Caramoan History, Tourist Spots, Festivals, Officials

Caramoan is a 2nd class coastal municipality in camarines sur province of Bicol Region, Philippines. It is one of the most visited places in the region because of the natural beauty of its islands, beaches, coves, and mountains.

Caramoan Municipal Hall
Caramoan Municipal Hall (Photo Credit: wikicommons)

Profile of Caramoan Municipality (Geography)
Location –> Eastern part of Camarines Sur Province (See map below)
Neighboring Town –> Presentacion on the west and Garchitorena on the northwest
Area –> 276.00 km2 (106.56 sq mi)
Population –> 47,605 (2015 Census)
Terrain –> Mountainous
Industries –> Agriculture, Trading, Tourism
Major Products –> Rice, Vegetables, Poultry, Handicraft, Home-made Food Items
People/Language –> Bicolano, Tagalog, English
Barangays: 49
Revenue (2016) –> 123,416,089.20
Legislative District –> 4th

Government Officials
Congressman –> Arnulf Bryan B. Fuentebella
Mayor –> Marilyn Socorro Co
Vice Mayor –> Irene R. Breis
Councilors:
Lydia C. Obias
Juanita P. Belleza
Christine Mayne C. Savilla
Juan C. Cordis, III
Elvis C. Alarcon
Elvis C. Alarkon
Eduardo B. Bonita
Josefa Luz U. Pineda

History

Former names of the town of Caramoan are Gota de Leche and Carahan. In 1619, the Spaniards, led by Father Francisco de la Cruz Y Oropesa, explored the area and founded a small settlement called Baluarte.

In 1696, the territory came under the administration of the diocese.

In 1903, the town had a population of 8,039. By 1948, the number of residents increased to 26,830.

Former Mayors
2016-2019 – Marlyn Cordial
2013-2016 – Onyo Cordial
2010-2013 – Constantino Huit Cordial Jr.

Economy

Caramoan is primarily an agricultural town where coconut, rice, fish, corn, and vegetables are produced. Cottage industries include manufactured food items, brooms, rattan and wood furniture, and hollow blocks.

The tourism industry is booming, thanks in large part to the producers of the television show Survivor who chose Caramoan as the scene for several of their editions. The town has been dubbed as the “Emerging Paradise of the Pacific”.

Tourist Spot

Caramoan National Park
Gota Beach
Islands of Bag-ing, Cagbanilad, Catanhawan, Cotivas, Lahos, Lahuy, Matukad, Minalahos, Pitogo, Sabitang-Laya

St. Michael the Archangel Parish Church

Watch the video below to see what Caramoan has to offer to visitors.

Festivals

Isla Carahan Festival
Feast of St. Michael

Map of Caramoan Municipality

See also: Profile of Mayor Marilyn Socorro Co , Governor Migz Villafuerte

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