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Camarines Norte is a province
Provinces of the Philippines
The Provinces of the Philippines are the primary political and administrative divisions of the Philippines. There are 80 provinces at present, further subdivided into component cities and municipalities. The National Capital Region, as well as independent cities, are autonomous from any provincial...

 of the Philippines
Philippines
The Philippines , officially known as the Republic of the Philippines , is a country in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. To its north across the Luzon Strait lies Taiwan. West across the South China Sea sits Vietnam...

 located in the Bicol
Bicol Region
The Bicol Region or Bicolandia is one of the 17 regions of the Philippines. Its regional center is Legazpi City...

 Region
Regions of the Philippines
In the Philippines, regions are administrative divisions that serve primarily to organize the provinces of the country for administrative convenience. Currently, the archipelagic republic of the Philippines is divided into 17 regions...

 in Luzon
Luzon
Luzon is the largest island in the Philippines. It is located in the northernmost region of the archipelago, and is also the name for one of the three primary island groups in the country centered on the Island of Luzon...

. Its capital is Daet
Daet, Camarines Norte
Daet, also known as the "Gateway to Bicolandia". A 1st class municipality in the province of Camarines Norte, Philippines. It is the capital municipality of Camarines Norte. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 94,184 or 18.33% of Camarines Norte's population. The current mayor of...

 and the province borders Quezon
Quezon
-History:Originally, what now forms Quezon was divided among the provinces of Batangas, Laguna, and Nueva Ecija. The area was first explored by Juan de Salcedo in 1571-1572, during his expedition from Laguna to Camarines provinces....

 to the west and Camarines Sur
Camarines Sur
Camarines Sur is a province of the Philippines located in the Bicol Region in Luzon. Its capital is Pili and the province borders Camarines Norte and Quezon to the north, and Albay to the south...

 to the south.

Demographics


Camarines Norte has a population of 513,785 as of 2007, roughly 10% of the region's population of 5,109,798 and 0.62% of the country's population of 88,574,614.. Bikol
Bikol language
Central Bicolano , is one of the individual languages of the Bikol languages. It belongs to Coastal Bikol. It is spoken in Bicol Region of the Philippines .-Bikol-Naga:...

 is the major language spoken, together with Tagalog
Tagalog language
Tagalog is an Austronesian language spoken as a first language by a third of the population of the Philippines and as a second language by most of the rest. It is the first language of the Philippine region IV and of Metro Manila...

 and English
English language
English is a West Germanic language that arose in the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England and spread into what was to become south-east Scotland under the influence of the Anglian medieval kingdom of Northumbria...

.

Economy


The four major manufacturing and processing industries in the province are jewelry craft, gifts/toys/housewares, pineapple and coconut industry.

Geography


The province of Camarines Norte is found in the northwestern coast of the Bicol Peninsula, which form the southeastern section of Luzon, the largest island in the Philippine archipelago.

One of the six provinces that make up Region V (Bicol
Bicol Region
The Bicol Region or Bicolandia is one of the 17 regions of the Philippines. Its regional center is Legazpi City...

), it is bounded on the north by the Pacific Ocean, in the east by the Pacific Ocean and San Miguel Bay, in the west of Lamon Bay, and in the south by Quezon province and the adjoining province of Camarines Sur.

Its capital town, Daet, is 342 kilometers southeast of Metro Manila
Metro Manila
Metropolitan Manila , the National Capital Region , or simply Metro Manila, is the metropolitan region encompassing the City of Manila and its surrounding areas in the Philippines...

, a 8 to 10 hour drive by bus or a 45-minute trip by plane.

History


Bicol
Bicol Region
The Bicol Region or Bicolandia is one of the 17 regions of the Philippines. Its regional center is Legazpi City...

 province was founded in 1573. The province of Camarines was created from Bicol in 1636. That province was divided in 1829, creating Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur
Camarines Sur
Camarines Sur is a province of the Philippines located in the Bicol Region in Luzon. Its capital is Pili and the province borders Camarines Norte and Quezon to the north, and Albay to the south...

. They were briefly merged from 1854 to 1857 to make Ambos Camarines
Ambos Camarines
Ambos Camarines , commonly known as Camarines, was a historical province in the Philippines found on the northern end of the Bicol Peninsula. It now exists as two separate provinces: Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur....

 (ambos is Spanish for "both"). They were merged into Ambos Camarines once again in 1893. The province was divided into Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur once again in 1917.

Municipalities


Camarines Norte is subdivided into 12 municipalities.
Municipality
Municipalities of the Philippines
A municipality is a local government unit in the Philippines. Municipalities are also called towns . They are distinct from cities, which are a different category of local government unit...

No. of
Barangays
Area
(km²)
Population
(2007)
Basud
Basud, Camarines Norte
Basud is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Camarines Norte, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 33,885 people in 6,508 households.-History:...

29 260.28 36,763
Capalonga
Capalonga, Camarines Norte
Capalonga is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Camarines Norte, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 26,577 people in 5,031 households.-HISTORY:...

22 290.00 29,683
Daet
Daet, Camarines Norte
Daet, also known as the "Gateway to Bicolandia". A 1st class municipality in the province of Camarines Norte, Philippines. It is the capital municipality of Camarines Norte. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 94,184 or 18.33% of Camarines Norte's population. The current mayor of...

 (capital town)
25 46.00 94,184
Jose Panganiban
Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte
Jose Panganiban is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Camarines Norte, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 80,064 people in 8,969 households....

27 214.44 49,028
Labo
Labo, Camarines Norte
Labo is a 1st class municipality in the province of Camarines Norte, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 81,388 people in 15,786 households....

 (largest municipality)
52 589.36 88,087
Mercedes
Mercedes, Camarines Norte
Mercedes is a 4th class municipality in the province of Camarines Norte, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 41,713 people in 7,932 households.-History:...

26 173.69 44,375
Paracale
Paracale, Camarines Norte
Paracale is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Camarines Norte, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 42,453 people in 8,431 households.-Barangays:Paracale is politically subdivided into 27 barangays.* Awitan...

27 197.90 46,856
San Lorenzo Ruiz
San Lorenzo Ruiz, Camarines Norte
San Lorenzo Ruiz is a 5th class municipality in the province of Camarines Norte, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 11,678 people in 2,200 households.-Barangays:San Lorenzo Ruiz is politically subdivided into 12 barangays....

12 119.37 12,299
San Vicente
San Vicente, Camarines Norte
San Vicente is a 5th class municipality in the province of Camarines Norte, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 8,984 people in 1,765 households.-Barangays:San Vicente is politically subdivided into 9 barangays.* Asdum...

9 57.49 9,615
Santa Elena
Santa Elena, Camarines Norte
Santa Elena is a 4th-class municipality in the province of Camarines Norte, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 27,625 peoples.-Barangays:Santa Elena is politically subdivided into 19 barangays.* Basiad* Bulala* Maulawin...

19 199.35 40,300
Talisay
Talisay, Camarines Norte
Talisay, a 4th class municipality is the smallest town in the Province of Camarines Norte. It has a total land area of 3,076 hectares which is only 10 meters above sea-level...

15 30.76 22,942
Vinzons
Vinzons, Camarines Norte
Vinzons is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Camarines Norte, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 39,470 people in 7,407 households. The first recorded name of Vinzons was Tacboan and was later changed to Indan at which time the Mayor was Pedro Barbin. The...

19 141.43 39,653

Infrastructure


The province has an international seaport located at Barangay Osmeña, Jose Panganiban town servicing one of its major industries, Pan Century Surfactants. The seaport is approximately five kilometers from the town proper and an hour ride to the capital town of Daet.

The province also has 13 fishing ports in the coastal municipalities and one feeder airport in Bagasbas, Daet.

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