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Encyclopedia > Island groups of the Philippines
The Philippines is divided into three island groups.
The Philippines is divided into three island groups.

The Philippines is divided into three island groups of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Luzon and Mindanao are named after their main islands of the same names, while the Visayas (the Visayan Islands) is an archipelago. Map of the Philippines showing Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. ... Map of the Philippines showing Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. ... The Mergui Archipelago An archipelago is a landform which consists of a chain or cluster of islands. ... Map of the Philippines showing the island groups of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. ... Map of the Philippines showing Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao Visayas is one of the three island groupings in the Philippines along with Luzon and Mindanao. ... Map of the Philippines showing the island groups of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao Mindanao is the second largest and easternmost island in the Philippines. ...


The different islands are grouped into separate island groups by virtue of their regions: Regions I to V, CAR and NCR are for Luzon, Regions VI to VIII are for Visayas, and Regions IX to XIII and ARMM are for Mindanao. If a province is reassigned into a new region, it can also be reassigned to a new island group, as is the case with Palawan, when it was reassigned from MIMAROPA (now renamed MIMARO, Region IV-B) to Western Visayas (Region VI).[1] The island groups themselves do not have governments of their own, but are instead divided into provinces, cities, municipalities and barangays, which do have their own local governments. Map of the Philippines showing the regions and their provinces (click for larger version). ... Map of the Philippines showing all the regions and their provinces. ... Palawan is an island province of the Philippines located in the Mimaropa region. ... MIMARO, also known as Region IV-B, is a region of the Philippines located in Luzon. ... Western Visayas, one of the regions of the Philippines, is designated as Region VI. It consists of seven provinces, namely, Aklan, Antique, Negros Occidental, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo and Palawan and 17 cities making it the region with the most number of cities. ... A city (lungsod, sometimes siyudad, in Filipino and Tagalog) is a tier of local government in the Philippines. ... A municipality (bayan, sometimes munisipalidad, in Filipino) is a local government unit in the Philippines. ... A barangay (Tagalog: baranggay , pronounced as ba-rang-gai, gai as in guy), also known by its former name, the barrio, is the smallest local government unit in the Philippines and is the native Filipino term for a village, district or ward. ...


Although the island groups do not have local governments, hence capitals, certain cities have become the political, economic and cultural centers of the island groups. Manila is the national capital and is the de facto capital of Luzon. Cebu is the largest city of the Visayas. Mindanao's main city is Davao. In politics, a capital (also called capital city or political capital — although the latter phrase has a second meaning based on an alternative sense of capital) is the principal city or town associated with a countrys government. ... The City of Manila (Filipino: Lungsod ng Maynila), or simply Manila, is the capital of the Philippines. ... This is a list of current and former national capital cities in the Philippines, which includes during the time of the Spanish colonization, the First Philippine Republic, the Commonwealth of the Philippines, the Second Republic of the Philippines (Japanese-Sponsored Republic), the Third Republic of the Philippines, the Fourth Republic... The City of Cebu is the provincial capital of Cebu in the Philippines and is the second most important metropolitan center in the country. ... The City of Davao (Filipino: Lungsod ng Dabaw; Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Davao) is one of the most important cities in the Philippines and the de facto capital of the island of Mindanao. ...


A portmanteau of the names of island groups, Luzviminda, is a popular name for girls.[2] This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Island groups

Island group Largest city Area (sq. km.) Population (2000 census)
Luzon Manila 125,863 32,122,900
Visayas Cebu 71,503 16,275,564
Mindanao Davao 101,763 18,262,611

Map of the Philippines showing the island groups of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. ... The City of Manila (Filipino: Lungsod ng Maynila), or simply Manila, is the capital of the Philippines. ... Map of the Philippines showing Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao Visayas is one of the three island groupings in the Philippines along with Luzon and Mindanao. ... The City of Cebu is the provincial capital of Cebu in the Philippines and is the second most important metropolitan center in the country. ... Map of the Philippines showing the island groups of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao Mindanao is the second largest and easternmost island in the Philippines. ... The City of Davao (Filipino: Lungsod ng Dabaw; Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Davao) is one of the most important cities in the Philippines and the de facto capital of the island of Mindanao. ...

References

  1. ^ Palawan now part of Western Visayas Kathy Villalon-Cinco, SunStar Iloilo. Published June 07, 2005, accessed January 2, 2007.
  2. ^ The Philippine name game Sarah Toms, BBC News. Published Saturday, 14 January 2006, 13:29 GMT, accessed January 2, 2007.
Philippines
Capital Manila | National Capital Region
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 Oriental | Dinagat Islands | Eastern Samar | Guimaras | Ifugao | Ilocos Norte | 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 | Shariff Kabunsuan | 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
Other subdivisions Island groups | Regions | Cities | Municipalities | Barangays | Legislative districts
Territorial
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