Calabarzon Region comprises of the following provinces – Calamba, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon. The acronym Calabarzon is derived from the first two letters of the above provinces mentioned.

Previously, Calabarzon and Mimaropa were combined as Southern Tagalog but was recently separated in 2002 through the Executive Order No. 103.

Calabarzon is found in southwestern Luzon which is just right to the south and east of Metro Manila. The region also happens to be a densely populated region in the Philippines following Metro Manila.


Many of the residents in Calabarzon are considered Tagalog natives so their dialect is Tagalog.

Learn some common Tagalog words before your trip to Calabarzon, Philippines.

Economic Boom and Population Growth

Its close proximity to the metropolis accounts for its high population rate. It has become a highly urbanized region because of the wide range of job and business opportunities available to all the residents.

Calabarzon Region is one of the prime movers in investments and economic growth. Progress is booming everywhere with the rapid influx of people and industrial expansions and investments.

On October 28, 2003, Executive Order No. 246 designated Calamba City as the regional center of Calabarzon.

Antipolo City is regarded as the largest city of Calabarzon Region and also the second highly-urbanized city second to Lucena City.

Places to go

Because the region is rich in historical sites and cultural resources, Calabarzon is a favorite tourist destination. Cavite and Laguna, for example, are known for its old Spanish historical sites.

Several natural spots like waterfalls, lakes, volcano, beaches, and natural reserves add to the region’s attraction. Several local festivals are hosted with extravagant celebrations by the locales.  Find out where else you can go in Calabarzon.