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Nicknames of Philippine Cities, Towns, and Other Places

Did you know that places in the Philippines have their own pet nicknames? In this post, let us take a look at nicknames of places in the Philippines.

CAR (Cordillera Administrative Region)

Benguet

Baguio City

Little America
Summer Capital of the Philippines


Kibungan

Switzerland of Benguet

La Trinidad

Strawberry Capital of the Philippines

Tuba

Gateway to Baguio


Kalinga

Balbalan 

Green Heart of the Cordillera

Tabuk

Mountain Province


NCR (National Capital Region)

Caloocan City

Las Pinas City

City of Love and Progress
Salt Center of Metro Manila
Lantern Capital of Metro Manila

Makati City

Wall Street of the Philippines
Business Capital of the Philippines
Financial Capital of the Philippines

Mandaluyong City

Tiger City of the Philippines
Shopping Capital of the Philippines

Manila City

Pearl of the Orient
Queen City of the Pacific
The Distinguished and Ever Loyal City

Marikina City

Shoe Capital of the Philippines

Navotas

Fishing Capital of the Philippines

Paranaque City

Fashion Capital of the Philippines
City of Lights

Pasay City

The Gateway to the Philippine Islands
The Travel Capital of the Philippines
Trading Wall of the Philippines
Festival Capital of Metro Manila
Japanese City of the Philippines

Pateros City

Balut Capital of the Philippines

Quezon City

The City of Stars

San Juan City

Heart of Metro Manila
Home of Philippine Presidents
Tiangge Capital of the Philippines

Taguig City

Metro Manila's ProbinSyudad

Valenzuela City

City of Discipline
Vibrant City

Region 1 (Ilocos Region)

Ilocos Norte

Adams

Fruit Bowl of Ilocos Norte
Land of Waterfalls

Bacarra

Balikbayan Town of the Philippines


Batac City

City of my Dreams
Land of Great Leaders (or Home of Great Leaders)

Dingras

Laoag

The Sunshine City

Pasuquin

Davila
Salt Capital of Pasuquin

Estancia
Summer Capital of Pasuquin

Naglicuan
Botanical Garden of Pasuquin

Vintar

Area of Mighty Eagles
Center Municipality of Ilocos Norte
Municipality of Canaoays
The Territory of Siwawers

Ilocos Sur

Candon City

Tobacco Capital of the Philippines

Cervantes

Summer Capital of Ilocos Sur

San Ildefonso

Buri Capital of Ilocos Sur

Santiago

Boracay of Ilocos Sur

Sinait

Garlic Center of the North

Vigan City

Intramuros de Ilocandia

Calle Crisologo
Vigan Heritage Village

La Union

Bauang

The Beach Capital of the North
The Fruit Basket of the North

San Fernando

Botanical Garden City
The Prime Capital of Ilocandia

San Juan

Surfing Capital of the Northern Philippines

Santo Tomas

Damortis
Tabo-an of the North

Tubao

Home of the Native Tobacco

Pangasinan

Alaminos City

Heart of Western Pangasinan
Home of the 100 Islands

Anda

Mother of the Hundred Islands

Bani

Golden West

Bautista

Lupang Hinirang (Home of the Philippine National Anthem)
Walis Tambo Capital of Pangasinan

Bayambang

5th Capital of the Revolutionary Philippine Republic

Binalonan

Next University Town

Dagupan City

Birthplace of Philippine Modern Art
Melting pot of Pangasinan
Milkfish Capital of the World

Lingayen

The Heart, Soul, and Face of Pangasinan

Mapandan

Town of the Happy Faces

Urdaneta City

Gateway to Northern Philippines


Region 2 (Cagayan Valley)

Philippines' Tilapia Capital

Aurora

Batanes

Cagayan

Claveria

Coastal Paradise of Cagayan North

Santa Ana

Game Fishing Mecca
Gateway to the Pacific
Luzon's Last Frontier
Untouched Paradise

Tuguegarao City


Nueva Vizcaya

Bagabag

Pineapple Region of Nueva Vizcaya

Bayombong

Capitol Park
Luneta of the North

Villaverde


Quirino

Forest Heartland of Cagayan Valley

Nagtipunan

Tourism Capital of Quirino

Saguday


Region 3 (Central Luzon)

Rice Granary of the Philippines


Aurora

Gateway to the Pacific
Land of the Golden Sunrise


Baler

Surfing Capital of the Philippines

Nueva Ecija

Milk Capital of the Philippines
Rice Bowl of the Philippines
Rice Granary of the Philippines

Aliaga

Maynilang Munti (Little Manila)


Bongabon

Onion Capital of the Philippines

Guimba

Organic Capital of Nueva Ecija


Pampanga

Culinary Capital of the Philippines

Apalit

Blacksmith Capital of Pampanga
Pampanga's Gateway to Manila

Bacolor

Athens of Pampanga

Macabebe

Pampanga Mini Sea

Magalang

Sweet Tamarind Capital of the Philippines

Minalin

Egg Basket of the Philippines

San Fernando

Christmas Capital of the Philippines
Heart of Pampanga

Sasmuan

Pampanga Mini Sea

Region 4-A (CALABARZON/ Southern Tagalog Mainland)

Batangas

Cradle of Heroes and Nationalists

Cavite

Historical Capital of the Philippines


Tagaytay City

Summer Capital of Southern Luzon
The Philippines' 2nd Summer Capital


Laguna

Calamba

Pakil

Little Milan of the Philippines

Santa Rosa

Quezon

Alabat

A Lost Paradise
Gateway to the Pacific
Hidden Gem of Quezon

Calauag

Communications and Transport Capital of Quezon

Candelaria

Dessicated Coconut Capital
Industrial Town of Quezon

Catanauan

Heart of the Bondoc Peninsula


Guinayangan

Seafoods Paradise of Quezon

Infanta

Gateway to the Pacific

Tayabas City

City of Festivals
Home of the Finest Lambanog
Rest and Recreation Destination of Quezon

Rizal

Angono

Art Capital of the Philippines
ASEAN Culture Capital
Home of the Higantes Festival

Antipolo City

City in the Sky
Pilgrimage Capital of the Philippines

Baras

Birthplace of Sikaran (Tagalog martial art)

Binangonan

Cainta

Bibingka Capital of the Philippines
Gateway to the East
Information Technology Capital of Rizal Province

Cardona

Jalajala

Morong

Puso ng Rizal (Heart of Rizal Province)

Pililia

Green Field Municipality of Rizal

San Mateo

Mountain Biking Capital of the Philippines

Tanay

Tourism Capital of Rizal
Home of Summer Resorts in the Philippines

Taytay

Woodworks and Garments Capital of the Philippines


Teresa

The Center of Rizal

Region 5 (Bicol Region)

Albay

Daraga

Home of the Ruins


Legazpi City

City of Fun and Adventure
Gateway City of Bicol
Gateway of Southern Luzon
Queen City of Southern Luzon

Ligao City

The Sunflower Capital of the Philippines


Camarines Norte

Daet

Gateway to Bicolandia

Mercedes

Fishbowl of Camarines Norte

Paracale

Gold Town

Vinzons


Camarines Sur

Caramoan

The Philippines' Secret Paradise


Pasacao

Summer Capital of Camarines Sur

Catanduanes

Land of the Howling Winds


Pandan

The Fishing Capital of Catanduanes

Viga

Rice Granary of Catanduanes

Virac


Masbate

Masbate City

City of Hearts
Melting Pot of Diverse Cultures and Traditions in Central Philippines
Rodeo Capital of the Philippines

Uson


Sorsogon

Barcelona

Little Switzerland of Asia

Donsol

Whale Shark Capital of the World

Sorsogon City

Gateway to Southern Philippines

Region 6 (Western Visayas)

Aklan

Banga

Banga the Beautiful

Malay

Beach Capital of the Philippines

Nabas

Nature Lovers' Haven

New Washington

The Bountiful

Numancia


Antique

Bugasong

First Capital of Antique

Pandan

Jewel of Antique

Sibalom

Rice Bowl of Antique

Tibiao

Panay's Eco-Adventure Destination

Valderama


Capiz

Panay

Heritage Capital of Capiz


Roxas City

Seafood Capital of the Philippines

Guimaras

Bike Paradise of the Philippines
Home of the World's Sweetest Mangoes

Iloilo

Alimodian

Banana Capital of Western Visayas
Strawberry Capital of Iloilo


Seven Cities

  • Little Baguio of Iloilo

Barotac Nuevo

Football Capital of the Philippines

Carles

True Alaska of the Philippines

Dingle

Spelunkers Paradise

Estancia

Alaska of the Philippines

Iloilo City

Lambunao


Leon

Vegetable Basket of Iloilo


Bucari
  • Summer Capital of Iloilo

Miag-ao

Onion Capital of the Visayas

New Lucena

Child Friendly Municipality in Iloilo

Passi City

The Sweet City at the Heart of Panay

Pototan

Christmas Capital of Western Visayas

Zarraga



Region 7 (Central Visayas)

Bohol

Heart of the Islands


Balilihan

The Town of Grass
Vegetable Capital of Bohol

Batuan

Gateway to the Chocolate Hills

Corella

Home of the Endemic Philippine Tarsier

Loboc

Music Capital of Bohol

Tagbilaran City 

City of Peace and Friendship

Ubay

The Friendliest Town of Bohol
Town of Warmest Friendship

Cebu

Balamban

Shipbuilding Capital of the Philippines

Bantayan Island

Egg Basket of Cebu
Lenten Capital of the Visayas

Camotes Islands

Lost Horizon of the South

Carcar City

Heritage City of Cebu
Little Marikina of the South

Cebu City

Queen City of the South
Second Capital of the Philippines
The Philippines' Second Largest Metropolis

Compostela

Land of the Free


Dalaguete

Little Baguio
Music Capital of Cebu
Summer Capital of Cebu
Vegetable Basket of Cebu

Danao City

Gunsmith Capital of the Philippines


Lapulapu City

Historic Resort City


Lilo-an

The Light of the North


Mandaue City

Furniture Capital of the Philippines
Industrial Capital of Southern Philippines


Medellin

The Ecotourism Adventure Capital of Cebu
The Sugar Bowl of Cebu


Minglanilla

Sugat Capital of the South


Moalboal

Diving Paradise of Cebu


Naga City

Industrial Hub in the South of Cebu


Santander

Southern Gateway to Cebu
Underwater Heaven

Toledo City

The Premier and Livable City in the West Coast of Cebu


Siquijor

Isla del Fuego
Mystic Island

Enrique Villanueva

Larena

Lazi

Maria

San Juan

Siquijor

Region 8 (Eastern Visayas)

Biliran

Eastern Samar

Leyte

Baybay

A Place of Discovery, Beauty, and Serenity

Ormoc City

Tacloban City


Northern Samar

Samar

Caving Capital of the Philippines

Almagro

The Island of No Return

Basey

Banig Capital of Eastern Visayas

Southern Leyte

Maasin City

No Smoking Capital of Eastern Visayas
Religious and Miraculous City in the Philippines

Region 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula/ Western Mindanao)

Zamboanga del Norte

Dapitan City

Amusement Capital of the South
Disneyland of the Philippines
Historic City of the South
Rizal City of the South
Shrine City of the Philippines

Dipolog City

Bottled Sardines Capital of the Philippines
Gateway to Western Mindanao
Orchid City of the South

Gutalac

Labason

Liloy

Peanut Capital of ZaNorte

Katipunan

Manukan

Polanco

Sergio Osmena Sr.

Vegetable bowl of ZaNorte

Sibuco

Sindangan

Siocon

Hidden Paradise
Rice Granary of Southern Zamboanga del Norte

Sirawai

Zamboanga del Sur

Pagadian City

Little Hong Kong of the South

Zamboanga City

Ciudad de las Flores
Ciudad Latina de Asia
Sardinas Capital de Filipinas

Zamboanga Sibugay

Emerging Pearl of the Southern Seas

Alicia

Ipil

Heart of Zamboanga Sibugay

Kabasalan

Naga

Roseller T. Lim

Siay

Titay

Tungawan


Region 10 (Northern Mindanao)

Bukidnon

Camiguin

Lanao del Norte

Iligan City

City of Majestic Waterfalls
Industrial Center of the South

Misamis Occidental

Misamis Oriental

Cagayan de Oro City

City of Golden Friendship
Gateway to Northern Mindanao

El Salvador City

Christ City of the Philippines
City of the Saviour
The City of Mercy

Gingoog City

City of Good Luck

Laguindingan

Gateway to Northern Mindanao


Sugbongcogon


Cleanest and Greenest Municipality of Misamis Oriental


Region 11 (Davao Region)

Compostela Valley

Davao del Norte

Davao del Sur

Davao City

City of Royalties
Crown Jewel of Mindanao
Durian Capital of the Philippines
Eco-adventure Capital of the Philippines
Fruit Basket of the Philippines
Highland to Island Destination
King City of the South
Little Japan of the Philippines
Silicon Gulf


Digos City

Champion City of Good Governance
City of Sweet Mangoes
Clay Capital of Mindanao
Gate City of the South
Mango Capital City of the Philippines

Malalag

Agricultural Center of Davao del Sur

Davao Occidental

Malita

Banana Capital of Davao Occidental
Whaleshark Capital of Mindanao

Davao Oriental

San Isidro

Gateway to Mount Hamiguitan


Region 12 (SOCCSKSARGEN)

Cotabato

Sarangani

Kiamba

Maitum

Rice Granary of Sarangani

South Cotabato

Sultan Kudarat


Region 15 (ARMM   or Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao)

Basilan

The Philippines' Wild, Wild West
Treasure Island of the Southern Seas

Isabela City

Malamawi Island
  • Crown Jewel of Basilan
  • Gateway to Basilan

Lanao del Sur

Marawi City

The Only Islamic City in the Philippines

Maguindanao


Sulu

Front Door of the Philippines

Tawitawi


Region 16 (CARAGA)

Agusan del Norte

Butuan City

Caraga's Economic Hub
Home of the Balangay Boat
Premier Forest City of 2020
Timber City of the South

Cabadbaran City 

Nasipit

Gateway to Agusan del Norte

Remedios T. Romualdez 

Rice Granary of Cabadbaran

Tubay


Agusan del Sur

Bayugan City

Agusan Del Sur Growth Center
City of Rice Corn and Flowers
Cutflower Capital of Agusan del Sur
Rice Capital of Agusan del Sur
Timberland City

Esperanza

Home of Cultural Diversity
Tilapia Capital of Agusan del Sur

San Francisco

Commercial Capital of Agusan del Sur

Dinagat Islands

Ironic Promise Land
Mystical Island Province of Love

Surigao del Norte

Dapa

Growth Center of the Beautiful Islands of Siargao

General Luna

Surfing Capital of the Philippines

Surigao City

City of Island Adventures

Day-asan
Little Venice of Surigao

Surigao del Sur

Bislig City

City of Wonders
The Booming City by the Bay
The Model City for Organic Agriculture in the Philippines by 2020


Cantilan

Cradle of Towns


Region 17 or 4-B (MIMAROPA/ Southern Tagalog Islands)

Marinduque

The Heart of the Philippines

Boac

Heartsland Center
The Capital Town

Gasan

Cultural Nerve Center of Marinduque

Mogpog

The Original Home of the Moriones Festival


Occidental Mindoro

Home of the Indigenous Mangyans

Oriental Mindoro

Puerto Galera

Port of Galleons

Palawan

El Nido

Heaven on Earth

Narra

Rice Granary of Palawan

Taytay


Romblon

Centro de las Islas Filipinas
Marble capital of the Philippines

Sibuyan Island

The Galapagos of Asia

Concepcion

The Enchanted Island of Romblon


Region 18 (Negros Island Region)

Negros Occidental

Sugar Bowl of the Philippines


Binalbagan

Banwang Panganay

Don Salvador Benedicto

Summer Capital of Negros Occidental

Silay City

Athens of Negros Island
Paris of Negros


Sipalay City

Jewel of the Sugar Island
The New Boracay

Negros Oriental

Bacong

Bais City

Basay

Fishing Capital of Negros Oriental

Bayawan City

Agricultural Capital of Negros Oriental

Dumaguete City

The City of Gentle People
University Town of the Visayas
Motorcycle Capital of the Philippines

Jimalalud

Little Big Town


Mabinay

Cave Capital of the Philippines


San Jose

Regional Pineapple Capital of Central Visayas


Siaton

Rice Bowl of Southern Negros


Sibulan

Tanjay City

City of Professionals
City of Music and Fun
City of Lights

Valencia



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