A province1 is a primary administrative and political division in the Philippines and is called “lalawigan” in Filipino2.
Now, you might ask again, dear Senior Citizens (SCs), why does Tita S need to list the 81 provinces of the Philippines? Well, I just want to suggest that you include the provinces1 you want to visit in your domestic travel bucket list (perhaps a short list per region3, depending on your interest, health and budget) and hopefully, tick them off one by one.
For the remaining half of 2018, why not enjoy a road trip with your high school or college/former work buddies or organize a long weekend with your family? Better yet, get away from your regular routine and just leave for a new province1 with your partner/loved one. See our beautiful country first before going overseas. Read my related posts: 2018 LONG WEEKENDS … “Byahe Na”! (Travel Now!) to guide you to plan your domestic trips and Foreign Seniors Ask: WHAT ARE THE REGIONS OF THE PHILIPPINES? to see the regions and provinces therein.
There are 81 provinces1 in the Philippines to choose from, and I have listed them alphabetically below, along with their capitals, and the region3 where they belong, according to Wikipedia page “Provinces of the Philippines”.4
|1. Abra||Bangued||Cordillera Administration Region|
|2. Agusan del Norte||Cabadbaran||Region XIII – Caraga Region|
|3. Agusan del Sur||Prosperidad||Region XIII – Caraga Region|
|4. Aklan||Kalibo||Region VI – Western Visayas|
|5. Albay||Legazpi||Region V – Bicol Region|
|6. Antique||San Jose||Region VI – Western Visayas|
|7. Apayao||Kabugao||Cordillera Administration Region|
|8. Aurora||Baler||Region III – Central Luzon|
|9. Basilan||Lamitan||Autonomous Region in
Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)
|10. Bataan||Balanga||Region III – Central Luzon|
|11. Batanes||Basco||Region II –Cagayan Valley|
|12. Batangas||Batangas City||Region IV-A – CALABARZON|
|13. Benguet||La Trinidad||Cordillera Administration Region|
|14. Biliran||Naval||Region VIII – Eastern Visayas|
|15. Bohol||Tagbilaran||Region VII – Central Visayas|
|16. Bukidnon||Malaybalay||Region X – Northern Mindanao|
|17. Bulacan||Malolos||Region III – Central Luzon|
|18. Cagayan||Tuguegarao||Region II –Cagayan Valley|
|19. Camarines Norte||Daet||Region V – Bicol Region|
|20. Camarines Sur||Pili||Region V – Bicol Region|
|21. Camiguin||Manbajao||Region X – Northern Mindanao|
|22. Capiz||Roxas||Region VI – Western Visayas|
|23. Catanduanes||Virac||Region V – Bicol Region|
|24. Cavite||Imus City||Region IV-A – CALABARZON|
|25. Cebu||Cebu City||Region VII – Central Visayas|
|26. Compostela Valley||Nabunturan||Region XI – Davao Region|
|27. Cotabato (North Cotabato)||Kidapawan||Region XII – SOCCSKSARGEN|
|28. Davao del Norte||Tagum||Region XI – Davao Region|
|29. Davao del Sur||Digos||Region XI – Davao Region|
|30. Davao Occidental||Malita||Region XI – Davao Region|
|31. Davao Oriental||Mati||Region XI – Davao Region|
|32. Dinagat Islands||San Jose||Region XIII – Caraga Region|
|33. Eastern Samar||Borongan||Region VIII – Eastern Visayas|
|34. Guimaras||Jordan||Region VI – Western Visayas|
|35. Ifugao||Lagawe||Cordillera Administration Region|
|36. Ilocos Norte||Laoag||Region I – Ilocos Region|
|37. Ilocos Sur||Vigan||Region I – Ilocos Region|
|38. Iloilo||Iloilo City||Region VI – Western Visayas|
|39. Isabela||Ilagan||Region II –Cagayan Valley|
|40. Kalinga||Tabuk||Cordillera Administration Region|
|41. Laguna||Santa Cruz||Region IV-A – CALABARZON|
|42. Lanao del Norte||Tubod||Region X – Northern Mindanao|
|43. Lanao del Sur||Marawi||Autonomous Region in
Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)
|44. La Union||San Fernando||Region I – Ilocos Region|
|45. Leyte||Tacloban||Region VIII – Eastern Visayas|
|46. Maguindanao||Shariff Aguak||Autonomous Region in
Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)
|48. Masbate||Masbate City||Region V – Bicol Region|
|49. Misamis Occidental||Oroquieta||Region X – Northern Mindanao|
|50. Misamis Oriental||Cagayan de Oro||Region X – Northern Mindanao|
|51. Mountain Province||Bontoc||Cordillera Administration Region|
|52. Negros Occidental||Bacolod||Region VI – Western Visayas|
|53. Negros Oriental||Dumaguete||Region VII – Central Visayas|
|54. Northern Samar||Catarman||Region VIII – Eastern Visayas|
|55. Nueva Ecija||Palayan||Region III – Central Luzon|
|56. Nueva Viscaya||Bayombong||Region II –Cagayan Valley|
|57. Occidental Mindoro||Mamburao||MIMAROPA|
|58. Oriental Mindoro||Calapan||MIMAROPA|
|59. Palawan||Puerto Princesa||MIMAROPA|
|60. Pampanga||San Fernando||Region III – Central Luzon|
|61. Pangasinan||Lingayen||Region I –Ilocos Region|
|62. Quezon||Lucena||Region IV-A – CALABARZON|
|63. Quirino||Cabarroguis||Region II –Cagayan Valley|
|64. Rizal||Antipolo||Region IV-A – CALABARZON|
|66. Samar (Western Samar)||Catbalogan||Region VIII – Eastern Visayas|
|67. Sarangani||Alabel||Region XII – SOCCSKSARGEN|
|68. Siquijor||Siquijor||Region VII – Central Visayas|
|69. Sorsogon||Sorsogon City||Region V – Bicol Region|
|70. South Cotabato||Koronadal||Region XII – SOCCSKSARGEN|
|71. Southern Leyte||Maasin||Region VIII – Eastern Visayas|
|72. Sultan Kudarat||Isulan||Region XII – SOCCSKSARGEN|
|73. Sulu||Jolo||Autonomous Region in
Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)
|74. Surigao del Norte||Surigao City||Region XIII – Caraga Region|
|75. Surigao del Sur||Tandag||Region XIII – Caraga Region|
|76. Tarlac||Tarlac City||Region III – Central Luzon|
|77. Tawi-Tawi||Bongao||Autonomous Region in
Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)
|78. Zambales||Iba||Region III – Central Luzon|
|79. Zamboanga del Norte||Dipolog||Region IX- Zamboanga Peninsula|
|80. Zamboanga del Sur||Pagadian||Region IX- Zamboanga Peninsula|
|81. Zamboanga Sibugay||Ipil||Region IX- Zamboanga Peninsula|
Visit www.nap.psa.gov.ph for the official list of provinces1 in the Philippines. You can also click on a province in the list of the website for more details.
Well, how many provinces have you visited to-date? It’s never too late, dear SCs. Just plan your trips ahead of time with your partner, family, or friends.
I personally computed that if I visit one province per week, it would take me: 1 year, 8 months and 1 week. If I visit one province per month, it would take me: 6 years, 2 months and 1 week.
Rates are way cheaper when you book way ahead of time. So, can you tell me where your next domestic trip will be?
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The following terms are defined for interested readers, especially non-Filipinos, those with “Senior-Moments”, and those too busy or lazy to Google such terms:
1A province is the primary administrative and political division in the Philippines. It is the second-level administrative sub-division of a region3. There are 81 provinces (called “lalawigan”) in the Philippines. Each province is governed by an elected legislature called the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and by an elected governor. Remember, a province in the Philippines is divided into cities5 and municipalities6 (or towns), which in turn, are divided into barangays6, formerly called barrios. All these were obtained from Wikipedia page “Provinces of the Philippines.”4
2Filipino is the national language (or “pambansang wika”) and one of the official languages of the Philippines. The Filipino language is largely the Tagalog dialect with additional words and letters from other existing Philippine languages, according to the Wikipedia page “Filipino language”.8
3A region is the first-order administrative division in the Philippines. There are 18 regions in the Philippines, based on geographical, cultural and ethnological characteristics. A region is further subdivided in provinces1, composed of cities and municipalities6 (or towns), which in turn, are divided into barangays7, formerly called barrios. All these were obtained from Wikipedia page “Regions of the Philippines.”9
4“Provinces of the Philippines,” accessed July 17, 2018, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Provinces_of_the_Philippines.
5A city is the local government unit in the Philippines headed by a mayor elected by popular vote. A vice mayor serves as the presiding officer of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (city council), which serves as the city’s legislative body. Congress is the only legislative entity that can incorporate a city in the country. Upon receiving its charter, a city also receives a full complement of executive departments to best serve its constituents. There are 145 cities, as of 2016, in the country. All these were obtained from Wikipedia page “Cities of the Philippines.”10
6A municipality is a small, single urban administrative division, or local government unit (LGU), in the Philippines which has corporate status and powers of self-government or jurisdiction as granted by law. It is a unit under a province1, subdivided into barangays3, and is locally called “bayan”. In the Philippines, a municipality is headed by a mayor, a vice mayor and members of the Sangguniang Bayan (legislative branch). It can enact local policies and laws, enforce them, and govern its jurisdictions. It can enter into contracts and other transactions through its elected and appointed officials and can tax as well. It enforces all local and national laws. There are almost 1,500 municipalities in the Philippines. All these were obtained from Wikipedia page “Municipalities of the Philippines.”11
7A barangay is the smallest administrative division in the Philippines, headed by a barangay captain, aided by a Sangguniang Barangay (Barangay Council). It is the native Filipino term for a district or village. It was formerly called a barrio. In a metropolitan area, a barangay is an inner city neighborhood, a suburb or a suburban neighborhood. NOTE: The word barangay originated from the term “balangay”, a kind of boat used by a group of Austronesian people who migrated to the Philippines. All these were obtained from Wikipedia page “Barangay.”12
8“Filipino language,” accessed July 17, 2018, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filipino_language.
9“Regions of the Philippines,” accessed July 17, 2018, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regions_of_the_Phjilippines.
10“Cities of the Philippines,” accessed July 17, 2018, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cities_of_the_Philippines.
11“Municipalities of the Philippines,” accessed July 17, 2018, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Municipalities_of_the_Philippines.
12“Barangay,” accessed July 17, 2018, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barangay.