Located in the northern region of the archipelago, it is the economic and political center of the nation, being home to the country’s capital city, Manila, as well as Quezon City, the country’s most populous. With a population of 48 million as of 2010, it is the fourth most populous island in the world (after Java, Honshu, and Great Britain), containing about 53% of the country’s total population. Luzon may also refer to one of the three primary island groups in the country. As such, it includes the Luzon mainland, the Batanes and Babuyan groups of islands to the north, Polillo Islands to the east, and the outlying islands of Catanduanes, Marinduque, Masbate, Romblon, Mindoro, and Palawan, among others, to the south.
Luzon /luːˈzɒn/ is the largest and most populous island in the Philippines and the 15th largest in the world.
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It’s known for its mountains, beaches, reefs and scuba diving, and is home to Manila, the sprawling Philippine capital. Set on a deep bay with famed sunsets, the city offers Spanish-colonial landmarks, national memorials and monuments, a centuries-old Chinatown and a diversity of museums.
History & Culture
From just before the first millennium, the Tagalog and Kapampangan peoples of south and central Luzon had established several Indianized kingdoms, notably among them those of Tundok and Namayan. The Laguna Copperplate Inscription, the first Philippine document written in 900AD, names places in and around Manila Bay as well as Medan in Indonesia. These kingdoms were based on leases between village …