Southern Tagalog


Southern Tagalog
Timog Katagalugan
Former region of the Philippines
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Location within the Philippines
CapitalQuezon City[1] (Regional Center)
• 2000[2]
• Established
January 1, 1965
• Disestablished
May 17, 2002
Political subdivisions
Succeeded by
Today part of

Southern Tagalog (Filipino: Timog Katagalugan), designated as Region IV, was an administrative region in the Philippines that comprised the current regions of Calabarzon and Mimaropa, the province of Aurora of Central Luzon (then part of Quezon Province until 1979), and several cities of Metro Manila.

It was partitioned into the two regions on May 17, 2002.[3]


Southern Tagalog was the largest region in the Philippines in terms of both land area and population. The 2000 Census of Population and Housing showed the region having a total of 11,793,655 people, which comprised 15.42 percent of the 76.5 million population of the country at that time.[2][4]

Quezon City was the designated regional center of Southern Tagalog.[1]

The former region covered the area where many reside; the two other majority-Tagalophone regions are the National Capital Region and Central Luzon.


Region IV or Southern Tagalog was divided into Calabarzon and Mimaropa, upon the issuance of Executive Order No. 103, dated May 17, 2002, by then-President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Additionally, the province of Aurora was moved to Region III (Central Luzon).[3]

Administrative divisions


Province Provincial capital Current region
Aurora Baler Central Luzon
Batangas Batangas City Calabarzon
Cavite Imus[a] / Trece Martires[b]
Laguna Santa Cruz
Marinduque Boac Mimaropa
Occidental Mindoro Mamburao
Oriental Mindoro Calapan
Palawan Puerto Princesa[c]
Quezon Lucena[c] Calabarzon[d]
Rizal Pasig[a][e] / Antipolo[b]
Romblon Romblon Mimaropa


Southern Tagalog region had 13 chartered cities prior to its partition.


  1. ^ a b De facto capital
  2. ^ a b De jure capital; Seat of government
  3. ^ a b Highly urbanized city
  4. ^ Several municipalities of Rizal were partitioned to form Metro Manila on November 7, 1975.
  5. ^ Annexed into Metro Manila; highly urbanized city


  1. ^ a b "Map of the Philippines". Philippine Country Guide. Archived from the original on July 17, 2006. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Southern Tagalog: Biggest Region in the Philippines". Philippine Statistics Authority – Philippine Statistics Authority. Philippine Statistics Authority. January 2, 2003. Retrieved November 1, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Executive Order No. 103: Dividing Region IV into Region IV-A and Region IV-B, Transferring the Province of Aurora to Region III and for Other Purposes". Philippine Statistics Authority – National Statistical Coordination Board. Archived from the original on May 29, 2009. Retrieved November 1, 2014.
  4. ^ World Geography Affected by World Upheavals. Goodwill Trading Co., Inc. p. 95. ISBN 9715740413.