Saturday, April 30, 2011

Destination: Camarines Norte 2nd Travel Part 1

Canimog Hotel
I was once again invited to go back to Camarines Norte for the surfing season and Calaguas Island. I was referred by Benjamin Layug of Business Mirror and FYI blogs, to Joey Cuerdo, our host and organizer of the event. We left Manila that April 14 evening to arrive the following day. We settled at Canimog Hotel at Daet. Canimog Hotel is named after the island that can be seen from Bagasbas beach, where the surfing action usually happens.

Daet Heritage Center

The Canimog Hotel is renovated from an old house that makes you more at home and offers cheaper rates. I also got to see the Daet Heritage Center which was the old local municipality and the first Rizal Monument again. Coincidentally, it was also the 91st Founding Anniversary of Camarines Norte and 7th Bantayog Festival. I first came to Camarines Norte earlier this year during the start of the Quadricentennial Celebration of the three churches. According to Wikipedia, Camarines Norte was founded after the province was divided in two:  Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur.
First Rizal Monument

Bantayog(n) is Tagalog for monument. The 7th Bantayog Festival celebrates the first Rizal monument. Invited as guest of honor was Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero, who also is the only politician in the opposition I admire. 

Founding Anniversary and Bantayog Festival

To be continued in my next CamNorte post.

Governor Egay Tallado and Senator Chiz Escudero

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