Philippines Guide and Reference for Filipino Culture, Society, People, Humanities, Places, Travel & Destinations
Philippines: Capitals and Major Centers
Metro Manila, in Luzon, is the capital and principal centre of government, business, commerce and education.
Metro Manila is composed of four cities and 13 municipalities which cover 630 square kilometres.
is located in the Cordillera Mountains in northern Luzon five hours
from Manila and is the summer capital of the country.
The island province of Cebú is the second gateway to the Philippines and lies in the middle of the Visayans island group.
It is composed of 167 islands and Cebú
is the province's capital.
Davao is the capital of Mindanao
and is one of the largest cities in the world in terms of land area.
One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more. Thomas Jefferson
Central Philippine Cuisine
Bicol is noted for its gastronomic appetite for the fiery or chili-hot dishes. Perhaps the most well-known Bicolano dish is the very spicy Bicol express. The region is also the well-known home of natong also known as laing or pinangat (a pork or fish stew in taro leaves).
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Southern Philippine Cuisine
In Mindanao, the southern part of Palawan island, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, dishes are richly flavored with the spices common to Southeast Asia: turmeric, coriander, lemon grass, cumin, and chillies — ingredients not commonly used in the rest of Filipino cooking. Being free from Hispanicization, the cuisine of the indigenous Moro and Lumad peoples of Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago has much in common with the rich and spicy Malay cuisines of Malaysia and Brunei, as well as Indonesian and Thai cuisines.
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