Monday, March 24, 2014

12 Municipalities of Camarines Norte

Camarines Norte is a crescent-shaped province that stretches northwest to the southeast, facing Lamon Bay and the Pacific Ocean on the northeast and is bounded on by Camarines Sur on the south and a portion of Quezon. Rolling hills and mountains on the inside terrain and fertile plains and valleys along the coast composed the total land area of 211, 249 hectares.

In the year 1636, the province of Camarines was created from Bicol province which was founded in 1573. The province was divided in 1829, creating Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur and were briefly merged from 1854 to 1857 to make Ambos Camarines (ambos is Spanish for "both") and divided again and were merged into Ambos Camarines in 1893. Finally, in 1917 the province was divided into Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur.

Camarines Norte is divided into 12 municipalities, 283 barangays and 1 congressional district. A municipality or bayan, munisipalidad in Filipino and balen or balayan in Kapampangan, is a local government unit (LGU) in the Philippines. Municipalities are also called towns (which is actually a better translation of "bayan"). Daet is the capital of this 3rd class province in the Philippines.

Below are the 12 municipalities of Camarines Norte:

  1. Basud - a third class municipality in the province of Camarines Norte, Philippines.
  2. Capalonga - a third class municipality in the province of Camarines Norte, Philippines. 
  3. Daet - a first class municipality on Luzon island in the province of Camarines Norte, Philippines. It is the provincial capital. The first monument in honor of the first Filipino hero, Dr. José Rizal, can also be found here in Daet. The municipality is a popular surfing spot among surfers worldwide.
  4. Jose Panganiban - a second class municipality in the province of Camarines Norte, Philippines. According to the May 2010 census, it has a population of 55,557 with voting population of more than 20,000. The town of Jose Panganiban was formerly known as Mambulao, a word taken from “mambulawan,” meaning bountiful in gold. It was renamed to honor Jose Maria Panganiban on December 1, 1934.
  5. Labo - a first class municipality in the province of Camarines Norte, Philippines. 
  6. Mercedes - a second class municipality in the province of Camarines Norte, Philippines.
  7. Paracale - a third class municipality in the province of Camarines Norte, Philippines. 
  8. San Lorenzo Ruiz - a fifth class municipality in the province of Camarines Norte, Philippines. It was formerly called Imelda.
  9. San Vicente - a fifth class municipality in the province of Camarines Norte, Philippines.
  10. Santa Elena - a 4th-class municipality in the province of Camarines Norte, Philippines.
  11. Talisay - a fourth class municipality in the Province of Camarines Norte, Philippines. It has a total land area of 3,076 hectares (7,600 acres), making it the smallest municipality in the province. The town, which was named after the big trees that abound in its poblacion.
  12. Vinzons - a third class municipality in the province of Camarines Norte, Philippines. The Calaguas Islands are part of Vinzons. The very first recorded name of Vinzons was Tacboan and was later changed to Indan at which time the Mayor was Pedro Barbin. The town was then renamed "Vinzons" in honor of Wenceslao Q. Vinzons, a former governor of the province. He was the youngest delegate to the Philippine Constitutional Convention of 1935, and a guerilla leader martyred by the Japanese during World War II.

CamarinesNorte.Net is the official website of Camarines Norte province.

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