TravelBook.ph’s Guide to Naga City and Peñafrancia 2015
A consolidated list of everything you need to know about Naga and their festival
Naga, also known as the Queen City of Bicol because of its central location in the region, is a must-visit city because of all the history and culture it has to offer. The region is not only famous for its food and great sites for outdoor adventures, but also for the Peñafrancia Festival. The festival is dedicated to Our Lady of Peñafrancia, a wooden statue of the Virgin Mary, who is patterned after the Virgen de la Peña de Francia of Spain. It is celebrated every 3rd Sunday of September, but in recent years, they also hold several activities within the month that build towards the feast day.
If you find yourself wanting to explore Naga City before attending the festival, listed below are some things you can do, places you can eat, and hotels you can stay in.
What to Do
What to Eat
Where to Stay
WHAT TO DO
1. Visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Peñafrancia.
The Basilica began construction in 1976 but didn’t reach completion until 1981 due to several financial problems. The Basilica of Our Lady of Peñafrancia also houses the image of the Virgin Mary. It is significant because the image was crafted in 1710. The Basilica is often visited by pilgrims, so if you are into religious iconography, this is a must-visit during your trip to Naga.
2. Go trekking.
If you are into outdoor activities, then you should definitely try trekking to Malabsay Falls. It’s popular because it’s easily accessible within the city. Malabsay Falls is located at the foot of Mt. Isarog. The trip to Mt. Isarog National Park gate is only about a 30-40 minute car ride from downtown Naga. From the gate, it’s just a short 15-minute trek to the falls. The Naga City Government via the Naga City Arts, Culture, and Tourism Office (Naga ACTO) offers tours via their website Naga Excursions.
3. Have an adventure at Mt. Isarog National Park.
Mt. Isarog National Park is located in Mt. Isarog, which is a potentially active volcano. The mountain’s peak is where the boarders of five municipalities and one city meet, namely, Goa, Tigaon, Ocampo, Pili, Naga City, and Calabanga. You can climb to the summit of the mountain, which will take about 8-10 hours. The mountain has several waterfalls such as Bulalacao and Tumaguiti waterfalls as well as Magragobrob Waterfalls located in the crater.
4. Go on a cultural excusion at Museo del Seminario Conciliar de Nueva Caceres.
If you want to learn about the history and culture of Naga, then you should head to Museo del Seminario Conciliar de Nueva Caceres. The museum is divided into two parts: Museo Ecclesiastico, which houses the all the religious artifacts from the parishes of Nueva Caceres, and Museo Arqueologico, which houses all ancestral artifacts dating back to pre-Hispanic times. There is a small entrance fee you need to pay: PHP 20 for adults and PHP 10 for students.
5. Have a peaceful day at Naga City Ecological Park.
For a relaxing day out, Naga City Ecological Park is the place to go. It is situated in a 4-hectare plot of land owned by the local government and the Isarog Garden Society Foundation, Inc., who aims to create a nice green space in the city. You can go there to just stroll around or have a picnic. Several highlights include the Marian Garden, Plant and Animal Topiaries, and the Japanese Garden. They also have a pavilion and some gazebos.
WHAT TO EAT
- Pinangat and Bicol Express at Geewan (Price Range: PHP 150 - PHP 200)
- Laing and Kare-Kare at Red Platter (Price Range: PHP 150 - PHP 200)
- Crispy Pata at Bob Marlin Restaurant and Grill (Price Range: PHP 150 - PHP 200)
- Toasted Siopao and Pancit at Naga Garden Restaurant (Price Range: PHP 100 - PHP 150)
- Shark Fin Soup at Naga Oriental Wok (Price Range: PHP 200 -PHP 300)
- Kare-Kareng Lechon Kawali and Batangbatang Pusit at Chef Doy’s (Price Range: PHP 250 - PHP 500)
1. Eleanor’s Bed & Breakfast
This cozy five-room bed and breakfast is conveniently located just 5 minutes away from the main highway and a few minutes away from downtown Naga City. The beds are comfortable, so you’ll have a good rest after a long day of exploring Naga.
Rates start at PHP 1,180.34 ++
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2. Matts Tourist Inn
Matts Tourist Inn is perfect if you are a business traveler since they have WiFi access all around the inn if you need to work. They also have rooms that can hold up to five people at an affordable price, which can be very appealing if you are traveling with friends or family. They have round-the-clock security, so rest assured you’ll be safe for the duration of your stay.
Rates start at PHP 1,180.34 ++
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FESTIVAL EVENTS TO ATTEND
- September 11 - Friday
- Translacion Procession at the Peñafrancia Shrine to Metropolitan Cathedral
- September 12 – Saturday
- Naga City Highland Triathlon at the Metro Naga Sports Complex
- Bicol Long Board Festival 2015 at Paniciason (GSP) Naga City
- 3rd Regional Band/Majorette/Fancy Drill Competition at the Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum
- Marian Youth Congress at the Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum
- September 13 – Sunday
- Naga Skateboarding Competition at Naga City Gymnasium
- 5th Bicol Tattoo Arts Festival at Naga City Gymnasium
- September 16 – Wednesday
- Regional BSP/GSP Competition & Inter School DXMC Competition at Plaza Quezon
- September 17 - Thursday
- Civic Parade and Float Competition from Panganiban Drive to Plaza Quezon
- Peñafrancia Voyadores Festival 2015 from Metropolitan Cathedral to Plaza Quezon
- Bamboo Live in Concert at the Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum
- September 18 - Friday
- Regional Military Parade at Plaza Quezon
- September 19 – Saturday
- Regatta Sa Salog at Riena del Bicol Landing (Dalhugan ni Ina)
- Peñafrancia Fluvial Procession at Naga River (Foot Procession from Metropolitan Cathedral to Dalhugan)
- Handog ng Bombo Radyo at Star FM sa Peñafrancia 2015 Concert at Plaza Quezon
- September 20 – Sunday
- Solemnity of Our Lady of Peñafrancia (entire Naga City)
- September 26 – Saturday
- Peñafrancia Run at Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine
- 3rd Regional Cheer and Dance Competition at the Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum
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