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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BEST And WORST In The Philippines


Map Of The Philippines showing all the provinces and Metro Manila, the capital region of the country


A breath taking beach, one of the 1,107 islands in the Philippines


An Ivatan woman of Batanes, an Ethnic minority group of Batanes in the northernmost part of the country




It was the best of times, the worst of times Charles Dickens said in his Tales of Two Cities. Surely we have the good side and not so nice part of us and more importantly in things we deal with, see or experience.

The pearl of the Orient, gem of the East Philippines with more than 7,100 islands is indeed a splendid island country yet behind its mystic beauty lies something more in its interior. Getting here, exploring places, meeting people and experiencing things is a way more appropriate to have impressions of the country. Watchful Eyes compiled some of the best and worst the Philippines can offer and give some insights into what can someone expect somehow though this little piece of information is just a personal opinion of the blogger reader's discretion is highly recommended. Here are some of the best and worst in the Philippines:

Largest Provinces In Area:

Palawan
Isabela
Bukidnon
Agusan Del Sur
Cagayan
Quezon
Cotabato
Negros Occidental
Zamboanga Del Norte
Leyte

Smallest Provinces In Area:

Batanes
Camiguin
Siquijor
Biliran
Guimaras
Marinduque
Dinagat Islands
Tawi-Tawi
Rizal
Bataan
Basilan

Largest Region In Terms Of Area:

Region IV-B or MIMAROPA


Most Populated Provinces:

Cebu
Cavite
Bulacan
Negros Occidental
Pangasinan
Laguna
Rizal
Batangas
Pampanga
Iloilo

Least Populated Provinces:

Batanes
Camiguin
Siquijor
Apayao
Dinagat Islands

Most Populated Region:

Metro Manila or NCR

Oldest Province:

Aklan (established 1213 AD)

Oldest Town:

Kalibo (founded and established 1280 AD)

Oldest Independent Provinces (Starting From The Spanish Permanent Settlement):

Cebu
Iloilo 
Laguna
Pampanga 
Ilocos Sur
Bulacan
Zambales
Pangasinan
Cagayan
Batangas


Oldest Independent Town After Discovery Of the Philippines By Magellan:

Unisan, Quezon - founded 1529

Places With The Most Beautiful Women:

Metro Manila
Aklan
Albay
Apayao
Bataan
Batangas
Bulacan
Camarines Norte
Camarines Sur
Cavite
Cebu
Cotabato
Ifugao
Ilocos Norte
Ilocos Sur
Isabela
La Union
Laguna
Lanao Del Norte
Leyte
Masbate
Misamis Oriental
Negros Occidental
Negros Oriental
Northern Samar
Occidental Mindoro
Palawan
Pampanga
Pangasinan
Quezon
Rizal
Samar
Sorsogon
South Cotabato
Sultan Kudarat
Sulu
Surigao Del Sur
Tarlac
Tawi-Tawi
Zambales
Zamboanga Del Norte
Zamboanga Del Sur
Zamboanga Sibugay


Places With The Most Handsome Men:

Metro Manila
Agusan Del Sur
Aklan
Antique
Apayao
Aurora
Basilan
Bataan
Batangas
Benguet
Bohol
Bukidnon
Bulacan
Cagayan
Camarines Norte
Camarines Sur
Camiguin
Capiz
Cavite
Cebu
Cotabato
Davao Del Sur
Eastern Samar
Ifugao
Ilocos Norte
Ilocos Sur
Iloilo
Isabela
Kalinga
La Union
Laguna
Lanao Del Norte
Maguindanao
Marinduque
Misamis Occidental
Misamis Oriental
Mountain Province
Northern Samar
Nueva Ecija
Nueva Vizcaya
Oriental Mindoro
Pampanga
Quezon
Quirino
Rizal
Romblon
Samar
Sorsogon
Sultan Kudarat
Sulu
Surigao Del Norte
Tarlac
Tawi-Tawi
Zambales
Zamboanga Del Norte
Zamboanga Del Sur
Zamboanga Sibugay


Places With Lots of Gays, Lesbians and Other LGBT:

Metro Manila
Pampanga
Cebu
Laguna
Iloilo
Rizal
Bulacan
Aklan
Antique
Batangas
Benguet

Friendliest Places For Gays:

Metro Manila
Cebu
Pampanga
Zambales
Laguna
Iloilo
Aklan
Rizal
Siquijor
Camiguin
Batanes

Hostile Places For Gays, Lesbians and LGBT Community:

Abra
Basilan
Compostella Valley
Davao Del Norte
Davao Del Sur
Davao Occidental
Davao Oriental
Eastern Samar
Ilocos Norte
La Union
Lanao Del Norte
Lanao Del Sur
Leyte
Maguindanao
Nueva Ecija
Pangasinan
Quezon
Samar
Sarangani
Southern Leyte
Sulu
Tarlac
Tawi-Tawi

Best Provinces For Hidden Or Unexplored Beaches:

Albay
Antique
Aurora
Basilan
Bataan
Batanes   highly recommended
Batangas
Biliran
Cagayan
Camarines Norte
Camarines Sur
Camiguin   highly recommended
Catanduanes
Davao Occidental
Davao Oriental
Dinagat Islands
Eastern Samar
Guimaras
Ilocos Norte
Iloilo
Marinduque
Masbate
Misamis Occidental
Misamis Oriental
Negros Occidental
Negros Oriental
Northern Samar
Occidental Mindoro
Oriental Mindoro
Quezon
Quirino
Romblon
Samar
Sarangani
Siquijor   highly recommended
Southern Leyte
Sulu
Zambales
Zamboanga Del Norte
Zamboanga Del Sur
Zamboanga Sibugay

Best Provinces With Lots Of Hidden Wonderful Nature:

Agusan Del Norte
Agusan Del Sur
Antique
Apayao
Aurora
Basilan
Batanes
Batangas
Benguet
Biliran
Bohol
Bukidnon
Bulacan
Cagayan
Camarines Norte
Camarines Sur
Camiguin
Compostella Valley
Cotabato
Davao Del Sur
Davao Oriental
Davao Occidental
Eastern Samar
Guimaras
Ifugao
Ilocos Norte
Kalinga
La Union
Lanao Del Norte
Lanao Del Sur
Leyte
Marinduque
Masbate
Misamis Occidental
Misamis Oriental
Mountain Province
Negros Oriental
Northern Samar
Nueva Ecija
Nueva Vizcaya
Occidental Mindoro
Oriental Mindoro
Quezon
Quirino
Romblon
Samar
Sarangani
Siquijor
Sorsogon
South Cotabato
Southern Leyte
Sultan Kudarat
Sulu
Surigao Del Norte
Surigao Del Sur
Tawi-Tawi
Zambales
Zamboanga Del Norte
Zamboanga Del Sur
Zamboanga Sibugay

Places With The Highest Crimes:

Metro Manila
Basilan
Maguindanao
Sulu
Tawi-Tawi

Places With Very High Crimes:

Abra
Bataan
Bulacan
Cavite
Cotabato
Ilocos Norte
Isabela
Kalinga
Lanao Del Norte
Lanao Del Sur
Leyte
Negros Occidental
Nueva Ecija
Pangasinan
Zamboanga Del Norte
Zamboanga Sibugay


Places With The Lowest or Zero Crimes:

Aklan
Batanes
Biliran
Camiguin
Davao Del Norte
Davao Occidental
Davao Oriental
Marinduque
Quirino
Romblon
Siquijor


Places With The Most Rape Cases / Trafficking:

Metro Manila
Laguna
Nueva Ecija
Cebu
Pangasinan
Cavite
Bulacan
Camarines Norte
Ilocos Norte
Lanao Del Norte
Lanao Del Sur


Places With The Most Murder / Massacre Cases:

Metro Manila
Laguna
Batangas
Tarlac
Bataan
Abra
Benguet
Bulacan
Kalinga
Negros Occidental
Nueva Ecija
Pangasinan
Basilan
Sulu

Places With The Most Number Of Illegal Drugs Cases:

Metro Manila
Cavite
Iloilo
Cebu
Batangas
Pangasinan

Places With The Most Number Of Holdupping Incidents:

Metro Manila
Cavite
Pangasinan
Albay
Laguna
Iloilo
Cotabato
Cebu
La Union
Lanao Del Norte
Lanao Del Sur
Misamis Oriental
Nueva Ecija
Quezon
Sulu

Places With Most Number Of Kidnapping Incidences:

Metro Manila
Quezon
Basilan
Sulu
Zamboanga Sibugay
Zamboanga Del Norte
Zamboanga Del Sur
Cavite
Laguna
Batangas
Nueva Ecija
Pangasinan
Tawi-Tawi


Places Most Frequently Affected By Typhoon / Storms:

Albay
Aurora
Batanes
Cagayan
Camarines Norte
Camarines Sur
Catanduanes
Dinagat Islands
Eastern Samar
Ilocos Norte
Isabela
Leyte
Northern Samar
Quezon
Quirino
Samar
Sorsogon

Places Mostly Affected By Insurgencies, Rebel Clashes:

Abra
Basilan
Cotabato
Kalinga
Lanao Del Sur
Maguindanao
South Cotabato
Sultan Kudarat
Sulu
Zamboanga Del Norte
Zamboanga Del Sur
Zamboanga Sibugay

Dangerous Places:

Abra
Basilan
Lanao Del Sur
Maguindanao
Nueva Ecija
Sulu
Tawi-Tawi
Zamboanga Sibugay
Zamboanga Del Sur

Friendliest Places For Tourists:

Aklan
Albay
Antique
Aurora
Batanes
Batangas
Bohol
Camarines Sur
Camiguin
Capiz
Cebu
Cotabato
Davao Del Norte
Davao Del Sur
Davao Occidental
Davao Oriental
Guimaras
Ifugao
Ilocos Norte
Ilocos Sur
Iloilo
Laguna
Misamis Oriental
Negros Oriental
Palawan
Quirino
Romblon
Sarangani
Siquijor
Sorsogon
Zambales

Hostile Places For Tourists:

Abra
Basilan
Benguet
Kalinga
Lanao Del Sur
Maguindanao
Nueva Ecija
Pampanga
Quezon
Sultan Kudarat
Sulu
Tawi-Tawi
Zamboanga Del Sur
Zamboanga Sibugay

Friendliest Places For Business/Investments/Businessmen/Investors:

Aklan
Aurora
Batanes
Batangas
Camarines Sur
Capiz
Cebu
Davao Del Norte
Davao Del Sur
Guimaras
Iloilo
Laguna
Misamis Oriental
Rizal
Siquijor
Zambales


Worst Places For Business/Investments/Businessmen/Investors:

Abra
Agusan Del Norte
Agusan Del Sur
Albay
Basilan
Kalinga
Lanao Del Norte
Lanao Del Sur
Maguindanao
Nueva Ecija
Pangasinan
Samar
Southern Leyte
Sultan Kudarat
Sulu
Surigao Del Norte
Tawi-Tawi
Zamboanga Del Sur
Zamboanga Sibugay

Best Places For Partying:

Metro Manila
Boracay
Cebu
Iloilo (Best During Dinagyang Festival And All Year Round)
Pampanga
Subic
Baguio City

Places With The Most Religious, Pious People:

Cebu
Aklan
Metro Manila
Camarines Norte
Bulacan


Mysterious Places:

Agusan Del Norte
Agusan Del Sur
Apayao
Aurora
Batanes
Biliran
Bukidnon
Cagayan
Camiguin
Catanduanes
Davao Occidental
Davao Oriental
Eastern Samar
Ifugao
Kalinga
La Union
Lanao Del Norte
Marinduque
Misamis Occidental
Mountain Province
Negros Oriental
Northern Samar
Nueva Vizcaya
Occidental Mindoro
Oriental Mindoro
Palawan
Quirino
Samar
Sarangani
Siquijor
Southern Leyte
Sultan Kudarat
Surigao Del Norte
Surigao Del Sur
Tawi-Tawi
Zamboanga Sibugay

Provinces With Beautiful Waterfalls:

Agusan Del Norte
Agusan Del Sur
Aklan
Albay
Antique
Aurora
Batangas
Benguet
Biliran
Bohol
Bukidnon
Bulacan
Cagayan
Camarines Norte
Camarines Sur
Camiguin
Catanduanes
Compostela Valley
Cotabato
Davao Del Norte
Davao Occidental
Davao Oriental
Eastern Samar
Ilocos Norte
Isabela
Kalinga
La Union
Lanao Del Norte
Lanao Del Sur
Leyte
Marinduque
Masbate
Misamis Occidental
Mountain Province
Negros Oriental
Northern Samar
Nueva Vizcaya
Occidental Mindoro
Oriental Mindoro
Palawan
Pangasinan
Quezon
Quirino
Rizal
Samar
Sarangani
Siquijor
Sorsogon
South Cotabato
Southern Leyte
Sulu
Surigao Del Norte
Surigao Del Sur
Zambales


Provinces With Beautiful Rivers:

Abra
Agusan Del Norte
Agusan Del Sur
Aklan
Antique
Apayao
Aurora
Benguet
Bohol
Bulacan
Cagayan
Camarines Sur
Compostella Valley
Cotabato
Davao Del Norte
Davao Del Sur
Davao Oriental
Eastern Samar
Ifugao
Ilocos Sur
Iloilo
Isabela
Laguna
Lanao Del Norte
Lanao Del Sur
Leyte
Misamis Oriental
Misamis Occidental
Negros Occidental
Northern Samar
Nueva Vizcaya
Occidental Mindoro
Palawan
Quezon
Quirino
Rizal
Samar
sarangani
Siquijor
Sorsogon
South Cotabato
Southern Leyte
Sultan Kudarat
Surigao Del Norte
Surigao Del Sur
Zambales
Zamboanga Del Norte
Zamboanga Del Sur
Zamboanga Sibugay

Provinces With Beautiful Lakes:

Agusan Del Norte
Agusan Del Sur
Apayao
Batangas
Bulacan
Cagayan
Dinagat Islands
Kalinga
Laguna
Lanao Del Norte
Lanao Del Sur
Misamis Occidental
Negros Oriental
Nueva Vizcaya
Occidental Mindoro
Palawan
Rizal
Sorsogon
South Cotabato
Surigao Del Norte
Surigao Del Sur
Zambales


Provinces With The Deepest Ocean Trenches:

Surigao Del Norte
Surigao Del Sur

Provinces With The Most Beautiful View Of The Pacific Ocean

Aurora
Batanes
Cagayan
Camarines Norte
Catanduanes
Eastern Samar
Northern Samar

Seafood Capital Of The Philippines

Capiz


Breath Taking Provinces:

Apayao
Aurora
Basilan
Bataan
Batanes
Batangas
Benguet
Bukidnon
Cagayan
Camiguin
Guimaras
Ifugao
Kalinga
Marinduque
Mountain Province
Northern Samar
Palawan
Quezon
Quirino
Romblon
Siquijor
Sulu
Tawi-Tawi
Zamboanga Del Norte
Zamboanga Del Sur


Places With Beautiful Volcanoes:

Albay
Batangas
Sorsogon
Negros Occidental


Places With Active Volcanoes:

Albay
Batangas
South Cotabato

Worst Places With Corrupt Politicians, Bribery and Extortion in the government and local public civilian transactions:

Metro Manila
Abra
Agusan Del Sur
Basilan
Cavite
Isabela
Kalinga
Lanao Del Norte
Lanao Del Sur
Maguindanao
Masbate
Negros Occidental
Nueva Ecija
Pampanga
Pangasinan
Quezon
Surigao Del Norte
Tawi-Tawi


Places With The Worst Political War and Rivalry:

Abra
Camarines Sur
Cavite
Ilocos Norte
Isabela
Kalinga
Lanao Del Norte
Lanao Del Sur
Maguindanao
Misamis Occidental
Misamis Oriental
Negros Occidental
Nueva Ecija
Pampanga

Places With The Worst Rido or Clan Massacre Of Rival Family:

Abra
Ilocos Norte
Kalinga
Lanao Del Norte
Lanao Del Sur
Maguindanao
Masbate
Negros Occidental
Sultan Kudarat
Sulu
Tawi-Tawi

Places With Religious Cults And Other Practices:

Batangas
Laguna
Rizal
Siquijor
 

Places Infested With The Most Number Of Rebels, Insurgents Or Terrorists:

Abra
Agusan Del Norte
Albay
Basilan
Camarines Norte
Compostela Valley
Cotabato
Davao Del Norte
Davao Del Sur
Davao Occidental
Ilocos Norte
Isabela
Lanao Del Sur
Leyte
Maguindanao
Masbate
Misamis Occidental
Nueva Ecija
Quezon
Samar
Sorsogon
Southern Leyte
Sultan Kudarat
Sulu
Surigao Del Norte
Tarlac
Tawi-Tawi
Zamboanga Sibugay

*Metro Manila also known as Metropolitan Manila (Filipino: Kalakhang Maynila, Kamaynilaan), commonly known as Metro Manila, the National Capital Region (NCR) of the Philippines, is the seat of government and the most populous region and metropolitan area of the country which is composed of the City of Manila and the cities of Caloocan, Las Piñas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Parañaque, Pasay, Pasig, Quezon City, San Juan, Taguig, and Valenzuela, as well as the Municipality of Pateros.


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