The Island of Luzon and Manila, Philippines
Luzon ( Luzon ) — the largest (area 104688 km 2 ) island of the Philippine archipelago and the 15th largest island in the world. It is located in the Northern part of the Philippine Islands. With adjacent Islands forms the same island group ( Luzon ), one of the three parts, along with the Visayas Islands and Mindanao . which are Felinine . In addition to the Luzon island group Luzon includes the Islands of Mindoro . Palawan (Luzon classification is not unambiguous, sometimes referred to the Visayas ), Busuanga . Crowns . Sibuyan . the archipelago Babuyan, etc.
From the West to the Strait bordering the South China . and the East — the Philippine sea .
Features of the island of Luzon
Relief strove Luzon complex, with a combination of mountains, intermontane and coastal plains. It is the largest mountain range of the Philippines — Cordillera . The highest point of the island (the second highest in the country) — mountain Pulog ( Pulag ), 2922 m On Luzon there are active volcanoes, including the famous volcanoes Mayon and Taal . The largest lake of the Philippines — Laguna de Bai ( Laguna de Bay ) is also located on Luzon .
In Manila Bay, Luzon, is the capital of the PhilippinesManila .
“Glorious and ever faithful city”
Philip II, king of Spain
Manila has long grown together with the neighbouring cities and towns, forming one of the largest (estimated population of 20 million) cities on Earth — Metro Manila ( Metro Manila ) or national Capital Region ( National Capital Region ), Philippines the only region not divided into provinces. Metro Manila consists of several cities, the largest of which is not actually in Manila . and Quezon ( Quezon City ), former capital of the Philippines (1948 to 1976).
Position the Capital region on the map of Philippines
The Composition Of Metro Manila
Metro Manila consists of the cities:
Valenzuela ( Valenzuela )
Kalookan ( Caloocan )
Quezon ( Quezon City )
Las Pinas ( Las Piñas )
Makati ( Makati )
Malabon ( Malabon )
Mandaluyong ( Mandaluyong )
Manila ( Manila )
Marikina ( Marikina )
Muntinlupa ( Muntinlupa )
Navotas ( Navotas )
Paranaque city ( Parañaque )
Pasay ( Pasay )
Pasig ( Pasig )
Pateros ( Pateros )
San Juan ( San Juan )
Taguig City ( Taguig )
The city of Manila is divided into districts:
Binondo ( Binondo )
Intramuros ( Intramuros )
KAPA ( Quiapo )
Malate ( Malate )
Paco ( Paco )
Pandacan ( Pandacan )
Port area ( Port Area )
Business ( Sampaloc )
San Andres ( San Andres )
San Miguel ( San Miguel )
San Nicolas ( San Nicolas )
Santa Ana ( Santa Ana )
Santa Cruz ( Santa Cruz )
Santa Mesa ( Santa Mesa )
Tondo ( Tondo )
Ermita ( Ermita )
In Manila . 7 km from the centre of the city is the largest international airport of the Philippines — the name of Ninoy (Benigno) Aquino (NAIA — Ninoy Aquino International Airport ). 1 km away is the international and domestic airport.
The main attractions of Manila . the Intramuros (old town), Fort Santiago, Luneta (rizal Park), the Church of St. Augustine (1587), Cathedral, presidential Palace, zoo etc.
Attractions on the island of Luzon
Falls Pagsanjan — the most famous waterfalls in the Philippines. Located on the river Magdapio ( Magdapio ) 130 km Southeast of Manila
Corregidor ( Corregidor ) is a small island in Manila Bay, 48 km from Manila (1 hour ferry)
The Taal volcano ( Taal ) — young the Taal volcano, considered the smallest (260 m) volcano in the world, located in an ancient crater of Great TA’ala — volcano, turned now into its lake.
Subic Bay ( Subic bay ) is a former American military base in Subic Bay and the national Park with bamboo and mangrove forest, the home of giant bats
The mount Pinatubo ( Pinatubo ), the object of mountain tourism. You can climb with a dip in the crater.
Baguio ( Baguio ) the summer capital of the Philippines, a mountain resort.
Mayon volcano ( Mayon ) which is considered the most beautiful in the world active volcano.
Diving in Luzon
Off the coast of Luzon is the many famous dive sites. Perhaps the most vivid impression brings snorkeling or diving with whale sharks in Donsol, and the island of Ticao . In the province of La Union it is possible to combine diving with a wonderful beach holiday. Popular Subic Bay . where there was once an American military base. Can the highly acclaimed a few wrecks and look at the coral gardens. Near Manila there are undeveloped divers the town of Nasugbu .
Hotels of Luzon and metro Manila
How to reach the island of Luzon
With the other Islands of the Philippines Luzon is also connected by air. There is a ferry service, but the journey on the ferry on any long distance is not recommended due to uncomfortable conditions and security reasons.