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Camarines Norte is a province in Bicol region of the Philippines. It is a largely rainy and forested region; it is less visited than nearby Camarines Sur, but it has hidden beaches, little-explored mountains and small towns with historic churches. Camarines Norte has a Tagalog-influenced Bicolano culture


  • Daet - Provincial capital


Map of Camarines Norte

Camarines Norte has a population of around 580,000. The main local language spoken in the Coastal Bikol dialect of Central Bikol, but there is an ongoing shift toward Tagalog, especially in conversation with visitors.

Like much of Bicol, Camarines Sur has a rainforest climate. Most of the province is covered in rainforest, but agriculture is one of the major sources of local income and most of the forest have been cut down for coconut plantations and rice paddies.


Like Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte started as part of a larger Bicol province. In 1636, the Spanish colonial authorities carved out the province of Camarines, and in 1829, it was split into the two provinces. The original Camarines Norte included parts of what is now northwest Camarines Sur until 1846, when they are moved to CamSur and the town of Siruma gained in place. The two were again merged to a single province named Ambos Camarines, but the American colonial government split it back into the two present provinces.

On the final days of the Philippine Revolution, Camarines Sur was the place of a local uprising, led by the local Katipunan leader Ildefonso Moreno. At Daet, the Spaniards have fortified themselves in a house owned by a Spanish merchant, when the rebels besieged them. The Katipunan leaders and other patriots are executed, which further sparked other revolts.

During World War II, Camarines Norte was the location of the first guerrilla encounters in the Philippines. On December 18, 1941, eleven days after the attack on Pearl Harbor and 10 days after the fall of Manila, the Vinzons guerrilla group, along with some Americans, engaged with the Japanese at the village of Laniton in the rural municipality of Basud.

Get inEdit

By busEdit

  • Daet Auto Express. Operates from Manila to Daet terminal.
  • Superlines. Operates ordinary or air-conditioned buses from Manila to most towns in Camarines Sur.

By carEdit

Asian Highway 26, or the Maharlika Highway, serves much of Camarines Norte.

By planeEdit

There is one airport at Daet (DTE IATA), but is not served by scheduled flights. The nearest airport with flights is at Naga (WNP IATA).

Get aroundEdit

  • Trikes and jeepneys.


  • 1 Old Daet Cathedral (John the Baptist Church, also known as the Parroquia de San Juan Bautista i). Masses M-F 6AM, noon, 5:15PM; Sa 6AM, 5:15PM; Su 5AM, 6:30AM, 8AM, 9:30AM; 3PM (Children's Mass); 4:30PM, 6PM, 7:15PM. Built by the Franciscan friars in 1611, it is one of the oldest churches in Camarines Norte.    
  • 2 First monument for José Rizal. The Rizal Monument in Daet was the first monument built to honor José Rizal, and is the oldest surviving such monument in the Philippines. It was designed by Lt. Colonel Antonio Sanz with the help of Ildefonso Alegre of the Philippine Revolutionary Army and through the financial contributions of the locals of Camarines Norte. The three-tiered stone pylon with its square base supporting a triangle in two stages was the first monument and memorial marker in memory of the Philippines' National Hero.    
  • Provincial Capitol
  • Old Daet Municipal Building
  • Daet Elevated Town Plaza
  • Daet Municipal Building
  • Pineapple Fountain


  • Hang out at Bagasbas Beach, Bicol Province's best known surfing and kitesurfing spot.
  • Pinyasan Formosa Festival. Named after the delicious sweet Formosa Pineapple, it lasts a week and a half in mid-June with parades, street stalls and nightly entertainment.


  • There are lots of fast food stands, and restaurants at the beach.



  • Bagasbas Lighthouse Hotel Resort, Bagasbas Beach, Daet, +63 54 441 5855. Catherine Restaurant, poolside bar, skimboarding, outdoor pool, garden. 8-person dormitory rooms for ₱550 per person (4 bunk beds, airconditioned).
  • Hebris Penthaus, Bagasbas Road, Purok 3, Barangay Borabod, Daet, +63 54 721 2373. Hebris is 1½ km to the town of Daet and 2½ km to the Bagasbas Beach.
  • Francesco's Inn and Restaurant, Corner Dimasalang and Suzara Streets, Daet. Along residential areas. Quite accessible with trikes and jeepneys. 5 to 10 mins walk to nearest fast food restaurants

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