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The Fascinating Facts About Philippine Provinces and Towns You Didn't Know

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Each town in the Philippines has its own charm. Philippine towns have their own rich histories and culture. There are many interesting facts about the name of towns in the Philippines. There are towns with names that have meanings related to their location in relation to other settlements and some are famous for their cultural heritage, main products of even their famous culinary.  

This section will cover the reasons behind the names of towns and what these names mean according to their location in relation to other settlements.

How to discover your City or Town's specialty from its name

Finding out what your city, province, or town is best at can be a difficult task. But it’s worth the effort.

This article is about discovering and highlighting what your home province is best at and what it is known for that might make you more proud of your place.

People always have this cool idea of ‘place branding’ and then goes on to use they can use branding to their advantage in order to create a positive image of the place. Local governments should take into account these branding efforts in order to boost tourism, among other things.

Here are the fascinating trivia about different places in the Philippines

Aklan - Oldest province in the Philippines

Cebu City - Oldest City in the Philippines

Davao City - Largest City in the Philippines

Iloilo - Province with most number of barangays

Negros Occidental - Province with most number of cities

Palawan - Largest Province in the Philippines

Sablayan, Occ. Mindoro - Largest Municipality in the Philippines

Miagao, Iloilo - Municipality with most number of barangays, Onion Capital of Visayas

Nueva Ecija - Rice Granary of the Philippines

Pampanga - Culinary Capital of the Philippines

Marinduque - Heart of the Philippines

Iloilo City - The First queen City of the South, City where the Past is always present

Dumaguete - City of Gentle People

Cagayan de Oro - City of Golden Friendship

Quezon City - City of Stars and New Horizons

Manila - Ever Distinguished Loyal City

Roxas City - Seafood Capital of the Philippines

Antique - Province where the mountain meets the sea

Bacoor - Band Capital of the Philippines

Gen. San City- Tuna Capital 

Isulan - Oil Palm Capital of the Philippines

Pangasinan - Saltmaking Capital

Negros Occidental - Sugar Bowl

Romblon - Marble Capital

Rizal - Cradle of Philippine Arts

Cavite - Cradle of Phil. Revolution

La Union - Surfing Capital of the North

Biliran - Shipyard of Antiquity

Camiguin - Island Born of Fire

Siquijor - Island of Fire 

Makati - Manhattan of the Philippines

Marikina - Shoe Capital of the Philippines

Cebu - Gateway to a Thousand Journeys

Masbate - Great Wild West of Phil.

Tarlac - Melting Pot of Central Luzon

Bataan - History Hub of Central Luzon

Bulacan - Manila's Gateway to the North

Palawan - Philippines' Last Frontier

Guimaras - Mango County of Visayas

Manduluyong - Shopping Capital

Muntinlupa - The Emerald City

Valenzuela - The Only Divided City

Lanao del Sur - Cradle of Muslim Art

South Cotabato - Conference Capital of Mindanao

Dinagat Island - Mystical Province of Love

Surigao del Norte - Surfing Capital 

Eastern Samar - Gateway to Phil. Discovery

Cam Sur - Wakeboarding Capital

Lanao del Norte - Land of Beauty and Bounty

Pateros - Balut Capital

San Juan - Tiangge Capital

Navotas - Fishing Capital of Greater Manila

Laguna - The Silicon Valley

Batangas - Diving and Shipping Capital

Batanes - Land of True Insulars

Quirino - Forest Heartland of Cagayan Valley

Zambales - Chromite Capital

Aurora - Land of Golden Sunrise

Zamboanga del Norte - Province of South's Twin City

Bukidnon - Pineapple Capital

Catanduanes - Land of the Howling Wind

Maguindanao - Seat of Muslim Mindanao

Sitangkai, Tawi Tawi - Venice of the South

Cotabato - Land of Mightiest Mountain

Neg. Oriental - Whale and Dolphin Haven

Paranaque - Fashion Capital

Pasay - Travel Capital

Lucena, Quezon - Biofuel & Biopalm City 

Samar - Spelunking Capital

Davao del Norte - Durian and Banana Capital

Baguio City - Summer Capital/ City of Pines

San Fernando, Pampanga - Lantern Capital

Misamis Occ - Christmas Capital of Mindanao

Benguet - Salad Bowl of the Philippines

Kalinga - White Rafting Capital of the North

Isabela - Rice Granary of the North

Nueva Vizcaya - Watershed Haven of Cagayan Valley

Ilocos Sur - Heritage Haven of the Far North

Oriental Mindoro - Harbor Gateway to the South

Agusan del Norte - Land of Antiquated Finds

Tacloban City - City of Hope

Tagbilaran - City of Peace and Friendship

Tuguegarao - Premier Ybanag City

Butuan - Timber City of the South

Gingoog - City of Good Luck

Davao - Fruit Basket and King City of the South

Dapitan - Shrine and Historic City of the South

Pagadian - Little Hong Kong of the South

Zamboanga City - Asias Latin City, Sardines Capital, City of Flowers

Mati - Coconut City of the South

Catbalogan - City of Captivating Contrast

Tagum - Music Capital of the South

Sulu - Land of Exotic Fruits

Bacolod - City of Smiles

Passi - Sweet City at the Heart of Panay

Antipolo - City in the Sky

Calbayog - City of Waterfalls

Las Pinas - Salt Center of Metro Manila

Taguig - The ProvinSyudad

Valenzuela - Vibrant City of Discipline

Maasin City, S. Leyte - The Religious City

Lingayen - The Most Romantic Place

Alimodian, Iloilo - Banana Capital of Panay

Dagupan - Bangus Capital 

La Trinidad, Benguet - Strawberry Capital

Cauayan, Isabela - Mushroom City of the North

Donsol, Sorsogon - World's Whale Shark Capital

Legazpi - City of Fun and Adventure, ATV capital

Naga - Bicols Queen City

Mandaue, Cebu - Furniture Capital

Borongan - King City of the East

Dipolog - The Phil. Orchid City

Gutalac, Zamb. Norte - Pebble Capital

El Salvador, Mis Or - City of Divine Mercy

Iligan - industrial City of the South

Pototan, Iloilo - Christmas Capital of Visayas

Lantapan, Bukidnon - Vegetable Basket of Mindanao

Malaybalay, Bukidnon - Summer Capital of the South

Oroquieta - City of Good Life

Digos - Clay Capital of Mindanao

Malita - Banana Capital of Davao

Samal - Phil. Island Garden City

Kidapawan - City at the foot of Mt Apo

Koronadal - Ilonggo City of the South

El Nido - Heaven on Earth

Puerto Galera - Port of Galleons

Puerto Princesa - EcoTourism Capital

Cainta, Rizal - Bibingka Capital

Calamba - Hot Spring Capital

Imus - The Philippine Flag Capital

Lipa, Batangas - City of Pride

Molo, Iloilo - Athens of the Philippines

Unahin nating gumala sa Pilipinas. Huwag maging dayuhan sa sariling bayan.

Do you have other trivia about the places in the Philippines? Please share it in the comments section. 

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