barangay San Jose in the neighboring town of Pili (Pili, Camarines Sur). It has a runway of 4,780 meters. Flights from Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Naga takes approximately 35–40 minutes with services provided by Cebu Pacific which has five flights daily, and Air Philippines that has six flights daily. The airport is capable of handling large and international aircraft. By land By land, Naga is a 7 to 8-hour ride from Manila via Quirino & Andaya Highways or 10 hours via the Maharlika Highway. It is approximately 22 hours from Cebu City with ferry transfers in Sorsogon, the southernmost province of the Bicol peninsula. Buses ply to Sorsogon and Tacloban. Railways Naga City is the Regional head office and the Center point of the Philippine National Railway's Bicol Line. Naga Prosper and flourished as it serves as a transit point of Commerce in Camarines' Area. Daily rail services to and from Manila were provided by the Philippine National Railways under Bicol Express Service. Naga with adjacent towns and cities from Tagkawayan, Quezon province to Ligao, Albay is served daily by Bicol Commuter's express. A plan has been expressed upon completion of the rehabilitation of the Line to Legazpi (Legazpi, Albay) the Bicol Commuter's Express will be extended up to Legazpi in the near future. Network Roads and Bridges Naga City's total road network as of December 2009 is 185.02 Kilometers, of which 147.67 km are now concreted; 14.63 km are concreted with asphalt overlay, 4.10 km are asphalted; 11.87 km are gravel surfaced while 5.76 km are still earth road unsurfaced. This translates to an increase of 19.74 km http: naga.gov.ph ecological-profile infrastructure-ecological-profile transportation-2 Land Transportation The common vehicles used for intra-city travel are ''Public-Utility Jeepneys'', ''Trimobiles'', and ''Padyaks''. Padyaks can be used in subdivision and barangay transportation. They provide medium amount of speed in terms of travelling to the city center. Trimobiles are most famous and most used land transport in the city. There are 1,500 units available for hire while 1,150 are for private use. There is now stiffer competition among drivers that create a wide range of problems such as fare overcharging, refusal to convey passengers, imbalance distribution of trimobile service resulting to a shortage of transport service in some areas of the city and rampant traffic violations. utility jeepneys (PUJ) and multicabs are another major mode of intra-city transport used by regular commuters, a total of 323 units. Inter-town trips are served by 403 Filcab vans and 708 jeepneys while inter-provincial trips are served by an average of 300 airconditioned and non-airconditioned buses and 88 Filcab vans. Late last year, about 50 taxi units became available in the city. They use the sides of new SM Naga City as waiting area for passengers within and outside the city. Major Roads There are different major roads in every district of the city. Centro (CBD I) * ''Elias Angeles Street'' http: nearbyph.com location 13.624248 123.185493 elias-angeles-street-sta-cruz-naga-city-camarines-sur-4400-philippines -is the main thoroughfare in CBD I. It is primarily used by people heading from the Partido (Partido (Philippines)) Area, the towns of Calabanga (Calabanga, Camarines Sur), Bombon (Bombon, Camarines Sur), Magarao (Magarao, Camarines Sur), Canaman (Canaman, Camarines Sur) and the barangays of Bagumbayan Norte and Sur, along with Barangay Calauag.. Formerly called Calle Real, it starts at the merging of Bagumbayan Road (Naga-Calabanga (Calabanga, Camarines Sur)-Siruma (Siruma, Camarines Sur)-Garchitorena (Garchitorena, Camarines Sur)-Partido (Partido (Philippines)) North Road) and Jacob (Hakob) Street. It passes through the Metropolitan Naga Cathedral (Naga Cathedral), the main plazas of Naga City, the Nagaland E-Mall, several banks, and the terminal heading to Naga City's north barangays. It ends at its junction with Caceres Avenue at the Barangay hall of Barangay Dinaga. * ''Peñafrancia Avenue''-is another thoroughfare in CBD I. It is primarily used by people from the northern barangays of Naga City (Panicuason, Carolina, Cararayan, San Isidro, Balatas, San Felipe, and Pacol) along with the barangays of Peñafrancia (Peñafrancia, Naga), Liboton, Dayangdang, and Tinago. It starts from the junction of Padre Garcia Avenue in which it becomes Pacol Road after crossing it. It passes through the barangay of San Felipe, the Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine, the barangay of Peñafrancia (Peñafrancia, Naga), which has the old houses of Naga City, and the Naga City Hospital, and through the CBD I, passing by the back portion of Nagaland E-Mall, San Francisco Church, the ''Plaza Quince Martires''. It ends at its junction with Panganiban Drive. http: nearbyph.com location 13.636003 123.198792 penafrancia-avenue-naga-city-cs-4400-philippines *''General Luna Street''-is a short but major thoroughfare in CBD I. It starts from Plaza Barlin, and ends at Caceres Avenue, at the Naga City People's Mall. http: nearbyph.com location 13.623058 123.184486 general-luna-street-naga-city-4400-camarines-sur-philippines *''Barlin Street''-is another thoroughfare in CBD I. It starts from Padre Burgos Street, near the University of Nueva Caceres, and ends at the Quadricentennial Arch Rotunda (Naga Cathedral) inside the compound of the Naga Cathedral. CBD II *''Panganiban Drive''-is the main thoroughfare in CBD II. It is primarily used by people heading from the barangays of Concepcion Pequeña, and Grande, along with barangay Del Rosario. It starts from Elias Angeles Street, in front of the Plaza Rizal. It passes through intersetions with Peñafrancia Avenue, Calle del Rio, Blumetritt Street, then passes to Ninoy and Cory Avenue, which is heading to SM City Naga, ''Bicol Central Station'', Jesse Robredo Coliseum, ''CBD Plaza Hotel'', ''Nueva Caceres Convention Center''. Panganiban Drive then passes to the regional offices of Department of Agriculture (Department of Agriculture (Philippines)), Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Trade and Industry (Department of Trade and Industry (Philippines)), Department of Education, and Pag-Ibig. Panganiban Drive ends at the Central Rotunda. South Riverfront Growth Area *''Felix Plazo Street''-is the main thoroughfare in the area. It starts from Abella Street, and ends in the Bishop Francisco Gainza Highway, or locally known as Mabolo-Camaligan-Gainza Road, heading to the town of Gainza. LCC Central Mall is located in the street. Bagumbayan District thumb right Bagumbayan Street (File:WTNaga LAPANAK C28.JPG) *''Bagumbayan Street''-also known as '''Naga'''-Calabanga (Calabanga, Camarines Sur)-Siruma (Siruma, Camarines Sur)-Garchitorena (Garchitorena, Camarines Sur)-Partido (Partido (Philippines)) North Road is the main thoroughfare in the area. It strats from the merging with Jacob Street forming Elias Angeles Street, and ends as Bagumabayan Street in the intersection with Taculod Road. It passes through the barangays of Bagumbayan Norte, and Bagumabayan Sur. *''Queborac Drive''-is the main thoroughfare for residents in Marupit, Sua and Dugcal in the town of Camaligan (Camaligan, Camarines Sur), the residents of San Vicente, Del Rosario, Baras, and Poro in the town of Canaman (Canaman, Camarines Sur) and the residents of Jolly Neighbors Subdivision in Barangay Bagumbayan Sur. It starts from Bagumabayan Street, and ends at the Mabolo-Camaligan (Camaligan, Camarines Sur)-Gainza (Gainza, Camarines Sur) Road, which heads to Pamplona (Pamplona, Camarines Sur) Magsaysay District thumb right The intersection of Peñafrancia and Magsaysay Avenues (File:WTNaga EURO A28.JPG) *''Magsaysay Avenue''-is the main thoroughfare in the Magsaysay District, the center of nightlife in the Bicol Region. http: books.google.com.ph books?id 1ZjX38KrDqIC&pg PT1224&lpg PT1224&dq nightlife+most+vibrant+in+bicol&source bl&ots Xgk9jozkkg&sig lsFC8BN-EQ_Y0FxRIVKTIOzSCdc&hl en&sa X&ei TmZoU-6HBISE8gXxqYDoDw&ved 0CCYQ6AEwAA#v onepage&q nightlife%20most%20vibrant%20in%20bicol&f false It starts from the intersection with Queborac Drive and Bagumbayan Street. It then passes through a portion of Barangay Liboton, passing through the Naga College Foundation, and Camarines Sur National High School Liboton Annex (Camarines Sur National High School). It then intersects with Peñafrancia Avenue (Peñafrancia), and crosses the Naga River (Bicol River). It then enters the Magsaysay District with Avenue Square's complex. It intersects again with Balatas Road (heading to the Peñafrancia Basilica) and passes through some bars and nightclubs. It finally ends with the entrance to the rotunda along with Panganiban Drive and Maharlika Highway (Pan-Philippine Highway). http: nearbyph.com location 13.636100 123.193352 magsaysay-avenue-corner-catmon-street-naga-city-camarines-sur-philippines Phone services Naga is served by landline and mobile phone companies like BayanTel and Digitel of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company. Major mobile phone providers in the area include Globe Telecom, Smart (Smart Communications), and Sun Cellular. Public Services Health care thumb right The Bicol Medical Center (Image:Bicol medical center 1.JPG) thumb right AGO Foundation Hospital (Image:Ago foundation hospital naga city.JPG) Naga City hosts the largest hospitals in the Bicol Region. The government owned Bicol Medical Center and the Universidad de Sta. Isabel - Mother Seton Hospital owned and operated by the Daughters of Charity, along with the government-owned Camarines Sur Provincial Hospital are considered to be the largest hospitals in the Bicol Region in size and accommodation. Naga City also houses the only medical district in Bicol, The Metropolitan Naga Medical District. Naga City is the Medical Center of Bicol. * '''Bicol Medical Center (BMC)''', the largest hospital in the Bicol Region, formerly called the Camarines Sur Regional Hospital, is located in Concepcion Pequeña, offers specialty training in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, General Surgery, Obstetric and Gynecology, Anesthesiology, Radiology, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Orthopedics and Traumatology, the only in Bicol. This is also the base hospital of the Helen Keller Foundation where eye specialists all over the country are trained and later assigned in different parts of the Philippines. "Bicol Medical Center" Located in the BMC Compound are the following hospitals: *Bicol Optical Center- the only optical center in the Bicol Region that is instituted. *Bicol Orthopedic, Obgyne, and Respiratory Center *Bicol Trauma, and Cancer Center * '''Universidad de Sta. Isabel- Mother Seton Hospital (USI - MSH)''', is the biggest private hospital in the Bicol Region for the number of admissions, medical equipment facility, number of beds available, physical structure and number of board certified medical consultants. It is the only private hospital in Bicol offering specialty training programs accredited by the Philippine Medical Association’s component society in major fields of Medicine, like in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and General Surgery. "Universidad de Sta. Isabel-Mother Seton Hospital". * '''Camarines Sur Provincial Hospital''' another largest hospital in the Bicol Region and in Camarines Sur. It was created and founded in 1989 through Republic Act 9963. This integrated hospital is one of the first-class hospitals in the Philippines. * The Plaza Medica houses the Naga Endocrine Laboratory (also called the ''Endolab''), a modern specialty laboratory facility and hormone laboratory Naga. * Bicol Philanthropic Hospital (tertiary hospital) * Blessed Light Christian Hospital (tertiary hospital) * St. John Hospital (tertiary hospital) * Ago Foundation Hospital (tertiary hospital) * Naga City Integrated Hospital (tertiary hospital) * Dr. Nilo Roa Memorial Hospital (tertiary hospital) * Metropolitan Naga Medical Center (tertiary hospital) * Naga City Hospital (tertiary hospital) * Bicol Access Health Centrum (tertiary hospital) * NICC Naga Doctors Hospital (tertiary hospital) * Bicol Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center (secondary hospital) * Bicol Dietician Center (secondary hospital) * Bicol Heart Center (secondary hospital) * Delfin Rosales Integrated Infirmary (secondary hospital) * Almeda Medicare Community Center (secondary hospital) * Dr. Joaquin Perez Medical Infirmary (secondary hospital) Waste Management and Disposal Solid Waste The main pollutants in the city come in the form of solid waste generated daily. Generally, these wastes come from various sources: residential, commercial, industrial and institutional. Naga City generates approximately 85.8 tons of waste per year, based on the latest 2009 estimates, where agricultural waste makes up a little more than one-fourth (26%) of the total volume. Food wastes make up a slightly smaller share at 23%. Paper- based materials compose 12%, while the other material categories are spread out in smaller percentages. Solid wastes are disposed of and collected via the city’s garbage trucks which traverses ten routes on a daily basis. Collected wastes are then dumped at the ''Balatas Controlled Dump site'' where they are segregated according to type of wastes biodegradable and non-biodegradable. Waste A study on wastewater treatment facility is incorporated in the proposed septage management ordinance where the city will be very strict in the compliance of proper waste treatment by housing and establishment owners. The Local Water Utilities Agency has identified the Metro Naga Water District as its local partner in providing septage services, in exchange for the collection of environmental fees in water bills. The new wastewater treatment facility of SM City Naga, operational since April 20, 2009, has a capacity of 500 cu. meters per day but at present it is treating only around 200. http: naga.gov.ph ecological-profile waste-management Awards The concern for the environment of the Naga City government was nationally and internationally recognized. In 1998 it received the Dubai International Award as one of the Top 10 World Best Practices in Improving the Living Environment, for Naga City’s Participatory Planning Initiatives. It received the 1995, 1998 and 1999 Cleanest “AA” Slaughterhouse Awards given by the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the National Meat Inspection Commission (NMIC). In 1994, Naga City was a regional winner as the Cleanest and Greenest in Bicol. While on June 2001, LGU Naga City received the Saringgaya Award from the DENR for Distinguished Contributions in the Development of Environmental Programs in Region V. http: archives.pia.gov.ph ?m 12&sec reader&rp 1&fi p040326.htm&no 6&date 03 26 2004 Fire Safety The ''Naga City Fire Station'' is one of the most equipped fire stations in the country. Other fire stations include Naga Chin Po Tong Fire Brigade, and the Naga White Volunteer http: news.pia.gov.ph index.php?article 861393921793 Police and Law Enforcement The city is the location of two of the largest police stations in the Bicol Region . The historical ''Naga City Police Station'', which had been the military base of operations of the ''Guardia Civil'' in the Bicol Region, during the time of the Spanish Regime in the Philippines. http: naga.gov.ph see-naga attractions naga-city-police-station http: r05.pia.gov.ph index.php?article 861357375545 Another police office located in the city is the provincial office of the Philippine National Police in Camarines Sur, located in Barangay Concepcion Grande. http: r05.pia.gov.ph index.php?article 861385550341 Education Naga City is considered to be Southern Luzon's educational center due to its prestigious academic performances of schools, and is the home of six largest universities in the Bicol Region. The city is also the home of several colleges which produce high-quality people that can serve. Tertiary education left thumb Ateneo de Naga University (Image:WTNaga HMMM A2.JPG) WTNaga BAHALANA A13 left thumb Universidad de Sta. Isabel (File:WTNaga BAHALANA A13.JPG) The Ateneo de Naga University (ADNU) is Jesuit university in the Bicol Region, and is the largest catholic university in the Bicol Region. The school is accredited with PAASCU since 1979, making it one of the best universities in the country. ADNU is the first university in the Philippines to achieve PAASCU Institutional Accreditation, on top of its Autonomous Status, Level III Status, and its Center of Excellence in Teachers Education, Center of Development in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, and Information Technology. It has produced top animators in the country since it launched its Bachelor's Degree in Animation. The university is also the alma mater of the very first Bicolano Jesuit priest, Father Juan Bonafe, S.J. - The Universidad de Santa Isabel is the oldest normal school for girls in Asia inaugurated on April 12, 1869. It is a sectarian school run by the religious Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul Sisters. The University of Nueva Caceres is the very first university south of Luzon, outside of Manila and is considered to be largest in the Bicol Region due to its population and size. The Bicol College of Arts and Trade, Then Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges, now Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology has also a large student base in the city. Arch. Antonio Imperial III, who placed 2nd in the 2007 Architecture Board Exam, is a graduate of this school. One of the leading maritime schools in the country, Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation, has two campuses in Metro Naga, one along Panganiban Drive and another in Canaman, a suburban town. WTNaga LAPANAK B2 right thumb University of Nueva Caceres (File:WTNaga LAPANAK B2.JPG) WTNaga HIJAB A18 right thumb The Naga College Foundation (File:WTNaga HIJAB A18.JPG) The Naga College Foundation is the leading Criminology school in the region. It has produced topnotch placements in the National Police Commission Examinations and the Criminologist Licensure Exams through the years (Top 3 Criminology School in the Philippines, 1993; Alex Pederio, 1999; Henry Navarro, 7th place, 1999; Noel Cabral, 6th placer, 2002; Romeo Caballero, 8th placer, 2002; Xavier Mirasol, 11th place, 2004; Frederick R. Eboña, National 2nd Placer, Licensure Board Examination 2009). Naga College Foundation's Nursing and Health Sciences Department also Produced a number of topnotchers in Nursing as well as Midwifery(Asther de la Cruz, National 3rd Placer, Midwifery, 2001; Leslie Guerra, National 6th Placer, Nursing, 2005, Neri Grace Zapata National 11th Placer, Nursing, 2008; Florian Maureen Palma, 3rd Placer Nationwide Midwives Licensure Examination 2009 and 15th Placer Nationwide Nursing Board Exam; Clarissa Leonor Tible Escober, 4th Placer Nationwide Nursing Board Exam 2009) as well as being the Top performing nursing school in Bicol since 2003; 100% passing rate, 1997. The oldest live-in Christian higher educational institute for the clergy in the country was established in the city in the early part of the 18th century. The Holy Rosary Seminary (El Seminario del Santissimo Rosario), a Roman Catholic seminary run by the Archdiocese of Caceres, has produced 22 bishops, including the first Filipino bishop, Jorge Barlin, and the first Filipino Cardinal to work in the Roman Curia, Jose Cardinal Sanchez. It has richly contributed as well to the national heritage through Jose Ma. Panganiban and Tomas Arejola and 7 of the 15 Bikol Martyrs. On January 29, 1988, the National Historical Institute declared the Holy Rosary Seminary as a National Historical Landmark. Secondary education and lower WTNaga HIJAB A12a left thumb The Naga Parochial School (File:WTNaga HIJAB A12a.JPG) The government-run '''Camarines Sur National High School''' registers over 15,000 enrollees every school year and it is the biggest secondary school in the region. Naga City Science High School was established in Naga City in 1994, it is considered to be one of the top-notch schools in the country. The school contains pilot curricula in Bicol Region, the Spanish (Spanish language) Curriculum, which is the third in the Philippines, and the Journalism curriculum, which are incubation for students to receive training and exposure to college-related situations. The school is also a consistent champion at the Doon Po Sa Amin or DPSA National Contest. https: www1.smart.com.ph about newsroom press-releases csr-news 2014 02 20 naga-generates-best-hometown-stories Two schools in the city, Saint Joseph School(SJS) and Naga Hope Christian School (NHCS), caters to Filipino-Chinese students. The '''Naga Parochial School''' (NPS) is the largest Parochial school in the Bicol region receiving 850 enrollees yearly. It is run by priests of the Archdiocese of Caceres. It is the first PAASCU-accredited parochial school in the Philippines. Some members of the clergy (63 as of 2007 with 3 bishops) assigned to the city are alumni of the school. This is an exclusive Catholic school for boys with Most Rev. Rolando Joven Tria Tirona as chair of the Board Trustees. Well-known personalities such as the late Raul Roco, Jesse Robredo, Francis Garchitorena, Luis R. Villafuerte, Jaime Fabregas, Jonathan Dela Paz Zaens, Archbishop Tito Yllana, Bishop Jose Rojas PC, DD are graduates of NPS. right thumb STI Naga (Image:WTNaga LAPANAK C45.JPG) Arborvitae Plains Montessori, Inc. (formerly Casa Dei Bambini Montessori), is a Montessori school (Montessori education) with eleven branches spread all over the Philippines offering education according to the Montessori method modified for the Philippine curriculum. The Naga City Montessori School was established in 1989 offering pre-school, grade school and high school education. The Village Montessori on San Leandro St. is the only school in the Bicol Region that offers the real Montessori method which follows the continuous progression curriculum of the American Montessori Society. Specialized computer schools have also mushroomed in the city due to popularity of computer courses, both degree and short-term. AMA Computer University and STI College have established campuses in the city. "Region V". AMA Computer University. Retrieved on 2012-05-13. "STI College - Naga". STI College. Retrieved on 2012-05-13. Other specialized computer schools include Worldtech Resources Institute (WRI), Philippine Computer Foundation College (PCFC) and CCDI. Tutorial and review centers for higher education are found in the city. Some of these centers are Art Review Center, Edgeworth Review Center, and AimOne Review Center. Tutorial centers such as Asiawise Study Center, which is located along Barlin St. (near Naga Cathedral), also offer review programs for UP and other college entrance tests, Philippine Science High School qualifying exam, and Law Aptitude Exam. City Youth Programs Some of the reasons are the Youth Code authored by City Councilor Hon. Ray-an Cydrick Rentoy and co-authored by Sangguniang Kabataan Federation President Hon. Dan Paolo Morales, the City Youth Officials Program, being member of the city council of the SKF President, recognition of various youth orgranizations, the Naga City Council for Youth Affairs, etc. City Youth Officials Program By virtue of SP Ordinance No. 2007-008, as amended by Ordinance No. 2009-017 dated March 19, 2007 and March 17, 2009 respectively Institutionalizing the Naga City Youth Officials Program and declared the period from April 15 to May 31 each year as City Youth Month. During this period, youth officials will be given the opportunity to handle the operations of the city government except in areas, which are policy determining or requiring monetary disbursements. Each year, 45 youths will be selected through a two-phase selection process (written and oral examinations) from a pool of qualified youth applicants nominees in Naga City. Naga City Youth Officials Website The youths that will be selected will be appointed as follows: align center WNP align center RPUN style "background:#DDDDDD" Naga Airport align center -


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CBD-I, it is bounded by the Naga River and the town of Camaligan, Camarines Sur. development of the area is anchored on Naga City’s biggest shopping mall– LCC Central Mall. The development area is the location of the Naga City IT Park. Agro-Industrial Zone This area is envisioned as an agro-industrial hub, capitalizing on Bicol’s extensive agricultural resources, the market offered by Naga itself, and the city’s character as the regional center of trade and services– providing access to markets in Metro Naga, Camarines Sur, Bicol and South Luzon. The Agro-Industrial Zone spans barangays Del Rosario, Cararayan, San Isidro, Pacol and Carolina– Naga’s traditional agricultural areas. It has an area of 309 hectares. It will be the site of the 105-hectare Naga Agro-Industrial Ecozone, operated by the Pacol Agro-Industrial Corporation with incentives from the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA). Magsaysay District File:WTNaga Mr.Kengkoy B26.JPG WTNaga Mr.Kengkoy B26 left thumb Magsaysay Avenue The main road in the city is Magsaysay Avenue or Magsaysay Boulevard which starts from Bagumbayan Road (Naga-Calabanga (Calabanga, Camarines Sur)-Siruma (Siruma, Camarines Sur)-Garchitorena (Garchitorena, Camarines Sur)-Partido (Partido (Philippines)) North Road), connecting it to the Magsaysay District where accommodations and restaurants catering to travelers are found. Atiyah, Jeremy (2002). "Rough Guide to Southeast Asia", pg. 880. Rough Guides Ltd., London. ISBN 1-85828-893-2. Businesses are open till late at night with some shops also open 24 7. Naga City also has its share of fastfood restaurant chains. The city hall, provincial capitol and several provincial offices are also located in the district around the Peñafrancia Basilica (Peñafrancia Basilica Minore). Banking and Finance thumb right Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Central Bank of the Philippines) Regional Office (File:WTNaga LAPANAK C43.JPG) The Total Banks in the city is around 62 excluding the regional office of Banco Sentral ng Pilipinas, and the national offices Peñafrancia Financial Corporation, Nueva Caceres Savings Bank, Rural Bank of Nueva caceres, and Northeast Philippine Bank. The city hosts the Regional offices of Banco De Oro, Philippine National Bank, Development Bank of the Philippines, Metrobank (Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company), RCBC (Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation), Allied Bank (Allied Banking Corporation), China Banking Corporation, Philtrust Bank, UnionBank of the Philippines, Philippine Veterans Bank, Asia United Bank, Maybank, Mega International Commercial Bank, Asia United Bank, Bank of Commerce, East West Bank, Citibank Philippines, Bank of Makati, Bank of the Philippine Islands,and the Philippine Postal Savings Bank (Philippine Postal Corporation). Banks with many branches are Banco de Oro with 12 branches (Banco De Oro), Bank of the Philippine Islands has 9 branches including BPI family bank (Bank of the Philippine Islands), MetroBank has 4 branches, China bank and Landbank has 3, RCBC and Security bank 2 branches . A leading thrift bank, RCBC Savings Bank, enjoys patronage from both Filipino and Chinese businessmen. Robinsons Bank of the Gokongwei group has also set up its branch in the city. One of the biggest rural banks in the country, Bank of Makati, is also found in the city. Land bank -Magsaysay branch, Security Bank-Diversion branch and Philippine Planters Bank, are the three latest banks to open in the city this year 2013. Meanwhile Banco de Oro opened their twelfth branch in DECA Corporate Center and Maybank at Panganiban Drive. Shopping Malls WTNaga EURO A33 right thumb The Avenue Square (File:WTNaga EURO A33.JPG) SM City Naga is the most visited, and largest shopping mall in the Bicol Region, ranging from 100,000-250,000 every two days. SM City Naga is located at the second Central Business District and beside the Naga City Central Bus Terminal, the largest and busiest bus terminal in Bicol Region. Naga City also has another largest mall in the Bicol Region, the Nagaland E-Mall that is strategically located in the Central Business District 1 or Centro Naga, with Robisons Supermarket as its anchor store. The mall is considered to be the largest homegrown commercial complex in the Bicol Region, due to its size. LCC Central Mall (LCC Mall) Naga is also located in Felix Plazo Street near Central Business District I and has the Naga City Integrated Westbound Transport Terminal, which caters transportation from Del Gallego, Camarines Sur, to Milaor, Camarines Sur and everything in between. There are two Puregold Malls in Naga City, the Puregold Centro Naga, and the Puregold Naga which is located in Diversion Road. The Avenue Square is Bicol Region's first lifestyle center built in 2005 along Magsaysay Avenue. Avenue Square currently is one of the nightlife centers in the Bicol Region. There are also leisure hubs in the city, and majority are constructed along Magsaysay Avenue, since it is the center of nightlife in the Bicol Region. A leisure hub built along Magsaysay Avenue is the Westpark Center. Another leisure hub is the Night Plaza which is the location of the first Starbucks in Southern Luzon. The Gaisano Mall Naga has already started dumping by Bicol Medical Center. Business Process Outsourcing Naga City was cited as one of the best places to conduct BPO business in the Philippines. http: www.curranrecruit.com.au #!BPO-Hot-spots-in-the-Philippines--looking-beyond-Manila- c15hi 3CB5CF5C-6C36-44CA-82E0-78C458CE16D9 The city currently has three IT parks—the Naga City IT Park, the Camarines Sur Industrial and Technological Park, and the newly inaugurated Naga City Technology Center that are all highly conducive for outsourcing businesses as well as transactions that do not require transportation. The three facilities offer about 40,000 call center seats that could provide jobs to some 120,000 agents in three-shifts. Pioneering the business in Naga City is the Incubation Center of Southern Luzon Technological College Foundation Inc. (SLTCFI) and Philippine Computer Colleges which are extensions of Naga City Industries District, the third IT ecozone in the Bicol region inaugurated in August 13, 2011. Naga City is also the location of IT schools, and cyberoffices in the Bicol Region. The Philippine Computer Foundation College Inc. has opened their South Luzon Call center in Naga City in order to get more clients at reach. http: pcfc.edu.ph http: panpages.ph listings ph328029-philippine-computer-foundation-college The Worldtech Resources Institute also has constructed their own edifice that can hande 5,000 to 9,000 call center agents per shift. http: provemewrong.net23.net President.php The Computer Communication Development Institute or CCDI has also headquartered their operations in Naga City, and is the extension of the Naga City Technology Center. http: eskwelahan.com camarinessur ccdi-naga.html http: www.philippinecompanies.com companyprofile 55510 computer-communication-development-institute-naga-city This institute is the overall watcher of government-owned BPO companies in the Bicol Region. The international BPO company IBM also constructed their own call center office just infront of SM City Naga. http: www.abs-cbnnews.com business 05 21 13 ibm-unit-set-bpo-facility-naga-city IBM is to undergo a major expansion this 2014 constructing a new 6-floor building and heightening the first building from 2 floors to 5 floors. http: newsbytes.ph 2013 05 22 ibm-bares-bpo-expansion-in-naga-city Places of interest thumb right The Rotunda (architecture) rotunda (Image:Nagacathedral.jpg) in front of the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral. thumb right San Francisco Church (Image:IJVSanFranciscoChurch4.jpg) Churches and monasteries * '''Naga Metropolitan Cathedral (Naga Cathedral)''' is the oldest cathedral established in the whole southern Luzon. It was built in 1573, and was inaugurated in 1575. It is also the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Caceres. * '''Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine''' is the original home of Our Lady of Peñafrancia for two centuries. It was established in 1750. * '''Peñafrancia Basilica Minore''', established in 1985, it is the new home of Our Lady of Peñafrancia where the Traslacion starts when her image is led into procession around the city streets then brought to the cathedral. * '''San Francisco Church''', established in 1578, it is the first church in the region built by the Franciscan Friars. The surrender of the Spanish forces to the Bikol revolutionaries Elias Angeles and Felix Plazo took place here on September 18, 1896. The church was reduced to rubble by the heavy bombing of Naga in World War II, and the church remained in ruins until the present new edifice was constructed. * '''St. Jude Churches in del Rosario''' * '''Carmelite Church and Monastery''' - home of the Carmelite nuns in Bicol. * '''Holy Rosary Minor Seminary and Museum''' - oldest seminary in the Bicol Region, it houses the old paraphernalia, and items used by the old Catholic Church, including the documents of Our Lady of Peñafrancia’s verified devotion, and coronation. *'''Holy Rosary Major Seminary and Church''' -the largest seminary in the Bicol Region. * '''Immaculate Conception Church''' * '''Caritas Mariae Church in Pacol''' *''' Christ the King Church''', Ateneo de Naga University * '''Holy Cross Parish Church in Barangay Tabuco''' Natural attractions thumb Malabsay Falls (Image:Malabsayfalls.jpg) * '''Mount Isarog''' is a dormant volcano and a national park open for trekking and mountain biking *''' Malabsay Falls''', a waterfall near Mt. Isarog. It can be accessible through hiking in the Panicuason trail or through the Stonehouse Gardens Resort. * '''Nabontolan Falls''' rests within the protected area of Mt. Isarog National Park and accessible through the Panicuason trail, this waterfall offers a breathtaking refuge from the busy city life and allows one to commune with nature. It is seldom visited by mountain climbers, hikers and picnic-goers because of its rough trail. http: planet.naga.ph 36971 destination-nabontolan-falls *'''Naga City Ecology Park''' is an ecological park located in Brgy. Pacol, at the foot of Mount Isarog. It is a five-hectare sprawl of tropical greenery, the park showcases various exotic plants, palms, an eco-walk maze, topiary garden, an orchid and mini-forest. Walkways, lawns, and pavilions provides for family picnics, stroll, and undisturbed appreciation of nature’s beauty. http: panpages.ph listings ph56148-the-naga-city-ecology-park *'''Panicuason Hot Springs Resort''' is one of Bicol’s secret hideaways. Located at the bottom of a forest river ravine accessible via a private road, this resort is smack at the center of the teeming rain forest of Mt. Isarog. Only 30 minutes away from downtown naga, the resort is a sight to behold, a virtual jungle paradise of ancient trees and giant ferns minus the wild animals. The resort is composed of several natural pools with temperatures ranging from a cold 20 degrees Celsius to a steaming 39 degrees Celsius. Frequented by local and international visitors, it has also been featured on national TV shows. A day or two at the hot springs resort will surely uplift one’s spirit and soothe aching and weary muscles with hot spring water that emanates from the earth’s bowels. http: www.gmanetwork.com news story 299344 newstv biyahenidrew 48-hours-in-naga-a-biyahe-ni-drew-itinerary Resorts *'''Spring Valley Garden Resort''', is a resort that sprawls at the outer slope of Mount Isarog and derives its name from natural springs that feed its four swimming pools with fresh freely flowing water. Resort''', is one of the oldest known resorts in the city. Since its development in 1970, it has maintained its services and reputation in the city as one of the first resorts in Naga. http: www.nagacitydeck.com 2011 05 penafrancia-resort-carolina-naga-city.html *'''Stonehouse Garden Resort''', is a resort at the very slope of Mount Isarog . The resort is jump-off to the Panicuason Trail, which leads to Malabsay and Nabontolan Falls, and to Mt. Isarog itself. http: www.angkulet.com 2012 12 31 stonehouse-gardens-resort-naga-city #sthash.2ldLnp5b.dpbs *'''Rock Garden Resort''' *'''Casa Ofelia Resort''' is a resort in Brgy. Carolina. http: ph.geoview.info casa_ofelia_resort,18615048p Historical landmarks Nine sites and landmarks in the city with historical value Barrameda,Jr., Jose V.. "Naga’s historical landmarks". Naga City Official Website. Retrieved on 2012-05-23. * '''''Calle Via Gainza''''', now Peñafrancia Avenue, was first known as Via Gainza in honor of Bishop Francisco Gainza, O.P. (1863–1879), the 25th and considered as the greatest Spanish bishop of the See of Caceres. * '''''Calle Real''''', now Elias Angeles Street, was one of the earliest streets in Spanish Nueva Caceres laid out at the close of the 16th century. The street figured as a historic backdrop to the events of September 1898, which established the Filipino revolutionary government headed by Elias Angeles. * '''''Calle de Legaspi''''' at the western portion of Panganiban Drive, was established in 1839 after the Naga River was straightened as a short cut from Calle Real to the new western bank of the river. * '''''Casa Real''''' '''site''' on General Luna Street. The Casa Real, the government building of Nueva Caceres, was established at this location in 1588 * '''''Casa Tribunal''''' '''site''' on Elias Angeles Street was the original site of the ''Casa Tribunal'' or “common house” which provided free rooms to travelers until 1839. * '''''Casino Español''''' '''site''' at the corner Elias Angeles and Arana Street, was the location of Casino Español, a spacious building of piedra china and wood that served as the social and recreational center of the male Spanish population of Nueva Caceres and neighboring towns. * '''House of Tomas Prieto site''' at the corner Panganiban Drive and Peñafrancia Avenue was the home of the Bicolano martyr, Tomas Prieto, who was executed on January 4, 1897 at the Bagumbayan Field in Manila together with ten others, collectively known as the "Bicol Martyrs." * The '''Naga City Police Station''' on Barlin Street was the site of the Cuartel General of the Guardia Civil in Camarines that was constructed in 1870, but was razed by fire caused by faulty electrical wiring. * '''''Puente de Naga''''', now Lt. Delfin Rosales Bridge, the massively designed concrete bridge was constructed in 1847 and was known as Puente de Naga, and until the 1920s when the bridge was renamed in honor of Bicolano Jose Maria Panganiban. It was renamed again in 1989, to honor Lt. Delfin C. Rosales in World War II, during the battle for Naga in April 1945. Monuments thumb right Plaza de Nueva Caceres (Image:WTNaga BAHALANA B41.JPG) thumbnail right The Plaza Quince Martires Monument (File:The Fifteen Martyrs of Bicol Monument in Naga City, Camarines Sur.JPG) *'''Plaza Miguel Robles de Covarrubias''' is a monument in the plaza of Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine, the old home of Our Lady of Peñafrancia. It was constructed, along with the stage, to commemorate the 300 Years of love and devotion to the Our Lady of Peñafrancia, the patroness of Bicolandia. It also depicts of how Fr. Miguel Robles de Covarrubias brought Ina to the Bicolanos. *'''Plaza de Nueva Caceres''', also known as the '''Oragon Monument''', is a monument constructed by the local government of Naga City to commemorate Naga City's long history, and its charter anniversaries. The monument depicts Nueva Caceres during the Spanish Period. The yearly foundation day of Nueva Caceres is held in the monument. http: www.nagacitydeck.com 2010 06 unveiling-of-plaza-ciudad-de-nueva.html *'''Plaza Rizal''' is the oldest plaza and monument in Naga City. It is the centerpiece of the Rizal Park which was the former park of the old Camarines Sur Provincial Capitol. It has José Rizal and some angels in the monument. Majority of trade fairs held in the city are sometimes done in the plaza. The plaza is also adjacent to the Plaza Quezon. *'''Plaza Quezon''' is the largest plaza in Naga City. It is where the Regional Civic Parade, Voyadores Festival, Military Parade are done in September during the festivities of Our Lady of Peñafrancia. It is also where international artists and showbiz caravans are held when visiting the city. http: naga.gov.ph see-naga attractions *'''Plaza Barlin''' is the only monument constructed to commemorate Bishop Jorge Barlin, the first Filipino bishop, which was from Baao, Camarines Sur. *'''Plaza Quince Martires''' is the monument located at the very heart of Naga's Central Business District I. It commemorates the martyrdom of 15 people from Naga who oppose Spanish Regime. It was on January 4, 1897 or barely 5 days after the National Hero –Dr. Jose P. Rizal – was executed when the 11 prisoners from Bicol were also executed on the same field in Bagumabayan (now Luneta). The four others had either died in prison as a result of torture or while in exile in the island of Fernando Poo (or Fernando Pó), off the coast of Africa. The monument was built on November 29, 1926 during the American occupancy. http: www.voxbikol.com article bikol-honors-its-15-martyrs-the1896-revolution *'''Jose Maria Panganiban Monument''' in Naga Central School I is a monument dedicated to the Bicolano hero Jose Maria Panganiban, who was an active member of the La Solidaridad Propaganda movement during the waning days of Spanish Colonial Rule. *'''Jesse Robredo Monument''' in his burial site at Eternal Gardens Naga City located at Balatas Road where the Peñafrancia Basilica Minore is located and near to the monument. It is a commemorative monument to honor the late Jesse Robredo who was Naga City Mayor from 1988 to 2009. He was a great example of good governance in the country. *'''Infantil de la Milagrosa Monument''' in front of the Universidad de Santa Isabel is a historic monument built by the Daughters of Charity that is the management of the Universidad de Santa Isabel and is a major component of Catholic life. The monument commemorates the thanksgiving of the nuns after World War II in which that they were saved from the impending danger. *'''Sto. Niño Monument''' is a monument located inside the Parish of the Immaculate Conception. It is a monument unveiled by the Archdiocese of Caceres to commemorate the patronage of Santo Niño in the Archdiocese, being centered in the parish. Museums thumb Bicol Science Centrum (Image:Bicol science centrum.JPG) * The '''Holy Rosary Minor Seminary Museum''' showcases Bicol's ancient relics and artifacts like burial jars, ancient china wares,rare stones and ritual objects. The museum also features local church history where old Church vestiges and sacred objects are displayed. * The '''Penafrañcia Museum''' contains sacred vestiges related to Marian devotion to Our Lady of Peñafrancia. * The '''University of Nueva Caceres Museum''' is one of the oldest museums outside Manila and recognized by the International Association of Museum. It houses historical artifacts of the ancient Bikol, its people and culture. * '''Bicol Science and Technology Centrum''' is a science museum established in 1993 in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology to cater to the science and technology education for the young, professionals, teachers andenthusiasts alike. It features an exhibit of interactive gadgets, a skywatch gallery, a sci-cubby hole for the kids, an audio-visual room and a cybercafé for internet users. * The '''Naga City Art Gallery''', established by the Salingoy Art Group in partnership with the Naga City government, houses traditional and contemporary art works of Bicolano artists. * The '''Mariel Daculoo's Art Gallery''', was established by American friar named Fr. Kris B. Amador in 2014 in partnership with the 555 yuna foundation, Their gallery are more about ancient, nature etc.. Culture Naga City is considered to be Bicol's cultural center due to the largest festival in the region is held in the city, The Peñafrancia Festival. Festivals thumb left Fluvial Procession for Our Lady of Peñafrancia (Image:Peñafrancia Fluvial Parade Naga City.jpg) The Peñafrancia Festival The city celebrates the Feast of Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia Our Lady of Peñafrancia, the Patroness of the Bicol Region starting second Friday of September each year. The start of the 10-day feast, the largest Marian devotions in the country, is signalled by a procession (called ''Traslacion'') which transfers the centuries-old image of the Blessed Virgin Mary from its shrine at the Peñafrancia Basilica Minore to the 400-year old Naga Metropolitan Cathedral. Coinciding with nine days of novena prayer at the cathedral, the city celebrates with parades, pageants, street parties, singing contests, exhibits, concerts, and other activities. Finally, on the third Saturday of September, the image is returned shoulder-borne by so-called ''voyadores'' to the Basilica Minore de Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia via the historic Naga River. The next day, marks the feast day of the Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Pontifical High Masses are celebrated in the Basilica Minore, attended by hundreds of thousands of faithful devotees. Kamundagan Festival Naga City celebrates the '''Kamundagan Festival''' every Christmas time. It begins with the lighting of the Christmas Village in the Plaza Quezon Grandstand. After the lighting of the Christmas Village, six locally handmaid stars, known locally as '''parols''' are lighted with different meanings. Love, progress, peace, happiness, prosperity, and joy symbolize the stars. The giant Christmas tree is lighted 2 weeks before Christmas. Every night, different fantasy-themed Christmas shows are held in the Plaza Quezon. A Grand Christmas Bazaar is also held near the Cathedral, exhibiting different talents in Magic, Trickery, Beauty, and Brains. The Bazaar also has some stores that sell locally made Christmas themed products for visitors. Kinalas Festival Naga City celebrates Kinalas Festival during its yearly anniversary of Chartership or Cityhood. It honors the most famous local delicacies, the Kinalas, and Siling Labuyo, with it having a food contest. Also known as Charter Day Festival, different organizations and schools, compete in Sports and Academics, as sponsored by the local government. Food and delicacies Naga is known to have some native foods and delicacies: * Kinalas - Kinalas and log-log are noodle soup dishes served Bicol style, similar to ''mami'' except for a topping of what looked like a Pansit Palabok sauce, and the meaty dark soup made from boiling a cow or a pig’s head until the flesh fell off. Kinalas luglog, from the Tagalog word "''kalas''", refers to the "fall off the bone" meat that is placed on top of the noodles. The soup is the broth of beef bone and bone marrow (sometimes skull and brain included) or what Manileños call "''bulalo''". http: kinalasnaga.blogspot.com The soup is topped with very tender meat slices that also came from the pig's head. It is usually served hot with an egg, sprinkled with roasted garlic and spring onions. Kalamansi and patis may be added according to taste. Kinalas is usually paired with Baduya Banana Cue or Camote Cue. * Buko Juice - Juice freshly extracted from a young coconut. http: www.pchrd.dost.gov.ph index.php 2012-05-23-07-46-36 2012-05-24-00-03-06 5588-the-beneficial-buko-juice * Nata de Coco * Pan de Naga - the local bread of the city http: leahdeleon.com 2012 10 17 pan-de-naga-pugon-pandesal Sports * Metro Naga Sports Complex in Barangay Pacol has Olympic-sized swimming pools, tennis courts and a track oval. "Heritage Tour". See Naga. Retrieved on 2012-06-13. * Naga City Coliseum- Later renamed as Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum in honor of the late DILG Secretary and Former Mayor of Naga City. Nightlife * The nightlife in Naga City is concentrated along Magsaysay Avenue where restaurants, bars and music lounges are lined up catering to tourist and locals alike. Nightlife in the city is considered as the most vibrant in Bicol. "Fun things to do in Naga City". Virtual Tourist. Retrieved on 2012-06-13. Infrastructure Transportation left thumb Philippine National Railways Naga railway station Naga Station (Image:WTNaga BAHALANA B47.JPG) By air Naga City is easily accessible by air. The city is served by the Naga Airport (WNP) located at Barangay San Jose in the neighboring town of Pili (Pili, Camarines Sur). It has a runway of 4,780 meters. Flights from Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Naga takes approximately 35–40 minutes with services provided by Cebu Pacific which has five flights daily, and Air Philippines that has six flights daily. The airport is capable of handling large and international aircraft. By land By land, Naga is a 7 to 8-hour ride from Manila via Quirino & Andaya Highways or 10 hours via the Maharlika Highway. It is approximately 22 hours from Cebu City with ferry transfers in Sorsogon, the southernmost province of the Bicol peninsula. Buses ply to Sorsogon and Tacloban. Railways Naga City is the Regional head office and the Center point of the Philippine National Railway's Bicol Line. Naga Prosper and flourished as it serves as a transit point of Commerce in Camarines' Area. Daily rail services to and from Manila were provided by the Philippine National Railways under Bicol Express Service. Naga with adjacent towns and cities from Tagkawayan, Quezon province to Ligao, Albay is served daily by Bicol Commuter's express. A plan has been expressed upon completion of the rehabilitation of the Line to Legazpi (Legazpi, Albay) the Bicol Commuter's Express will be extended up to Legazpi in the near future. Network Roads and Bridges Naga City's total road network as of December 2009 is 185.02 Kilometers, of which 147.67 km are now concreted; 14.63 km are concreted with asphalt overlay, 4.10 km are asphalted; 11.87 km are gravel surfaced while 5.76 km are still earth road unsurfaced. This translates to an increase of 19.74 km http: naga.gov.ph ecological-profile infrastructure-ecological-profile transportation-2 Land Transportation The common vehicles used for intra-city travel are ''Public-Utility Jeepneys'', ''Trimobiles'', and ''Padyaks''. Padyaks can be used in subdivision and barangay transportation. They provide medium amount of speed in terms of travelling to the city center. Trimobiles are most famous and most used land transport in the city. There are 1,500 units available for hire while 1,150 are for private use. There is now stiffer competition among drivers that create a wide range of problems such as fare overcharging, refusal to convey passengers, imbalance distribution of trimobile service resulting to a shortage of transport service in some areas of the city and rampant traffic violations. utility jeepneys (PUJ) and multicabs are another major mode of intra-city transport used by regular commuters, a total of 323 units. Inter-town trips are served by 403 Filcab vans and 708 jeepneys while inter-provincial trips are served by an average of 300 airconditioned and non-airconditioned buses and 88 Filcab vans. Late last year, about 50 taxi units became available in the city. They use the sides of new SM Naga City as waiting area for passengers within and outside the city. Major Roads There are different major roads in every district of the city. Centro (CBD I) * ''Elias Angeles Street'' http: nearbyph.com location 13.624248 123.185493 elias-angeles-street-sta-cruz-naga-city-camarines-sur-4400-philippines -is the main thoroughfare in CBD I. It is primarily used by people heading from the Partido (Partido (Philippines)) Area, the towns of Calabanga (Calabanga, Camarines Sur), Bombon (Bombon, Camarines Sur), Magarao (Magarao, Camarines Sur), Canaman (Canaman, Camarines Sur) and the barangays of Bagumbayan Norte and Sur, along with Barangay Calauag.. Formerly called Calle Real, it starts at the merging of Bagumbayan Road (Naga-Calabanga (Calabanga, Camarines Sur)-Siruma (Siruma, Camarines Sur)-Garchitorena (Garchitorena, Camarines Sur)-Partido (Partido (Philippines)) North Road) and Jacob (Hakob) Street. It passes through the Metropolitan Naga Cathedral (Naga Cathedral), the main plazas of Naga City, the Nagaland E-Mall, several banks, and the terminal heading to Naga City's north barangays. It ends at its junction with Caceres Avenue at the Barangay hall of Barangay Dinaga. * ''Peñafrancia Avenue''-is another thoroughfare in CBD I. It is primarily used by people from the northern barangays of Naga City (Panicuason, Carolina, Cararayan, San Isidro, Balatas, San Felipe, and Pacol) along with the barangays of Peñafrancia (Peñafrancia, Naga), Liboton, Dayangdang, and Tinago. It starts from the junction of Padre Garcia Avenue in which it becomes Pacol Road after crossing it. It passes through the barangay of San Felipe, the Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine, the barangay of Peñafrancia (Peñafrancia, Naga), which has the old houses of Naga City, and the Naga City Hospital, and through the CBD I, passing by the back portion of Nagaland E-Mall, San Francisco Church, the ''Plaza Quince Martires''. It ends at its junction with Panganiban Drive. http: nearbyph.com location 13.636003 123.198792 penafrancia-avenue-naga-city-cs-4400-philippines *''General Luna Street''-is a short but major thoroughfare in CBD I. It starts from Plaza Barlin, and ends at Caceres Avenue, at the Naga City People's Mall. http: nearbyph.com location 13.623058 123.184486 general-luna-street-naga-city-4400-camarines-sur-philippines *''Barlin Street''-is another thoroughfare in CBD I. It starts from Padre Burgos Street, near the University of Nueva Caceres, and ends at the Quadricentennial Arch Rotunda (Naga Cathedral) inside the compound of the Naga Cathedral. CBD II *''Panganiban Drive''-is the main thoroughfare in CBD II. It is primarily used by people heading from the barangays of Concepcion Pequeña, and Grande, along with barangay Del Rosario. It starts from Elias Angeles Street, in front of the Plaza Rizal. It passes through intersetions with Peñafrancia Avenue, Calle del Rio, Blumetritt Street, then passes to Ninoy and Cory Avenue, which is heading to SM City Naga, ''Bicol Central Station'', Jesse Robredo Coliseum, ''CBD Plaza Hotel'', ''Nueva Caceres Convention Center''. Panganiban Drive then passes to the regional offices of Department of Agriculture (Department of Agriculture (Philippines)), Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Trade and Industry (Department of Trade and Industry (Philippines)), Department of Education, and Pag-Ibig. Panganiban Drive ends at the Central Rotunda. South Riverfront Growth Area *''Felix Plazo Street''-is the main thoroughfare in the area. It starts from Abella Street, and ends in the Bishop Francisco Gainza Highway, or locally known as Mabolo-Camaligan-Gainza Road, heading to the town of Gainza. LCC Central Mall is located in the street. Bagumbayan District thumb right Bagumbayan Street (File:WTNaga LAPANAK C28.JPG) *''Bagumbayan Street''-also known as '''Naga'''-Calabanga (Calabanga, Camarines Sur)-Siruma (Siruma, Camarines Sur)-Garchitorena (Garchitorena, Camarines Sur)-Partido (Partido (Philippines)) North Road is the main thoroughfare in the area. It strats from the merging with Jacob Street forming Elias Angeles Street, and ends as Bagumabayan Street in the intersection with Taculod Road. It passes through the barangays of Bagumbayan Norte, and Bagumabayan Sur. *''Queborac Drive''-is the main thoroughfare for residents in Marupit, Sua and Dugcal in the town of Camaligan (Camaligan, Camarines Sur), the residents of San Vicente, Del Rosario, Baras, and Poro in the town of Canaman (Canaman, Camarines Sur) and the residents of Jolly Neighbors Subdivision in Barangay Bagumbayan Sur. It starts from Bagumabayan Street, and ends at the Mabolo-Camaligan (Camaligan, Camarines Sur)-Gainza (Gainza, Camarines Sur) Road, which heads to Pamplona (Pamplona, Camarines Sur) Magsaysay District thumb right The intersection of Peñafrancia and Magsaysay Avenues (File:WTNaga EURO A28.JPG) *''Magsaysay Avenue''-is the main thoroughfare in the Magsaysay District, the center of nightlife in the Bicol Region. http: books.google.com.ph books?id 1ZjX38KrDqIC&pg PT1224&lpg PT1224&dq nightlife+most+vibrant+in+bicol&source bl&ots Xgk9jozkkg&sig lsFC8BN-EQ_Y0FxRIVKTIOzSCdc&hl en&sa X&ei TmZoU-6HBISE8gXxqYDoDw&ved 0CCYQ6AEwAA#v onepage&q nightlife%20most%20vibrant%20in%20bicol&f false It starts from the intersection with Queborac Drive and Bagumbayan Street. It then passes through a portion of Barangay Liboton, passing through the Naga College Foundation, and Camarines Sur National High School Liboton Annex (Camarines Sur National High School). It then intersects with Peñafrancia Avenue (Peñafrancia), and crosses the Naga River (Bicol River). It then enters the Magsaysay District with Avenue Square's complex. It intersects again with Balatas Road (heading to the Peñafrancia Basilica) and passes through some bars and nightclubs. It finally ends with the entrance to the rotunda along with Panganiban Drive and Maharlika Highway (Pan-Philippine Highway). http: nearbyph.com location 13.636100 123.193352 magsaysay-avenue-corner-catmon-street-naga-city-camarines-sur-philippines Phone services Naga is served by landline and mobile phone companies like BayanTel and Digitel of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company. Major mobile phone providers in the area include Globe Telecom, Smart (Smart Communications), and Sun Cellular. Public Services Health care thumb right The Bicol Medical Center (Image:Bicol medical center 1.JPG) thumb right AGO Foundation Hospital (Image:Ago foundation hospital naga city.JPG) Naga City hosts the largest hospitals in the Bicol Region. The government owned Bicol Medical Center and the Universidad de Sta. Isabel - Mother Seton Hospital owned and operated by the Daughters of Charity, along with the government-owned Camarines Sur Provincial Hospital are considered to be the largest hospitals in the Bicol Region in size and accommodation. Naga City also houses the only medical district in Bicol, The Metropolitan Naga Medical District. Naga City is the Medical Center of Bicol. * '''Bicol Medical Center (BMC)''', the largest hospital in the Bicol Region, formerly called the Camarines Sur Regional Hospital, is located in Concepcion Pequeña, offers specialty training in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, General Surgery, Obstetric and Gynecology, Anesthesiology, Radiology, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Orthopedics and Traumatology, the only in Bicol. This is also the base hospital of the Helen Keller Foundation where eye specialists all over the country are trained and later assigned in different parts of the Philippines. "Bicol Medical Center" Located in the BMC Compound are the following hospitals: *Bicol Optical Center- the only optical center in the Bicol Region that is instituted. *Bicol Orthopedic, Obgyne, and Respiratory Center *Bicol Trauma, and Cancer Center * '''Universidad de Sta. Isabel- Mother Seton Hospital (USI - MSH)''', is the biggest private hospital in the Bicol Region for the number of admissions, medical equipment facility, number of beds available, physical structure and number of board certified medical consultants. It is the only private hospital in Bicol offering specialty training programs accredited by the Philippine Medical Association’s component society in major fields of Medicine, like in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and General Surgery. "Universidad de Sta. Isabel-Mother Seton Hospital". * '''Camarines Sur Provincial Hospital''' another largest hospital in the Bicol Region and in Camarines Sur. It was created and founded in 1989 through Republic Act 9963. This integrated hospital is one of the first-class hospitals in the Philippines. * The Plaza Medica houses the Naga Endocrine Laboratory (also called the ''Endolab''), a modern specialty laboratory facility and hormone laboratory Naga. * Bicol Philanthropic Hospital (tertiary hospital) * Blessed Light Christian Hospital (tertiary hospital) * St. John Hospital (tertiary hospital) * Ago Foundation Hospital (tertiary hospital) * Naga City Integrated Hospital (tertiary hospital) * Dr. Nilo Roa Memorial Hospital (tertiary hospital) * Metropolitan Naga Medical Center (tertiary hospital) * Naga City Hospital (tertiary hospital) * Bicol Access Health Centrum (tertiary hospital) * NICC Naga Doctors Hospital (tertiary hospital) * Bicol Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center (secondary hospital) * Bicol Dietician Center (secondary hospital) * Bicol Heart Center (secondary hospital) * Delfin Rosales Integrated Infirmary (secondary hospital) * Almeda Medicare Community Center (secondary hospital) * Dr. Joaquin Perez Medical Infirmary (secondary hospital) Waste Management and Disposal Solid Waste The main pollutants in the city come in the form of solid waste generated daily. Generally, these wastes come from various sources: residential, commercial, industrial and institutional. Naga City generates approximately 85.8 tons of waste per year, based on the latest 2009 estimates, where agricultural waste makes up a little more than one-fourth (26%) of the total volume. Food wastes make up a slightly smaller share at 23%. Paper- based materials compose 12%, while the other material categories are spread out in smaller percentages. Solid wastes are disposed of and collected via the city’s garbage trucks which traverses ten routes on a daily basis. Collected wastes are then dumped at the ''Balatas Controlled Dump site'' where they are segregated according to type of wastes biodegradable and non-biodegradable. Waste A study on wastewater treatment facility is incorporated in the proposed septage management ordinance where the city will be very strict in the compliance of proper waste treatment by housing and establishment owners. The Local Water Utilities Agency has identified the Metro Naga Water District as its local partner in providing septage services, in exchange for the collection of environmental fees in water bills. The new wastewater treatment facility of SM City Naga, operational since April 20, 2009, has a capacity of 500 cu. meters per day but at present it is treating only around 200. http: naga.gov.ph ecological-profile waste-management Awards The concern for the environment of the Naga City government was nationally and internationally recognized. In 1998 it received the Dubai International Award as one of the Top 10 World Best Practices in Improving the Living Environment, for Naga City’s Participatory Planning Initiatives. It received the 1995, 1998 and 1999 Cleanest “AA” Slaughterhouse Awards given by the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the National Meat Inspection Commission (NMIC). In 1994, Naga City was a regional winner as the Cleanest and Greenest in Bicol. While on June 2001, LGU Naga City received the Saringgaya Award from the DENR for Distinguished Contributions in the Development of Environmental Programs in Region V. http: archives.pia.gov.ph ?m 12&sec reader&rp 1&fi p040326.htm&no 6&date 03 26 2004 Fire Safety The ''Naga City Fire Station'' is one of the most equipped fire stations in the country. Other fire stations include Naga Chin Po Tong Fire Brigade, and the Naga White Volunteer http: news.pia.gov.ph index.php?article 861393921793 Police and Law Enforcement The city is the location of two of the largest police stations in the Bicol Region . The historical ''Naga City Police Station'', which had been the military base of operations of the ''Guardia Civil'' in the Bicol Region, during the time of the Spanish Regime in the Philippines. http: naga.gov.ph see-naga attractions naga-city-police-station http: r05.pia.gov.ph index.php?article 861357375545 Another police office located in the city is the provincial office of the Philippine National Police in Camarines Sur, located in Barangay Concepcion Grande. http: r05.pia.gov.ph index.php?article 861385550341 Education Naga City is considered to be Southern Luzon's educational center due to its prestigious academic performances of schools, and is the home of six largest universities in the Bicol Region. The city is also the home of several colleges which produce high-quality people that can serve. Tertiary education left thumb Ateneo de Naga University (Image:WTNaga HMMM A2.JPG) WTNaga BAHALANA A13 left thumb Universidad de Sta. Isabel (File:WTNaga BAHALANA A13.JPG) The Ateneo de Naga University (ADNU) is Jesuit university in the Bicol Region, and is the largest catholic university in the Bicol Region. The school is accredited with PAASCU since 1979, making it one of the best universities in the country. ADNU is the first university in the Philippines to achieve PAASCU Institutional Accreditation, on top of its Autonomous Status, Level III Status, and its Center of Excellence in Teachers Education, Center of Development in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, and Information Technology. It has produced top animators in the country since it launched its Bachelor's Degree in Animation. The university is also the alma mater of the very first Bicolano Jesuit priest, Father Juan Bonafe, S.J. - The Universidad de Santa Isabel is the oldest normal school for girls in Asia inaugurated on April 12, 1869. It is a sectarian school run by the religious Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul Sisters. The University of Nueva Caceres is the very first university south of Luzon, outside of Manila and is considered to be largest in the Bicol Region due to its population and size. The Bicol College of Arts and Trade, Then Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges, now Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology has also a large student base in the city. Arch. Antonio Imperial III, who placed 2nd in the 2007 Architecture Board Exam, is a graduate of this school. One of the leading maritime schools in the country, Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation, has two campuses in Metro Naga, one along Panganiban Drive and another in Canaman, a suburban town. WTNaga LAPANAK B2 right thumb University of Nueva Caceres (File:WTNaga LAPANAK B2.JPG) WTNaga HIJAB A18 right thumb The Naga College Foundation (File:WTNaga HIJAB A18.JPG) The Naga College Foundation is the leading Criminology school in the region. It has produced topnotch placements in the National Police Commission Examinations and the Criminologist Licensure Exams through the years (Top 3 Criminology School in the Philippines, 1993; Alex Pederio, 1999; Henry Navarro, 7th place, 1999; Noel Cabral, 6th placer, 2002; Romeo Caballero, 8th placer, 2002; Xavier Mirasol, 11th place, 2004; Frederick R. Eboña, National 2nd Placer, Licensure Board Examination 2009). Naga College Foundation's Nursing and Health Sciences Department also Produced a number of topnotchers in Nursing as well as Midwifery(Asther de la Cruz, National 3rd Placer, Midwifery, 2001; Leslie Guerra, National 6th Placer, Nursing, 2005, Neri Grace Zapata National 11th Placer, Nursing, 2008; Florian Maureen Palma, 3rd Placer Nationwide Midwives Licensure Examination 2009 and 15th Placer Nationwide Nursing Board Exam; Clarissa Leonor Tible Escober, 4th Placer Nationwide Nursing Board Exam 2009) as well as being the Top performing nursing school in Bicol since 2003; 100% passing rate, 1997. The oldest live-in Christian higher educational institute for the clergy in the country was established in the city in the early part of the 18th century. The Holy Rosary Seminary (El Seminario del Santissimo Rosario), a Roman Catholic seminary run by the Archdiocese of Caceres, has produced 22 bishops, including the first Filipino bishop, Jorge Barlin, and the first Filipino Cardinal to work in the Roman Curia, Jose Cardinal Sanchez. It has richly contributed as well to the national heritage through Jose Ma. Panganiban and Tomas Arejola and 7 of the 15 Bikol Martyrs. On January 29, 1988, the National Historical Institute declared the Holy Rosary Seminary as a National Historical Landmark. Secondary education and lower WTNaga HIJAB A12a left thumb The Naga Parochial School (File:WTNaga HIJAB A12a.JPG) The government-run '''Camarines Sur National High School''' registers over 15,000 enrollees every school year and it is the biggest secondary school in the region. Naga City Science High School was established in Naga City in 1994, it is considered to be one of the top-notch schools in the country. The school contains pilot curricula in Bicol Region, the Spanish (Spanish language) Curriculum, which is the third in the Philippines, and the Journalism curriculum, which are incubation for students to receive training and exposure to college-related situations. The school is also a consistent champion at the Doon Po Sa Amin or DPSA National Contest. https: www1.smart.com.ph about newsroom press-releases csr-news 2014 02 20 naga-generates-best-hometown-stories Two schools in the city, Saint Joseph School(SJS) and Naga Hope Christian School (NHCS), caters to Filipino-Chinese students. The '''Naga Parochial School''' (NPS) is the largest Parochial school in the Bicol region receiving 850 enrollees yearly. It is run by priests of the Archdiocese of Caceres. It is the first PAASCU-accredited parochial school in the Philippines. Some members of the clergy (63 as of 2007 with 3 bishops) assigned to the city are alumni of the school. This is an exclusive Catholic school for boys with Most Rev. Rolando Joven Tria Tirona as chair of the Board Trustees. Well-known personalities such as the late Raul Roco, Jesse Robredo, Francis Garchitorena, Luis R. Villafuerte, Jaime Fabregas, Jonathan Dela Paz Zaens, Archbishop Tito Yllana, Bishop Jose Rojas PC, DD are graduates of NPS. right thumb STI Naga (Image:WTNaga LAPANAK C45.JPG) Arborvitae Plains Montessori, Inc. (formerly Casa Dei Bambini Montessori), is a Montessori school (Montessori education) with eleven branches spread all over the Philippines offering education according to the Montessori method modified for the Philippine curriculum. The Naga City Montessori School was established in 1989 offering pre-school, grade school and high school education. The Village Montessori on San Leandro St. is the only school in the Bicol Region that offers the real Montessori method which follows the continuous progression curriculum of the American Montessori Society. Specialized computer schools have also mushroomed in the city due to popularity of computer courses, both degree and short-term. AMA Computer University and STI College have established campuses in the city. "Region V". AMA Computer University. Retrieved on 2012-05-13. "STI College - Naga". STI College. Retrieved on 2012-05-13. Other specialized computer schools include Worldtech Resources Institute (WRI), Philippine Computer Foundation College (PCFC) and CCDI. Tutorial and review centers for higher education are found in the city. Some of these centers are Art Review Center, Edgeworth Review Center, and AimOne Review Center. Tutorial centers such as Asiawise Study Center, which is located along Barlin St. (near Naga Cathedral), also offer review programs for UP and other college entrance tests, Philippine Science High School qualifying exam, and Law Aptitude Exam. City Youth Programs Some of the reasons are the Youth Code authored by City Councilor Hon. Ray-an Cydrick Rentoy and co-authored by Sangguniang Kabataan Federation President Hon. Dan Paolo Morales, the City Youth Officials Program, being member of the city council of the SKF President, recognition of various youth orgranizations, the Naga City Council for Youth Affairs, etc. City Youth Officials Program By virtue of SP Ordinance No. 2007-008, as amended by Ordinance No. 2009-017 dated March 19, 2007 and March 17, 2009 respectively Institutionalizing the Naga City Youth Officials Program and declared the period from April 15 to May 31 each year as City Youth Month. During this period, youth officials will be given the opportunity to handle the operations of the city government except in areas, which are policy determining or requiring monetary disbursements. Each year, 45 youths will be selected through a two-phase selection process (written and oral examinations) from a pool of qualified youth applicants nominees in Naga City. Naga City Youth Officials Website The youths that will be selected will be appointed as follows: align center WNP align center RPUN style "background:#DDDDDD" Naga Airport align center -


tacloban

province of the Bicol peninsula. Buses ply to Sorsogon and Tacloban. Railways Naga City is the Regional head office and the Center point of the Philippine National Railway's Bicol Line. Naga Prosper and flourished as it serves as a transit point of Commerce in Camarines' Area. Daily rail services to and from Manila were provided by the Philippine National Railways under Bicol Express Service. Naga with adjacent towns and cities from Tagkawayan, Quezon province


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*Bicol Autonomy Notable people from Naga City *Johhny Abarrientos - a Philippine Basketball Player who played in the PBA (Philippine Basketball Association) from 1993 to 2010. He is currently serving as coach to the team BMeg Llamados http: www.spin.ph sports basketball news barroca-draws-comparisons-with-abarrientos-as-he-steps-up-for-injury-hit-san-mig *Joker Arroyo http: content.time.com time magazine article 0,9171,965575-1,00.html ref>


national high

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, the National Historical Institute declared the Holy Rosary Seminary as a National Historical Landmark. Secondary education and lower WTNaga HIJAB A12a left thumb The Naga Parochial School (File:WTNaga HIJAB A12a.JPG) The government-run '''Camarines Sur National High School''' registers over 15,000 enrollees every school year and it is the biggest secondary school in the region. Naga City Science High School was established in Naga City in 1994, it is considered to be one of the top-notch


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produced top animators in the country since it launched its Bachelor's Degree in Animation. The university is also the alma mater of the very first Bicolano Jesuit priest, Father Juan Bonafe, S.J. - The Universidad de Santa Isabel is the oldest normal school for girls in Asia inaugurated on April 12, 1869. It is a sectarian school run by the religious Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul Sisters. The University of Nueva Caceres is the very first university south of Luzon, outside of Manila and is considered to be largest in the Bicol Region due to its population and size. The Bicol College of Arts and Trade, Then Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges, now Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology has also a large student base in the city. Arch. Antonio Imperial III, who placed 2nd in the 2007 Architecture Board Exam, is a graduate of this school. One of the leading maritime schools in the country, Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation, has two campuses in Metro Naga, one along Panganiban Drive and another in Canaman, a suburban town. WTNaga LAPANAK B2 right thumb University of Nueva Caceres (File:WTNaga LAPANAK B2.JPG) WTNaga HIJAB A18 right thumb The Naga College Foundation (File:WTNaga HIJAB A18.JPG) The Naga College Foundation is the leading Criminology school in the region. It has produced topnotch placements in the National Police Commission Examinations and the Criminologist Licensure Exams through the years (Top 3 Criminology School in the Philippines, 1993; Alex Pederio, 1999; Henry Navarro, 7th place, 1999; Noel Cabral, 6th placer, 2002; Romeo Caballero, 8th placer, 2002; Xavier Mirasol, 11th place, 2004; Frederick R. Eboña, National 2nd Placer, Licensure Board Examination 2009). Naga College Foundation's Nursing and Health Sciences Department also Produced a number of topnotchers in Nursing as well as Midwifery(Asther de la Cruz, National 3rd Placer, Midwifery, 2001; Leslie Guerra, National 6th Placer, Nursing, 2005, Neri Grace Zapata National 11th Placer, Nursing, 2008; Florian Maureen Palma, 3rd Placer Nationwide Midwives Licensure Examination 2009 and 15th Placer Nationwide Nursing Board Exam; Clarissa Leonor Tible Escober, 4th Placer Nationwide Nursing Board Exam 2009) as well as being the Top performing nursing school in Bicol since 2003; 100% passing rate, 1997. The oldest live-in Christian higher educational institute for the clergy in the country was established in the city in the early part of the 18th century. The Holy Rosary Seminary (El Seminario del Santissimo Rosario), a Roman Catholic seminary run by the Archdiocese of Caceres, has produced 22 bishops, including the first Filipino bishop, Jorge Barlin, and the first Filipino Cardinal to work in the Roman Curia, Jose Cardinal Sanchez. It has richly contributed as well to the national heritage through Jose Ma. Panganiban and Tomas Arejola and 7 of the 15 Bikol Martyrs. On January 29, 1988, the National Historical Institute declared the Holy Rosary Seminary as a National Historical Landmark. Secondary education and lower WTNaga HIJAB A12a left thumb The Naga Parochial School (File:WTNaga HIJAB A12a.JPG) The government-run '''Camarines Sur National High School''' registers over 15,000 enrollees every school year and it is the biggest secondary school in the region. Naga City Science High School was established in Naga City in 1994, it is considered to be one of the top-notch schools in the country. The school contains pilot curricula in Bicol Region, the Spanish (Spanish language) Curriculum, which is the third in the Philippines, and the Journalism curriculum, which are incubation for students to receive training and exposure to college-related situations. The school is also a consistent champion at the Doon Po Sa Amin or DPSA National Contest. https: www1.smart.com.ph about newsroom press-releases csr-news 2014 02 20 naga-generates-best-hometown-stories Two schools in the city, Saint Joseph School(SJS) and Naga Hope Christian School (NHCS), caters to Filipino-Chinese students. The '''Naga Parochial School''' (NPS) is the largest Parochial school in the Bicol region receiving 850 enrollees yearly. It is run by priests of the Archdiocese of Caceres. It is the first PAASCU-accredited parochial school in the Philippines. Some members of the clergy (63 as of 2007 with 3 bishops) assigned to the city are alumni of the school. This is an exclusive Catholic school for boys with Most Rev. Rolando Joven Tria Tirona as chair of the Board Trustees. Well-known personalities such as the late Raul Roco, Jesse Robredo, Francis Garchitorena, Luis R. Villafuerte, Jaime Fabregas, Jonathan Dela Paz Zaens, Archbishop Tito Yllana, Bishop Jose Rojas PC, DD are graduates of NPS. right thumb STI Naga (Image:WTNaga LAPANAK C45.JPG) Arborvitae Plains Montessori, Inc. (formerly Casa Dei Bambini Montessori), is a Montessori school (Montessori education) with eleven branches spread all over the Philippines offering education according to the Montessori method modified for the Philippine curriculum. The Naga City Montessori School was established in 1989 offering pre-school, grade school and high school education. The Village Montessori on San Leandro St. is the only school in the Bicol Region that offers the real Montessori method which follows the continuous progression curriculum of the American Montessori Society. Specialized computer schools have also mushroomed in the city due to popularity of computer courses, both degree and short-term. AMA Computer University and STI College have established campuses in the city. "Region V". AMA Computer University. Retrieved on 2012-05-13. "STI College - Naga". STI College. Retrieved on 2012-05-13. Other specialized computer schools include Worldtech Resources Institute (WRI), Philippine Computer Foundation College (PCFC) and CCDI. Tutorial and review centers for higher education are found in the city. Some of these centers are Art Review Center, Edgeworth Review Center, and AimOne Review Center. Tutorial centers such as Asiawise Study Center, which is located along Barlin St. (near Naga Cathedral), also offer review programs for UP and other college entrance tests, Philippine Science High School qualifying exam, and Law Aptitude Exam. City Youth Programs Some of the reasons are the Youth Code authored by City Councilor Hon. Ray-an Cydrick Rentoy and co-authored by Sangguniang Kabataan Federation President Hon. Dan Paolo Morales, the City Youth Officials Program, being member of the city council of the SKF President, recognition of various youth orgranizations, the Naga City Council for Youth Affairs, etc. City Youth Officials Program By virtue of SP Ordinance No. 2007-008, as amended by Ordinance No. 2009-017 dated March 19, 2007 and March 17, 2009 respectively Institutionalizing the Naga City Youth Officials Program and declared the period from April 15 to May 31 each year as City Youth Month. During this period, youth officials will be given the opportunity to handle the operations of the city government except in areas, which are policy determining or requiring monetary disbursements. Each year, 45 youths will be selected through a two-phase selection process (written and oral examinations) from a pool of qualified youth applicants nominees in Naga City. Naga City Youth Officials Website The youths that will be selected will be appointed as follows: align center WNP align center RPUN style "background:#DDDDDD" Naga Airport align center -


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Naga, Camarines Sur

established_title Founded established_date 1575 established_title1 Royal City-charter established_date1 1595 established_title2 Renamed established_date2 1919 established_title3 Cityhood established_date3 1948 founder Capt. Pedro de Chavez total_type City area_magnitude area_footnotes "Camarines Sur". Philippine Standard Geographic Code Interactive. Retrieved on 2012-05-14 area_total_km2 84.48 area_metro_km2 1258.54 population_as_of 2010 population_footnotes population_note population_total 174931 population_density_km2 auto population_metro 741925 population_density_metro_km2 auto population_demonym Nagueño timezone PST (Philippine Standard Time) utc_offset +8 timezone_DST utc_offset_DST elevation_footnotes tags-- elevation_m postal_code_type ZIP code (List of ZIP codes in the Philippines) postal_code area_code_type Dialing code (Telephone numbers in the Philippines) area_code blank_name Income class (Cities of the Philippines#Income classification) blank_info 2nd Class (2010), http: www.nscb.gov.ph activestats psgc municipality.asp?muncode 051724000&regcode 05&provcode 17 urban website footnotes

'''Naga''', officially the '''City of Naga''' (Coastal Bikol (Bikol language): ''Ciudad nin Naga''; Rinconada Bikol (Rinconada Bikol language): ''Syudad ka Naga''; Majority of Naga City's population are 15 years and below.

Naga City is Bicol Region's trade, business, http: books.google.com.ph books?id 6Pn0Pfh1Cl0C&pg PA415&lpg PA415&dq naga+trade+center+of+bicol&source bl&ots kEAktpNNi8&sig __Xj0-hiSc6DdRMs0R8HbKgSP6w&hl en&sa X&ei V3loU5rEA8n78QXX-ID4Bg&ved 0CDMQ6AEwAjgK#v onepage&q naga%20trade%20center%20of%20bicol&f false religious, cultural, industrial, commercial, http: www.philstar.com sunday-life 569060 naga-city-heart-bicol-maogmang-lugar medical, http: bmc.doh.gov.ph profile http: www.nagacitydeck.com 2013 05 bicol-medical-center-modernization.html educational and http: d-arch.ide.go.jp idedp OPS OPS003800_006.pdf financial center. http: www.fnf.org.ph events thefreedomproject images Naga_Business_Licensing_Program_%28NCLP%29.pdf http: www1.worldbank.org publicsector politicaleconomy November3Seminar NagaCityExperience.PDF http: www.islandsproperties.com places bicol.htm http: naga.gov.ph news governance bongat-bares-state-of-city-hails-naga-as-bicol%E2%80%99s-tiger-economy http: businessmirror.com.ph index.php en news regions 14477-bicol-region-emerging-as-another-call-center-hub http: www.bicolmail.com 2012 ?p 10317 http: naga.gov.ph ecological-profile education http: philippinescities.com naga-city

People from or in Naga City are known as '''Nagueños'''.

Naga City is known as the '''Queen City of Bicol''', http: www.mb.com.ph naga-city-set-for-traslacion http: www.thespiralsun.com 2013 01 14 to-our-little-nagueno and as the ''Heart of Bicol'' http: opinion.inquirer.net inquireropinion columns view 20100627-277925 Learning-from-The-Heart-of-Bicol http: www.gmanetwork.com news story 274735 newstv weekendgetaway naga-city-where-bicol-s-heart-is due to its central location in the Bicol Peninsula; and as the Pilgrim City (Cities of the Philippines) because Naga City is also home to the largest Marian pilgrimage in Asia, the Our Lady of Peñafrancia. Naga City is also known as ''One of the Seven Golden Cities of the Sun'' as stated by Nick Joaquin. http: www.panitikan.com.ph content naga-we-know-be-launched-aug-31 http: www.anvilpublishing.com shop the-naga-we-know

The city is the seat of the Metropolitan Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Caceres, which makes the city Bicol's (Bicol Region) religious center, whose jurisdiction includes all the suffragan sees of Bicol, the Dioceses of Daet (Roman Catholic Diocese of Daet), Legazpi (Roman Catholic Diocese of Legazpi), Libmanan (Roman Catholic Diocese of Libmanan), Masbate (Roman Catholic Diocese of Masbate), Sorsogon (Roman Catholic Diocese of Sorsogon), and Virac (Roman Catholic Diocese of Virac). Abella, D. ''The Bikol Annals''. Manila

Moreover, the city is also the seat of the widely venerated '''Our Lady of Peñafrancia''', the Patroness of Bicol. The image is one of the most popular objects of devotion in the country.

Naga is the core of Metro Naga, an official designation given the city and 14 municipalities in the area administered by the Metro Naga Development Council (Metro Naga).

Naga City ''per se'' generally refers to Naga City, Camarines Sur, as it became quite confusing especially for Cebuanos and nearby towns, since there is also a city in Cebu named Naga City (Naga, Cebu), which is dubbed as the industrial city of Naga.

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