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Top 10 Philippine Largest Provinces (By Area) and Their Most Popular Attractions

by nobert soloria bermosa on 20/03/11 at 8:35 pm

The smallest province in the Philippines is Batanes. It is an island province and is also the least populated province in the country.

On the other hand, the largest province in the Philippines is also an island province and similarly, it is one of the most sparsely populated provinces in the country.

1.) Palawan

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Palawan is Philippines’ largest province with an area of 17,030.75 km² and a density of 52.41/ km² is also one of the most sparely populated provinces in the country.  This island province is located in Region IV_B which is commonly known as MIMAROPA which stands for Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan.

The province is home to most popular and most visited tourist attractions in the Philippines. It is also well-known as one of the cleanest and greenest provinces in the archipelago. The disputed Spratly Islands located on the west of the province is considered part of Palawan and is locally known as Kalayaan Group of Islands.

Most Popular Attraction

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park 

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Palawan’s capital is Puerto Princesa where the famous Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is located, one of the province’s most popular tourist destinations. It is considered the longest navigable underground river in the world.

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Other notable attraction in the province:

Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park A UNESCO World Heritage Site

El Nido

Coron Island

2.) Isabela

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With a total area of 13,778.76 km², Isabela in Region II or Cagayan Valley Region is the second largest province of the Philippines. The province is regarded as the “rice and corn granary of Luzon”. Its capital is Ilagan, a first class municipality.

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Mar 20th, 2011

Wow, this is brilliant research kabayan. I’ve been to these places except Agusan del Sur, Cotabato and Negros Occidental. The Philippines is truly a beautiful country.


Mar 20th, 2011

nice guide, thanks for sharing

Unofre Pili

Mar 20th, 2011

Excellent article bro. The Mindanao State University image has made me nostalgic as I used to walk the very scene as a skinny university student back then.

Joie Schmidt

Mar 20th, 2011




-Joie Schmidt.

Eunice Tan

Mar 20th, 2011

God bless above provinces.


Mar 20th, 2011

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Christine Ramsay

Mar 21st, 2011

You have really broadened my knowledge of the Philippines through this amazing post. Great work as always, Nobert.

EK Encarnacion

Mar 21st, 2011

I’ve been to Cagayan po and the majestic Callao Caves and the very clean Pinacanauan River was just jaw-dropping. Indeed, a very brief yet informative article.

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