Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Places to See in Naga

Naga is a 9-hour drive from Manila.
For info on how to get to Naga, click here!
(Image from en.wikipedia.org)
Naga is a small and quiet city in the Bicol Region famously known for the annual Peñafrancia Festival... and pili nuts.

Interestingly, everything seems to be five minutes away. Travelers can easily get around by trike, jeep, or the occasional taxi. Traffic isn’t a problem and traffic lights don’t exist.

There are lots of places to eat local food, too! Click here to know where. The brands and restaurants that we’re used to in Manila are mostly there. Even SM is there, too!

To correct misconceptions, Naga isn’t very rural after all.

Here are some places to visit when in town:

1. Peñafrancia Shrine
This is the original home of the 300-year-old wooden image of the Blessed Virgin Mary that came from Spain. While it's not there anymore, it makes a nice visit even if, like me, you’re not in to churches.

The Peñafrancia Shrine is more or less 300 years old.
(Sorry, can't remember who that is-- St. Simon?)
That's Miguel Robles de Covarrubias. Read about his significance to the shrine here!

2. Mt. Mayon
You won’t miss this upon arrival in Naga's domestic airport. From the city, though, it’s a 2-hour drive to see the view. Consider yourself lucky if you see the perfect cone. Most often, it’s covered by clouds.

The view of Mt. Mayon when we went there.
Ten minutes before this photograph, the mountain was completely covered by clouds.

3. Churches part of the Peñafrancia Festival
Every September, the image of Our Lady of  Peñafrancia is brought from its new home in the Basilica Minore and paraded to the 400-year-old Naga Cathedral for prayers and masses. These places are nice to visit even if it's not festival time yet. 

The Basilica Minore (left) and the Naga Cathedral (right).
(Left photo from penafrancia.net, Right photo by Jovie Naval)

The image of the Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia aka Our Lady of Penafrancia
(Photo from flickr.com by Glenn Inocencio)

4. CamSur Watersports Complex (CWC)
Wakeboarding and kneeboarding are must-try activities. Your body aches afterwards (especially for first-timers) but the experience is worth it. CWC is a twenty-minute drive from Naga City. 

CWC is considered "The Best Cable Park in the World"
You'll see Mt. Isarog from there.
(Image from roam-travel.com)

5. Ateneo de Naga University
If there's time in your itinerary, take a peek just to see what Ateneo there looks like. #random

Ateneo de Naga University.
(Photo from images.mitrasites.com)


  1. That's Miguel Robles de Covarrubias. He's not a saint. :)

    1. Hello!
      Thank you for the correction! It's greatly appreciated. Will update the info above :) Thanks!

  2. Nice short blog. I LOLed at #random :) Going to visit Naga mid this month. :)

    1. Hi Celine!
      Haha! Have fun in your trip! :)

  3. Will have to read more of your blog. Will be in Naga this January and looking for guide.
    Nice writing man :)