The Tagalog region covers the provinces of Bulacan, parts of Nueva Ecija, Cavite,
Rizal, Bataan, Quezon,
Laguna, Batangas, Aurora, Marinduque, Mindoro, parts of Camarines Norte and
northern Palawan, and, not to forget, Metro Manila, which is the national capital region
of the Philippines.
The term Tagalog is believed to have been
derived from "taga-ilog," meaning
"people who liveby the river."
The language spoken in these areas is,
of course, Tagalog, on which the national language, Filipino,
is based, alongwith English.
The Tagalog area is diverse and spread out. There are towns that are highly
industrialized, like many parts of Cavite, Laguna and Bataan.
Some provinces are largely agricultural, like Mindoro and Marinduque. Metro
Manila is of course the commercial and political capital of the country.
In agricultural areas, the principal products are rice, fish, salt, coconut, and
sugarcane. Abundant in the Tagalog provinces are fruits like mango, citrus and papaya, and
a variety of vegetables. Beef, pork, and poultry products are also supplied by these
In industrial areas, raw materials are converted into commercial products such as
textile, coconut oil, hemp and fiber cords, shoes and bags, and may more.
Heavy industries, like steel, and other manufacturing industries also provide
employment for a lot people in these industrialized towns.
Sunset over Manila Bay
Philippine topical fruits
(pineapple, mango, watermelon, jackfruit, guava, papaya, starapple)
A rice field in Central Luzon
The Tagalog Region
Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Batangas, Nueva Ecija, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal,
Batangas, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Quezon, Rizal, Romblon,
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Rice and fish are
a major part of the
Several varieties of fish
provided by the many fish farms
in the region abound,
but the most popular and
most delicious to the
Tagalog palate is
the bangus (milkfish).
Meat, beef, pork, and poultry,
are also consumed.
the Tagalog meal, and a
variety of these
are available, produced
locally as well as imported
from the Mountain Province
in northern Luzon.