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Catanduanes Government

Municipality of Caramoran

Caramoran Official Seal

  •  Founded: August 29, 1948
  •  Population: 23, 790
  •  District: Lone district
  • Municipality Class: 3rd
  •   Zip Code: 4808
  •  Barangay: 27
  •  Area: 25, 240 hectares
  •   13° 49'N 124° 10'E

Map of Caramoran

BACKGROUND

As to how the town got its name, the old people of Caramoan in Camarines Sur theorized that sincetheir town is only separated almost 2 kilometers by Maqueda Channel from Caramoran, the place also abound in “cara”, the turtle’s precious shell made into combs, bowls, and décor materials. Another version is the fact that Caramoran is a place where ‘namo’, wild plants which grow in vines and gives edible roots, are plentiful.

In 1906, the municipality was fused to Pandan, only to be resurrected as an independent municipality upon the incessant demand of the Caramoranons under the leadership of the late Don Camilo Rubio. The former congressman Francisco Perfecto fathered the bill recreating Caramoran as an independent municipality. On August 29, 1948, then President ElpidioQuirino issued Executive Order No. 159, regaining the independence of Caramoran.

 

BRIEF HISTORY 

            The municipality of Caramoran is located in the northern part of the island Province of Catanduanes about a hundred kilometers more or less from the capital town of Virac depending n the route. One can reach the place either by sea or by taking the road from Virac via San Andres or the Quirino Highway from Payo, Bagamanoc passing Pandan. It is endowed with vast agricultural lands, rich natural resources and fishing grounds teaming with fishes and other marine lives.

Its shores are rugged and rough lines but dangerous barrier reefs. The sun peeps at early dawn through mountainous timberlands and sets beyond the Palumbanes  Island facing the has the largest area in the province, bounded on the North, South and East by eight of the eleven municipalities of the province and the Maqueda Channel on the Western Horizon and ranks third on population. The inhabitants of the municipality comes from the stock of the early 13th Century Bornean, Chinese and Malayan settlers in the province mixed with Filipinos from the provinces together with Spanish, American, Japanese and Papuans bloods. Due to its untapped natural resources, it is considered as the sleeping giant of the province.

 

ORIGIN/FOUNDATION

Local interview with the old knowledgeable men of the place and manuscript available, it was established that Caramoran’s existence and recorded past started with the advent of the first Spanish, Franciscan Missionaries that landed along the shores from mainland Bicol in the year 1600 during the time of the Governor Francisco Telle De Guzman. From the beginning as an unknown sitio he has undergone geographical and political changes. As time passed on, the sixteenth century sitio became a barrio and eventually with the spread of the Catholic Religion that succeeded the founding of Caramoran Parish See, with Saint John the Baptist as patron Saint, the political growth power became inevitable.

Nature’s worst unfavorable conditions in 1668, by necessity made by the inhabitants search for a better suitable and safe location. Caramoran lays along the mouth of Caramoran River that is a natural seaport. The precautions situations was not the only natural calamities brought about by strong winds, waves and flood that overflowed and eroded the place nor  the devastating typhoons and storms that went with seasons but the Maranding Moro Pirates from Mindanao prevalent during the 17th and 18th century, that plunderously raided the town, robbing their belongings and kidnapping or capturing inhabitants to be brought to Mindanao as slaves of the Sultans.

Palumbanes Island

Caramoran, Catanduanes

Palumbanes Island, also known locally as “Parompong,” was once a well kept secret. Located in the northern part of my home province, Catanduanes, it has, for years, remained hidden from the Internet’s omniscient eye, and has retained much of its peace and quiet.
Over an hour of boat ride from the municipality of Caramoran reveals the untouched Palumbanes Island that offers a quality island getaway experience that is far from the city clutter.
3 Island in Palumbanes
• Bitaog
Bitaog Beach is unspoiled beach without any commercial establishments which make it perfect for those who just want to enjoy the beauty of nature. It is located in the northern part of the province, about 45-minutes boat ride from Caramoran, a white sand beach famous in Palumbanes Island.
• Tignob
Previously owned by Ciriaco Loresto's family (lolo Cacoy. White sand beaches and lots of sea and sun! 5 hours away from Caramoran where you would take the boat to the island.
• Calabaguio

Palumbanes Island

Caramoran, Catanduanes

Palumbanes Island, also known locally as “Parompong,” was once a well kept secret. Located in the northern part of my home province, Catanduanes, it has, for years, remained hidden from the Internet’s omniscient eye, and has retained much of its peace and quiet.
Over an hour of boat ride from the municipality of Caramoran reveals the untouched Palumbanes Island that offers a quality island getaway experience that is far from the city clutter.
3 Island in Palumbanes
• Bitaog
Bitaog Beach is unspoiled beach without any commercial establishments which make it perfect for those who just want to enjoy the beauty of nature. It is located in the northern part of the province, about 45-minutes boat ride from Caramoran, a white sand beach famous in Palumbanes Island.
• Tignob
Previously owned by Ciriaco Loresto's family (lolo Cacoy. White sand beaches and lots of sea and sun! 5 hours away from Caramoran where you would take the boat to the island.
• Calabaguio

Toytoy Beach

Caramoran, Catanduanes

The pride of the municipality of Caramoran, this beach with beautiful gardens of coral formations underwater makes it very suitable for snorkeling and spear fishing.

Toytoy Beach

Caramoran, Catanduanes

The pride of the municipality of Caramoran, this beach with beautiful gardens of coral formations underwater makes it very suitable for snorkeling and spear fishing.

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  • •  Bocon
  • •  Bothoan (Poblacion)
  • •  Buenavista
  • •  Bulalacao
  • •  Camburo
  • •  Dariao
  • •  Datag East
  • •  Datag West
  • •  Guiamlong
  • •  Hitoma
  • •  Icanbato (Poblacion)
  • •  Inalmasinan
  • •  Iyao
  • •  Mabini
  • •  Maui
  • •  Maysuram
  • •  Milaviga
  • •  Panique
  • •  Sabangan
  • •  Sabloyon
  • •  Salvacion
  • •  Supang
  • •  Toytoy (Poblacion)
  • •  Tubli
  • •  Tucao
  • •  Obi

Hon. Agnes Popa
Mayor

Hon. Glenda Vasquez Aguilar
Vice-Mayor

Councilors

Chester Idanan

Antonio D. Bien

Ferdinand P. Tioxon

Josue A. Aguilar

Fidela B. Fernandez

Rodulfo D. Palero

Nelson I. Rubio

Ronald T. Idanan

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