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Luzon is both the largest and the most populous island of the Philippines, a home to a lot, from the cobblestone streets of the colonial town of Vigan; to the bustling metropolis of Manila where the seat of the government is located as well as the national capital; to the rice terraces and pine forests of the Cordillera Region; this is the island of Luzon.

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Luzon is geographically composed of the mainland area and numerous smaller islands, and is split up into regions due to its size. Wikivoyage uses the same regions as those used by the Philippine government, except for MIMAROPA, whose islands are treated as separate regions and destinations in this guide. Palawan is considered a fourth region for travel purposes, and Batanes, while administratively part of Cagayan Valley, is directly grouped with Luzon. In addition, some regions are named differently for travel purposes.

Map of Luzon

  Metro Manila (Caloocan, Las Piñas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Manila, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Parañaque, Pasay, Pasig, Pateros, Quezon City, San Juan, Taguig, Valenzuela)
The National Capital Region or NCR, this is where the national capital of the Philippines, Manila, is situated, center of financial and commercial districts and where the seat of the government is situated. It is one of the world’s largest cities in terms of GDP.
  Cordillera Administrative Region (Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province)
The cool highlands of the country, famous for its majestic rice terraces, pine forests and rich culture. Aside from tourist attractions, what attracts people to come here is its cool weather.
  Ilocos Region (Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan)
Jam-packed with distinct cultures, tasty cuisine, and a wide range of natural attractions. This is where the well preserved European colonial town of Vigan is situated, a town where you can learn its history in its presence.
  Cagayan Valley (Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Viscaya, Quirino)
Vast valleys, lush jungles, mist-filled mountains, pristine waterfalls and stunning cave systems.
  Central Luzon (Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales)
The central plains of the country. The thriving city of Angeles is where the origins of the “Sisig” are found and the former home of the largest American military facility outside continental America. Historic Bulacan, on the other hand, is the seat of the first (but short-lived) Philippine government.
  Calabarzon (Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Quezon, Rizal)
Due to its proximity to Manila, this region is a favorite destination for weekend getaways. Its diverse topography and colorful culture is what attracts tourists to this region.
  Bicol Region (Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate, Sorsogon)
Ideal region for adventurers – filled with volcanoes, beaches, caverns, coves, lakes and other natural wonders. Home to the exquisite Mayon Volcano, which is popular for its near-prefect cone shape.

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