the Philippines! my country, my love! i have been a local traveler and my goal is to visit all the provinces of my country! Here’s an album summarizing the different provinces that i have visited! ENJOY!
REGION 1 or the Ilocos Region! Composed of 4 provinces, ILOCOS NORTE, ILOCOS SUR, LA UNION. and PANGASINAN! This is my hometown!
Her’s the summary of the 5 provinces of Region 2 or the Cagayan Valley Region! Batanes is the norther part of the country! it takes a plane to go there and an overnight boat ride from Manila! The most beautiful place i have ever been to in the Philippines! The other four provinces are in the mainland Luzon: CAGAYAN, ISABELA, QUIRINO and NUEVA VISCAYA! All provinces offers a lot of nature activities!
Here’s the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR). It is a mountainous area and it has six beautiful provinces! KALINGA and APAYAO used to be one province buy now separated! The area has a beautiful rivers and caves! MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, home of the famous Sagada! IFUGAO, home of the rice terraces. ABRA, another province which offers the beauty of nature and lastly, BENGUET, where strawberries and vegetables can be found! BAGUIO CITY is the center of this region!
REGION 3 or the CENTRAL LUZON! This is just near Metro Manila, an hour to 4 hour drive starting with BULACAN, NUEVA ECIJA and AURORA! This is WEST ward part. Going to the NORTH EAST are the provinces of PAMPANGA, TARLAC BATAAN and ZAMBALES !
Region 4A or the CALABARZON Region! Starting with CAVITE, home of Tagaytay City, overlooking the Taal Volcano! LAGUNA, home of the famous PAGSANJAN FALLS! BATANGAS , gateway to Region 4B and home of Taal Volcano! RIZAL, home of the Higantes Festival which happens every November 21 and lastly, QUEZON, a beautiful province with so many beaches! This region is the most visited area because it is near Metro Manila!
REGION 4B or the MIMAROPA Region! These are the island provinces of Luzon! MINDORO ORIENTAL, known for the white beach of Puerto Galera! MINDORO OCCIDENTAL, known for its beautiful. island beaches! MARINDUQUE, home of the Moriones Festival every Holy Week! ROMBLON, the marble capital of the Philippines and PALAWAN, the last frontier because of its beautiful islands, beaches and the underground river! This is my favorite region!
REGION 5 or the BICOL REGION, the last Region of Luzon! Camarines Norte, the first province of the region from Metro Manila! This is the home of Calaguas Beach! CAMARINES SUR, home of Our Lady of Peñafrancia! ALBAY, where you could see the famous perfect cone shape Volcano, MT. MAYON! SORSOGON, home of the Butandings or the Whale Sharks! And the 2 island Provinces of Catanduanes and Masbate!
It’s the VISAYAS starting with Region 6 or the Eastern Visayas!!! This region has so many things to offer! NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, home of the Masskara Festival and Bacolod City was dubbed as the city of smiles! PANAY ISLAND with 4 Provinces! ILOILO, home of the Dinagyang Festival, CAPIZ, the seafood capital of the Philippines. ANTIQUE, known for its witchcraft (lol). AKLAN, known for its Ati-Atihan Festival and the famous BORACAY ISLAND! GUIMARAS, is an island province and it is 15 minutes boat ride from Iloilo City and this is the home of Manggahan Festival! This province has the sweetest mangoes in the country!
Region 7 or the Central Visayas Region! Four Provinces in this region starting with CEBU, the Queen City of the South! This province has so mang things to offer from food, nature, beaches, island hopping, waterfalls, and whale watching!!! This is my most visited province in the Visayas! The island provinces of BOHOL and SIQUIJOR! Bohol is home of the tarsiers, and chocolate hills! SIQUIJOR, the feared province because of the witchcraft practices of the people but the island is so beautiful! And the last province, NEGROS ORIENTAL, home of the gentle people! Dumaguete City is the most favorite part of the province!
Region 7, Western Visayas! 6 Provinces! the island province of BILIRAN, a very small province but ofers.a lot of nature tripping including the Tinago Falls. LEYTE, home of the SanJuanico Bridge which connects to the island of SAMAR! SOUTHERN LEYTE, the province that is near MINDANAO! And the three provinces of Samar, EASTERN SAMAR, home of Borongan City; WESTERN SAMR, home of Calbayog and Catbalogan Cities and NORTHERN SAMAR, the province that connects LUZON!
MINDANAO! This is Region 9 Zamboanga Peninsula! There are three provinces here and a city! Let’s start with Zamboanga City, the heart of the Region and gateway to three island Provinces of BARMM, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi Tawi! ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, home of Dipolog and Dapitan Cities. Dakak and Rizal Shrine can be found in this province! ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR, home of Pagadian City and lastly ZAMBOANGA SIBUGAY!
Region 10 - NORTHERN MINDANAO! Cagayan de Oro City is the heart of the region and it is situated in MISAMIS ORIENTAL! Oroquieta, Ozamiz and Tangub Cities are in MINDORO OCCIDENTAL! My favorite, the island of fire, CAMIGUIN! The mountainous BUKIDNON. And lastly, the waterfalls capital, Iligan City of LANAO DEL NORTE!
Region 11 - DAVAO with 5 Provinces! Davao City is the heart of the region! DAVAO DEL SUR, home of Digos City and Kamp Sabros! DAVAO DEL NORTE, Panabo and Tagum Cities are here! DAVAO ORIENTAL, Mati City is situated here! DAVAO OCCIDENTAL, relatively new and the renamed new province DAVAO DE ORO, formerly known as Compostela Valley!
Region 12 - SOCCKSARGEN! General Santos City is the center located in SOUTH COTABATO! The other three area SARANGGANI and SULTAN KUDARAT, and NORTH COTABATO! i just visited this area twice and want to do another roadtrip here! Soon!
Region 13 - CARAGA REGION has 5 Provinces! i have visited this region way back in 2010 and hoping to go back again! AGUSAN DEL NORTE, AGUSAN DEL SUR, SURIGAO DEL NORTE, SURIGAO DEL SUR, and the latest province DINAGAT ISLAND! A plan of re-visiting this region soon!
The Last Region: BARMM (Bangsangmoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao)! There are 5 provinces here and the center is in Cotabato City! LANAO DEL SUR (Marawi City), MAGUINDANAO, BASILAN (except for Isabela City), TAWI TAWI and the last province which i have to visit soon, SULU!