Quezon Province History
Profile of Quezon Province (Geography)
Location –> Southern Tagalog Region also known as CaLaBaRZon, Philippines (See map below)
Neighboring Provinces –> Aurora, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Batangas, Laguna, Rizal, and Bulacan
Capital –> Lucena City
Area –> 8,989.39 km2 (3,470.82 sq mi)
Population –> 2,118,830 including Lucena City
Terrain –> Mountainous, Rolling hills with coastal plains
Industries –> Agriculture, Manufacturing, Power Generation
Major Products –> Coconut, Rice, Vegetables, Electricity
People/Language –> Tagalog, Bicolano
Governor –> Danilo Suarez
Vice Governor –> Samuel B. Nantes
Representative (1st District) –> Mark Enverga
Predecessor –> Anna Katrina Enverga-de la Paz
Representative (2nd District) –> David Jay Jay Suarez
Predecessor –> Vicente J. Alcala
Representative (3rd District) –> Aleta Suarez
Predecessor –> Danilo E. Suarez
Representative (4th District) –> Angelina “Helen” DL. Tan
Cities –> Lucena, Tayabas
Municipalities (Towns) –> Agdangan, Alabat, Atimonan, Buenavista, Burdeos, Calauag, Candelaria, Catanauan, Dolores, Gen. Luna, Gen. Nakar, Guinayangan, Gumaca, Infanta, Jomalig, Lopez, Lucban, Macalelon, Mauban, Mulanay, Padre Burgos, Pagbilao, Panukulan, Patnanungan, Perez, Pitogo, Plaridel, Polillo, Quezon, Real, Sampaloc, San Andres, San Antonio, San Francisco, San Narciso, Sariaya, Tagkawayan, Tiaong, Unisan
Quezon Province History
The area where Quezon Province is located now was called Kalilayan when it was established as an administrative district by the Spaniards in 1591. The town of Unisan was chosen as the seat of the government. Later, Kalilayan was renamed Tayabas. Areas under the jurisdiction of Tayabas included the now province of Aurora and the eastern part of Nueva Ecija. During the American Period, the island of Marinduque was annexed to Tayabas Province.
On September 7, 1946, Tayabas was renamed Quezon Province in honor of Manuel Luis Quezon, the first president of the Commonwealth Period and the second president of the Philippines.
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Economy of Quezon Province
Outside the capital city of Lucena, agriculture is the main economic activity in the province where coconut and rice are the main outputs. The province has one of the longest coasts among the 81 province and therefore, fishing is a very important industry.
Aside from coconut oil and rice mills, there are no other large manufacturing plants in the province. A large coal-fired power plant is operating in Pagbilao town near Lucena City. Tourism is not as developed as in the other provinces in Calabarzon Region.
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See also: List of Philippine Provinces and Capital by Region
Quezon Province Map