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The City of Naga (Bikol: Ciudad nin Naga; Filipino: Lungsod ng Naga) is a first class city of the Philippines.Land Area
Located in the 2nd district of Camarines Norte, a province of Bicol Region, a peninsula on the southeastern tip of the island of Luzon. It is 377 kilometers southeast of Manila, the nation's capital, and about 380 kilometers northeast of Cebu City in the Southern Philippines.Population
137,810 with a population density of 1631/km².Language/Dialect
Bicol is the major dialect spoken, along with Tagalog and English.Climate
Camarines Norte belongs to the second type of climate with no dry season and with a very pronounced maximum rain period from November to January. Average annual rainfall in 2000 was 389.58 millimeters. Average temperature is 27.3 oC. The coolest months are January and February and the warmest is May.Economy
With a relatively smaller land area compared to other cities in Bicol which accounts for its being the most densely populated city in the region, Naga City is also undeniably the region's most progressive city, popularly referred to as the "Heart of Bicol". It is the only chartered city and the commercial, educational, financial, religious, and cultural center of the Bicol region. Residents of Naga City are called NagueÃ±os.
Naga City is at the core of Metro Naga, a fast-growing area composed of 14 municipalities and Naga City belonging to the Metro Naga Development Council. The MNDC covers the entire 2nd district of the province of Camarines Sur, and part of its 1st, 3rd and 4th districts.
Naga City is the center of education in Bicol due to the presence of numerous institutions of higher learning, including three universities: Jesuit-run Ateneo de Naga University; non-sectarian University of Nueva Caceres, the biggest university in Bicol region in terms of enrolment; and Universidad de Santa Isabel operated by the religious order of Daughters of Charity sisters and is also the oldest normal school for girls in the Far East.
A probable fourth university in the city is Naga College Foundation, the region's leading schools in Criminology. The Philippine Women's University also has its Career Development and Continuing Education Center in the city, while the University of the Philippines Open University in Naga caters to distant-education students.
Naga City is easily accessible by air and land transport. A 35- to 45-minute trip through the Naga Airport located in Pili town to and from the Manila Domestic Airport is available. Air Philippines flies directly from MDA seven times a week. It can also be easily accessed by flying Cebu Pacific via Legaspi, a neighboring city that is just around an hour and a half drive to Naga City. By land, the city is a 7 to 8-hour ride from Manila via Andaya Highway or 10 hours via the Maharlika Highway. It is approximately 22 hours from Cebu with ferry transfers in Sorsogon, the southernmost province of Bicol. Daily rail services to and from Manila were provided by the Philippine National Railways but these were discontinued due to systems upgrading.
Sources: Naga City website and www.wikipedia.com
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