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Calabarzon

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Calabarzon is a region of southwestern Luzon, the main island in the Philippines.

Not very far from the sprawl of Metro Manila, it provides a variety of tourist spots, from heritage towns to luxurious beach resorts. Laguna hosts a number of hot spring resorts as well as mountains and heritages towns. Batangas houses numbers of beach resorts, heritage towns, and the world's smallest volcano, Taal Volcano.

Most of the inhabitants of the region are Tagalogs, but there is a significant Visayan minority. Most locations in the province showcase the rich Tagalog culture.

Provinces[edit]

Map of Calabarzon


  Batangas
Cradle of Tagalog culture, and home to resorts, Spanish-era town centers with heritage churches and houses, and the world's smaller volcano, Taal Volcano.
  Cavite
Most densely populated province, home to sprawling suburban bedroom communities, but filled also with history as one of the provinces that led the Philippine Revolution. Tagaytay, one of its cities, has a cool climate, and is an easy getaway from Metro Manila's noisy and crowded environment .
  Laguna
Economic center, with an expanding economy depending on industry and agriculture. Major destinations are its hot springs in Calamba (Pansol) and Los Baños, Mount Makiling, the Rizal mansion in Calamba, and Pagsanjan Falls.
  Quezon
Gateway to Bicol, also a growing eco-tourism destination
  Rizal
A province east of Metro Manila, with mountainous terrain.

Cities[edit]

  • 1 Antipolo - de facto capital of Rizal. The Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage and Hinulugang Taktak are its primary destinations, as well as overlooking panoramic views of Metro Manila.
  • 2 Batangas City - the political, industrial and educational capital of Batangas, and a major seaport to the rest of the archipelago. The city is home to the annual Sublian Festival, various low-budget to splurge hotels, colleges and universities, and religious destinations such as the Spanish-era Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and the newer Monte Maria, with its gigantic statue of the Virgin Mary (under construction) being its centerpiece.
  • 3 Calamba - Regional center. The ancestral house of the national hero Jose Rizal and its hot spring resorts are its major destination.
  • 4 Santa Rosa - A commercial, industrial and residential suburban city in Laguna, serving as the principal gateway to Tagaytay. Enchanted Kingdom and Nuvali serves ats its major attractions.
  • 5 Tagaytay - Resort city on the mountain ridge south of Metro Manila. Its cool climate and its view of Taal Volcano attracts tourists, thus providing an easy getaway from the heat, noise, and congestion of Manila.

Other destinations[edit]

  • Resort towns of Batangas:
    • Calatagan
    • 1 Lian - The beach at the barangay of Matabungkay are its major attraction.
    • 2 Mabini - A scuba diving and smorkeling destination not far from Manila
    • 3 Nasugbu - Numerous beaches along the South China Sea, most notably the luxury beach resorts at Punta del Fuego and Pico de Loro, are its major destinations.
    • San Juan
  • Varipus mountains serving as popular hiking locations:
  • 4 Los Baños - Home to hot springs and Mount Makiling, as well as the University of the Philippines Los Baños and the International Rice Research Institute
  • 5 Taal - Its Spanish-era town center, and the Minor Basilica of St. Martin of Tours, Asia's largest basilica, serves as its landmarks. Butterfly knives (balisong) are its major local product.
  • Taal Volcano - The smallest volcano in the world

Understand[edit]

As an overview article, please refer details about the region in the provincial articles.

Get in[edit]

The region is well connected to other regions by road and sea. There is no major airport in CALABARZON, and the main entry points are by land or sea.

By bus[edit]

The region is well served by a number of bus companies from Metro Manila and elsewhere. The major plied routes are Manila-Calamba, Manila-Batangas, Manila-Dasmarinas, Manila-Nasugbu, and Manila-Lucena. Major terminals in Metro Manila remains scattered, but most come from Cubao (in Quezon City), Buendia and EDSA Rotonda (in Pasay), Uniwide Coastal Mall (in Paranaque), and Alabang (in Muntinlupa).

By car[edit]

The region has good road connections with the adjacent regions. From Metro Manila, toll expressways like the South Luzon Expressway and STAR Tollway serve as the major road connections. Travelers from Bicol Region will take the Maharlika Highway, but expect a zigzagging road in the countryside and frequent rainstorms because of the rainforest climate of the areas passed through.

By sea[edit]

Batangas Port is the second busiest seaport in the Philippines, and provides connections to the rest of the Philippines. Interisland ships and RoRo services serve the port, as well as fast craft and motorboat service.

By rail[edit]

Philippine National Railways provide train service through Laguna and Quezon to Bicol Region, but it remains suspended as of 2017. A commuter train from Tutuban station in Manila serves the major cities in Laguna, but it only operates in the evening hours and becomes extremely crowded in the rush hour. Batangas City is once served by a single railway line from Calamba, but it has been abandoned, and there are efforts by the Duterte administration to revive the connection to the Philippines' second busiest seaport.

Get around[edit]

Most travel within the region is by land. The key cities and towns are served by a network of national roads, and travel by bus or car is the common way of transport. Expressways remain sporadic, and traffic jams is commonplace. Drivers are usually aggressive, as in the rest of the Philippines.

Stay safe[edit]

There is a considerable risk from the weather. Most of CALABARZON is characterized by frequent rainfall, so don't forget to bring an umbrella when visiting any location within the region. The only exceptions are the westernmost areas, where there are dry and wet seasons, but still expect rainfall. Typhoons are also a danger in the rainy season.

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