by nobert soloria bermosa on 18/03/11 at 9:18 pm
Here are the 10 smallest provinces in the Philippines in terms of land area.
The Philippines has 79 provinces at present. Each province is subdivided into cities and municipalities. Each province is administered by a governor. The largest province is Palawan followed by Isabela.
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A panoramic view of Batanes
The smallest province with an area of 219.01 km² is Batanes. It is located in Region II and its capital is Basco. Batanes is the northernmost and least populated Philippine province. It has 10 islands collectively known as Batanes Islands. Only 4 islands are inhabited; Batan, Itbayat, Ivuhus and Sabtang. This province is about 190 kilometers south of Taiwan.
A view of Camiguin
The 2nd smallest province is the island-province of Camiguin in Region X. it has a total area of 237.95 km². The capital of Camiguin is Mambajao. It is located in Bohol Sea and it also the 2nd smallest province in terms of population.
With an area of 337.49 km², the 3rd smallest province is Siquijor in Region VII or Central Visayas. The capital of this island-province is also Siquijor. Formerly a sub-province of Negros Oriental, it is known as Isla del Fuego or Island of Fire. This mythical island, which is also the 3rd smallest province in terms of population, is full of witches and other supernatural phenomena like tiyanak, aswang and many more.
The province of Biliran in Region VIII or Eastern Visayas Region is the 4th smallest with an area of 536.01 km2. The capital of this island province is Naval. It was formerly part of Leyte and became an independent province in 1991.
A market in Guimaras
Another small province is the island province of Guimaras in Region VI or Western Visayas Region. It has an area of 604.57 km² and its capital is Jordan. It is situated in the Panay Gulf between the islands of Negros and Panay. This province is noted for its sweet mangoes which are popular worldwide especially in the Buckingham Palace and White House. These mangoes are considered the sweetest in the world. The island is also well-known for their Manggahan Festival or Mango Festival. Dried mangoes and jam are also popular delicacies in the province.
With an area of 952.58 km², Marinduque in Region IV-A or MIMAROPA is the 6th smallest province of the Philippines. This island’s province is Boac and lies between Sibuyan Sea and Tayabas Bay.
The new provincial capitol
The 7th smallest province in the Philippines is Rizal. It has a land area of 1,175 km² and its capital is Pasig City which is part of Metro Manila. Rizal is in Region IV-A or more popularly known as CALABARZON.
a view of Bataan Peninsula
With an area of 1,372.98 km², the 8th smallest Philippine province is Bataan in Region III or Central Luzon. Its capital is the City of Balanga. The province occupies the whole of Bataan Peninsula. The idle Bataan Nuclear Power Plant is located in the town of Morong.
The 9th smallest Philippine province is Catanduanes. It is located in Region V or Bicol Region. Its capital is Virac and has a total land area of 1,492.16 km². This island province is situated east of Camarines Sur across Magueda Channel.
10.) La Union
A beach in Bauang, La Union.
The 10th smallest province in the Philippines is La Union. It has a total land area of 1,503.75 km² and its capital is the City of San Fernando. The province is bordered by Ilocos Sur to the north, Benguet to the east, Pangasinan to the south and South China Sea to the west.
Seven of the 10 smallest provinces are all island provinces.