Paracale History, Tourist Spots, Festival, Officials

Paracale is a 3rd class coastal municipality of Camarines Norte Province in Region 5 of Bicol Region, Philippines.

Paracale Municipal Hall
Paracale Municipal Hall (Credit: Facebook Page)

Profile of Paracale Municipality (Geography)
Location –> Northern part of Camarines Norte (See map below)
Distance from Manila –> 333.2 Kilometers
Neighboring Towns –> Vinzons (east), Labo (south), Jose Panganiban (west)
Area –> 197.9 km2 (76.4 sq mi)
Population –> 59,149 (2015 Census)
Terrain –> Mountainous with narrow Coastal Plain
Industries –> Agriculture, Trading, Tourism
Major Products –> Rice, Corn, Fish, Coconut, Vegetables, Pineapple, Poultry, Handicraft, Home-made Food Items
People/Language –> Tagalog, Bicolano, English
Barangays –> 27
Revenue (2016) –> 127,021,980.62
Legislative District –> First
Government Officials
Congressman –> Josefina B. Tallado
Mayor –> Romeo Moreno
Vice Mayor –> Bernadette E. Asutilla

History of Paracale

Paracale derived its name from the Spanish words “para cale” which means canal digger. In 1581, Franciscan Friars established a mission post and in 1611, the place was organized as a town but it was only in 1863 that the formal establishment as a pueblo was organized.

Gold mining in Paracale started as early as 1626 and continues up to this day.

Economy of Paracale

Paracale is rich in mineral resources especially gold. Although mining brought many miners and ordinary people to this town, agriculture remains the primary source of livelihood for many residents. Rice and fish are the two most important products.

Large-scale mining companies have practically ceased operations in the town but small miners are still patiently looking for riches that the yellow metal may bring.


Sky view of the “Gold Town”

Tourist Spots in Paracale

Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Candelaria
Gumaus Beach
Pulang Daga Beach

Mount Bagacay
Maculabo Island
Malaguit River

Festivals in Paracale

Pabirik Festival

Map of Paracale Municipality in Camarines Norte

See also: Profile of Mayor Romeo Moreno , Governor Edgardo Tallado

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