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Top 10 Smallest Philippine Provinces

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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1.) Batanes

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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.

2.) Camiguin

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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.

3.) Siquijor

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Salagdoong Beach

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.

4.) Biliran

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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.

5.) Guimaras

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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.

6.) Marinduque

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Malindig Beach

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.

7.) Rizal

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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.

8.) Bataan

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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.

9.) Catanduanes

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panganiban Church

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

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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.

See also


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Top Ten Largest Philippine Islands and Famous Tourist Attractions


Top 10 Most Populous Cities in the Philippines


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Mark Gordon Brown

Mar 18th, 2011

thanks for your guide Norbert, I would love to make a visit.

Eunice Tan

Mar 18th, 2011

I didn’t have idea about it before. But obviously Philippines is beautiful tropical country

C Jordan

Mar 18th, 2011

A place I would love to visit one day. In the time I have been here your articles have always been interesting.


Mar 18th, 2011

I have never been to the smallest… Been to Camiguin and Siquijor is my hometown…

Melody SJAL

Mar 18th, 2011

Would love to visit Batanes one day. Have not been to Camiguin even if I’m originally from Mindanao. Of these provinces, I have only gone to Bataan, La Union and Rizal.


Mar 18th, 2011

Beautiful places to explore, if I can afford. Thanks

Brewed Coffee

Mar 18th, 2011

Me too, would love to go to Batanes and Camiguin. I only passed by Camiguin one time going to Cagayan de Oro :-)


Mar 19th, 2011

Hello there! I saw your name from Shilaho Jimmy’s most powerful men in Triond. I saw your badges and I said “wow! 2,000,000 hits exist only in my dreams!” Keep it up! By the way, those are nice provinces to visit. Thank you for sharing.


Mar 19th, 2011

I saw your name from Shilaho Jimmy’s most powerful men in Triond. Looking at your badges I said “wow! 2,000,000 hits exist only in my dreams!” Keep it up! By the way, those are nice provinces to visit. Thank you for sharing.


Mar 19th, 2011

Glad to share your article, I also hope you can visit my articles and give good advice! Thank you for coming!

Raj the Tora

Mar 19th, 2011

beautiful pictures indeed. Thank you.

Christine Ramsay

Mar 19th, 2011

What a wonderful tour, though I can’t say I have heard of any of these places.


Mar 19th, 2011

beautiful work


Mar 19th, 2011

Liked those Philipino fruits Nobert! Thanks for this great share!


Aug 13th, 2012

i wonder why RIZAL has lower income compared to other provinces near metro manila. it’s only now that i know that it is the 7th smallest province in the philippines

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