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2020, September 14.  Province of Camarines Norte - 100 Years Founding Anniversary

Litho Offset, Amstar Printing Company, Inc.,  Perf 14

Singles, Sheets of 40


12p  Rizal Monument - Rizal, Panganiban, Vinzons + Centennial Logo - Singles  (40,000)


Designer:  Rodine C. Teodoro

Design Coordinator:  Nena J. Panganiban


First Day Covers:  Manila & Daet, Camarines Norte



PROVINCE OF CAMARINES NORTE - 100 Years Founding Anniversary - 1920-2020

Camarines Norte is a province in the Philippines located in the Bicol Region in Luzon. Its capital is Daet. The province borders Quezon to the west, Camarines Sur to the south, and the Philippine Sea to the north.

In 1573, Bicol province was founded. From Bicol, the province of Camarines was created in 1636, which was divided in 1829, creating Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur. They were briefly merged from 1854 to 1857 into Ambos Camarines (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.

When Camarines Norte was separated from Ambos Camarines in 1829, it was assigned the towns of Daet (as capital), Talisay, Indan (now Vinzons), Labo, Paracale, Mambulao (now Jose Panganiban), Capalonga, Ragay, Lupi, and Sipocot.  Seventeen years later, it lost Sipocot, Lupi and Ragay to Camarines Sur in exchange for the town of Siruma.

The official date of organization of the province as separate from Camarines Sur is 15 April 1920, following Executive Order No. 22.

The land of this province is fertile with coconut, pineapple, and rice plantations, while the adjacent bays of Lamon and San Miguel are important fishing grounds.  Camarines Norte is also known for its mineral and metallic resources.  It is currently composed of the towns of Daet (its capital), Basud Capalonga, Jose Panganiban, Labo, Mercedes, Paracale, San Lorenzo Ruiz, San Vicente, Sta. Elena, Talisay, and Vinzons.

The province also takes pride in its homegrown heroes: 

José María Panganiban. Bicolano propagandist, linguist, and essayist. He is one of the main writers and contributors for La Solidaridad (Revolutionary Newspaper), writing under the pen names "Jomapa" and "J.M.P."

Gen. Vicente R. Lukban. Officer in Emilio Aguinaldo's staff during the Philippine Revolution and the politico-military chief of Samar and Leyte during the Philippine-American War. On September 28, 1901, he led Filipino rebels, armed only with bolos and sharpened bamboo poles, in an attack against the contingent of American forces in Balangiga, Samar. Only 36 troopers of Company C, 9th Infantry Regiment of the US Forces survived the attack against 16 casualties among the Filipino rebels, giving the encounter its famous label "Balangiga Massacre" in Philippine history.

Wenceslao Q. Vinzons, Sr.  Lawyer, orator, labor leader, writer, youngest delegate to the 1935 Constitutional Convention and youngest signatory of the Charter at the age of 25.  As the governor in 1940 and congressman-elect in 1941 and refusing to surrender, he evacuated the provincial government during the Japanese Occupation to the hinterlands of Labo and led a guerrilla force against the Japanese forces.

The stamp prominently displays the first monument dedicated to Jose Rizal, the Provincial Capitol Building, and the images of Rizal, Panganiban, and Vinzons.  It features the centennial anniversary logo and the provincial seal of Camarines Norte.




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