A Naga history and culture tour cannot be complete without a visit to the following historical and cultural sites. Many of these are within walking distance from The Carmen Hotel.
Naga History and Culture Tour Sample Itinerary
- Plaza Quince Martires
The plaza is one of the many historical attractions in downtown Naga. This memorial, which was built in 1926, honors the 15 martyrs of Bicol who died because they supported the cause for Philippine Independence. This is found in front of the San Francisco Church, within walking distance from The Carmen Hotel.
- Naga Metropolitan Cathedral
A few minutes’ walk away from the Carmen Hotel lies the historic Naga Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist also known as the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral or Naga Cathedral. It is the biggest church in the Bicol Region, and one of the oldest cathedrals in the country. The original Naga Metropolitan Cathedral was built at a different site, but was transferred to its current site when an earthquake damaged the cathedral in the 18th century.
The Naga Metropolitan Catheral is also of interest to Peñafrancia pilgrims. It is to the Naga Cathedral that Our Lady of Peñafrancia is transported from Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine (Peñafrancia Church) in the “Traslacion” every September during the Peñafrancia Festival.
- Holy Rosary Minor Seminary
A National Historical Landmark found within the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral Compound, The Holy Rosary Minor Seminary is a place of interest for history buffs for its prominent graduates (including World War II hero Jose Ma. Panganiban), its architecture, and the museum it houses.
The structure was originally constructed in 1785 and, even after undergoing several renovations, still clearly shows its Spanish Colonial Era origin in every line. It is the home of the Museo del Seminario Concilliar de Nueva Caceres, which houses various memorabilia from prominent graduates like Bicolano Bishop Jorge Barlin, ancient burial jars of renowned Bicolanos, as well as religious exhibits that are of great interest to Catholics in general and Our Lady of Peñafrancia pilgrims in particular.
- Il Porta Mariae
This commemorative landmark, inaugurated in 2010, was built to mark the passing of the 300th year of devotion to Our Lady of Peñafrancia. It now guards one of entrances to the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral. The entrance marked by this triumphal arch is the one used by the thousands of devotees every September during the Traslacion to bring the image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia to the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral.
- San Francisco Church
A few minutes’ walk away from The Carmen Hotel lies the San Francisco Church. Built in the 17th century, it was a significant historical site in the war between the Filipinos and the Spanish colonizers. At the church basement and infirmary, captured Filipinos were interrogated and tortured.
However, it was also at the San Francisco Church that approximately 500 Spaniards, including the then Spanish Governor Vicente Zaidin (the Spaniards were in church at the time for the Peñafrancia Festival) were held under siege by guerillas (led by Elias Angeles and Felix Plazo) on September 17, 1898. This violent siege was instrumental to the governor signing papers of capitulation that ceded Spain’s dominion over the Bicol region.
The Bell Tower of the current San Francisco Church is the same bell tower that stood during those tumultuous times in 1898..
Other Historical & Cultural Attractions in Naga
- Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine
- Basilica Minore de Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia
- Plaza Rizal
- Plaza Quezon
- Plaza Barlin
- Universidad de Sta. Isabel
- University of Nueva Caceres
- Ateneo de Naga University
- Naga City People’s Mall
|Mode of Transportation||Capacity|
|Van||10 – 15 persons|
|Taxicle||3 – 4 persons|
|Minibus||20 – 25 persons|
- DOT-accredited tour guide
- Maps and GPS Apps/Widgets
- Coach of choice
- Optional food and beverage inclusion
Please make tour arrangements with hotel staff.