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Popular Nicknames of Cities, Municipalities and Provinces in the Philippines

Written by Patrick

Many provinces, cities, municipalities, and districts in the Philippines have nicknames which reflect the unique cultural, historical, or geographical attributes of such a place.  These nicknames serve as a form of endearment and embody the local identity of the community.

Below is the list of nicknames for provinces, cities, municipalities, and districts in the Philippines.


Provinces Nicknames

Caption:  Philippine Provinces with Popular Nicknames

Aklan – Oldest Province in the Philippines

Antique – The Land Where the Mountain Meets the Sea

Bataan – History Hub of Central Luzon

– Smallest Province in the Philippines, both in population and land area
– Northernmost Province in the Philippines

Batangas – Land of Rolling Hills and Wide Shore Lands

Benguet – Salad Bowl of the Philippines

Bukidnon – Pineapple Capital of the Philippines

Bulacan – Cradle of the Nation’s Noble Heroes

Camarines Sur – Wakeboarding Capital of the Philippines

Camiguin – Island Born of Fire

Capiz – Seafood Capital of the Philippines

– Land of the Howling Winds
– Abaca Capital of the Philippines
– World’s Leading Abaca Producer
– Isle of the Eastern Seas

Cavite – Historical Capital of the Philippines

Davao del Norte – Banana Capital of the Philippines

Dinagat Islands – Mystical Island Province of Love

Guimaras – Mango Capital of the Philippines

– Textile Capital of the Philippines
– Most number of barangays in a province

Ilocos Sur – The Heritage Haven of the North

– Rice Bowl of the North
– Top Corn Producer of the Philippines
– Queen Province of the North

Laguna – Silicon Valley of the Philippines

Marinduque – Heart of the Philippines

Negros Occidental
– Sugarbowl of the Philippines
– The Land of Sweet Surprises
– Province with the greatest number of cities

Nueva Ecija
– Rice Granary of the Philippines
– Milk Capital of the Philippines
– Heart of Inland Luzon

Nueva Vizcaya
– Citrus Capital of the Philippines
– Watershed Haven of Cagayan Valley

– Largest province in the Philippines in terms of total area
– Philippines’ Last Frontier
– Philippines’ Best Island

Pampanga – Culinary Capital of the Philippines

Pangasinan – Salt Capital of the Philippines

Quirino – Forest Heartland of Cagayan Valley

Romblon – Marble Capital of the Philippines

Siquijor – Island of Fire

Tarlac – Melting Pot of Central Luzon

Zambales – Chromite Capital of the Philippines


Philippine Cities with Popular Nicknames

Caption:  Philippine Cities with Popular Nicknames

Antipolo, Rizal
– Pilgrimage City
– City in the Sky

Bacolod, Negros Occidental – City of Smiles

Bacoor, Cavite
– Marching Band Capital of the Philippines
– Cavite’s Gateway to the Metropolis

Baguio, Benguet
– Summer Capital of the Philippines
– City of Pines

Butuan, Agusan del Norte
– Home of the Balangays
– Timber City of the South

Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental
– City of Golden Friendship
– Whitewater Rafting Capital of the Philippines

Calamba, Laguna
– Spring Resort Capital of the Philippines
– Hometown of Jose Rizal
– The Premier City of Growth, Leisure and National Pride

Calbayog, Samar – A City of Waterfalls

Cauayan, Isabela – Mushroom City of the North

Cebu City, Cebu
– Oldest City in the Philippines
– Queen City of the South

Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte
– Orchid City of the Philippines
– Bottled Sardines Capital of the Philippines
– Gateway to Western Mindanao

Dumaguete, Negros Oriental – The City of Gentle People

Iligan, Northern Mindanao
– The Industrial Center of the South
– City of Majestic Waterfalls

Iloilo City, Iloilo
– Most Loyal and Noble City
– City of Love
– City of Mansions
– Bike Capital of the Philippines

Imus, Cavite – Flag Capital of the Philippines

Kidapawan, Cotabato
– City of Fruits and Highland Springs
– City at the foot of Mount Apo

Koronadal, South Cotabato
– Ilonggo City of Mindanao
– Crown City of the South
– Sports Mecca of the South

Legazpi, Albay
– Queen City of Southern Luzon
– City of Fun and Adventure
– Gateway of Southern Luzon
– Gateway City of Bicol

Lipa, Batangas
– New Wave City
– Little Rome of the Philippines

Lucena, Quezon
– Biofuel City
– Cocopalm City of the South
– The Gateway to the South
– Entertainment Capital of Southern Luzon

Maasin, Southern Leyte – Religious and Miraculous City

Malaybalay, Bukidnon
– South Summer Capital of the Philippines
– City in the Forest of the South

Mandaue, Cebu
– Furniture Capital of the Philippines
– Industrial City of Southern Philippines

Mati, Davao Oriental
– The City of Beautiful Bays
– Coconut Capital of the Philippines

Naga, Camarines Sur
– Queen City of Bicol
– The Heart of Bicol

Pagadian, Zamboanga del Sur
– Home of the 40 Degree Tricycle
– Little Hongkong of the South

Passi, Iloilo – The Sweet City at the Heart of Panay

Puerto Princesa, Palawan
– Eco-Tourism Center of the Philippines
– City in the Forest
– City of the Living God

Roxas, Capiz – Seafood Capital of the Philippines

San Fernando, Pampanga– Christmas Capital of the Philippines

Tacloban, Leyte
– Gateway to Eastern Visayas
– Home of the Happiest People in the World

Tuguegarao, Cagayan – Premier Ibanag City

Zamboanga, Zamboanga Peninsula
– City of Flowers
– Asia’s Latin City

Metro Manila

Metro Manila Cities with Popular Nicknames

Caption:  Metro Manila Cities with Popular Nicknames

Binondo, Manila – World’s Oldest Chinatown

Las Piñas City – Home of the Bamboo Organ

Makati – Financial Capital of the Philippines

Manila – Imperial Manila

Marikina – Shoe Capital of the Philippines

– Munti, The Emerald City
– Gateway to Calabarzon

Navotas – Commercial Fishing Hub of the Philippines

Parañaque – Mega City by the Bay

Pasay – The Travel City

Pateros – Balut Capital of the Philippines

Quezon City – City of Stars

Taguig – Metro Manila’s Probinsyudad

– Northern Gateway to Metropolitan Manila
– The Vibrant City – The City of Discipline


Philippine Municipalities with Popular Nicknames

Caption:  Philippine Municipalities with Popular Nicknames

Alimodian, Iloilo – Banana Capital of Western Visayas

Bocaue, Bulacan – Fireworks Capital of the Philippines 

Cainta, Rizal
– Bibingka Capital of the Philippines
– Philippines’ Richest Municipality

Donsol, Sorsogon – Whale Shark Tourism Capital of the Philippines

General Luna, Surigao del Norte – Surfing Capital of the Philippines 

La Trinidad, Benguet
– Strawberry Fields of the Philippines
– Rose Capital of the Philippines

San Juan, La Union – Surfing Capital of the North

Malita, Davao Occidental
– Jewel of the South
– Whale Shark Capital of Mindanao

Miag-ao, Iloilo
– Most number of barangays in a municipality
– Onion Capital of the Visayas

Paete, Laguna – Woodcarving Capital of the Philippines 

Pototan, Iloilo
– Christmas Capital of Western Visayas
– Rice Granary of Western Visayas

Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro – Largest Municipality in the Philippines

Those are the known nicknames of cities, municipalities and provinces in the Philippines, each with its own unique characteristics. Keep in mind that some places may have multiple nicknames or variations depending on local traditions and perceptions.

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About the Author


Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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