This  is  a  new page in   The Philippines  has 81 provinces and they  are the primary  political and administrative divisions of the country.  The provinces are  further subdivided into  component cities and municipalities. The  center  is  the National Capital Region,  as  well as  independent  cities that are independent of any provincial government. Each of the provinces has  its own elected legislative body called the Sangguniang Panlalawigan with  a duly elected Governor  who  heads the province.

With 7,107 Islands, a land area of  343,448 square kilometers, Philippines is bigger than Italy, the Great Britain or North & South Korean put together.  The country  has been dubbed  as  the  Pearl  of the Orient. True  enough,  the country  has  countless  places  to visit and  see,  it is one  country  where your  adventure  could  be  taken to the hilt.  Tourist  attractions  are  countless!  There  are places one would  not  see anywhere else in the world.   The  various foreign influences has  led  the country  into its  diversity –  experiencing  the  culture,  the  people,  the culinary  and witnessing colourful  festivals  are  priceless life moments.

Every two weeks,  we are  going to feature  a  Province in the  Philippines  to assist  tourists,  foreigners, researchers,  students  and travellers ,  to learn  about  a  bit  of the history,  the beautiful,  interesting and  colourful  festivals  celebrated in each  of them.  We shall likewise  feature  some  of the places  to visit  in the  featured province,   to  give  them a quick view  of  what to see and  tour,  plus  insights  on  the  tasty  typical  local  cuisine  and  places  to  stay.  Hereunder  is  the map of the  Philippines  and  a list  of  the Provinces in alphabetical  order.   And following  are  just some  videos  of  festivals  to  watch and marvel  in  the Philippines.!


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Name of Province

Population as of 2015

Metro Manila 12,877,253
1 Cavite 3,678,301
2 Bulacan 3,292,071
3 Negros Occidental 3,059,136
4 Laguna 3,035,081
5 Pangasinan 2,956,726
6 Cebu 2,938,982
7 Rizal 2,884,227
8 Batangas 2,694,335
9 Pampanga 2,609,744
10 Iloilo 2,384,415
11 Davao del Sur 2,265,579
12 Nueva Ecija 2,151,461
13 Quezon 2,122,830
14 Leyte 1,966,768
15 Camarines Sur 1,952,544
16 Zamboanga del Sur 1,872,473
17 Isabela 1,593,566
18 Misamis Oriental 1,564,459
19 South Cotabato 1,509,735
20 Maguindanao 1,473,933
21 Bukidnon 1,415,226
22 Cotabato 1,379,747
23 Tarlac 1,366,027
24 Negros Oriental 1,354,995
25 Albay 1,314,826
26 Bohol 1,313,560
27 Cagayan 1,199,320
28 Palawan 1,104,585
29 Lanao del Sur 1,045,429
30 Lanao del Norte 1,019,013
31 Davao del Norte 1,016,332
32 Zamboanga del Norte 1,011,393
33 Masbate 892,393
34 Oriental Mindoro 844,059
35 Sulu 824,731
36 Zambales 828,888
37 Sultan Kudarat 812,095
38 Sorsogon 792,949
39 Benguet 791,590
40 La Union 786,653
41 Samar 780,481
42 Capiz 761,384
43 Bataan 760,650
44 Compostela Valley 736,107
45 Agusan del Sur 700,653
46 Agusan del Norte 691566
47 Ilocos Sur 689,668
48 Zamboanga Sibugay 633,129
49 Northern Samar 632,679
50 Misamis Occidental 602,126
51 Ilocos Norte 593,081
52 Surigao del Sur 592,250
53 Camarines Norte 583,313
54 Antique 582,012
55 Aklan 574,823
56 Davao Oriental 558,958
57 Sarangani 544,261
58 Occidental Mindoro 487,414
59 Surigao del Norte 485,088
60 Eastern Samar 467,160
61 Basilan 459,367
62 Nueva Vizcaya 452,287
63 Southern Leyte 421,750
64 Tawi-Tawi 390,715
66 Davao Occidental 316,342
66 Romblon 292,781
67 Catanduanes 260,964
68 Abra 241,160
69 Marinduque 234,521
70 Aurora 214,336
71 Kalinga 212,680
72 Ifugao 202,802
73 Quirino 188,991
74 Guimaras 174,613
75 Biliran 171,612
76 Mountain Province 154,590
77 Dinagat Islands 127,152
78 Apayao 119,184
79 Siquijor 95,984
80 Camiguin 88,478
81 Batanes 17,246

NOTE:   METROPOLITAN MANILA  area  includes  the cities  of:

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District of the Region

Manila City First District with 14 City Districts
Mandaluyong City Second District
Marikina City Second District
Pasig City Second District
Quezon City Second District
San Juan City Second District
Caloocan City Third District
Malabon City Third District
Navotas City Third District
Valenzuela City Third  District
Las Piñas City Fourth District
Makati City Fourth District
Muntinlupa City Fourth District
Parañaque City Fourth District
Pasay City Fourth District
Pateros City Fourth District
Taguig City Fourth District


To  the Filipinos  visiting  Madrid for the 1st time: 

MONUMENT to JOSE RIZAL in Chamberi district in Madrid (Spain).
MONUMENT to JOSE RIZAL in Chamberi district in Madrid (Spain).

If you happen to visit  Madrid,  Spain,  don’t  just  wander  around,  get  to know  what  made this city  important to our  heritage as  Filipinos.   Our  national hero Dr. Jose Rizal  spent  a great  deal of his time  studying  in  Madrid  and  traveling  around  Spain.  His sojourn was not left without  a  trace,  because  in those places he  frequented and visited in Madrid,  markers  had  been  posted  to  recognize  our  hero’s  presence  in the same  token  as  the  Spanish  community’s  gesture  of  giving recognition  to  Rizal’s   role  in  enhancing the good ties between  Spain and the Philippines.  I  don’t  have  to elaborate much  about  what  happened in the past,  we  all know  our  history  and  we  all know  ourselves  as  Filipinos.   We  reminisce  the  good  side  and  learn from the lessons of the past in  our  history.   It  is  better  to value the present  and  look forward to the future  that  would  be beneficial  for the  two countries.   Allow  yourself  to  take  a  “trip”  with  Rizal  in  this  piece  of  his  tour  and  relive the  mementos  he found  himself  while in  Madrid.  Thanks  to   those  who  made  this  information  material  a  worthy  remembrance  about  our  national  hero Dr.  Jose  Rizal’s,  moments  in  Madrid.   This  is  RIZAL’S MADRID.


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