Philippines' Highly Urbanized Cities Outside Metro Manila
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Philippines' Highly Urbanized Cities Outside Metro Manila

There are 33 highly urbanized cities in the Philippines. Here are the 17 highly urbanized cities outside of Metro Manila.

Highly Urbanized Cities are cities with a minimum population of two hundred thousand inhabitants as certified by the National Statistics Office and with the latest annual income of at least Fifty Million Pesos (P50, 000,000.00) based on 1991 constant prices. At present, there are 33 highly urbanized cities in the country, 16 of them located in Metro Manila.

Here are the 17 highly urbanized cities in the Philippines outside of Metro Manila.

1.) Baguio City

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Baguio City in Northern Luzon is the coolest city in the Philippines. It is nicknamed Summer Capital of the Philippines and City of Pines. This highly urbanized city was founded as a city in 1909. Tourism is an important industry of the city. Among its most popular attractions include the Lion’s Head, Mine’s View, The Mansion, Wright Park, Botanical Garden, Burnham Park, Lourdes Grotto, Camp john Hay, PMA and many more.

2.) Cebu City

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The City of Cebu, known as the Queen City of the South, is a city in the province of Cebu. It is also the capital city of the province. It was founded in 1565 and was reincorporated as a city in 1938. It is known as the oldest settlement established by the Spaniards in the country. Cebu City is also nicknamed “Most Visited Tourists Destination of the Philippines”. The city is known worldwide for its Sinulog Festival. Magellan’s Cross, Fort San Pedro and many more are among the most popular attractions of Cebu City.

3.) Davao City

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The City of Davao is a highly urbanized city in Mindanao. It is the largest city in Mindanao. The city is known for its Kadayawan Festival and boosts some of the best beaches and mountain resorts. It was awarded by the Department of Tourism as the Most Livable City in the Philippines in 2008. Mount Apo National Park is one of the major tourist destinations n the city.

4.) Zamboanga City

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The City of Zamboanga is a highly urbanized, independent and a chartered city located in Mindanao. It is currently ranked as the 6th most populous city in the country and the 3rd largest Philippine city by land area. It is nicknamed “The Sardines Capital of the Philippines”. Fort Pilar, Pasonanca Park and Santa Cruz Island are just some of the many tourist attractions in the city.

5.) General Santos City

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The City of General Santos is a highly urbanized city in Mindanao. It is the southernmost port city in the archipelago. The city is one of the most populous urban centers in the country with a population of 679,588. It was established as a town in 1947 and became a city in 1968. It is dubbed as the “Tuna Capital of the Philippines”.

6.) Lapu-Lapu City

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The City of Lapu-Lapu is a first class highly urbanized city in the province of Cebu. It was founded in 1730 with its former name Opon and was established as a city in 1961. The Mactan-Cebu Airport which is located in the island is the second busiest airport in the Philippines.

7.) Cagayan De Oro City

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Cagayan de Oro City is a highly urbanized city in the province of Misamis Oriental. It is also the capital city of the province. It is nicknamed “City of Golden Friendship and Rafting Capital of the Philippines. It was established as a town in 1871 and became a city in 1950.

8.) Bacolod City

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The City of Bacolod is a highly urbanized midsize city in the province of Negros Occidental. It is the capital of the province and noted for its colorful Maskara Festival. Known for being a relatively friendly city, it bears the nicknames "City of Smiles" and "Football City of the Philippines". It was founded as a town in 1556 and was established as a city in 1938. Bacolod City recently ranked no. 1 in a survey by MoneySense Magazine as the “Best Place to Live in the Philippines”. The city is rank 3rd among the top ten "Next Wave Cities" of the Philippines for the best location for business process outsourcing and offshoring according to the 2010 report of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology.

9.) Mandaue City

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The City of Mandaue is a highly urbanized city in the province of Cebu. It was founded as a town in 1599 and as a municipality in 1899. It was established as a city in 1969. Mandaue City is nicknamed “Furniture Capital of the Philippines”.

10.) Olongapo City

 

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The City of Olongapo is a highly urbanized city located in the Province of Zambales. It was founded in 1750 and became a city in 1966. According to the latest census, it has a population of 227,270 people in 50,300 households

11.) Lucena City

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The City of Lucena is a first class highly urbanized medium sized city in the province of Quezon. It is the capital city of Quezon and belongs to the 20 most competitive cities of the Philippines. It was founded as a town in 1882 and became a city in 1961. Lucena City is the only first class highly urbanized city in the CALABARZON Region.

12.) Puerto Prinsesa

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The City of Puerto Princesa is a highly urbanized city located in the province of Palawan. The city is one of 38 independent cities within the Philippines not controlled by the province in which it is geographically located and is therefore an independent area located within Palawan. It was founded in 1586 and became a city in 1961. The Puerto Princesa Underground River which is located in they city is one of the New Seven Wonders of the world.

13.) Iloilo City

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The City of Iloilo is a highly urbanized city in the province of Iloilo. It is also the capital city of the province. It was founded in 1581 and was established as a city in 1889. The city is famous for its Dinagyang Festival.

14.) Tacloban City

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The City of Tacloban is a highly urbanized port city in the province of Leyte and is the capital of the province. In a survey conducted by the Asian Institute of Management Policy Center in 2010, the city was ranked among the top 10 most competitive cities in the Philippines. It was established as a municipality in 1770 and became a component city in 1953.

15.) Iligan City

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The City of Iligan is a highly urbanized industrial city in the province of Lanao del Norte It is nicknamed City of Majestic Waterfalls. It was founded in 1832 and was established as a city in 1950.

16.) Tarlac City

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The City of Tarlac is a 1st class and highly urbanized city located in the province of Tarlac. It was founded in 1788 and declared a city in 1998. Tarlac provincial capitol building is shown on the back of the Philippines 500 peso note that features former Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. The city is nicknamed “Home Of Rice, Sugar, and Everything Nice”.

17.) Angeles City

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The City of Angeles is a first class, highly urbanized city located n the province of Pampanga. The city has a population of 314,493 inhabitants. It is nicknamed “Entertainment Capital of Central Luzon”. The city is well-known for its Sisig Festival and Philippine International Hot-Air Balloon Festival. The city is ranked 15th in a survey by MoneySense Magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live in the Philippines”.

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