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Naga City: Heart of Bicol

HEART OF BICOL

Naga City is famously referred to as the Heart of Bicol for being the regional center of commerce and trade, culture, and religion. It is where you can find the best universities and educational institutions in the region, producing top-rating professionals.

By official decree, Naga is also called Pilgrimage City for being the home of the biggest Marian devotion in South East Asia

Photo by ScubaFlyer PH
MAJESTIC AND SOLEMN This is how Caceres Archbishop Rolando Octavus Joven Tria Tirona, O.C.D., describes this commemorative monument erected by the Rotary Club of Naga to mark the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines. The memorial stands at 15.21 meters representing the year 1521, when Christianity was first introduced in the country.

QUICK FACTS

13° 37′ N, 123° 10′ E

Location

84.48 km2

Land Area

Bikol, Filipino, English

Languages

Phillippine Peso

Currency

Tropical Maritime

Climate

PST ( UTC+8 )

Timezone

4400

Zip Code

+63  | (54)

Calling & Area code

27

Barangays

1948

Incorporated as Chartered City

THE HAPPY PLACE

ROYAL CITY

Established in 1575 on order of Spanish Governor-General Francisco de Sande, the city, then named Ciudad de Caceres, earned its esteemed status as the third Spanish royal city in the Philippine islands, after Cebu and Manila.

EDUCATIONAL CENTER

Naga City is host to the country's first and oldest normal school for girls, the first private university in Luzon outside Metro Manila, and the only Jesuit school in Bicol and Southern Luzon. These institutions have produced some of the country's famous and foremost leaders.

CRADLE OF ARTS & CULTURE

Dating back to pre-colonial period, this riverine village that eventually became a Spanish city is world-renown for its long tradition of rich cultural heritage. Its quaint charm and the people's love affair with its glorious past are always there to ensure the city's bright future.

REGIONAL HUB OF COMMERCE AND TRADE

Strategically located in the heart of the Bicol peninsula, Naga City accounts for Bicol's MOST number of business establishments, even as it is favored by the country's largest companies to be the center of their regional operations in this part of South Luzon.

CENTER OF GOOD GOVERNANCE

Known for its participatory mechanisms, the city government makes sure that in addressing its goals, the entire community becomes stakeholders and that transparency and accountability are promoted to ensure a clean and innovating local government.

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