The expedition that emanated from Manila called the northern part of the peninsula called the place “Tierra de Camarines” due to the abundance of rice .The southern half of the peninsula was called “Tierra de Ibalon”.This aspect can only be understood today if one knows the trade winds and that sailing by boat () is the dominant method of long-distance transportation then owing to the lack of roads.Southern Bicol is definitely known in Panay because the historical fishing season in central Philippines revolved around the Sibuyan and Samar seas where fishermen followed the fish in a counterclockwise cycle.One expedition came from Panay and passed by Masbate, Ticao and Burias islands before landing on the southern coast of Bicol and it was said it reached Camilig (Daraga) though some thought that the expedition reached only portions of the current Sorsogon.Another came from Manila passing by current Laguna de Bay and probably through Mauban, Quezon in search of the famed gold of Mambulao (J.Panganiban today) and Paracale (but which was reported to reached the present Naga City).
The paucity of information about Ibalon made it all the more significant and intriguing.==0== More of this burial urn in:
But militarily the northern part was ruled from Manila and the southern part was ruled from Panay.
The southern part was for a short time called the “Partido de Libon”.
The one-of-a-kind pottery was part of the antique collection of Dr.
Ermelo Almeda who went places to beef up his treasure-trove of Stone-age tools, historic artifacts, old ornaments, animal eggs, and earthen wares. Jesus Peralta, a retired archeologist of the National Museum for the “unscientific” way it was retrieved in Bigaho, Libmanan, Camarines Sur back in 1982.