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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Calamba - Regional center. The ancestral house of the national hero Jose Rizal and its hot spring resorts are its major destination.
- 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.
- 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.
- Resort towns of Batangas:
- Lian - The beach at the barangay of Matabungkay are its major attraction.
- Mabini - A scuba diving and smorkeling destination not far from Manila
- 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:
- 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
- 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