Friday, December 02, 2011

Camarines Sur Day Tour 2nd part; Church hopping

feeling the new transpo trip for the 1st time
september 09-11, 2011 friday to sunday

objective: to visit the best tourist spots that fits my taste and budget accordingly
additional task: to continue the lakbay rizal quest and explore what this province can offer at limited time

new pnr bicol express train escapade
side trip to daet (lakbay rizal 5th leg)
camarines sur day-tour 1 (kulapnitan caves)


from libmanan crossing, we arrived in naga bus terminal after an hour. decided to ride a tricycle bound to naga cathedral but instead, detour for a local food trip favorite. after eating started the church hopping in naga city proper. started in naga cathedral, then jeepney to penafrancia shrine. afterwards, just walked to penafrancia basilica then went to centro (downtown) for our final food trip for the day. around 1800H, we went back to PNR terminal for another go back to manila rail trip.

naga metropolitan cathedral

naga cathedral arch

navigating penafrancia churches

PORTA MARIAE - Celebrating the 300 years of the Bicolanos’ devotion to Our Lady of Peñafrancia a commemorative arch was built and formally opened on September 9, 2010. The arch, 18 meters long, 4 meters wide and 11 meters high, is a symbolic gate which imbues the journey of Marian devotion in Bicol.

NAGA METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL - Considered to be the mother of all cathedrals in Bicol. With an official name of Naga Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist, this cathedral is one of the olders cathedrals in the Philippines first built in 1595.

PEÑAFRANCIA SHRINE - The original house of the Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia built in 1750. Its bell, donated by a wealthy Chinese trader Don Simon Tuangqui during its reconstruction in 1864, still tolls on its belfry today.

PEÑAFRANCIA BASILICA MINORE - The home of the Nuestra Sra. de Peñafrancia dearly called by her devotees as Ina (Mother) was built in 1985.

penafrancia shrine

penafrancia basilica

plaza rizal


1650H - ETA commuter train nichols station (php10)
1730H - ETA PNR tutuban station
ticket reclinable seat (php548)
snacks outside station (php106)
1830H - ETD tutuban station

0450H - ETA naga station
taho (php5)
tricycle to bus terminal (php8)
0515H - ETD naga terminal (php110) minibus
0830H - ETA daet
breakfast (php85)
tricycle to rizal monument (php8)
0930H - rizal landmark
1015H - ETD daet (php120) aircon van
1130H - ETA libmanan crossing
hire habal-habal (php120)
culapnitan caves
1400H - ETD libmanan crossing
minibus bound to naga (php25)
1500H - ETA naga
tricycle for food trip (php8)
kinalas snacks (php52)
1530H - church hopping
naga cathedral (just walk)
penafrancia shrine (php8)
penafrancia basilica (just walk)
jeep bound to centro (php8)
1710H - dinner (php95)
1745H - assembly naga station
ticket reclinable seat (php438) student discount
1830H - ETD naga station

0530H - ETA tutuban station
0620H - ETA commuter train blumentrit station (php10)
0645H - ETD lrt edsa station (php15)


PNR bicol express train naga station


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