"Peaceful Pradise in the South"        

          Breezing through the pages of the Philippine History, one can't ignore the niche of this peaceful paradise in the south.  Just like any other ancient civilizations in Asia, the natives known as the Subanens has established its community along the river or suba banks.  Migrants from the Visayas then came to seek refuge in this corner of the Land of Promise.  Then, came the Hispanic colonization, which saw the conversion of the Subanons to Christianity, establishing a permanent Christian Mission in this part of the south.  Being one of the strongest citadels of power during the Hispanic era, the province became temporary abode to the national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal prior to its execution.  From then on the peaceful paradise has found its place in the history.

 

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GETTING THERE
By Air: Fly from Cebu and Manila to Dipolog, twice daily; or from Davao, thrice weekly.

By Sea: Take the ferry or “fast craft” from Cebu and back daily.

 

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

  • Chavacano
  • Tagalog
  • English

 

MUST SEES!

  • Dakak Park and Beach Resort 
  • Casa Residencia 
  • Casa Redonda 
  • The Rizal Shrine 
  • Gloria De Dapitan
  • Santa Cruz Beach 
  • Our Lady of Lordes Grotto

LET’S GO TRY

  • Montano Sardines
  • Zambo Rolls(Lokot-Lokot)
  • Dried Sea Cucumber
  • Sutukil- delicious meat overload comes from the words sugba, tula and kilaw (grilled-stewed-raw). 

 

LET'S GO EXPLORE & EXPERIENCE

  • Laze around Dakak Park and Beach Resort and other beaches.
  • Hear about our heritage at the Filipino-Japanese Memorial Park and the Onay Museum.
  • Try triple-threat sutukil.

 

LET’S GO TO FESTIVAL & EVENTS

  • El Torro Festival (last Sunday of January)
  • Kinabayo Festival (occurs from June 12 to July 25 of every year, with centerpiece events happening from the 16th to the 25th of July-this festival is a re-enactment of the Battle of Covadonga, where the Spanish forces under Pelagio took their last stand against the Saracens and were only able to reverse the tide of war with the miraculous apparition of St. James, the Greater.)

 

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

  • The 900 sq m Relief Map of Mindanao in Dapitan City was personally done by Dr. Jose Rizal. It was used as a device for teaching history and geography to townsfolk.
  • The Zamboanga Golf Course and Beach Park was founded in 1910 by Gov. John Pershing. It is one of the oldest golf courses in the Philippines.
  • The altar at the Holy Rosary Cathedral in Dipolog City was designed by Dr. Jose Rizal. The Cathedral was erected by the Spanish friars sometime in 1895, before Dipolog City became a municipality.
  • The Rizal Shrine in Dapitan City is the original estate of Dr. Jose Rizal which he acquired by purchase during his exile in Dapitan from 1892 to 1896.

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT
Camarines Norte is a great year-round destination. During the typhoon season when the swells grow bigger in Bagasbas, it only means that it’s time to head out to surf. Otherwise, even during long weekends, the islands (at least at the time of this writing) rarely get any visitors even during notorious long weekends


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