CALABARZON

Calabarzon REgioncalabarzon is designated as Region IV-A. The region is composed of five (5) provinces, namely: Cavite, Laguna, BAtangas, Rizal, and QueZON. calabarzon is located in southern Luzon, just south and west of Metro Manila and is the second most densely populated region. The Region is located in the in the adjacent south of Metro Manila. It is among the three regions that comprise a contiguous urban beltway corridor identified as the nucleus of industrialization in the Philippines. It is known as the industrial powerhouse of the Philippines. calabarzon region is in the southern part of the main island Luzon. It is easily accessible from and is a popular destination for Filipino families living in manila.

It might just be an hour or two away, but the diverse topography and varied natural attractions make this region interesting. Beaches and dive spots. Forests and caves. Mountains and hills. Waterfalls and hot springs. It’s all here. This is the home of Laguna de Bay – the country’s largest freshwater lake. It also boasts of Taal Lake, which contains the world’s smallest active volcano.

Because of its proximity to the national capital, calabarzon has seen steady industrial growth and urbanization in recent years. But the local culture is still very much alive. Historical landmarks, monuments, old churches, and shrines dot the region’s landscape.

The area is rich in history. It’s where the Philippines’ independence from Spain was first declared in 1898. It’s the birthplace of national heroes such as Jose Rizal (from Calamba, Laguna), Emilio Aguinaldo (from Kawit, Cavite), Apolinario Mabini (from Tanauan, Batangas) and Miguel Malvar (from Sto. Tomas, Batangas).

calabarzon is also rich in cultural traditions. Laguna is known for embroidery, wood carving, and papier-mâché (locally known as taka). Quezon has harvest festivals and flamboyantly decorated houses. Rizal has artisan villages and art galleries. It’s a colorful region.

calabarzon played a very important role in the history of the Philippines. It is the birthplace of two of heroes of the country; Dr. Jose P. Rizal, Philippines’ national hero, was born in Calamba, Laguna while Apolinario Mabini was born in Tanauan City, Batangas. The people of Batangas, Cavite and Laguna were among the first who revolted against the Spaniards for freedom. Philippine independence was proclaimed and held by the 1st Philippine president, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo on June 12, 1898 in Cavite.

calabarzon is home to the world’s smallest volcano, the famous Taal Volcano, which is in a lake. For tourists not wanting bigger crowds, Anilao, a world class diving spot with lovely beaches, is one of the best destina­tions. The region has some fantastic freshwater lakes, rivers, spectacular waterfalls such as the Pagsanjan Falls, and hot springs. For tourists who want a dose of Philippine history, the island of Corregidor, from World War II, is proudly part of the province of Cavite. The region is also rich in festivals. The traditional celebration of Pahiyas is held every 15th of May to give thanks for a bountiful harvest.

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