Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines
Barangays of Naga City, in the Camarines Sur Province, within Region 5(Bicol) in the Republic of The Philippines
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- Naga City is in the Camarines Sur province and within Region_V in the southern island of Luzon - Bicol Region. Naga City is a 2nd class Independent Component City and Urban.
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- Naga City has a total of 27 barangays
- Land Area of Naga City (as of 2007, in hectares) = 8,448
- Naga City is a 2nd class Independent Component City and Urban.
- Naga City is in the Camarines Sur province and within Region_V in the southern island of Luzon - Bicol Region
- 1 Geography and Location of Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines
- 2 How to Get to Naga City
- 3 History of Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines
- 4 People of Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines
- 5 Elected Government Officials of Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines
- 6 Businesses in Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines
- 7 Real Estate for Sale in Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines
- 8 Churches, Mosques, or Places of Worship in Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines
- 9 Schools in Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines
- 10 Economy of Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines
- 11 Natural Resources of Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines
- 12 Tourists Attractions and Landmarks of Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines
- 13 Festivals, Fiestas and Traditions of Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines
- 14 Featured News of The Philippines
- 15 Your Story about Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines
- 16 The oldest man or woman in Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines
- 17 Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines supports Philippine Cycling
- 18 Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines Photo Gallery
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Geography and Location of Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines
- 13.6167° N, 123.1667° E - Naga, Camarines Sur, Coordinates
The city of Naga is located within the province of Camarines Sur in the southeastern tip of Luzon at the near the center of the Bicol Region, surrounded on all sides by rich agricultural, forest and fishing areas. It covers a land area of 8,448 hectares (20,880 acres) and is located around the serpentine and historic Naga River, at the confluence of the Naga and Bikol Rivers. Thus, it has always been an ideal place for trade and as center for schools, church and government offices. Included in its territory is Mount Isarog, a declared protected area in Region V known as Mount Isarog Natural Park.
Naga City is located 377 kilometres (234 mi) southeast of Manila, the nation's capital, 45 km north of Iriga City and about 380 kilometres (240 mi) northeast of Cebu City, the largest city in the Visayas.
How to Get to Naga City
- BY AIR: Naga City in Camarines Sur can be reached by plane through the Pili airport. Philippine Airlines and Asian Spirit flies from Manila to Pili daily. It takes one hour flying time to reach Camarines Sur.
- BY LAND: One can reach Naga City by bus or by train. The trip via Philippine National Railways (PNR) takes about 10 hours. Travelling by bus is via the scenic Pan-Philippine Highway. Air-conditioned coaches plying the Manila to Naga route leave the Araneta Center at 30 minutes intervals starting at about 4 p.m. thru 9:30 p.m. daily. For tourists coming from the Ermita Center, another set of air-conditioned buses, can take you through the same route to Naga. For the weary business traveler, arrive in tip-top shape, sleep thru the whole length of the ten-hour trip and for the starving passenger dine in style, your choices are enormous - a piping hot porridge, the delectable Filipino chicken "adobo", or the more cosmopolitan sandwiches. Which way you want it, the buses stop at designated restaurants that serve these kinds of food.
- BY SEA: Boats sail to offshore islands and coastal communities. There's a daily trip between Pasacao and San Pascual on Burias Island (Masbate). Boats sometimes cross from Cabcab (San Andres, Catanduanes) to Sabang, (Camarines Sur). A pleasant and interesting route between Daet (Camarines Norte) and Naga City is to sail across and down San Miguel Bay via Siruma.
History of Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines
Naga City was named from the abundance of Narra Trees, Naga in Bikol. In the mid 1500's, Naga was a flourishing village along the banks of the Naga River. For hundeds of years Naga City has been known for its history of trade, education, and strong catholic culture. Traslacion happens every 2nd Friday of September and this is the trasfer of image of Divino Rostro and Penafrancia which is called "Mahal na Ina". This shows the culture and the strong belief of the devotee especially the Naguenos and the Bicolanos.
People of Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines
- Total Population of Naga City as of 2015 Census: 196,003
- Total Population of Naga City as of 2010 Census: 174,931
- Population of Naga City (as of Aug 1, 2007) = 160,516
- Registered voters of Naga City as of 2010 per COMELEC: 77,784
The Sangguniang Panlungsod is composed of the City (Municipality) Vice-Mayor as Presiding Officer, regular Sanggunian members (Councilors), the President of the Association of Barangay Captains and the President of the Sangguniang Kabataan.
They shall exercise and perform the legislative powers and duties as provided for under Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991. Shall consider and conduct thorough study all matters brought to their attention and consequently pass resolutions, enact ordinances and to introduce recommendations.
Budget of Municipalities and Cities: The Philippine budget formulation system is not centralized. It has been decentralized since 1991. It is the responsibility of each LGU to submit their budgetary needs for review. Failure to submit is the problem. "IMPERIAL MANILA IS A MYTH!".
- Absolutely NO need for FEDERALISM. It is a ploy to give the Bangsamoro an Islamic State and finance the religion of Islam. It violates the constitution's "separation of church and state"..
- Elected officials of for the term of 2016-2019
- Mayor of Naga City: John Garcia Bongat
- Vice-Mayor of Naga City: Nelson Salvadora Legacion
- Councilors of Naga City:
- Nene De Asis
- Greg Abonal
- Sonny Rañola
- Elmer Baldemoro
- Miles Arroyo
- Jun Lavadia
- Lito Del Rosario
- Vidal Castillo
- Ray-an Rentoy
- Buddy Del Castillo
- Elected officials of for the term of 2013-2016
- Mayor of Naga City: John Garcia Bongat - LIBERAL PARTY
- Vice-Mayor of Naga City: Nelson Salvadora Legacion- LIBERAL PARTY
- Councilors of Naga City:
- BORDADO, GABRIEL JR. (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 33057 8.99%
- DE ASIS, CECILIA (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 31840 8.65%
- ABONAL, ESTEBAN III (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 28654 7.79%
- SERGIO, DAVID NATHAN (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 28592 7.77%
- LAVADIA, MARIA ELIZABETH (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 27224 7.40%
- PEREZ, CHITO (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 26724 7.26%
- BALDEMORO, ELMER (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 26174 7.11%
- RAQUID-ARROYO, MILA (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 25766 7.00%
- TUASON, JOSE (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 23872 6.49%
- RENTOY, RAY-AN (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 22828 6.21%
- Elected officials of Naga City for the term of 2010-2013
- Mayor of Naga City: John Garcia Bongat
- Vice-Mayor of Naga City: Gabriel Hidalgo Bordado Jr.
This is the.
The barangay has power and authority over its domain. The improvement of the barangay rests on the barangay officials. The barangay chairman, the barangay council and the local businessmen forge the prosperity of the barangay. Not the president of the Philippines, senate, nor congress, not the governor of the province, not the mayor nor council of the municipality or city. Poor barangays stay poor because of weak and/or ignorant(uninformed) barangay leaders.
When roads need to be built or any infrastructure within the barangay is needed, all the barangay officials have to do is make a resolution and demand for it from the city or municipality council. The resolution will force the city/municipal council or responsible government office to hear the legitimate demands. "The squeaky wheel gets the grease."
Practically anything that has to do with the barangay, the barangay officials have a say on it and most likely the authority over it. The majority of the barangay officials are not aware of their duties and power. They depend on the city council or mayor. The elected barangay officials are afraid of the mayor and city/municipality's "Sangguniang Panlungsod". They are in fear of being ousted or removed from office. The truth is, "Sangguniang Panlungsod" does not have the power to remove any elected barangay officials from office. Only the COURT OF LAW can do this (judicial branch of the government). Information is power. Be informed.
The control of traffic is not up to the city council or chief of police. It is controlled by the barangay. If the barangay needs traffic enforcers, the barangay can make a resolution to demand it from the city or municipality council. When the electric coop or the water district do not maintain their lines, the barangay can directly demand for the maintenance from the utility companies. No need to wait for city council.
The citizens also has the power to make demands to the barangay officials. In case the officials get blinded. Simply file an official complaint with the barangay secretary naming the Punong barangay as the respondent representing the barangay.
Cleaning the shorelines, drainage systems, streets, rivers, and parks within your barangay is YOUR responsibility. You are accountable for this. It is not the responsibility of the City/Municipality officials. The citizens and officials of the barangay are responsible.
- BUDGET: As far as the preparation for the budget expenditures, it starts at the barangay level, then moves on to cities, municipalities, provinces and regions. The barangays need to exercise their authority. They need to put their yearly budget together for their administration and future projects. The majority of the barangays leave this job to the municipality and city. This is so wrong. Then when the budget doesn't come or is lacking, they complain.
- The budget for the barangays does go to the City or Municipality, but simply for holding and later distribution. The city or municipality DOES NOT approve the budget. It was already approved by congress. The city or municipality simply "distributes" the approved budget.
- The bureau of internal revenue is in cahoots to subdue the barangays, municipalities and provinces. They call the rightful shares to the taxes collected as "Internal Revenue Allotment Dependency". It is not a dependency. It is the lawful and rightful share of the LGU as specified in "TITLE III, SHARES OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS IN THE PROCEEDS OF NATIONAL TAXES, CHAPTER I, Allotment of Internal Revenue Taxes, Section 284."
- Imperial Manila does not exist anymore. Budgetary planning has been .
- DURING ELECTIONS: Where do City and Municipality politicians go to campaign? They seek the support of the Barangay officials. They plead to the barangay folks for the votes. After the election they forget you. Do not ever forget the power of the barangay.
Ignorance keeps the pinoys thinking that Manila rules. Be informed, be educated and make your barangay prosper.
- Absolutely NO need for FEDERALISM. It is a ploy to give the Bangsamoro an Islamic State where the religion of . Bangsamoro will be a HOMELAND not for all Filipinos but for only the Muslim Filipinos. It violates the constitution's "separation of church and state".
Businesses in Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines
- How to Improve Your Business and Livelihood
The Philippine Livelihood Program: The Philippine government provides several programs to enhance the livelihood of the Filipino people. The department of Science and Technology through its Technology Research Center (TRC) regurlarly conducts various types of hands-on and personalized training programs.
- DOST - Website
- UPLiFT stands for Urban Program for Livelihood Finance and Training. - Website
- DSWD Pro-poor and Livelihood Programs - Website
Take a picture of your Business (from a Sari-Sari Store to a Mega Mall). Upload that picture here in zamboanga.com and that picture can immediately be your business webpage. It is that easy. Here are two examples of how a picture becomes the webpage of the business: FHM Garden Grill and Catering and ABC Shopping Center
- Give your business a good description. Add your address and contact number if available.
- Possible Businesses
- Auto, Trucks, Motorcycle and Bicycle dealers
- Banks, Lending Firms, Pawnshops, and Financial Institutions
- Clinics, Veterinary Clinics and Hospitals
- Pharmacies, Drug Stores, Agri-Vets
- Convenient Stores, Hardware and Supplies, General Stores, Sari-Sari Stores, Internet-Cafes
- Department Stores and Appliance Stores
- Supermarket, wet market, Fish Markets
- Hotels, Motels, Pension Houses, Boarding houses and Resorts
- Repair Shops: Shoe repair, Cellphone, Bikes (bicycles), motorcycles etc...
- Restaurants, Carenderias, Coffee Shops, and Bakeries (Bakeshops)
- Salons, Spas, Beauty Shops and Barber Shops
- Gas Stations, Water Stations, Propane Stations
- Naga City Realty
- If you have real estate property, whether its commercial, residential, farm land, or just an empty lot in Naga City, you can list that property for free. Click to VIEW, EDIT, or ADD Realty Listings.
- You can list your House and lot or farm land for sale for free here.
Churches, Mosques, or Places of Worship in Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines
The name of your church, mosque, or place of worship can be listed in this community page. Take a picture of the facade of your church or place of worship and it can be posted here. We can even provide you with a free webpage. You can enter the data (story about your place of worship) here yourself, email the information or pictures to (firstname.lastname@example.org) or via.
- FILIPINOS WAKE UP! THE TAXES YOU PAID ARE USED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO EXCLUSIVELY FINANCE THE RELIGION OF ISLAM.
Freedom of religion, yes. Equality, yes. But no favoritism.
Schools in Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines
- Take a picture of your school building(s) and send your pictures via email to (email@example.com) or message me via . I will then post the pictures in this page.
School year 2018-2019 starts Monday, Monday, June 4, 2018 and ends on Friday, April 5, 2019, for public elementary and secondary schools. The School Year shall consist of 208 school days inclusive of the five-day In-Service Training and the three days for the Parent-Teacher Conferences (PTC) conducted within the school year. However, learners are expected to be in school for a total of 200 class days.
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PUBLIC NOTICE: Why pretend that the National language of the Philippines is Tagalog? It should be English. To be a Teacher, doctor, lawyer, engineer, architect, nurse, computer technician; what books do you learn from? English books of course. All your tests are in English. The constitution of the Philippines is written in English. All the laws and new laws introduced by congress are in English. For that matter, you can't be a teacher in a school system unless you know English. The "Licensure Exam for Teachers" is in ENGLISH! Who are these people forcing Tagalog down our throats? Tagalog is simply one of the many dialects of the Philippines. Keep your dialects but learn and be proficient in ENGLISH.
The name of your school in Naga City can be listed here. You can list it like this:
- Name of School. Private or Public. It can be an elementary school, high school, college.
- Address of your school
- Telephone Number
- Principal of the school
You can also create a webpage for your school. We can help you.
Economy of Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines
- If you have an article that talks about the improvement of the economy of Naga City you can post that article here. If you come across any news items that talk about the economy of Naga City, you may post it here. Of course you have to reference the writer of the article. Any improvement to transportation, power and service usually improves the economy of the community, so go ahead and report that too.
If you have a job available and that job is within Naga City, Philippines, you may post it here.
Remember to be as descriptive as possible and to post your Company name, Contact person, physical address, email address and Phone number.
Post expiration of Job Application. Go ahead and Click to Insert your job offer in the "Jobs in Naga City" page.
Natural Resources of Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines
- Protect the environment
It is sad but true that as of the year 2012 the rivers of the Philippines continue to be the #1 Sewer Systems of the Philippines.
Protect & Save the Rivers. Do not let your sewer drain into the river. Your community can be the first to initiate this project.
Build your riverbank protection with a built-in gutter system. Reforest within Ten Years - Guaranteed!
Let us plant more trees in every barangay in the entire Philippines. It does not make any difference if the barangay is urban, partially urban or rural; we need more trees. Trees will prevent erosion, provide oxygen, prevent green house effect, and even a place of business for the shade tree mechanic.
The Philippines is a tropical country and practically anything will grow. The DENR has the planting trees project that goes on every year. Lots of picture taking for the media. Planting trees one by one is the "human" way of doing it. This individual planting of trees is good if done to "line" the roads and highways with trees or along fences or property divisions, or if you have a plantation.
To reforest the nation of the Philippines we have to plant trees the "mother nature" way. Sow the seeds during the rainy season. Go deep into "bald" forests and plant trees by sowing seeds. If there's not enough volunteers to do this, use the military helicopters to fly over the designated areas and sow the seeds.
Guaranteed within a few years, The Philippines will be lush again. >>Read More
We are using our rivers as our sewer system. If you ask a Filipino, "Are the Filipinos a clean people?" The answer is an automatic, "Yes!". However, the Filipinos are suffering from the same disease or attitude as most people do, and that is the "NIMBY" disease or "NIMBY" attitude. (NIMBY) Not In My Back Yard. So it is OK to dump my garbage and sewer there. Not mine! Someone else will take care of it.
This attitude is killing our rivers. Your great-grandparents, grandparents or parents were once proud to tell the stories of how they enjoyed swimming in the river behind your house or nearby. However, you can't say the same or tell the same stories to your kids or grand kids. Why? Because your generation is killing the river.
- Secretary Roy Cimatu - since May 8, 2017
- Department of Environment and Natural Resources
- Visayas Avenue, Diliman, 1100 Quezon City, Philippines
We have so much water in the Philippines and yet very little to drink.
Instead of relying too much on Diesel fuel and Coal to generate the majority of Philippine's Electrical energy Supply, we can concentrate more on renewable and sustainable source of energy such as: Hydro Power, Solar Power, and Wind Power and thermal energy conversion. We have too many black outs.
Tourists Attractions and Landmarks of Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines
Naga’s historical landmarks
By Jose V. Barrameda, Jr.
Fearful about the ravages of time and man’s short memory, the author, a respected Bicol historian, lists down at least ten interesting sites and landmarks in the city worth remembering and preserving for future generations to come.
1. THE NAGA CITY POLICE STATION AT BARLIN STREET
Site of the Cuartel General of the Guardia Civil in Camarines. It was constructed of granite blocks and wood in 1870.
During the mass arrests in September 1896, Florencio Lerma (who was also held in the Casino Español); Cornelio Mercado; Don Tomas Prieto, alcalde of Nueva Caceres; and Macario Valentin were among the first to be brought to and tortured in the cuartel.
Around midnight of 18 September 1898, Civil Guard Captain Francisco Andreu, his wife and children, as well as two European Civil Guards, and a Spanish voluntario died in the cuartel when Filipino Civil Guard corporals Elias Angeles and Felix Plazo led an uprising of Bicolano and Tagalog Guards in Nueva Caceres. The action resulted in the formal surrender of the Spanish colonial government in Camarines, after more bloodshed, to the Filipino forces in the afternoon of 19 September 1898. Ciudad de Nueva Caceres and the province of Ambos Camarines thus became the first in the Bicol Region to be liberated by arms after three and a half centuries and prior to the arrival of General Emilio Aguinaldo’s republican army in the city.
Following the organization of a Philippine Constabulary Detachment in Ambos Camarines on 1 September 1901, the cuartel became the PC provincial headquarters. The Constabulary returned to it as its headquarters after World War II that saw Naga liberated from the Japanese Occupation forces on 13 April 1945 by guerrillas of Camarines Sur, before American forces got to Naga which at that time was the capital town of the province.
On 30 March 1978 the century-old building, by then the headquarters of the defunct Philippine ConstabularyIntegrated National Police (PC-INP) in Camarines Sur, was totally razed by fire caused by faulty electrical wiring.
2. SITE OF THE CASA TRIBUNAL AT ELIAS ANGELES STREET
Until 1839, the Casa Tribunal or “common house” stood at this site, on grounds prone to flooding from the Naga River that originally ran just behind the building.
Following Alcalde Mayor Manuel Esquivel y Castañeda’s project which rechanneled the twisting river into its present course and reclaimed the low-lying area from Padre Burgos to Dinaga, an improved, beautiful Casa Tribunal which provided free rooms to travelers stood on less soggy grounds by 1887. The Becerra Law of 12 November 1889 gave Nueva Caceres and six other principal towns in the Philippines the authority to organize their ayuntamiento similar to those in municipalities in Spain. The ayuntamiento in Nueva Caceres transacted official business in the Casa Tribunal. On 19 May 1893, the Maura Law changed the name Tribunal del Pueblo to Tribunal Municipio, and in Nueva Caceres people began to refer to the elegant ayuntamiento edifice of bricks and wood at the site as the municipio.
During the American colonial regime and the Commonwealth period, the building became the Municipal Presidencia. Destroyed by American bombs in World War II, it could not be immediately rebuilt as the city hall of the new city government of Naga. After the century-old Spanish cuartel being used by the PC-INP burned down in 1978, the city government transferred the Naga City Police Department to a new building constructed at the cuartel site. The former police headquarter building on this site then became the Naga City Library until the latter’s transfer to its new, modern building at the City Hall complex.
3. SITE OF THE CASINO ESPANOL, CORNER ELIAS ANGELES AND ARANA STREETS
On this site stood the 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.
Following the discovery of the Katipunan in Manila in August 1896, the Spaniards in Nueva Caceres organized themselves into homeguards called the Cuerpo de Voluntarios. Patterning themselves after the Cuerpo Casino Español in Manila, the local voluntarios made the Casino Español here their headquarters.
When Civil Governor Ricardo Lacosta ordered the mass arrests all over Camarines starting in mid-September 1896, the Casino Español became one of several holding areas for harsh interrogation and violent torture. Among those taken to the Casino were Antonio Arejola, Camilo Jacob (from the infirmary of the San Francisco Church), Florencio Lerma (who was subsequently transferred to the nearby Cuartel General of the Guardia Civil), Macario Melgarejo, Mariano Ordenanza and Manuel Pastor, and from Daet, Roman Cabesudo, Ponciano Caminar, Diego Liñan, Valentin Lipana, Gregorio Luyon, Adriano Pajarillo, and Pedro Zenarosa.
In 1898, Nagueños attacked the Casino during the bloody uprising led by Elias Angeles and Felix Plazo. The building survived intact until World War II. American bombs destroyed it in 1945.
“The Becerra Law gave Nueva Caceres and six other principal towns in the Philippines the authority to organize their ayuntamiento similar to those in municipalities in Spain.”
4. SITE OF THE CASA REAL AT GENERAL LUNA STREET
By 1588, the Casa Real stood at this site. It was originally constructed of light indigenous materials. By 1655, the Casa Real was of bricks and lime. The Alcalde Mayor still resided in the building. Because Nueva Caceres was the capital of the province (which at various periods included Camarines Norte and Albay) the Alcalde Mayor or Civil Governor also thereby exercised administrative control over the Spanish city which counted as component pueblos the pre-Hispanic native villages of Naga, Tabuco, and Camaligan.
By 1792, the Casa Real had been constructed with more durable stone materials. After the river’s course was straightened and the area up to the present Plaza Rizal cleared of homes and elevated with earthfill by 1839, a new government building replaced the nearly century-old Casa Real in 1887. By then it was more popularly referred to as Casa de Gobierno.
Slightly damaged like other Spanish-vintage buildings in the 1898 uprising by Filipinos in Nueva Caceres, the Casa de Gobierno was enlarged and remodeled under the American colonial regime following the cessation of the Filipino-American War in Camarines Sur in the early 1900s. The invading Imperial Japanese Army took over it in 1942, and an all-Filipino guerrilla force in Camarines Sur wrested it back, first in May 1942, for the second time on 13 April 1945 before American soldiers arrived in Naga. Damaged by American bombing raids, the edifice was reconstructed and enlarged under the new Philippine Government and remained the provincial capitol building of Camarines Sur until a fire destroyed it on 26 June 1976. 5. CALLE VIA GAINZA (PENAFRANCIA AVENUE)
Peñafrancia Avenue was first known as Via Gainza in honor of Bishop Francisco Gainza, O.P. (1863-1879), the 25th and considered by many to have been the greatest Spanish bishop of the See of Caceres.
Until around the second quarter of the 19th century, the thoroughfare was an unpaved road that stretched from the Peñafrancia Shrine in present-day Barangay Peñafrancia to the San Francisco Church in front of what is now the Plaza de Quince Martires. Under his prelacy, Gainza widened and paved the road with cobblestones and extended it to its present junction with the western end of Panganiban Drive that was then known as Calle Legaspi. Bishop Gainza’s design had the road provided with two outer lanes for opposing vehicular traffic and a middle lane for pedestrians.
His episcopal rule saw the improvement of the Metropolitan Cathedral along with various churches in his See that at the time encompassed the Bicol Region and the eastern seaboard of Luzon up to Palanan, Isabela. Bishop Gainza gave immediate, particular emphasis to the reconstruction and beautification of the Peñafrancia Shrine which he found on arrival in a state of utter disrepair. A born linguist, he wrote the definitive history of the Patroness of Bicol in the vernacular in 1866, which provided a tremendous impetus to the increase of devotees to the Ina. On that same year’s fiesta, he delivered his sermon in the Bicol language.
His most visible legacy is the present Universidad de Santa Isabel which he established first as a primary school for girls in 1868, then as the first Normal College for women in the Philippines, called the Escuela Superior, in 1875. Appropriately, the school later featured a gate to Via Gainza.
On the same year that he opened the Escuala Superior, Bishop Gainza organized and successfully held in Nueva Caceres the first agricultural and industrial exposition ever in the Bicol Region during the Peñafrancia festivities. He extended the novenary in the Metropolitan Cathedral to Saturday, a practice observed to this day and opened with the annual traslacion of the Lady of Peñafrancia down the length of what is now Peñafrancia Avenue that once was named Via Gainza in his honor and memory.
6. CALLE REAL (ELIAS ANGELES STREET)
Calle Real was one of the earliest streets in Spanish Nueva Caceres. It was laid out at about the time that the Castilian settlement was established as a city towards the close of the 1500s.
Originally, Calle Real ran in a northwesterly direction. From the eastern end of present-day Caceres Street (originally Calle Padian), it skirted the western bank of the original course of the Naga River at the central downtown area. It ended just beyond the Casa Real, and was connected by an unpaved road (in the area of P. Burgos Street now) along the northern side of the same river to the San Francisco Church in the east.
By the first half of the 19th century, Calle Real had been reoriented and lengthened in a more northerly direction that it retains to the present. The paved Calle Real provided a wide and impressive avenue to the present site of the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Seminario Conciliar, the bishop’s palace, and the Colegio de Santa Isabel.
On 15 January 1929, the Municipal Council of Naga (the name which had replaced Nueva Caceres) unanimously passed a resolution asking for authorization to conduct a drive for public voluntary contributions to fund the construction of a monument to Elias Angeles. Twenty-nine years later, in 1958, the proposal remained unacted on. In the meantime, Calle Real had been renamed Calle Elias Angeles.
7. CALLE DE LEGASPI (WESTERN PORTION OF PANGANIBAN DRIVE)
Until the 1830s, this street did not exist. It was part of the marshy land of the pre-Hispanic village of Naga then bordered by the eastern bank of the Naga River.
By 1839 when the river had been straightened to its present course and the swampy land all the way to Dinaga had been filled up, a rudimentary road from the side of the ayuntamiento building appeared. It served as a short cut from Calle Real to the new western bank of Rio Naga. A light bridge of wooden planks and bamboo railings provided the first direct link to the other side of the river, to the Camino Real (now Panganiban Drive) that led to Pili and points beyond. A solidly constructed bridge around the middle 1800s eliminated the need for heavy, wheeled vehicles to take the roundabout way via Pueblo de Tabuco road to reach the Camino Real in the Pueblo de Naga. Vehicular traffic through the short cut increased and it gained importance as a commercial artery. When the colonial authorities during the second half of the 19th century began to improve roads and name them after illustrious Spaniards, the once lowly footpath became Calle de Legaspi.
8. PUENTE DE NAGA (LT. DELFIN ROSALES BRIDGE)
Before Alcalde Mayor Manuel Esquivel undertook his reclamation project, the area bisected by the Rio Naga east of Calle Real was part of the Pueblo de Naga. At that time, Naga was accessed from the Ciudad de Nueva Caceres via Tabuco or by another bridge of wooden slabs at the river’s original bend south of the San Francisco Church. This latter bridge led to a road that is now approximately Balintawak Street and ran in a north to southwest direction to the Pueblo de Tabuco. Perpendicular to the road in Naga was the Camino Real going to Pili.
Following the completion of Esquivel’s project around 1839, a road was laid out on the new western bank opposite Camino Real. It became Calle de Legaspi. With the appropriation of government funds in 1844 for the construction of a sturdier link between the two points, the existing light bridge was replaced with a massively designed one of concrete with work starting in 1847. The bridge was named Puente de Naga, and until the early parts of the 1900s people referred to it by that name. In the 1920s the bridge, together with the Camino Real, was renamed in honor of Bicolano Jose Maria Panganiban, a leading light in the Propaganda Movement.
Following its passage by the Sangguniang Panlungsod on 18 October 1989, Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo approved the ordinance that changed the name of the bridge to honor the memory of Lt. Delfin C. Rosales who sustained mortal wounds from enemy fire while rescuingn a fallen guerrilla soldier on the bridge during one of the most significant events of the city’s history in the 20th century—the Battle for Naga in April 1945.
9. SITE OF THE HOUSE OF BICOLANO MARTYR TOMAS PRIETO (CORNER PANGANIBAN DRIVE AND PENAFRANCIA AVENUE)
Around half a century after Governor Manuel Esquivel’s reclamation project, Don Tomas Prieto acquired a residential lot on which he built a large house of stone and wood on this site. On the ground floor he put up his pharmacy store, the first one in the province. His botica soon became a commercial success and also a favorite meeting place for resident and visiting ilustrados. Gifted with a photographic memory, he entertained his friends and guests who included a Freemason and fellow pharmacist from Cavite, Victoriano Luciano (likewise executed in 1896), with verbatim recitations of passages and even chapters of politically banned publications, including Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo.
Born on 18 September 1867, Tomas Prieto was the youngest of six children of Dee Se Co, a Chinese from Amoy, China, who took the name Marcos Prieto upon his baptism, and Juana Antonio, a resident native of Nueva Caceres. He spent his early years in the family house which was then at Calle Padian in what is now a part of the Naga City public market. Following his studies in the Seminario Conciliar de Nueva Caceres, he enrolled in the University of Santo Tomas in Manila where he earned a Bachiller en Artes degree. He pursued further studies in pharmacy and passed the examinations with the highest grades (sobresalientes) in 1888.
By 1895 he was alcalde (equivalent to mayor) of Nueva Caceres. He still held the position when Spanish voluntarios from the Casino Español arrested him in his fairly new residence late in the evening of 16 September 1896.
On 11 November 1896, Don Tomas Prieto’s house on this site and the properties of others arrested and eventually executed with him were confiscated by the government on grounds of rebellion and disloyalty. Nearly two months afterwards, a Spanish military tribunal on 29 December pronounced him and his fellow-accused guilty of the crime of rebellion as defined in Articles 229, 230 and 232 of the Codigo Penal para Filipinas. He was executed by firing squad at 7:00 o’clock in the morning of 4 January 1897 at Bagumbayan Field in Manila together with his elder brother, Rev. Fr. Gabriel Prieto, and nine others from Nueva Caceres, namely, Rev. Fr. Severino Diaz, Rev. Fr. Inocencio Herrera, Manuel Abella, Domingo Abella, Camilo Jacob, Florencio Lerma, Mariano Melgarejo, Cornelio Mercado, and Macario Valentin. With his priest-brother Gabriel, Don Tomas Prieto epitomized the sacrifice and invaluable contribution of the Chinese-Filipino mestizos to the cause of Philippine independence. He left behind his wife, Filomena Pasion, a niece of Mariano Arana, another martyred Bicolano from Nueva Caceres, and four young children. He was twenty-nine years old.
10. SAN FRANCISCO CHURCH
The church and parish of San Francisco antedated the erection of the Diocese of Caceres in 1595 by nearly two decades.
Initially of bamboo and other light materials, the church was built on this present site originally on a north-south orientation. Its puerta mayor faced its parish, the pre-colonial pueblo of Naga which lay across the Naga River that at that time curved from its southerly course to a westerly direction before winding southward again alongside present-day Elias Angeles Street.
In the mass arrests of September 1896, the infirmary and basement of the San Francisco parish house were used for the interrogation and torture of some of those arrested in Nueva Caceres and from as far as Libmanan. Among the detainees were Mateo Antero, Leon Hernandez (who was transferred to the provincial jail where he died from more torture), Camilo Jacob (transferred to the Casino Español), Eugenio Ocampo, Severo Patrocinio, Pablo Perpetua (later also taken to the provincial jail), Celedonio Reyes, Juan Razonable, and Vicente Ursua.
The infirmary, convento, and the church itself became the refuge of some 400 men, women and children when the Filipino Guardia Civil contingent led by corporals Elias Angeles and Felix Plazo rose up in arms against the colonial government towards midnight of 18 September 1896. Following another attack by the Angeles-Plazo forces the next day, Civil Governor Vicente Zaidin sent a letter from San Francisco accepting the demand for the surrender of the Province of Ambos Camarines to the Filipinos. In the afternoon of 19 September, a delegation of Spaniards proceeded from San Francisco to sign the protocol of the surrender in the Colegio de Santa Isabel, which became the seat of the new Filipino government of the province formed by Elias Angeles that same day.
Reduced to rubble by the heavy bombing of Naga in World War II, the church remained in ruins until the present new edifice was constructed.
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