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Summer Fun in Caramoan

Itā€™s summer once again and many travelers are hungering after beaches. Philippines indeed is an archipelago of fine-looking islands and white-sand beaches, hence, looking for one to spend a vacation in is that trouble-free.

Picturesque boat ride in Caramoan Islands.

Caramoan Islands in Camarines Sur is just one of the summer destinations for beach bums in the Bicol Region. Home to many editions of international reality hit Survivor, Caramoan boasts its white sand coasts, clear waters and wide array of rock formations.

One of hundred rock formations in Caramoan

Another breathtaking rock formation in Caramoan

Ate, Maya, Rojan, Cham

I together with four friends spent Easter in Caramoan. Through Caramoan Adventures, the travel agency in charge of our stay, we experienced the splendor Caramoan has to offer.

How We Got There

From Legazpi City, we took a 2-hour travel to Naga City. We departed Legazpi City at exactly 5am. By 7:30am we took another 1.5-hr ride to Sabang Port, the gateway to Caramoan. To save time, we took a van for us to make it early in the Port. At the Port, we waited for nearly a couple of hours due to the big number of passengers and the limited number of boats taking travelers to Caramoan. At exactly 11 am, we headed off to Caramoan. That was another 2 hours of boat ride. An 8-hr travel and waiting time was indeed stressful! Definitely more stressful if you are coming from distant cities. In that case, travelling to Naga City by plane is really a must.

Sabang Port, Gateway to Caramoan. Two-hour boat ride prior to reaching the paradise. šŸ™‚

When you are in Sabang Port, brace yourself for this stressful backride! šŸ˜€ This P20 porting service is needed in riding the boat. Just pray that the porter is strong enough not to be moved by the coming waves or else get wet! šŸ™‚

From Guijalo Port to Your Ultimate Experience

In Guijalo Port, travelers meet their contacts in Caramoan. If you made advanced bookings in any travel agencies in Caramoan, this is where your experience begins. Your contacts will pick you up in the Port, bring you to the hotel/inn to check-in and the island experience starts, depending on the package you availed.

During our stay in Caramoan, we were accommodated in Sights and Sand Tourist Inn, a cozy villa-like accommodation having nearly 10 rooms.

One isle in Caramoan

Swimming 'til Sunset. Fun! šŸ˜€

Swimming with your life vest on is pretty cool

In the afternoon of our first day, as stated in the itinerary of the travel package we availed, we went island hopping. Due to the ongoing Survivor shoot in various islands in Caramoan, not all the islands in the itinerary were visited. Nonetheless, it was absolutely a fun escapade! We went back to our inn at around 7pm, freshened up, ate dinner, and stroll by the Caramoan town proper for some souvenir.

This one is a genuine Survivor item left by one of Survivor's franchises in Caramoan as a gift.

On our 2nd day, we visited the Parish of St. Michael the Archangel. The 17th century structure of the church is awe-inspiring. It was Easter then, so celebrating and remembering risen Christ in the island was worthwhile.

17th Century St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Caramoan

How it Ended

Guijalo Port, Caramoan, Camsur

Guijalo Port was really packed during the time we were bound to go home. We waited at the port as early as 10am for us to immediately catch a boat to take us back to Sabang Port. At exactly 12nn, we were already bound for Naga City, taking from Caramoan fun photos to treasure and certainly memories of an ultimate summer experience.

Travelers bound home flocking in the Guijalo Port

Boat ride way home. šŸ™‚

More Photos HERE.

Special Thanks:
Mr. Genaro Galang
Caramoan Adventures

The blogger is Julius R. Satparam. Art Buff. Believer. Inquirer. You can reach him thru this blog, on Facebook and on Twitter.


PeƱafrancia Fiesta 2011

This year marks the closing of the Tercentenary (300th year) Celebration of the Devotion to Our Lady of PeƱafrancia. Known as the biggest and grandest Marian festival in the Philippines, PeƱafrancia Fiesta annually intensifies the faithful’s devotion to Mother Mary. Being celebrated every 3rd Sunday of September, PeƱafrancia Fiesta is being attended by thousands of pilgrims, devotees and tourists to participate in the festivities in honor of the Our Lady of PeƱafrancia, the patroness of Bicol, being addressed by the Bicolanos as Ina (mother).

See Schedule of Activities 2011.


The Image of Our Lady of PeƱafrancia1

About thousands of devotees who come from different parts of the Bicol Region and the country to attend the annual pintakasi, the origin of the Holy Image not altogether known. It is a mystery to a great many especially the youth.

Many believe that the Holy Image its origin in a pineapple plant which since time immemorial grew abundantly in Francia, the place where the Sanctuary in her honor stands today. There is even a painting, purposely for commercial sale of the Holy Image, representing the Blessed Virgin as coming out of a pineapple fruit. The native word for pineapple is “pinya”. Pena de Francia sounds very much like Pina de Francia hence many believe that the Blessed Virgin must have really come from the pineapple fruit of France.

Pena de Francia, literally, is Rocky hill of France, where the Image of Our lady of Penafrancia is believed to have been discovered by a hermit named Simon Vela.

The discovery of the Holy Image is a wonderful story of providence whose retelling will never fail to evoke a sense of wonderment and mystery in the hearts and minds of believers and cynics alike.

On September 4, 1401, in the city of Paris, capital of France, a child was born to pious and religious parents, Rolan and Barbara. He was christened Simon.

They were quite well off; their property was more than sufficient to maintain a family of four. Early in youth, however, Simon despised wealth although his parents could well afford his wishes. He was rather of a religious turn of mind and was wont to kneel before the altar of the household shrine to pray. He was no ordinary boy who, instead of taking part in boyish games and pranks, found delight in things spiritual. Nothing the religious bent of their child, the parents sent him to school at age of ten to study grammar and, alter, philosophy to prepare him for the priesthood. Not being bright, however, he was not able to finish his studies and was not ordained therefore to the priesthood. When he was old enough, his parents advised him to marry, but marriage offered no allurement to him as he made a vow to the Holy Virgin to devote his life to works of piety.

When his parents and his only sister died, Simon inherited all their property. To avoid trouble which he thought might ensue from his possession of such wealth, he sold his patrimony and donated the proceeds to the church, the poor and the destitute, and to charitable institutions. He then applied for a position as chamber boy in a convent of Franciscan church in Paris.

See History.


Official Coronation as the Patroness of Bicolandia2

The official coronation of Our Lady of PeƱafrancia as Patroness of Bicolandia took place on September 20, 1924, officiated by the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Guillermo Piani. The image of Our Lady of PeƱafrancia enshrined in the sanctuary in Calle Balatas is about 300 years old.

On the morning of August 15, 1981, the image was stolen from the shrine at the PeƱafrancia Church. In the course of following leads to the theft, a policeman was killed and a police lieutenant was wounded when the jeepney they were riding in were ambushed by heavily armed men somewhere in Bolo Sur, Sipocot, Camarines Sur.

Most of the leads proved to be hoaxes. The approaching feast of Our Lady of PeƱafrancia necessitated an image to be borne during the “traslacion” or transfer of image and the colorful fluvial procession. One was commissioned by church authorities and another image was donated by the First Lady.

A little over a year later, the image was returned to Rt. Rev. Msgr. Florencio Yllana, P.A., Liaison Officer of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines and former Rector of the shrine of Our Lady of PeƱafrancia in Naga City. On September 8, 1982, the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady, the motorcade from Manila bearing the image arrived in Naga City at the height ofĀ Typhoon Mike. Thousands of devotees braved the raging winds and the devastating floods to welcome the image. At 10:00 in the evening of the same day, the image was safely enshrined at the Metropolitan Cathedral where a pontifical concelebrated mass offered in thanksgiving for the return and safe arrival of the image. The image is now enshrined at the Basilica Minore at Calle Balatas in the City of Naga.



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