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REGION - 4A : CALABARZON

YOUR PHILIPPINE ADVENTURETRAVEL EXPERIENCE
THE REGIONAL AREAS

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CALABARZON is one of the regions of the Philippines. It is also designated as Region IV-A and its regional capital is Calamba City in Laguna. The region is composed of five provinces, namely: Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon. The region's name is an acronym of the names of these provinces.

The region is located in southwestern Luzon, just south and west of MetroManila and is the second most densely populated region.

CALABARZON and MIMAROPA were previously combined together as Southern Tagalog, until they were separated in 2002.

Executive Order No. 246, dated October 28, 2003, designated Calamba City as the regional center of CALABARZON. However, Manila remains to be its de facto capital until now due to its proximity to the Region.

POINTS OF INTEREST 
PROVINCES 
TOWNS / CITIES 

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The historic House of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo in Kawit, Cavite

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CAVITE  
 

CAVITE is a province of the Philippines located on the southern shores of Manila Bay in the CALABARZON region in Luzon, just 30 kilometers south of Manila. Its capital is the city of Trece Martires. Cavite is surrounded by the provinces of Laguna to the east and Batangas to the south. To the west lies the South China Sea.

 
 

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Legendary Mt. Makiling in the Province of Laguna

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"Shooting the Rapids" at Pagsanjan River

LAGUNA  
 

Laguna is a province of the Philippines found in the CALABARZON region in Luzon. Its capital is Santa Cruz and the province is located southeast of Metro Manila, south of the province of Rizal, west of Quezon, north of Batangas and east of Cavite. Laguna almost completely surrounds Laguna de Bay, the largest lake in the country. The province got its name from the Spanish word lago, which means lake.

Laguna is also famous among tourists for the Pagsanjan Falls, Pila, Laguna Town Plaza, the wood carvings created by the people of Paete and Pakil, the hot spring resorts in Los Baños on the slopes of Mt. Makiling, and Hidden Valley Springs in Calauan.

 
 

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Beautiful but active Taal Volcano is found in the Province of Batangas

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Diving is a popular activity in Anilao, Province of Batangas

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BATANGAS 
 

Batangas is a province of the Philippines located on the southwestern part of Luzon in the CALABARZON region. Its capital is Batangas City and it is bordered by the provinces of Cavite and Laguna to the north and Quezon to the east. Across the Verde Island Passages to the south is the island of Mindoro and to the west lies the South China Sea.

Before the province came to be called Batangas, it was known in ancient times as the town of Bonbon. When it's Capital Town was declared to be Taal, the province also changed its name to Taal.

After some time, the Capital was transferred to the Town of Batangan, later Batangas City, and the Province changed its name once more after the Capital.

 

Cities

  • Batangas City 
  • Lipa City

  • Tanauan City                                                                       Municipalities

 

RIZAL 
 

Rizal is a province of the Philippines located in the CALABARZON region in Luzon, just 20 kilometers east of Manila. The province was named after the country's national hero, José Rizal. Rizal's capital is Antipolo City, although the provincial capitol is located in Pasig City in Metro Manila, which was the previous capital.

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Mystical Mt. Banahaw- a dormant volcanic peak in the Province of Quezon

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QUEZON 
 

Quezon is a province of the Philippines located in the CALABARZON region in Luzon. The province was named after Manuel L. Quezon, the second President of the Philippines, and its capital is Lucena City. Quezon City is not located in and should not be confused with Quezon province: Quezon City is located in Metro Manila, a region to the west of CALABARZON, while Quezon province is in eastern CALABARZON.

Quezon is located southeast of Metro Manila and it is surrounded by the provinces of Aurora to the north, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna and Batangas to the west and the Camarines provinces to the east. Quezon lies on an isthmus separating the Bicol Peninsula from the main part of Luzon. The province also covers the Polillo Islands in the Philippine Sea.

A major tourism draw of the province is the famed Mt. Banahaw. The mountain is surrounded by spiritual mysticism. Many cults and religious organizations stay in the mountains and numerous Catholics visit the mountain during Holy Week.

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