Camarines Norte is prosperous to celebrate Mercedes Fishtival (Mercedes Kadagatan Festival) this August. It is a fishermen’s festivity of thanksgiving for the blessings and bounty during the seafaring, fishing expedition & fish farming endeavors. The Mercedes fishtival is also a moment of review and acknowledgment of Mother Nature for having endowed Mercedes with a gift of vast fishery resources, stunning shorelines & other underwater potentials and the wise usage and preservation of ecological balance for the attainment of environmental dignity & beauty.
The town of Mercedes, celebrates Mercedes Fishtival 1st week of August. The week-long event highlights a mascot parade of fish & other marine creatures. Marine sports such as paraw regatta, bangkaton, game fishing are played during this festive celebration. The festival is attended by residents & visitors from both the country & other countries as well.
Held in honor of their patron saint, St James the fisherman, residents here realize the blessings they receive – vast fish resources, endless shorelines and marine potentials.
Camarines Norte is based in Bicol region w/c is bounded by 7 coastal waters- Ragay Gulf, San Miguel Bay, Lagonoy Gulf, Albay Gulf, Sorsogon Bay, Alinang Ilog, Nin Bay, Asid Gulf- major sources of the country’s national milkfish called bangus . Bicol Region has 13 major fishing grounds providing fish markets including Metro Manila.
The Bicol region is home to Mayon Volcano, the world’s most perfect cone volcano. The region is also best-known for its natural resorts and white beaches.
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