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Camarines Sur: Plaza Quince Martires

Located in the sentro or center of Naga City in the province of Camarines Sur, Plaza Quince Maritres is a very important landmark of the city. The plaza is dedicated to the 15 Martyrs of Bicol. 
The plaza is also considered as one of the most popular landmarks in Naga City. It can be found in front of San Francisco Church (another popular landmark of the city.) Plaza Quince Martires is highly regarded by the people of Naga or the Naguenos. It is usually the site used for special government functions or meetings. As a matter of fact the 2014 Independence Day Ceremony was held in the plaza and it was graced by none other than the President of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino III.
NHI Marker
The plaza is known for the monument that was erected on November 29, 1926. It shows the faces and names of the 15 Martyrs of Bicol. A marker, also placed in the monument, tells the visitors the plight of these important Bicolano men. 
Images of the 15 martyrs are found around the shrine
The 15 Martyrs were Filipino patriots who were executed for cooperating with the Filipino revolutionaries -the Katipunan. They were executed in Bagumbayan just 5 days after the execution of the National Hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal. However, little did people know that only 11 of the 15 martyrs of Bicol were executed that day. 4 of them already passed away due to torture while in exile in the island of Fernando Po (now known as Bioko) off the West Coast of Africa.

The shrine in the middle of the plaza
Lady justice and the eagle
Today, Plaza Quince Martires stands as a stark symbol of Bicolano pride and heroism. One should not miss visiting it if you're in Naga City.

Getting there:

From Manila, ride a southbound bus with a signboard heading to Naga City or Legazpi City. Inform the conductor to drop you off at Naga City. From there, there are plenty of tricycles that would be more than happy to bring you to the plaza.

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  1. hi neil
    wonderful photography
    following philippines through your adventures

  2. That shrine looks mighty spanky. Very well maintained.

  3. padre inocencio herrera was born in pateros, a major and the oldest street of pateros is named after him. his mortal remains are in sariaya church.


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