Unique nicknames of cities and municipalities in the Philippines


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Unique nicknames of cities and municipalities in the Philippines

The way Filipinos named places was considerably more simple but unique. The distinctive qualities of the area were used to name streets, neighborhoods, and cities. 

Here are just a few of the many intriguing names and catchphrases from the old street and city names in the Philippines. 

Which of these are you aware of?

Cebu City- Oldest City in the Philippines

Davao city- Largest City in the Philippines

Tagum-  Music Capital of the South

Samal-  Phil. Island Garden City

Davao del Norte-  Banana Capital

Mati- Coconut City of the South

Digos -Clay Capital of Mindanao

Malita- Banana Capital of Davao

Kidapawan-  City at the foot of Mt Apo

Davao City- Durian Capital, Cacao Capital

Koronadal-  Ilonggo City of the South

GenSan City- Tuna Capital

Bukidnon- Pineapple Capital

Malaybalay- Summer Capital of the South

Cagayan De Oro-  City of Golden Friendship

Isulan-  Oil Palm Capital of the Philippines

Camiguin- Island Born of Fire

Sitangkal, Tawi-Tawi  Venice of the South

Cotabato-  Land of Mightiest Mountain

Lanao del Sur-  Cradle of Muslim Art

South Cotabato-  Conference Capital of Mindanao

Dinagat Island- Mystical Province of Love

Surigao del Norte- Surfing Capital

Lanao del Norte-  Land of Beauty and Bounty

Oroquieta-  City of Good Life

Zamboanga del Norte- Province of South's Twin City

Maguindanao-  Seat of Muslim Mindanao

Misamis Occ. Christmas Capital of Mindanao

Agusan del Norte-  Land of Antiquated Finds

Butuan Timber City of the South

Gingoog- City of Good Luck

Dapitan-  Shrine and Historic City of the South

Pagadian-  Little Hong Kong of the South

Zamboanga city- Asia's Latin City, Sardines Capital, City of Flowers

Sulu- Land of Exotic Fruits

Iligan- industrial City of the South

Dipolog- The Philippine's Orchid City

Lantapan, Bukidnon-  Vegetable Basket of Mindanao

Aklan- Oldest province in the Philippines

Antique- Province where the mountain meets the sea

Antipolo-  City in the Sky

Aurora- Land of Golden Sunrise

Alimodian, Iloilo- Banana Capital of Panay

Bacoor-  Band Capital of the Philippines

Balanga- Banga Capital of the Philippines

Baguio-  Summer Capital/ City of Pines

Bataan- History Hub of Central Luzon

Batangas-  Diving and Shipping Capital

Batanes-  Land of True Insulars

Bacolod-  City of Smiles

Biliran- Shipyard of Antiquity

Benguet-  Salad Bowl of the Philippines

Borongan -  King City of the East

Bohol- Calamay Capital of the Philippines

Bulacan-  Manila's Gateway to the North

Cadiz- City of Whales

Calbayog-  City of Waterfalls

Cainta, Rizal- Bibingka Capital

Calamba, Laguna-  Hot Spring Capital

Cam Sur-  Wakeboarding Capital

Cavite-  Cradle of Phil. Revolution

Catbalogan- City of Captivating Contrast

Catanduanes-  Land of the Howling Wind

Cauayan,Isabela  Mushroom City of the North

Cebu- Gateway to a Thousand Journeys

Dumaguete- City of Gentle People

Dagupan- Bangus Capital

Donsol, Sorsogon-  World's Whale Shark Capital

Eastern Samar-  Gateway to Phil. Discovery

El Salvador, Mis Or. City of Divine Mercy

El Nido, Palawan - Heaven on Earth

Guimaras-  Mango Capital of Visayas

Gutalac, Zamboanga Norte- Pebble Capital

Iloilo-  Province with most number of barangays

Iloilo city-  The First Queen City of the South, City where the Past is always present

Ilocos Sur- Heritage Haven of the Far North

Imus-  The Philippine Flag Capital

Isabela-  Rice Granary of the North

Kalinga-  White Rafting Capital of the North

La Union- Surfing Capital of the North

Laguna-  The Silicon Valley

La Trinidad, Benguet- Strawberry Capital

Las Pinas- Salt Center of Metro Manila

Legazpi- City of Fun and Adventure, ATV capital

Liliw- Tsinelas Capital

Lipa City,  City of Pride

Lingayen-  The Most Romantic Place

Los Banos- Special Science and Nature City of the Philippines

ILucena, Quezon -Biofuel & Biopalm City

Maasin City The Religious City

Makati-  Manhattan of the Philippines

Marikina- Shoe Capital of the Philippines

Masbate-  Great Wild West of Phil.

Manila-  Ever Distinguished Loyal City/ Pearl of the Orient

 Marinduque- Heart of the Philippines

Mandaue-  Furniture Capital

Mandaluyong-  Shopping Capital

Miagao, Iloilo-  Municipality with most number of barangays, Onion Capital of Visayas

Molo, Iloilo-  Athens of the Philippines

Muntinlupa-  The Emerald City

Naga City-  Bicols Queen City

Navotas-  Fishing Capital of Greater Manila

Neg. Occ- Sugar Bowl

Neg Occ. Province with most number of cities

Neg, Or- Whale and Dolphin Haven 


Nueva Ecija  Granary of the Philippines

Nueva Vizcaya- Watershed Haven of Cagayan Valley

Oriental MIndoro-  Harbor Gateway to the South

Paete- Woodcarving capital of the Philippines

Palawan-  Largest Province in the Philippines

Palawan-  Philippines' Last Frontier

Pampanga-  Culinary Capital of the Philippines

Pangasinan- Saltmaking Capital

Pateros-  Balut Capital

Paranaque- Fashion Capital

Pasay-  Travel Capital

Pasi- Sweet City at the Heart of Panay

Pototan Iloilo- Christmas Capital of Visayas

Puerto Galera-  Mini Boracay

Puerto Prinsesa-  EcoTourism Capital

Quezon City-  City of Stars and New Horizons

Quirino-  Forest Heartland of Cagayan Valley

Rizal Cradle of Philippine Arts

Romblon-  Marble Capital

Roxas City-  Seafood Capital of the Philippines

Sablayan, Occ, Mindoro -Largest Municipality in the Philippines

Samar- Spelunking Capital

San Juan-  Tiangge Capital

San Fernando- Lantern Capital

Siquijor  Island of Fire

Taal- Vigan of the South

Tarlac-  Melting Pot of Central Luzon

Tacloban-  City of Hope

Tagbilaran -City of Peace and Friendship

Taguig- The ProvinSyudad

Tuguegarao-  Premier Ybanag City

Valenzuela  The Only Divided City

Zambales Chromite Capital





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