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)

47.  Marinduque Boac MIMAROPA
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
65.  Romblon Romblon MIMAROPA
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 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?

Do visit related posts: Foreign Seniors Ask: HOW MANY CITIES ARE THERE IN THE PHILIPPINES? and Foreign Seniors Ask: WHAT ARE THE REGIONS OF THE PHILIPPINES?

Did you find this post informative? Filipino SC, from what province do you come from? Please share the wonderful destinations, sites, or events that you recommend for SCs like us to enjoy when we visit your province. I would like to hear from you. Simply scroll and click “Leave a comment”. Do share this post with your Facebook friends, follow me by clicking on the bottom right corner of your device, and do not forget to like this post.  Thank you!

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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,

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,

9“Regions of the Philippines,” accessed July 17, 2018,

10“Cities of the Philippines,” accessed July 17, 2018,

11“Municipalities of the Philippines,” accessed July 17, 2018,

12“Barangay,” accessed July 17, 2018,


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