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Bicol Region has a population of 5,, as of census, growing at an average Most evident were those for the provinces of Catanduanes, Masbate and . Bicolanos from all walks of life will be in Naga City to meet their relatives and . Robin Padilla, Film/TV Actor and model popularly known as The Bad Boy of. the timeless appeal of the island province of Catanduanes in the Bicol region. posted September 01, at pm by Pablo A. Tariman island called Bali Hai in the film version of the Broadway musical, Catanduanes is a special island where, indeed, the indigo sky meets a wide expanse of the wide blue sea. The Bicol Regional Tourism Committee (BRTC) held its first quarter meeting on February 1 (Monday) at NEDA Region 5 in Legazpi City. The BRTC, the.
The majority of the population in Masbate and Sorsogon speaks Minasbate and Sorsoganon respectively. The two are Visayan languages but heavily influenced by Bikol languages, thus tagged and collectively referred to as Bisakola portmanteau of Bisaya Visayan and Bikol Bicolano.
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Tagalog is the dominant and native language of Bicolanos living in the municipalities in the northern half of Camarines Norte. Bicolanos also speak and understand Filipino, the national language of the Philippines. English is widely understood in businesses, schools and public places. The Catholic religion has the highest number of followers than any other area in the Philippines. The Catholic church grew in the Bicol Region through the efforts of the Bishops from Nueva Caceres Naga from the late 14th century until the Philippine Revolution in Naga, Camarines Sur is the religious center of the Bicol Region.
The region houses one of the oldest dioceses in the Philippinesthe ecclesiastical Archdiocese of Cacereswhich is centered in Naga, Camarines Sur. In Luzon, the Bicol Region holds the most number of men entering the seminary for Catholic priesthoodor women entering the religious life to become Catholic nuns.
The largest minority religion in the region is Iglesia ni Cristo INC known for its magnificent worship buildings, commonly called chapels or kapilya, with towering spires that dot the Bicol landscape.
Each province represents one ecclesiastical district E. In total, INC has seven ecclesiastical districts in the Bicol region. The chapel of local congregation of Legazpi, Albay is the biggest.
Other religions are also well represented in Bicol such as Protestants denominations of Seventh-Day Adventist church, Baptist Church, Pentecostal, born-again Culture and traits The Bicolano cuisine is primarily noted for the prominent use of chili peppers and gata coconut milk in its food. A classic example is the gulay na ladaknown outside the region as Bicol Expressa well-loved dish using siling labuyo native small chillies and the aforementioned gata.
Like their other neighboring regions, Bicolanas are also expected to lend a hand in household work. They are even anticipated to offer assistance after being married.
On the other hand, Bicolano men are expected to assume the role of becoming the primary source of income and financial support of his family.
Bicolanos are also known for being very religious, the place is known for Senora De Penafrancia. Bicolanos are often sweet, regionalistic, friendly, adventurous, puts high importance on education and social status. Contrary to what is believed, not all Bicolanos are fond of chili. Men often know how to cook. Economy Bicol Region has a large amount of rich flatland, and agriculture is the largest component of the economy, followed by commercial fishing.
Coconutsabacabananacoffee and jackfruit are the top five permanent crops in the region. Rice and corn are among the chief seasonal crops. Mining is also one of the contributors to the region's economy. Commercial fishing is also important with thirteen major fishing grounds supplying fish markets in places as far as Metro Manila.
Festivals Daragang Magayon Festival Abaca Festival is an annual cultural celebration of the province. It cognizance of the importance of abaca in the local economy and the need to showcase its versatility as a major source of livelihood and craft material which has brought Catanduanes fame and fortune. The festival will showcase the life and resilient spirit of the Catandunganon and its culture, as well as the uniqueness and exoticness of the island and its people.
The main features of the festival are: It happens every 4th week of May. Catandungan Festival Catandungan Festival is an annual prime celebration of the island province. It is the anniversary celebration and tribute to its founders, to continuously remind the people of Catanduanes of the provinces' independence from the province of Albay.
It happens every 24th October. The Pili Festival - celebrates the pili, which supports the livelihood of many Sorsoganons. Although the growing of pili is popular in the other provinces of Bicol, it is Sorsogon which has the largest land area devoted to pili farming. Peter and Paul coincides with the celebration of Pili Festival. Their feast day is on the 29th of June.
Catholic Mass and Processions happen during this day.
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Kasanggayahan Festival - celebrated in the whole province in the last week of October, commemorates the founding of Sorsogon as a province. Festivities include a series of cultural, historical, religious, agro-industrial and economic activities, showcasing the province's abundant agricultural products, particularly food and decorative items.
Though a provincial event, most of the festivities during the Kasanggayahan Festival including the "Pantomina sa Tinampo", street dances and others are conducted in the city since this is the provincial capital of Sorsogon and the seat of the province is in the city. Kadagatan Festival - Formerly called the Bancathon race, the festival is a water sport activity participated in by fishermen from the different municipalities of Albay aimed to give recognition and at the same time provide a venue to the fishermen to show their strength, skills, and contributions to the socio-economic development of the region.
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Held in Bacacay every black Saturday. After the lighting of the Christmas Village, six locally handmaid stars, known locally as parols are lighted with different meanings. Love, progress, peace, happiness, prosperity, and joy symbolize the stars. The giant Christmas tree is lighted twoweeks before Christmas.
Every night, different fantasy-themed Christmas shows are held in the Plaza Quezon. The Bazaar also has some stores that sell locally-made Christmas themed products for visitor. Featured activities are trade fairs, shows, and street dancing. Held every second week of July. It honors the most famous local delicacies, the Kinalas, and Siling Labuyo, with it having a food contest.Palarong Bicol 2015 Teacher Dancers
Also known as Charter Day Festival, different organizations and schools, compete in Sports and Academics, as sponsored by the local government. Climbing the Lolong Point Lighthouse rewards visitors with sweeping views of the surrounding islets, dark limestone rock formations hugging rugged cliffs, coconut palm trees-dotted hills, and lush mountains jutting out to the sea. Long abandoned, ruins of the old barracks, storage room, and the partially collapsed quay are a magnet for adventure seekers.
Locals fondly remember the place for the sweet chocolates generously handed out by American personnel stationed there and wide screen movie nights that was unheard of in the province at the time. But the breathtaking view from the hilltop, secluded, powdery-white sand beach, cerulean waters, and rocky outcroppings are the main tourist draw of this part of the island. The quaint Blossoms Restaurant, with its relaxing ambience, offers the best desserts in Virac.
Blossoms Restaurant, well known for its halo-halo, a Filipino dessert.
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Most hotels and resorts sprinkled across the island serve mouth-watering dishes that will surely leave anyone craving for more. Where to Stay in Catanduanes In recent years, the province has shown significant growth and development, with a number of hotels cropping up. Only a few steps away from the Virac seaport is Catanduanes Midtown Inn offering air-conditioned rooms with hot and cold shower. Rakdell Inn in San Pedro, Virac is also another option. Kemji Resort Catandunganons are a very hospitable and warm people.
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One can never run out of place to stay in Catanduanes. How to Get to Catanduanes By bus: Those traveling at leisure will not want to miss the breathtaking Bicol region scenery while traveling by bus. Buses are available from Cubao opposite Ali Mall to Tabaco seaport.
A number of buses, with and without air-conditioning, service this route. Bus and ferry cost around P1, Virac Pier by Frank Lopez. Return ticket is around P2, or less depending on the time of booking. She has traveled to almost 30 countries plus 10 American states in five continents and thinks her adventures have only just begun.
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