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WHY LIVE IN CAMSUR: 8 REASONS YOU SHOULD SPICE UP YOUR LIFE LIVING IN THE BICOL REGION
March 2, 2020
Living the life you want in BellaVita Naga is 100% possible.
Whether you are a Manileña who wants to relocate here or a returnee after living for a while in another place, you’ll appreciate its homey, probinsiya vibe.
Why live in Camarines Sur
Living in the Bicolandia has its many perks and privileges.
Low cost of living
Bicol is a province where you can live for Php500 per day.
Households prefer home-cooked meals using fresh ingredients sourced from their backyards or vendors passing by.
Of course, the market is still primarily the option for the locals.
People live a simple life. They are not the most extravagant, but they are not cheapskates either.
They know how to prioritize and devote their money to the essential things in life. First is a property of their own, and second is a livelihood.
Also, people live near relatives so they get to share whatever harvest they have or food is on the table.
Residential communities in Bicol exist in clusters, so the majority of the space is open spaces. As such, living in nature is possible because of these untouched green spaces.
Of course, there are man-made eco-parks that encourage the Bicolanos and tourists alike to get closer to nature. Some examples are Legazpi Boulevard, Albay Park and Wild Life, Ligñon Hill, and Solong Eco-Park.
The perfect coned Mayon Volcano is just one of the gems found in the Bicol Region.
Bicol boasts of two natural parks (Bicol Natural Park and Bulusan Volcano Natural Park) and a national park (Mt. Isarog National Park).
Camarines Sur, on the other hand, takes pride in Caramoan, where Matukad and Lahos islands are found. Caramoan is a beach paradise perfect for swimming and snorkeling while overlooking the surrounding lush greenery.
When in Bicol, you’ve got to taste sili (chili) ice cream and laing (dried taro leaves cooked in coconut milk) pizza.
Laing is a staple, although other must-tries are kinunot (made from malunggay leaves and coconut milk), bopis-like kandingga, kinalas (made from pig’s head), and pancit bato. Bato does not refer to its stone-like texture when uncooked but the place where it came from.
Bicol express, anyone? But this time with a twist—crispy pork bits.
Toasted siopao (Chinese hot bun) is also said to be originated from Bicol.
For the sweet tooth, sweetened pili (castle nut) candies and puto bukayo (steamed rice cake with grated coconut meat) are your best bet.
Two municipalities in Camarines Sur, Tigaon and Magarao, are given the seal of good governance recently. It only proves that Camarines Sur is also livable like Legazpi City, the largest city in the region.
Legazpi City is considered as the second most livable city in the Philippines, next to Iloilo City.
Since 2015, tourism in CamSur is steadily rising, with Naga as the most significant crowd drawer. In 2017, the province was the second most visited tourist destination in the Philippines.
The beaches and resorts are the primary tourist attractions visited. People mostly frequent Caramoan and Pasacao, which is also known as the Summer Capital of CamSur.
The 19th-century churches are also well-received by the tourists, particularly the Our Lady of Peñafrancia Church. The 200-year-old church is located in Naga.
Bicol Region’s economy is consistently progressive—it was the fastest-growing region in 2018.
It means there are more business and job opportunities for the people. This also means that the traditionally agricultural-based economy is opening up to become a three-base economy to include industry and commerce.
While at it, the basic services (public and private) and other incidentals can support the needs of these businesses, including infrastructure development.