Mercedes History, Tourist Spots, Festival

Mercedes is a 2nd class coastal municipality of Camarines Norte Province in Region 5 of Bicol Region, Philippines. It consists of three distinct regions: the low land northern part located on the mouth of Basud River, the mountainous southern part, and the group of islands off the coast of the municipality.

Profile of Mercedes Municipality (Geography)
Location –> Eastern Part of Camarines Norte (See map below)
Neighboring Towns –> Daet (northwest), Sipocot in Camarines Sur (southwest), Basud (west)
Area –> 173.69 km2 (67.06 sq mi)
Population –> 50,841 (2015 Census)
Terrain –> Coastal Plain with Mountains in the southern part
Industries –> Agriculture, Trading, Tourism
Major Products –> Rice, Fish, Coconut, Vegetables, Poultry, Handicraft, Home-made Food Items
People/Language –> Bicolano, Tagalog, English
Barangays –> 26
Revenue (2016) –> 124,379,681.13
Legislative District –> Second
Government Officials
Congressman –> Marisol “toots” C. Panotes
Mayor –> Dante Morales
Vice Mayor –> Jeana T. Yapyuco

History of Mercedes

Mercedes was formerly called Barra, a barrio of Daet. On July 26, 1948, it became a separate municipality by virtue of Republic Act No. 341 signed by President Elpidio Quirino.

Economy of Mercedes

Mercedes is primarily a farming and fishing town where rice, coconut, and fish are the main products. It is the home of a busy fish port on the mouth of Basud River.

Mercedes Fish Port
Mercedes Fish Port (Credit: Facebook Page)

Tourist Spots in Mercedes

Colasi Falls in Barangay Colasi
Malunay Falls in Malunay
Bahaw Falls in Barangay Hamoraon
Hinipaan Falls in Barangay Hinipaan
Mercedes Beaches
Apuao Island

Apuao Grande Island
Canron Island
Canimog Island
Caringo Island
Quinapaguian Island

Festival in Mercedes

Kadagatan Festival

Map of Mercedes Municipality in Camarines Norte

See also: Profile of Mayor Dante Morales, Governor Edgardo Tallado

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