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Camarines Norte
Island Group Luzon
Region Bicol Region
Capital Daet
Area 2,320.07 km²
Cities 0
Municipalities 12
- Total 513,785
- Density/km² 221.45
Income class 2
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Camarines Norte

Camarines Norte is one of the six provinces that make up the Bicol Region. The province is found in the northern coast of the Bicol Peninsula, which forms the southeastern section of Luzon. It is composed of 12 towns with the municipality of Daet as the provincial capital. Camarines Norte is bounded on the north by the Pacific Ocean, in the east by San Miguel Bay, in the west by Lamon Bay and in the south by Quezon province and the adjoining province of Camarines Sur.

Camarines Norte derives its name from the Spanish word “camarin”, meaning rice granary or warehouse. Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur formed only one political unit known as Ambos Camarines until March 3, 1919 when Camarines Norte was created by the Philippine Legislature through Republic Act 2809.

The province has no dry season but with a very pronounced maximum rain period from November to January. This climate particularly falls in the eastern and northern part of Camarines Norte. The Bicol region lies within the so-called typhoon belt; hence the province is seriously affected by frequent visits of typhoons. The province is mostly affected by typhoons in the months of April, June, July, October, November and December.

Two principal dialects are spoken in the province; Tagalog which is spoken by about 60.0% of the whole population and Bikol which is spoken by 38.17%. The remaining 1.83% is the dialect spoken by Cebuano, Ilocano, Ibanag, Pangasinan, Waray, Maguindanao, Maranao, Binisaya, Binukid, Chinese and English.

Camarines Norte is a rich mining area. There are abundant reserves of gold, iron, copper, uranium, lead and zinc. The province is, however, predominantly agricultural. Coconut and abaca are the major products. There is a thriving fishing industry along the coast of the province. The municipality of Mercedes is a major supplier of fish and shrimp to Manila. The more important cottage industries of Camarines Norte are hammock-making and buri-weaving into hats, bags and mats.

Camarines Norte is virtually underrated and rarely visited by most travelers. The province hides its spectacular secrets of undiscovered caves, exquisite and unspoiled postcard-perfect beaches and rich coral gardens. The province is also home to promising dive sites and world-class surfing, elegant looking bays that open into the Pacific, misty mountains and charming towns throbbing with Bicolano warmth and hospitality.

The most populous cities and municipalities in Camarines Norte are:

City/Municipality City class Area
in km²
Urbanisation Population
Total Density/km²
Daet Municipality 46.00 0 urban 94,184 2,047.48
Labo Municipality 589.36 1 partly urban 88,087 149.46
Jose Panganiban Municipality 214.44 2 partly urban 49,028 228.63
Paracale Municipality 197.90 3 partly urban 46,856 236.77
Mercedes Municipality 173.69 2 partly urban 44,375 255.48
Santa Elena Municipality 199.35 3 partly urban 40,300 202.16
Vinzons Municipality 141.43 3 partly urban 39,653 280.37
Basud Municipality 260.28 3 partly urban 36,763 141.24
Capalonga Municipality 290.00 3 partly urban 29,683 102.36
Talisay Municipality 30.76 4 partly urban 22,942 745.84

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