There are 82 provinces in the Philippines. The Philippine Archipelago with 7,600+ islands have a population of approximately 100 million people. A country of this size and population requires some organization to make it manageable. There are 38 in provinces in Luzon, 27 in Visayas, and 17 in Mindanao.
Map of the provinces in the Philippines followed by detailed information about each province.
|02||Ilocos Norte||3467.9||593,081||1||Luzon||Laoag City|
|07||Ilocos Sur||2,596.0||689,668||1||Luzon||Vigan City|
|11||La Union||1,497.7||786,653||1||Luzon||San Fernando City|
|17||Nueva Ecija||5,751.3||1,366,027||3||Luzon||Palayan City|
|30||Camarines Sur||5,497.0||1,952,544||5||Luzon||Naga City|
|40||Eastern Samar||4,660.5||467,160||8||Samar||Borongan City|
|43||Antique||2,729.2||582,012||6||Panay||San Jose De Buenavista|
|47||Negros Occidental||7,965.2||2,497,261||6||Negros||Bacolod City|
|50||Southern Leyte||1,798.6||421,750||8||Leyte||Maasin City|
|52||Negros Oriental||5,385.5||1,354,995||7||Negros||Dumaguete City|
|56||Dinagat Islands||1,036.3||127,152||13||Dinagat Islands||San Jose|
|57||Surigao del Norte||1,972.9||485,088||13||Mindanao||Surigao City|
|58||Zamboanga del Norte||7,301.0||1,011,393||9||Mindanao||Dipolog City|
|60||Zamboanga del Sur||5,914.2||1,010,674||9||Mindanao||Pagadian City|
|62||Lanao del Norte||4,159.9||676,395||10||Mindanao||Tubod|
|63||Lanao del Sur||13,494.4||1,045,429||BARMM||Mindanao||Marawi City|
|64||Misamis Oriental||3,544.3||888,509||10||Mindanao||Cagayan de Oro|
|66||Agusan del Norte||3,546.9||354,503||13||Mindanao||Butuan City|
|67||Agusan del Sur||9,989.5||700,653||13||Mindanao||Prosperidad|
|68||Surigao del Sur||4,932.7||592,250||13||Mindanao||Tandag City|
|70||Davao del Sur||6,771||822,406||11||Mindanao||Digos City|
|71||Davao del Norte||3,427||847,440||11||Mindanao||Tagum|
|72||Davao de Oro||4,480||637,366||11||Mindanao||Nabunturan|
|74||Maguindanao del Norte||3,653.6||926,100||BARMM||Mindanao||Datu Odin Sinsuat|
|75||Maguindanao del Sur||4,973.5||741,22||BARMM||Mindanao||Buluan|
|A||National Capital Region||619.57||12,877,253||NCR||Luzon||Manila|
The Provinces of the Philippines Listed Alphabetically
1 | Abra
Abra is a landlocked province in the Cordillera Administrative Region in Luzon. The capital of Abra is Bangued. Its deep valleys and sloping hills are enclosed by rugged mountains, except in the Western portion where the Abra River flows towards the coastal plains of Ilocos Sur.
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2 | Agusan del Norte
Agusan del Norte is located in the Caraga Region of Mindanao and its capital is the city of Cabadbaran. Agusan del Norte is known for sandy beaches, Mount Hilong-Hilong, and ancient balangay boats.
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3 | Agusan del Sur
Agusan del Sur is a landlocked province located in the Caraga Region in Mindanao and its capital is Prosperidad. The province of Agusan del Sur is known as a big producer of rice and some agricultural products in the Caraga Region in Mindanao.
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4 | Aklan
White Beach in Boracay Island, Aklan.
Aklan is located in the Western Visayas Region and its capital is Kalibo. The province is situated in the northwest portion of Panay Island. Aklan is famous for Boracay Island and Ati-atihan Festival.
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5 | Albay
Mayon Volcano in Albay is one of the most active volcano in the Philippines.
Albay is a province located in the Bicol Region in southeastern Luzon and its capital is the City of Legazpi. Tourists know the province more as home to the spectacular and famous Mayon Volcano, the crown jewel of the region and among the great wonders of the world because of its perfect cone shape.
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6 | Antique
Rice Terraces in San Remegio, Antique.
Antique is located in the region of Western Visayas. The province capital is San Jose de Buenavista. This province of rugged peaks and jungle rivers hugging Panay’s west coast has an excellent road connecting Caticlan (and Boracay) at one end and the southern tip of Panay at the other.
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7 | Apayao
Apayao is a landlocked province in the Cordillera Administrative Region in Luzon. Its capital is the town of Kabugao. The province is almost equally mountainous or hilly called the Upper Apayao and flat called Lower Apayao with intermittent patches of valleys and plateaus.
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8 | Aurora
Aurora is located in the eastern part of Central Luzon Region, facing the Philippine Sea and its capital is Baler. Aurora is fast becoming known for its natural wonders, beautiful beaches, and surf-worthy waves, as well as its place in Philippine history and world cinema.
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9 | Basilan
The Province of Basilan is an island province in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region and its capital is Lamitan City. Basilan Island is the largest and northernmost of the major islands of the Sulu Archipelago.
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10 | Bataan
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is a Historic Hotel located in Bataan.
Bataan is a province located in the Central Luzon Region and its capital is Balanga. Shipwrecks and coral reefs dot the waters of Subic Bay, off its northwest coast. A towering memorial cross and a shrine commemorating the Battle of Bataan during the Second World War, can be found at the peak of Mount Samat in central Bataan.
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11 | Batanes
Batan Island in Batanes.
Batanes is an archipelagic province situated in the Cagayan Valley Region and its capital is Basco. Batanes is known for its stone houses and its beautiful landscape like the Naidi Hills. It is also known as the “Home of the Winds”.
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12 | Batangas
Taal Volcano in Taal Lake, Batangas
Batangas, officially known as the Province of Batangas is located in the CALABARZON Region in Luzon. Its capital is the city of Batangas. Batangas is famous for Balisong, butterfly knife, kapeng barako, a type of local coffee and Taal Volcano.
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13 | Benguet
Mount Pulag in Benguet
Sitting comfortably on top of the Cordillera Mountains is the province of Benguet. The province has sloping and rugged terrains, with deep valleys and the altitude is quite high as it is about 5,000 above sea level. Its capital is La Trinidad.
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14 | Biliran
Sambawan Island in Maripipi, Biliran
Biliran is an island province located in the Eastern Visayas Region. Its capital is Naval. Most part of the province has narrow coastal areas or lowlands with mountainous exteriors except for the municipalities of Naval and Caibiran that have wider plains.
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15 | Bohol
Chocolate Hills in Bohol
Bohol is in the country’s Central Visayas Region and its capital is Tagbilaran. Bohol is known for the Philippine Tarsier, coral reefs and unusual geological formations, notably the Chocolate Hills.
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16 | Bukidnon
A scenic view at the pineapple plantation in Malaybalay, Bukidnon.
Officially called the Province of Bukidnon, is a landlocked province in the Northern Mindanao Region. Its capital is the city of Malaybalay. Bukidnon is famous for pineapple plantation.
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17 | Bulacan
Bulacan. Bulacan is located in the Central Luzon Region in the island of Luzon, 11 kilometers north of Manila, and part of the Metro Luzon Urban Beltway Super Region. Its capital is Malolos. Bulacan is famous or known for pyrotechnics, furniture, garments, and Philippine heroes.
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18 | Cagayan
Cape Engaño in Palaui Island, Cagayan.
Cagayán is in the Cagayan Valley Region in the northeast of Luzon Island and its capital is the city of Tuguegarao. The Cagayan Valley is the largest region in the Philippines with regards to the land area. The Cagayan River, the country’s longest, runs through its center and flows out to Luzon Strait in the north, in the town of Aparri.
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19 | Camarines Norte
Camarines Norte is a province located in the Bicol Region in Luzon and its capital is Daet. Camarines Norte Province is a crescent-shaped province that stretches northwest to the southeast. Its terrain is characterized by rolling hills and mountains in the interior and fertile plains and valleys along the coast.
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20 | Camarines Sur
Caramoan Group of Islands in Camarines Sur.
Camarines Sur is a province located in the Bicol Region in Luzon and its capital is Pili. Camarines Sur is popular as home to the world’s smallest fish, the sinarapan. It is also famous for its beaches, splendid attractions, colorful festivals, old churches, and of course, Mount Isarog.
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21 | Camiguin
White Island in Camiguin Province
Camiguin is an island province located in the Bohol Sea, about 10 kilometers off the northern coast of Mindanao and its capital is Mambajao. Aptly called as an “Island Born of Fire,” this island has seven volcanoes, with two still considered as active. With its scenic natural beauty, many tourists flock to this island to see what Camiguin is all about.
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22 | Capiz
Talon Beach in Capiz Province
Capiz is a province located in the region of Western Visayas in the central section of the Philippines. Its capital is the City of Roxas. Capiz, which was part of Aklan in pre-Spanish times, and one of the early settlements of the Malays, centuries before the coming of the Spaniards to the Philippines.
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23 | Catanduanes
Mangrove Forest in Catanduanes
Catanduanes is an island province located in the Bicol Region of Luzon and its capital is Virac. This rugged adventure island is the 12th-largest Island in the Philippines. Catanduanes is known as the “Land of the Howling Winds” because most typhoons brewed in the Pacific pass through this easternmost island province of Luzon.
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24 | Cavite
Corregidor Island in Cavite
Cavite is located on the southern shores of Manila Bay in the CALABARZON Region on Luzon island. Its capital is Imus. Cavite is famous or known for rich history and large number of National Heroes.
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25 | Cebu
Beach in Bantayan Island, Cebu
Cebu is in the Central Visayas Region and its capital, Cebu City, is referred to as the Queen City of the South”. One of the most developed provinces in the Philippines, Cebu has a lot of interesting history. Cebu is famous or known for lechon and Sinulog Festival.
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26 | Cotabato
Asik-Asik Falls in Alamada, Cotabato.
Cotabato, formerly but still colloquially known as North Cotabato, is a landlocked province and its capital is Kidapawan. Cotabato derives its name from the Maguindanao word kuta wato (from Malay – “Kota Batu”), meaning “stone fort”, referring to the stone fort which served as the seat of Sultan Muhammad Kudarat in what is now Cotabato City. Cotabato is known for the largest mosque in the country and as Mindanao’s food basket.
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27 | Davao de Oro
Davao de Oro, formerly known as Compostela Valley, or ComVal, is located in the Davao Region in Mindanao and its capital is Nabunturan. Davao de Oro is blessed with nature’s magnificent works of art. It brims with natural attractions like beaches, waterfalls, forests, mountain ranges, caves, lakes, rivers, hot and cold springs.
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28 | Davao del Norte
Beach in Samal Island, Davao del Norte
Davao del Norte is located in the Davao Region in Mindanao and its capital is Tagum City. Davao del Norte is the country’s leading producer of bananas, with many plantations run by multinationals and local producers. Davao del Norte is also one of Mindanao’s leading producer of rice.
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29 | Davao del Sur
Davao del Sur is located in the Davao Region in Mindanao and its capital and largest city is Digos. Davao derived its name from the Bagobo word Daba-Daba referring to the Sacred Brass of the tribe´s legendary chieftain, Datu Duli, who lived in Mount Apo. Davao del Sur is famous or known for Mount Apo, durian, and coconuts.
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30 | Davao Occidental
Davao Occidental is located in the Davao Region in Mindanao and its capital is the municipality of Malita. The province is carved out from the southern part of Davao del Sur.
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31 | Davao Oriental
Sunrise in Davao Oriental
Davao Oriental is located in the Davao Region in Mindanao and its capital is Mati. Davao Oriental is the top producer of coconuts and copra in the country. Mount Hamiguitan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is located this province.
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32 | Dinagat Islands
The Dinagat Islands are a group of islands constituting a province in the Caraga Region and its capital is San Jose. Dinagat Islands was formerly part of Surigao del Norte Province. Considered a Key Biodiversity Area of the Philippine government because of its lush rainforests with unique flora and fauna.
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33 | Eastern Samar
Eastern Samar is located in the Eastern Visayas Region and its capital is the city of Borongan. Homonhon Island in Eastern Samar was the first landing site of Ferdinand Magellan in the Philippines during his first circumnavigation of the globe.
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34 | Guimaras
Mango kiosk during the Mango Festival in Guimaras.
Guimaras is an island province located in the region of Western Visayas. One of the smallest provinces in the country and its capital is Jordan. Guimaras is famous or known for its sweet mangoes and beaches.
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35 | Ifugao
Rice Terraces in Ifugao
Ifugao is a landlocked province in the Cordillera Administrative Region in Luzon and its capital is Lagawe. The Ifugao people have their own language, culture, belief system as well as complete survival technique. Ifugao is famous or known for Banaue Rice Terraces.
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36 | Ilocos Norte
Windmills in Ilocos Norte.
Ilocos Norte is located in the northern Philippines and its capital is Laoag City. At the province’s northern tip, the town of Pagudpud is known for its beaches, like Blue Lagoon, plus bell-shaped Timmangtang Rock and towering Kabigan Falls. The St. Augustine Church in Paoay, Ilocos Norte is one of UNESCOs World Heritage Sites in the Philippines.
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37 | Ilocos Sur
Colonial Street in Vigan, Ilocos Sur
Ilocos Sur is located in the Ilocos Region in Luzon and its capital is Vigan City which is located on the mouth of the Mestizo River. Vigan City was inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage City. Ilocos Sur is famous for old churches, ancestral houses, and cobblestone streets.
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38 | Iloilo
Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo
Iloilo is a province located in the region of Western Visayas and its capital is Iloilo City. Iloilo takes its name from Irong-Irong, the old name of the city of Iloilo, a tongue of land that sticks out like a Irong, the local word for nose, on the south of Iloilo River. Iloilo is famous for Dinagyang Festival, heritage sites, la paz batchoy, and pancit molo.
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39 | Isabela
Scenic view near Palanan River in Isabela
Isabela is the largest province on the island of Luzon in land area and its capital is the city of Ilagan. The Province of Isabela is also known as ‘The Queen Province of the North’, ‘Top Corn Producer of the Philippines’ and ‘Rice Bowl of the North’. It is also known as one of the premier provinces in the north and most progressive in the country.
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40 | Kalinga
A view of Cordillera Mountains in Kalinga
Kalinga is a landlocked province situated within the Cordillera Administrative Region in Luzon and its capital is Tabuk Kalinga. Kalinga is a tribal community in the heart of the Cordillera Region. Kalinga is famous for traditional tattoo, rice, and coffee.
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41 | La Union
Beach in La Union
La Union is located in the Ilocos Region in the island of Luzon and its capital is the city of San Fernando. Nicknamed as the surfing capital of the Northern Philippines, La Union is also known as the “Garden Coast” due to its bountiful botanical gardens.
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42 | Laguna
Museo ni Jose Rizal in Calamba, Laguna
Laguna is a province just southeast of Manila and Laguna de Bay, and its capital is Santa Cruz. Laguna is known for its beautiful lakes and majestic mountains such as the famous Mt. Makiling, Mt. Banahaw, and Sierra Madre providing a lot of opportunities for vacation, travel and tourism.
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43 | Lanao del Norte
Officially called the Province of Lanao del Norte, is located in the Northern Mindanao Region and its capital is Tubod. From its many majestic waterfalls, relaxing coastlines to rugged plateaus and verdant mountains rich in flora and fauna, the province of Lanao del Norte pulsates with electrifying cultural diversity of gentle and proud people.
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44 | Lanao del Sur
Officially called the Province of Lanao del Sur, is located in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and the capital is the city of Marawi. Situated in the interior of Lanao del Sur is the famous Lanao Lake, the largest in Mindanao.
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45 | Leyte
Kalanggaman Island in Leyte
Leyte is a province occupying the northern part of the island of Leyte in the Visayas and its capital is Tacloban. Leyte today is notable for the geothermal electric power plants near Ormoc. However, Leyte is most famous for its role in the reconquest of the Philippines in World War II.
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46 | Maguindanao del Norte
Maguindanao del Norte is located in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Its capital is the municipality of Datu Odin Sinsuat and its largest city is Cotabato City which is administratively independent from the province. Maguindanao del Norte was formed in May 27, 2021 when Maguindanao province was split into two provinces; the other province being Maguindanao del Sur.
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47 | Maguindanao del Sur
Maguindanao del Sur is a landlocked province in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Its capital is the municipality of Buluan. Maguindanao del Sur was formed in May 27, 2021 when Maguindanao province was split into two provinces; the other province being Maguindanao del Norte.
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48 | Marinduque
Moriones Festival in Marinduque
Marinduque is an island province located in MIMAROPA Region. Its capital is the municipality of Boac. Marinduque is known for its “Moriones Festival” where people wear masks and costumes like those of biblical Roman soldiers.
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49 | Masbate
Animasola Island in Masbate
Masbate is an island province in the Bicol Region and its capital is Masbate City. The province of Masbate comprises the islands of Burias, Ticao and Masbate. Masbate is known for Rodeo festival, Ticao Island manta bowl, beautiful beaches and islands.
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50 | Misamis Occidental
Misamis Occidental is located in the region of Northern Mindanao and its capital is the city of Oroquieta. Bounded on three directions by bodies of water, Misamis Occidental is known to its neighbors for beautiful waters and bountiful fish and seafood for export. Misamis Occidental offers broad amenities and pervading culture and heritage, and inspiring pilgrimage.
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51 | Misamis Oriental
Cagayan River in Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental
Misamis Oriental is a province located in the region of Northern Mindanao. Its capital and provincial center is the city of Cagayan de Oro. It got its name from the word “misa”, a Spanish term for the Eucharistic Mass.
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52 | Mountain Province
Rice Terraces in Mountain Province
Mountain Province is a landlocked province in the Cordillera Administrative Region in Luzon. It is known for its limestone caves that served as burial grounds during the pre-Christian Sagada era. The capital of Mountain Province is Bontoc.
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53 | Negros Occidental
Masskara Festival in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
Negros Occidental, also known as Occidental Negros or Western Negros, is a province located in the region of Western Visayas and its capital is Bacolod. It is the fourth most populated province in the Philippines. It is known for its chicken inasal and its sugar industry, hence nicknamed as the sugar bowl of the Philippines.
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54 | Negros Oriental
Apo Island in Dauin, Negros Occidental
Also called Oriental Negros or Eastern Negros, is a province located in the region of Central Visayas and its capital is Dumaguete City. Negros Oriental is famous for whale and dolphin watching, Apo Island, and Siliman University.
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55 | Northern Samar
Northern Samar is a province in the Eastern Visayas Region and its capital is Catarman. Northern Samar is famous for its natural rock formations found in Biri Island and white silky sand beaches in San Jose and Lavezares. A visit to the century old church in Capul Island brings you to the 16th century.
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56 | Nueva Ecija
Scenic view of rice field in Nueva Ecija.
Nueva Ecija. Nueva Ecija is a landlocked province in the Central Luzon Region and its capital is the city of Palayan. Nueva Ecija is a province in Central Luzon which is best known for being the “Rice Granary of the Philippines”. Apart from its hidden nature attractions, Nueva Ecija also boasts numerous historical sites and landmarks due to its significance during the Spanish, American, and Japanese colonization periods.
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57 | Nueva Vizcaya
Nueva Vizcaya is located in the region of Cagayan Valley Region in Luzon and its capital is Bayombong. Nueva Vizcaya is often referred to as lowland Baguio because of its pleasant climate. The province has basically an agricultural economy with commerce, trade, and industry contributing to its growth and development.
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58 | Occidental Mindoro
Marine life in Apo Reef, Occidental Mindoro
Occidental Mindoro is located in the MIMAROPA Region and its capital is Mamburao. Occidental Mindoro offers more than its awe-inspiring views of paddy fields and mountain ranges. With unspoiled white beaches, underwater paradise like Apo Reef and Natural Park, and other captivating sights, the province is a promising hub for sustainable tourism.
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59 | Oriental Mindoro
Beach at Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro
Oriental Mindoro. Oriental Mindoro is located on the island of Mindoro under MIMAROPA Region in Luzon and its capital is Calapan. The province produces large quantities of rice, corn, coconut, vegetables and fruits like calamansi, banana, rambutan, marang or uloy, lanzones and durian. Oriental Mindoro is famous or known for Puerto Galera beaches and dive sites.
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60 | Palawan
El Nido, Palawan
Officially the Province of Palawan, is an archipelagic province located in the region of MIMAROPA and its capital is Puerto Princesa. Palawan is famous for Puerto Princesa Underground River, El Nido, Coron and islands with white beaches, clear water and amazing biodiversity.
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61 | Pampanga
Pampanga is in the northwest of Manila and its capital is San Fernando. Pampanga is famous for its sophisticated culinary industry and giant lantern festival.
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62 | Pangasinan
Hundred Islands in Pangasinan
Pangasinan is located in the Ilocos Region and its capital is Lingayen. Pangasinan occupies a strategic geo-political position in the central plain of Luzon and has been described as a gateway to Northern Luzon.
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63 | Quezon
Quezon is in the CALABARZON Region in the south of Luzon island and its capital is Lucena. Quezon province was named after former President Manuel L. Quezon. The province is famous for coconut-based cuisines, lambanog, longganisang Lucban, and pansit habhab.
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64 | Quirino
Quirino is a landlocked province located in the Cagayan Valley Region in Luzon and its capital is Cabarroguis. Quirino, dubbed as the “Forest Heartland of Cagayan Valley”, was created in 1971 and named after former President Elpidio Quirino, the 6th President of the Philippines. The province is known for its rugged topography, which makes it a beautiful paradise for outdoor-loving travelers.
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65 | Rizal
Hinulugang Taktak in Antipolo, Rizal
Rizal is located in the CALABARZON Region, just 16 kilometers east of Manila and its capital is Antipolo. The province is named after José Rizal, one of the main national heroes of the Philippines. Rizal Province has long been known for its many spectacular attractions that have offered its visitors moments of adventure and leisure they won’t soon forget.
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66 | Romblon
Bonbon Beach in Romblon
Romblon is an archipelagic province located in the MIMAROPA Region and its capital is the municipality of Romblon. Romblon is known as the Marble Capital of the Philippines, home to the “Galapagos of Asia” (Sibuyan). The province is composed of three major islands that one must visit – Romblon Island, Tablas Island, and Sibuyan Island.
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67 | Samar
Formerly named Western Samar, Samar is the third largest island in the Philippines, located in Eastern Visayas, within central Philippines and its capital is Catbalogan. Samar was the first island of the Philippines sighted by the Spanish expedition of Ferdinand Magellan on March 16, 1521.
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68 | Sarangani
Sarangani is a province in the SOCCSKSARGEN Region and its capital is Alabel. Sarangani is located at the southern tip of the Philippines and became popular after homegrown boxing champ Manny Pacquiao brought home one world championship title after another.
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69 | Siquijor
Cambugahay Falls in Lazi, Siquijor
Siquijor is one of the many islands in the Visayas region that is blessed with clean white beaches, crystal clear seas and an animated marine life. Its capital is Siquijor Town. Used to be known as Island of Fire or Isla del Fuego, Siquijor is enveloped by mystic traditions which the growing tourism industry is capitalizing on.
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70 | Sorsogon
Bulusan Lake in Bulusan, Sorsogon
Sorsogon, is located in the Bicol Region and its capital is Sorsogon City. It is the southernmost province in Luzon and is subdivided into fourteen municipalities and one city.
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71 | South Cotabato
Seven Falls in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato
Officially the Province of South Cotabato, is located in the SOCCSKSARGEN Region in Mindanao and its capital is Koronadal City. Lakes, waterfalls, vast plantations and well-preserved tradition, South Cotabato opens the doors to the picturesque southern region of Mindanao.
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72 | Southern Leyte
Southern Leyte is located in the Eastern Visayas Region and its capital is the city of Maasin. The province is well known for its quality abaca products and is the country’s major producer of abaca fiber.
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73 | Sultan Kudarat
Sultan Kudarat is located in the SOCCSKSARGEN Region in Mindanao and its capital is Isulan. Muhammad Dipatuan Kudarat was the 7th Sultan of Maguindanao from 1619 to 1671. During his reign, he successfully fought off Spanish invasions and hindered the spread of Roman Catholicism in the island of Mindanao much like the other Muslim rulers of the southern Philippine archipelago.
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74 | Sulu
Sulu is an archipelagic province in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and its capital is Jolo. The province of Sulu is predominantly agricultural with farming and fishing as its main livelihood activities. Its fertile soil and ideal climate can grow a variety of crops such as abaca, coconuts, oranges, and lanzones, as well as exotic fruits, seldom found elsewhere in the country such as durian and mangosteen.
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75 | Surigao del Norte
Daku Island in General Luna, Surigao del Norte
Surigao del Norte is located in the Caraga Region of Mindanao and its capital is Surigao City. Surigao probably came from Spanish word Surgir, meaning swift water or current. Surigao del Norte is famous or known for surfing.
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76 | Surigao del Sur
Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig, Surigao del Sur
Surigao del Sur is located in the Caraga Region in Mindanao and its capital is Tandag City. Rich in mineral resources such as copper, chromite, and silver and is one of the suppliers of rice, bananas and other tropical fruits. Surigao del Sur is also famous or known for Tinuy-an Falls and Enchanted River.
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77 | Tarlac
Scenic Landscape in San Jose, Tarlac.
Tarlac is a landlocked province located in the Central Luzon Region and its capital is Tarlac City. Tarlac is the most multicultural of the Central Luzon provinces with mixture of four district groups, the Pampangueños, Ilocanos, Pangasinenses, and Tagalogs, share life in the province. Tarlac is best known for its fine foods and vast sugar and rice plantations.
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78 | Tawi-Tawi
Tawi-Tawi is located in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and its capital is Bongao. Tawi-Tawi is the southernmost province in the Philippines with 300 breathtakingly beautiful islands and atolls.
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79 | Zambales
Pinatubo Crate Lake in Zambales
Zambales is a province in the Central Luzon Region in the island of Luzon and its capital is the Municipality of Iba. With a land area of 3,830.83 square kilometers, Zambales is the second largest among the seven provinces of Central Luzon. The province is noted for its mangoes, which are abundant from January to April and Mount Pinatubo.
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80 | Zamboanga del Norte
Zamboanga del Norte is situated within the Zamboanga Peninsula Region in Mindanao and its capital is Dipolog City. It is the largest province of the Zamboanga Peninsula in terms of land area. Dubbed as the Twin-City Province, Zamboanga del Norte has been made famous by the beauty and charm of the Orchid City of Dipolog and the historic, rustic quaintness of the Shrine City of Dapitan.
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81 | Zamboanga del Sur
Zamboanga del Sur is in the Zamboanga Peninsula Region in Mindanao and its capital is the city of Pagadian. Zamboanga del Sur is known for its rich heritage and interesting natural attractions such as the Santa Cruz island famed for having pink coralline sand.
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82 | Zamboanga Sibugay
Zamboanga Sibugay is a province in the Philippines located in the Zamboanga Peninsula Region in Mindanao and its capital is Ipil. The province is known as the “Gateway to Western Mindanao” through the Western Nautical Highway and has also been called the “Bottled Sardines Capital of the Philippines.” Zamboanga Sibugay is famous or known for natural attractions such as white sand beaches, caves, and waterfalls.
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