Camarines Norte History
Location –> Bicol Region, Philippines (See map below)
Neighboring Provinces –> Quezon and Camarines Sur
Capital –> Daet
Area –> 2,320.07 km2 (895.78 sq mi)
Population –> 583,313 (2015 census)
Terrain –> Mountainous with broad coastal plains on the eastern side
Industries –> Agriculture
Major Products –> Rice, Coconut, Corn, Pineapple
People/Language –> Tagalog, Bicolano
Governor –> Edgardo Tallado
Predecessor –> Jonah Pimentel
Vice Governor –> Jonah Pimentel
Predecessor –> Arthur Michael Canlas
Representative (1st District) –> Josefina Tallado
Predecessor –> Renato J. Unico, Jr.
Representative (2nd District) –> Marisol “Toots” Conejos-Panotes
Cities –> None
Municipalities (Towns) –> (12) Basud, Capalonga, Daet, Jose Panganiban, Labo, Mercedes, Paracale, San Lorenzo, San Vicente, Santa Elena, Talisay, Vinzons
Camarines Norte History
The province of Camarines Norte was established in 1829 when the huge Camarines Province was split into Norte and Sur. It was again merged in 1893 and again split in 1919 by virtue of Act 2809 of March 3, 1919.
The town of Paracale in addition to Daet and Capalonga were existing settlements when the Spaniards explored the area. Paracale became very important to the European conquerors due to the presence of gold mines.
Ildefonso Moreno was a local hero who organized the revolt against Spain in 1896. His ragtag army laid a siege on Daet, the provincial capital but he was later captured.
Don Miguel R. Lukban was the first governor of Camarines Norte when it was functionally organized on March 20, 1920 by virtue of Executive Order No. 22 in conformity with the provisions of Act No. 2809.
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Economy of Camarines Norte
Camarines Norte is an agricultural province. Coconut, rice, pili nuts, and pineapple are the main products. The provincial government is promoting its pineapple as the sweetest in the world calling it the Queen pineapple (Anana’s comusus (Linn.), Merr). In the coastal areas, the people are mostly engaged in fishing.
The province used to be a major producer of gold and iron ore but due to its destructive nature, the mining industry is practically dead in the province except for small scale operations.
There are several natural attractions in the province particularly the beaches and islands and tourism is a priority agenda of the provincial government for development.
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