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Luzon
Luzon
(/luːˈzɒn/ ( listen); Tagalog pronunciation: [luˈson]) is the largest and most populous island in the Philippines. It is ranked 15th largest in the world by land area. Located in the northern region of the archipelago, it is the economic and political center of the nation, being home to the country's capital city, Manila, as well as Quezon
Quezon
City, the country's most populous city. With a population of 53 million as of 2015[update],[2] it is the fourth most populous island in the world (after Java, Honshu, and Great Britain), having about 53% of the country's total population. Luzon
Luzon
may also refer to one of the three primary island groups in the country. As such, it includes the Luzon
Luzon
mainland, the Batanes
Batanes
and Babuyan groups of islands to the north, Polillo Islands
Polillo Islands
to the east, and the outlying islands of Catanduanes, Marinduque, Masbate, Romblon, Mindoro
Mindoro
and Palawan, among others, to the south.[3]

Contents

1 Etymology 2 History 3 Geography

3.1 Physical

3.1.1 Northern Luzon 3.1.2 Central Luzon 3.1.3 Southern Luzon 3.1.4 Outlying islands

3.2 Administrative divisions 3.3 Tectonics

4 Demographics

4.1 Ethnic groups 4.2 Languages 4.3 Religion

5 Economy 6 See also 7 Notes 8 References 9 Further reading 10 External links

Etymology[edit]

Bangkang Pinawa, ancient Philippine Mortar and pestle.

The name Luzon
Luzon
is thought to derive from the Tagalog word lusong, which is a large wooden mortar used in dehusking rice.[4][5] History[edit] Further information: History of Luzon, Tondo (historical polity), Namayan, and Rajahnate of Maynila Luzon
Luzon
was once split among Hindu-Buddhist kingdoms, Muslim principalities, and ethnoreligious tribes, who had trading connections with Borneo, Malaya, Java, Indochina, India, Okinawa, Korea, Japan
Japan
and China
China
before the Spanish established their rule. From just before the first millennium, the Tagalog and Kapampangan peoples of south and central Luzon
Luzon
had established several major coastal polities, most notable among them those of Maynila, Tondo and Namayan. The Laguna Copperplate Inscription, the first Philippine document written in 900AD, names places in and around Manila
Manila
Bay
Bay
as well as Medan
Medan
in Indonesia.[6] These kingdoms were based on leases between village rulers (Datu) and landlords (Lakan) or Rajahs, to whom tributes and taxes were levied. These kingdoms were coastal thalassocracies based on trade with neighboring Asian political entities at that time. Some parts of Luzon
Luzon
were Islamized when the Sultanate of Brunei expanded its realms from Borneo
Borneo
to the Philippines
Philippines
and set up the Kingdom of Maynila as its puppet-state.[7] In addition, other kingdoms like the Wangdom of Pangasinan
Pangasinan
had become tributary states to China
China
and were largely Sinified kingdoms.[8] According to sources at the time, the trade in large native Ruson-tsukuri (literally Luzon
Luzon
made in Japanese:呂宋製 or 呂宋つくり) clay jars used for storing green tea and rice wine with Japan
Japan
flourished in the 12th century, and local Tagalog, Kapampangan and Pangasinense potters had marked each jar with Baybayin letters denoting the particular urn used and the kiln the jars were manufactured in. Certain kilns were renowned over others and prices depended on the reputation of the kiln.[9][10] Of this flourishing trade, the Burnay jars of Ilocos
Ilocos
are the only large clay jar manufactured in Luzon
Luzon
today with origins from this time. The Yongle Emperor
Yongle Emperor
instituted a Chinese Governor on Luzon
Luzon
during Zheng He's voyages and appointed Ko Ch'a-lao to that position in 1405.[11][12] China
China
also had vassals among the leaders in the archipelago.[13][14] China
China
attained ascendancy in trade with the area in Yongle's reign.[15] In the 1500s, people from Luzon
Luzon
were called Lucoes
Lucoes
and were actively employed in trading, seafaring and military campaigns across Southeast Asia. The Portuguese were the first European explorers who recorded it in their charts as Luçonia or Luçon and inhabitants were called Luçoes.[16] Edmund Roberts, who visited Luzon
Luzon
in the early 19th century, wrote that Luzon
Luzon
was "discovered" in 1521.[5] Many people from Luzon
Luzon
had active-employment in Portuguese Malacca. Lucoes
Lucoes
such as the Luzon
Luzon
spice trader Regimo de Raja, based in Malacca, was highly influential and the Portuguese appointed him as Temenggong (Sea Lord) or a governor and police-chief general responsible for overseeing of maritime trade, at Malacca. His father and wife carried on his maritime trading business after his death. Another important Malacca trader was Curia de Raja who also hailed from Luzon. The "surname" of "de Raja" or "diraja" could indicate that Regimo and Curia, and their families, were of noble or royal descent as the term is an abbreviation of Sanskrit adiraja.[17] Pinto noted that there were a number of Lucoes
Lucoes
in the Islamic fleets that went to battle with the Portuguese in the Philippines
Philippines
during the 16th century. The Sultan of Aceh gave one of them (Sapetu Diraja) the task of holding Aru (northeast Sumatra) in 1540. Pinto also says one was named leader of the Malays remaining in the Moluccas Islands after the Portuguese conquest in 1511.[18] Pigafetta notes that one of them was in command of the Brunei fleet in 1521.[19] However, the Luções
Luções
did not only fight on the side of the Muslims. Pinto says they were also apparently among the natives of the Philippines
Philippines
who fought the Muslims in 1538.[18] On Mainland Southeast Asia, Lusung/ Lucoes
Lucoes
warriors aided the Burmese king in his invasion of Siam in 1547 AD. At the same time, Lusung warriors fought alongside the Siamese king and faced the same elephant army of the Burmese king in the defence of the Siamese capital at Ayuthaya.[20] Scholars have thus suggested that they could be mercenaries valued by all sides.[21][22][23] The Spanish arrival in the 16th century saw the incorporation of the Lucoes
Lucoes
people and the breaking up of their kingdoms and the establishment of the Las Islas Filipinas with its capital Cebu, which was moved to Manila
Manila
following the defeat of the local Rajah
Rajah
Sulayman in 1570. Under Spain, Luzon
Luzon
also came to be known as the Nueva Castilla or the New Castile. Further information: Spanish East Indies

U.S. Navy ships under attack while entering Lingayen Gulf, January 1945

In World War II, the Philippines
Philippines
were considered to be of great strategic importance because their capture by Japan
Japan
would pose a significant threat to the U.S. As a result, 135,000 troops and 227 aircraft were stationed in the Philippines
Philippines
by October 1941. Luzon
Luzon
was captured by Imperial Japanese forces in 1942 during their campaign to capture the Philippines. General Douglas MacArthur—who was in charge of the defense of the Philippines
Philippines
at the time—was ordered to Australia, and the remaining U.S. forces retreated to the Bataan Peninsula.[24] A few months after this, MacArthur expressed his belief that an attempt to recapture the Philippines
Philippines
was necessary. The U.S. Pacific Commander Admiral
Admiral
Chester Nimitz
Chester Nimitz
and Chief of Naval Operations
Chief of Naval Operations
Admiral Ernest King
Ernest King
both opposed this idea, arguing that it must wait until victory was certain. MacArthur had to wait two years for his wish; it was 1944 before a campaign to recapture the Philippines
Philippines
was launched. The island of Leyte
Leyte
was the first objective of the campaign, which was captured by the end of December 1944. This was followed by the attack on Mindoro
Mindoro
and later, Luzon.[24] Further information: Battle of Luzon Geography[edit] Further information: Geography of Luzon

Satellite image of Luzon

Luzon
Luzon
island alone has an area of 109,964.9 square kilometres (42,457.7 sq mi),[1] making it the world's 15th largest island. It is bordered on the west by the South China Sea
South China Sea
( Luzon
Luzon
Sea in Philippine territorial waters), on the east by the Philippine Sea, and on the north by the Luzon Strait
Luzon Strait
containing the Babuyan Channel and Balintang Channel. The mainland is roughly rectangular in shape and has the long Bicol Peninsula protruding to the southeast. Luzon
Luzon
is roughly divided into four sections; Northern, Central and Southern Luzon, and the National Capital Region.

Regions Six divisions Four divisions Three divisions Two divisions

Ilocos
Ilocos
Region Ilocandia Northern Luzon North and Central Luzon North and Central Luzon

Cagayan
Cagayan
Valley

Cordillera Administrative Region Cordilleras

Central Luzon Central Luzon

National Capital Region Metro Manila Southern Luzon

Calabarzon Southern Tagalog Southern Luzon Southern Luzon

Mimaropa

Bicol Region Bicolandia

Physical[edit] Northern Luzon[edit] The northwestern portion of the island, which encompasses most of the Ilocos
Ilocos
Region, is characterized by a flat terrain extending east from the coastline toward the Cordillera Central mountains.

The Sierra Madre mountains as viewed from Cabagan, Isabela

The Cordillera mountain range, which feature the island's north-central section, is covered in a mixture of tropical pine forests and montane rainforests, and is the site of the island's highest mountain, Mount Pulag, rising at 2,922 metres. The range provides the upland headwaters of the Agno River, which stretches from the slopes of Mount Data, and meanders along the southern Cordillera mountains before reaching the plains of Pangasinan. The northeastern section of Luzon
Luzon
is generally mountainous, with the Sierra Madre, the longest mountain range in the country, abruptly rising a few miles from the coastline. Located in between the Sierra Madre and the Cordillera Central mountain ranges is the large Cagayan Valley. This region, which is known for being the second largest producer of rice and the country's top corn-producer, serves as the basin for the Cagayan
Cagayan
River, the longest in the Philippines. Along the southern limits of the Cordillera Central lies the lesser-known Caraballo Mountains. These mountains form a link between the Cordillera Central and the Sierra Madre mountain ranges, separating the Cagayan Valley
Cagayan Valley
from the Central Luzon
Central Luzon
plains.[25] Central Luzon[edit]

The Central Luzon
Central Luzon
plain with Mount Arayat
Mount Arayat
in the background

The central section of Luzon
Luzon
is characterized by a flat terrain, known as the Central Luzon
Central Luzon
plain, the largest in the island in terms of land area. The plain, approximately 11,000 square kilometres (4,200 sq mi) in size, is the country's largest producer of rice, and is irrigated by two major rivers; the Cagayan
Cagayan
to the north, and the Pampanga
Pampanga
to the south. In the middle of the plain rises the solitary Mount Arayat. The western coasts of Central Luzon
Central Luzon
are typically flat extending east from the coastline to the Zambales
Zambales
Mountains, the site of Mount Pinatubo, made famous because of its enormous 1991 eruption. These mountains extend to the sea in the north, forming the Lingayen Gulf, and to the south, forming the Bataan
Bataan
Peninsula. The peninsula encloses the Manila
Manila
Bay, a natural harbor considered to be one of the best natural ports in East Asia, due to its size and strategic geographical location. The Sierra Madre mountain range continues to stretch across the western section of Central Luzon, snaking southwards into the Bicol Peninsula. Southern Luzon[edit]

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4

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9

1

Manila
Manila
Bay

2

Laguna de Bay

3

Taal Volcano
Taal Volcano
/ Taal Lake

4

Bataan
Bataan
Peninsula

5

Balayan Bay

6

Batangas
Batangas
Bay

7

South China
China
Sea

8

Mindoro
Mindoro
Island

9

Lamon Bay

The northern section of Southern Luzon
Southern Luzon
is dominated by the Laguna de Bay
Bay
(Old Spanish, " Lake
Lake
of Bay
Bay
town"), the largest lake in the country. The 949-square-kilometre (366 sq mi) lake is drained into Manila
Manila
Bay
Bay
by the Pasig
Pasig
River, one of the most important rivers in the country due to its historical significance and because it runs through the center of Metro Manila. Located 20 kilometres (12 mi) southwest of Laguna de Bay
Laguna de Bay
is Taal Lake, a crater lake containing the Taal Volcano, the smallest in the country. The environs of the lake form the upland Tagaytay Ridge, which was once part of a massive prehistoric volcano that covered the southern portion of the province of Cavite, Tagaytay City
Tagaytay City
and the whole of Batangas
Batangas
province. South of Laguna Lake
Lake
are two solitary mountains, Mount Makiling
Mount Makiling
in Laguna province, and Mount Banahaw, the highest in the region of Calabarzon. The southeastern portion of Luzon
Luzon
is dominated by the Bicol Peninsula, a mountainous and narrow region extending approximately 150 kilometres (93 mi) southeast from the Tayabas Isthmus
Tayabas Isthmus
in Quezon
Quezon
province to the San Bernardino Strait
San Bernardino Strait
along the coasts of Sorsogon. The area is home to several volcanoes, the most famous of which is the 2,460-metre (8,070 ft) high symmetrically shaped Mayon Volcano
Volcano
in Albay province. The Sierra Madre range has its southern limits at Quezon province. Ultra-prominent mountains dot the landscape, which include Mount Isarog
Mount Isarog
and Mount Iriga
Mount Iriga
in Camarines Sur, and Mount Bulusan
Mount Bulusan
in Sorsogon. The peninsula's coastline features several smaller peninsulas, gulfs and bays, which include Lamon Bay, San Miguel Bay, Lagonoy Gulf, Ragay Gulf, and Sorsogon
Sorsogon
Bay.

The nearly perfectly shaped Mayon Volcano
Volcano
and the city of Legazpi in Albay
Albay
province

Outlying islands[edit] Several outlying islands near mainland Luzon
Luzon
are considered part of the Luzon
Luzon
island group. The largest include Palawan, Mindoro, Masbate, Catanduanes, Marinduque, Romblon
Romblon
and Polillo. Further information: Island groups of the Philippines Administrative divisions[edit] The island is covered by 7 administrative regions, 30 provinces and, as of 2014[update], 68 cities (8 regions, 38 provinces and 71 cities if associated islands are included).

Location Region (designation) Population (2015)[2] Area[i][26][27] Density Regional center

Component LGUs

     Province      Independent city or municipality  ∗  Associated island[ii]

Ilocos
Ilocos
Region (Region I) 5,026,128 (7000500000000000000♠5.0%) 7010130126000000000♠13,012.60 km2 (5,024.19 sq mi) 6996390000000000000♠390/km2 (1,000/sq mi) San Fernando (La Union)

5

Dagupan[iii] Ilocos
Ilocos
Norte Ilocos
Ilocos
Sur La Union Pangasinan

Cagayan
Cagayan
Valley (Region II) 3,451,410 (7000340000000000000♠3.4%) 7010282288300000000♠28,228.83 km2 (10,899.21 sq mi) 6996119999999999999♠120/km2 (310/sq mi) Tuguegarao

6

Batanes* Cagayan Isabela Nueva Vizcaya Quirino Santiago[iii]

Central Luzon (Region III) 11,218,177 (7001111000000000000♠11.1%) 7010220146300000000♠22,014.63 km2 (8,499.90 sq mi) 6996509999999999999♠510/km2 (1,300/sq mi) San Fernando (Pampanga)

9

Angeles[iv] Aurora Bataan Bulacan Nueva Ecija Olongapo[iv] Pampanga Tarlac Zambales

Calabarzon (Region IV-A) 14,414,774 (7001143000000000000♠14.3%) 7010168733100000000♠16,873.31 km2 (6,514.82 sq mi) 6996850000000000000♠850/km2 (2,200/sq mi) Calamba

6

Batangas Cavite Laguna Lucena[iv] Quezon Rizal

Mimaropa[ii] (Region IV-B) 2,963,360 (7000290000000000000♠2.9%) 7010296209000000000♠29,620.90 km2 (11,436.69 sq mi) 6996099999999999999♠100/km2 (260/sq mi) Calapan

6

Marinduque* Occidental Mindoro* Oriental Mindoro* Palawan* Puerto Princesa*[iv] Romblon*

Bicol Region (Region V) 5,796,989 (7000570000000000000♠5.7%) 7010181558200000000♠18,155.82 km2 (7,010.00 sq mi) 6996320000000000000♠320/km2 (830/sq mi) Legazpi

7

Albay Camarines Norte Camarines Sur Catanduanes* Masbate* Naga[iii] Sorsogon

Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) 1,722,006 (7000170000000000000♠1.7%) 7010194220300000000♠19,422.03 km2 (7,498.89 sq mi) 6995890000000000000♠89/km2 (230/sq mi) Baguio

7

Abra Apayao Baguio[iv] Benguet Ifugao Kalinga Mountain Province

National Capital Region (NCR) 12,877,253 (7001128000000000000♠12.8%) 7008611390000000000♠611.39 km2 (236.06 sq mi) 6998209999999999999♠21,000/km2 (54,000/sq mi) Manila

17

Caloocan Las Piñas Makati Malabon Mandaluyong Manila Marikina Muntinlupa Navotas Parañaque Pasay Pasig Pateros Quezon
Quezon
City San Juan Taguig Valenzuela

Region 2015 census Area Density Regional center Component LGUs

Table note(s)

^ Land area
Land area
figures are the sum of each region's component provinces (and/or independent cities), derived from the National Statistical Coordination Board (Philippine Statistics Authority) official website. ^ a b The list includes the associated islands of Luzon
Luzon
(provinces of Marinduque, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Palawan, Romblon, Batanes, Catanduanes
Catanduanes
and Masbate). ^ a b c An independent component city, not under the jurisdiction of any provincial government. ^ a b c d e A highly urbanized city, independent from any province

Back to contents Tectonics[edit] Main article: Philippine Mobile Belt

Lake
Lake
Pinatubo in Zambales

Luzon
Luzon
is part of the Philippine Mobile Belt, a fast deforming plate boundary zone (Gervasio, 1967) hemmed in between two opposing subduction zones, the west-dipping Philippine Trench-East Luzon
Luzon
Trench subduction zone, and the east-dipping north-south trending Manila Trench-Negros Trench- Cotabato
Cotabato
Trench.[28] The Philippine Sea
Philippine Sea
Plate subducts under eastern Luzon
Luzon
along the East Luzon Trench
East Luzon Trench
and the Philippine Trench, while the South China Sea
South China Sea
basin, part of the Eurasian plate, subducts under western Luzon
Luzon
along the Manila
Manila
Trench. The North-Southeastern trending braided left-lateral strike-slip Philippine Fault System
Philippine Fault System
traverses Luzon, from Quezon
Quezon
province and Bicol to the northwestern part of the island. This fault system takes up part of the motion due to the subducting plates and produces large earthquakes. Southwest of Luzon
Luzon
is a collision zone where the Palawan micro-block collides with SW Luzon, producing a highly seismic zone near Mindoro
Mindoro
island. Southwest Luzon
Luzon
is characterized by a highly volcanic zone, called the Macolod Corridor, a region of crustal thinning and spreading. Using geologic and structural data, seven principal blocks were identified in Luzon
Luzon
in 1989: the Sierra Madre Oriental, Angat, Zambales, Central Cordillera of Luzon, Bicol, and Catanduanes
Catanduanes
Island blocks.[29] Using seismic and geodetic data, Luzon
Luzon
was modeled by Galgana et al. (2007) as a series of six micro blocks or micro plates (separated by subduction zones and intra-arc faults), all translating and rotating in different directions, with maximum velocities ~100 mm/yr NW with respect to Sundaland/Eurasia. Demographics[edit]

Population census of Luzon

Year Pop. ±% p.a.

1990 30,782,432 —    

2000 39,584,158 +2.55%

2010 48,520,774 +2.06%

2015 53,336,134 +1.82%

Source: National Statistics Office[2][30][a]

As of the 2015 census, the population of Luzon
Luzon
Island is 53,336,134 people,[2][a] making it the 4th most populated island in the world. Ethnic groups[edit]

An Ifugao
Ifugao
warrior with some of his trophies, Luzon, circa 1912

Six major Philippine ethnolinguistic groups predominate Luzon. Ilocanos dominate northern Luzon, while Kapampangans and Pangasinenses, as well as Tagalogs and Sambals, populate Central Luzon. Tagalogs dominate the National Capital Region, CALABARZON
CALABARZON
and the island provinces of Marinduque
Marinduque
and Mindoro, while Bicolanos populate the southern Bicol peninsula. Visayans
Visayans
mainly predominate in the island provinces of Masbate, Palawan
Palawan
and Romblon. Other ethnic groups lesser in population include the Aetas of Zambales and Bataan, the Ibanags of Cagayan
Cagayan
and Isabela and the Igorot/Cordillerans of the Cordilleras. Further information: Ethnic groups of the Philippines Due to recent migrations populations of Hindus, Moros and Chinese have also been present in urban areas. Populations of Spanish, Americans, Japanese, Koreans, Indians, Arabs
Arabs
and Filipino mestizos are also visible. Most Americans have settled in the highly urbanized cities of Angeles and Olongapo
Olongapo
due to the former presence of the U.S. air and naval bases in Central Luzon. Languages[edit] Main article: Languages of the Philippines

Tagalog, Ilocano and Bicolano languages predominate Luzon.

Almost all of the languages of Luzon
Luzon
belong to the Borneo– Philippines
Philippines
group of the Malayo-Polynesian language branch of the Austronesian language family. Major regional languages include: Tagalog, Ilocano, Bicolano, Kapampangan, and Pangasinan. English is spoken by many inhabitants. The use of Spanish as an official language declined following the American occupation of the Philippines. Almost inexistent among the general populace, Spanish is still used by the elderly of some families of great tradition (Rizal, Liboro...).

Saint Augustine Catholic Church in Paoay

Religion[edit] Main article: Religion in the Philippines Like most of the Philippines, the major religion in Luzon
Luzon
is Christianity, with Roman Catholicism being the major denomination. Other major sects includes Jehovah's Witnesses, Protestantism, the Philippine Independent Church
Philippine Independent Church
(Aglipayans), the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), and the Iglesia ni Cristo.[31] Indigenous traditions and rituals, though rare, are also present. There are also sizable communities of Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims in Metro Manila
Metro Manila
and in other, especially, urban areas due to the immigration of Moros and Chinese to the island.

EDSA, a major thoroughfare in Metro Manila

Economy[edit] The economy of the island is centered in Metro Manila
Metro Manila
with Makati serving as the main economic and financial hub. Major companies such as Ayala, Jollibee Foods Corporation, SM Group, and Metrobank are based in the business districts of Makati, Ortigas Center, and Bonifacio Global City. Industry is concentrated in and around the urban areas of Metro Manila
Metro Manila
while agriculture predominates in the other regions of the island producing crops such as rice, bananas, mangoes, coconuts, pineapple, and coffee.[32] Other sectors include livestock raising, tourism, mining, and fishing. See also[edit]

Philippines
Philippines
portal Islands portal Geography portal

Regions of the Philippines Provinces of the Philippines Battle of Luzon

Notes[edit]

^ a b c Figure composed of the 8 administrative regions excluding the island provinces of Batanes, Catanduanes, and Masbate
Masbate
and the region MIMAROPA.

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Agoncillo, Teodoro A.; Guerrero, Milagros (1975). History of the Filipino People (4 ed.). R. P. Garcia. ISBN 9712345386. Retrieved 24 April 2014.  Agoncillo, Teodoro A. (1962). Philippine History. Inang Wika Publishing Company. ISBN 9712345386. Retrieved 24 April 2014.  Alip, Eufronio Melo (1954). Political and Cultural History of the Philippines, Volumes 1-2 (revised ed.). Alip & Sons. Retrieved 24 April 2014.  Antonio, Eleanor D.; Dallo, Evangeline M.; Imperial, Consuelo M.; Samson, Maria Carmelita B.; Soriano, Celia D. (2007). Turning Points I' 2007 Ed (unabridged ed.). Rex Bookstore, Inc. ISBN 9712345386. Retrieved 24 April 2014.  Bishop, Carl Whiting (1942). War Background Studies, Issues 1-7. Contributor: Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 24 April 2014.  Bishop, Carl Whiting (1942). Origin of Far Eastern Civilizations: A Brief Handbook, Issues 1-7. Contributor: Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 24 April 2014.  Corpuz, Onofre D. (1957). The bureaucracy in the Philippines. Institute of Public Administration, University of the Philippines. Retrieved 24 April 2014.  Demetrio, Francisco R. (1981). Myths and Symbols: Philippines
Philippines
(2 ed.). National Book Store. Retrieved 24 April 2014.  Del Castillo y Tuazon, Antonio (1988). Princess Urduja, Queen of the Orient Seas: Before and After Her Time in the Political Orbit of the Shri-vi-ja-ya and Madjapahit Maritime Empire : a Pre-Hispanic History of the Philippines. A. del. Castillo y Tuazon. Retrieved 24 April 2014.  Farwell, George (1967). Mask of Asia: The Philippines
Philippines
Today. Praeger. Retrieved 24 April 2014.  Fitzgerald, Charles Patrick (1966). A concise history of East Asia. Praeger. Retrieved 24 April 2014.  Ho, Khai Leong, ed. (2009). Connecting and Distancing: Southeast Asia and China
China
(illustrated ed.). Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. ISBN 9812308563. Retrieved 24 April 2014.  Karnow, Stanley (2010). In Our Image: America's Empire in the Philippines
Philippines
(unabridged ed.). Random House LLC. ISBN 0307775437. Retrieved 24 April 2014.  Krieger, Herbert William (1942). Peoples of the Philippines, Issue 4. Volume 3694 of Publication (Smithsonian Institution). Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 24 April 2014.  Lucman, Norodin Alonto (2000). Moro Archives: A History of Armed Conflicts in Mindanao
Mindanao
and East Asia. FLC Press. Retrieved 24 April 2014.  Liao, Shubert S. C., ed. (1964). Chinese participation in Philippine culture and economy. Bookman. Archived from the original on Nov 9, 2006. Retrieved 24 April 2014.  Manuel, Esperidion Arsenio (1948). Chinese Elements in the Tagalog Language: With Some Indication of Chinese Influence on Other Philippine Languages and Cultures, and an Excursion Into Austronesian Linguistics. Contributor: Henry Otley Beyer. Filipiniana Publications. Retrieved 24 April 2014.  Ostelius, Hans Arvid (1963). Islands of Pleasure: A Guide to the Philippines. G. Allen & Unwin. Retrieved 24 April 2014.  Panganiban, José Villa; Panganiban, Consuelo Torres (1965). The literature of the Pilipinos: a survey (5 ed.). Limbagang Pilipino. Retrieved 24 April 2014.  Panganiban, José Villa; Panganiban, Consuelo Torres- (1962). A Survey of the Literature of the Filipinos
Filipinos
(4 ed.). Limbagang Pilipino. Retrieved 24 April 2014.  Quirino, Carlos (1963). Philippine Cartography, 1320-1899 (2 ed.). N. Israel. Retrieved 24 April 2014.  Ravenholt, Albert (1962). The Philippines: A Young Republic on the Move. Van Nostrand. Retrieved 24 April 2014.  Sevilla, Fred; Balagtas, Francisco (1997). Francisco Balagtas and the roots of Filipino nationalism: life and times of the great Filipino poet and his legacy of literary excellence and political activism. Trademark Pub. Corp. Retrieved 24 April 2014.  Spencer, Cornelia (1951). Seven Thousand Islands: The Story of the Philippines. Aladdin Books. Retrieved 24 April 2014.  Tan, Antonio S. (1972). The Chinese in the Philippines, 1898-1935: A Study of Their National Awakening. R. P. Garcia Publishing Company. Retrieved 24 April 2014.  Yust, Walter, ed. (1949). Encyclopædia Britannica: a new survey of universal knowledge, Volume 9. Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 24 April 2014.  Encyclopædia Britannica, Volume 9. Volume 9 of EncyclopÆdia Britannica: A New Survey of Universal Knowledge. Contributor: Walter Yust. EncyclopÆdia Britannica. 1954. Retrieved 24 April 2014.  Zaide, Gregorio F. (1957). The Philippines
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since the British invasion. Volume 1 of Philippine Political and Cultural History (revised ed.). Philippine Education Company. Retrieved 24 April 2014.  Zaide, Gregorio F. (1979). The Pageant of Philippine History: Political, Economic, and Socio-cultural, Volume 1. Philippine Education Company. Retrieved 24 April 2014.  Philippines
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Regions of the Philippines

Luzon

I – Ilocos
Ilocos
Region II – Cagayan
Cagayan
Valley III – Central Luzon IV-A – Calabarzon Mimaropa
Mimaropa
– Southwestern Tagalog Region V – Bicol Region CAR – Cordillera Administrative Region NCR – National Capital Region

Visayas

VI – Western Visayas VII – Central Visayas VIII – Eastern Visayas

Mindanao

IX – Zamboanga Peninsula X – Northern Mindanao XI – Davao Region XII – Soccsksargen XIII – Caraga ARMM – Autonomous Region in Muslim
Muslim
Mindanao

Former regions

NIR – Negros Island
Negros Island
Region Southern Tagalog

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Major islands of the Philippines

Alabat Balabac Bantayan Basilan Biliran Bohol Bucas Grande Bugsuk Burias Busuanga Camiguin Cebu Catanduanes Culion Dinagat Dumaran Guimaras Jolo Leyte Lubang Luzon Masbate Marinduque Mindanao Mindoro Negros Olutanga Palawan Panaon Panay Polillo Samal Samar Siargao Sibutu Sibuyan Siquijor Tablas Tawitawi Ticao

See also Geography of the Philippines Island groups of the Philippines List of islands

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  Administrative divisions of the Philippines

Capital

Manila
Manila
(National Capital Region)

Island groups

Luzon Visayas Mindanao

Regions

Administrative

I – Ilocos
Ilocos
Region II – Cagayan
Cagayan
Valley III – Central Luzon IV-A – Calabarzon Mimaropa
Mimaropa
– Southwestern Tagalog Region V – Bicol Region VI – Western Visayas VII – Central Visayas VIII – Eastern Visayas IX – Zamboanga Peninsula X – Northern Mindanao XI – Davao Region XII – Soccsksargen XIII – Caraga CAR – Cordillera Administrative Region NCR – National Capital Region

Autonomous

Autonomous Region in Muslim
Muslim
Mindanao

Provinces

Abra Agusan del Norte Agusan del Sur Aklan Albay Antique Apayao Aurora Basilan Bataan Batanes Batangas Benguet Biliran Bohol Bukidnon Bulacan Cagayan Camarines Norte Camarines Sur Camiguin Capiz Catanduanes Cavite Cebu Compostela Valley Cotabato Davao del Norte Davao del Sur Davao Occidental Davao Oriental Dinagat Islands Eastern Samar Guimaras Ifugao Ilocos
Ilocos
Norte Ilocos
Ilocos
Sur Iloilo Isabela Kalinga La Union Laguna Lanao del Norte Lanao del Sur Leyte Maguindanao Marinduque Masbate Misamis Occidental Misamis Oriental Mountain Province Negros Occidental Negros Oriental Northern Samar Nueva Ecija Nueva Vizcaya Occidental Mindoro Oriental Mindoro Palawan Pampanga Pangasinan Quezon Quirino Rizal Romblon Samar Sarangani Siquijor Sorsogon South Cotabato Southern Leyte Sultan Kudarat Sulu Surigao del Norte Surigao del Sur Tarlac Tawi-Tawi Zambales Zamboanga del Norte Zamboanga del Sur Zamboanga Sibugay

Cities

List of cities in the Philippines

Municipalities

List of cities and municipalities in the Philippines

Barangays

Lists of barangays by province Poblacion

Other subdivisions

Puroks Sitios List of primary LGUs Legislative districts Metropolitan areas

Historical

Former provinces Formally proposed provinces Negros Island
Negros Island
Region Southern Tagalog

Authority control

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