Camarines Sur: Plaza Barlin

Located in the middle of Barlin and Arana Streets in the City of Naga in Camarines Sur, Plaza Barlin is one of the several plazas found in this historic city.

The street and the plaza (with it's monument) was named to honor Monsignor Jorge Barlin.
So who is Monsignor Jorge Barlin?

Monsignor Jorge Barlin
Jorge Imperial Barlin was born on April 23,1852 in Baao, Camarines Sur. He was known for his impressive list of "firsts" for the Philippine history. Msgr. Barlin was the first clergyman to become civil governor of the province of Sorsogon. He served the province from Sept. 1898 to 1900. He was also the first Filipino to head both positions in the government and the church. He was also the first and probably the only Catholic priest to be offered the supreme prelacy of the Philippine Independent Church, also known as Aglipayan Church.  Lastly, he became the first Filipino Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines.


It was not his positions that endeared him to the people of Camarines Sur but his passion to help others. He served the Filipinos with honesty and love that's why until now he is remembered by the people.


Jorge Barlin's statue
I have visited the plaza with my mom and aunt during our tour of Naga City. to be honest I find plaza Barlin to be too small to   be a plaza. It lacks the "glory" and "story" of the man whose monument stands there. The plaza looks more of an intersection isle where people would just pass by. It probably would be a source of traffic someday.
Details about the life of Jorge Barlin
In my opinion if the local government would want to glorify Msgr. Barlin, at least add some panels of plates that would tell his life story for those who would want to know him more. 
My mom and I
Getting there:

From Manila, board a bus heading to Naga City. Inform the conductor to drop you off at the tricycle station. You could ride a tricycle heading to the plaza. 

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