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Guv Tallado hails Camarines Norte’s arrival as tourism heavyweight

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Camarines Norte Governor Edgardo Tallado believes that his province can no longer be ignored when one talks of top eco-tourism spots in the country.

This, after Camarines Norte posted a tourist growth rate of 36 percent last year on the strength of 289,660 visitors, including a record-high 50,471 foreign tourists. The growth rate is second only to Albay in the entire Bicol region.

Tourism spending in Camarines Norte was also at all-time high with P182 million in direct gross receipts. As per the Department of Tourism (DOT) Region 5 office, this was enough to overtake Sorsogon at the no.3 spot by P21 million .

“We will continue to improve and contribute to social cohesion and cultural preservation while developing diverse and environmentally sustainable destinations within Camarines Norte,” vowed Tallado.

The province is home to fine beaches, namely San Jose Beach (in Talisay), Pulang Daga (Paracale), Cayucyucan (Mercedes), Mangcamagong (Basud) and Calalanay (Panganiban).

Over in Labo town, Cadig Cave gives spelunkers a good site to test their trekking skills. The cave has stalactites and stalagmites galore.

Don’t forget Camarines Norte’s breathtaking collection of waterfalls, including the Colasi waterfalls in Mercedes, Nacali Falls in San Lorenzo Ruiz, and San Felipe Twin Falls in Basud. Labo alone has three waterfalls that are worth visiting–Malatap, Binuang and Maligaya Falls.