Top Cities in the Philippines

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1Iloilo City

City of Love... Home of the sweetest Filipinos!... I can walk through its streets and wave my phone as no one would try to steal it... Talking with the Ilonggos is the sweetest thing. Most ilonggos are educated and rich! Now that it has an international airport, there's no stopping in growth and development!

The QUEEN CITY OF THE SOUTH, Premiere City of the Philippines and one of the most liveable and business friendly cities of the country today. Internationally known Cuisine, World Famous Landmarks and Festivals and now dubbed as city of firsts and pioneer city of the Philippines, this city will never run out of surprises. I Love ILOILO because I am an ILONGGO!

"City of Many Firsts".. "City of love".. The sweetest people on earth are the Ilonggos!

Come here to experience the city of love. It's a city where people can live happily.

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2Metro Cebu

I voted Cebu because it has a lot to offer, the most pickets crowd in the Philippines if you want to start any event or shows do it first in Cebu once mag " CLICK " it will be ok to the rest of the country. Cebu has a lot to offer international hotel brands are present in Cebu, big mall operators in Manila are also operating in Cebu by the coming years Cebu will be the Shopping Mecca is Southeast Asia the rivals of giant malls went underway. SRP will soon be the land mark address so to speak where the SM Seaside City is located the FLI projects are on going. Soon Cebu will have its BRT to ease traffic in the metropolis and to address the rapid developments. Cebu is blessed for having its rich culture, fun loving people, low crime rates etc. I happen to talk to a lot of people who visited for the very first time in Cebu all said they feel in love with Cebu City. It has a different Charisma, Cebus beauty radiates that they don't want to leave or keeping coming back. Last ...more

Queen City of the South has progressive economy and rich in people, culture, traditions, foods and histories! Someday it will be like "Land of the Rising Sun! " because of its rapid growth of economy and good governance! A small paradise that Jesus has given to us!

No one can ever beat this city because of its rapid development. I THINK this is the best city in this country, instead of its progress, it is the no. 1 tourist destination of the Philippines

Its is the queen city of the south because it is the one of biggest and highly urbanized city in the visayas and partly on Philippines

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3Bacolod City

Bacolod is my humble home where you can find the Best Inasal in the World. The charming and sweet smiles of the people never fails to amaze any tourist and locals alike.

Bacolod City is a small city bustling with Bigtime Opportunities. The Economic Hub of Western Visayas, is home to the Country's Top Corporations. A mere provincial capital that can rival even it's Regional Capital in terms of Economic Growth.

Bacolod is a Cosmopolitan City and a Melting Pot of Cultures. Known to many as the Football Capital of the Philippines, Bacolod City boasts of Internationally Accredited Sporting Venues like the Pana-ad Football Stadium. Bacolod City hosted several International Friendlies already and is wowing crowd every time.

Voted as the #1 Best Place to Live in the Philippines by MoneySense Magazine, Bacolod City lives up to it's name as the Most Promising City of the Philippines. Even Tourism Advocate Carlos Celdran said that Bacolod City is the Philippines Best Kept ...more

Bacolod City is a rising city in the Visayas. Other major cities in the Philippines boast of being in the Top 10 Next Wave Cities list. Bacolod is not on that list. Why? Because it is ALREADY one huge step above that status. Bacolod is ALREADY a Center of Excellence in IT-BPM, a testament to its strength as a voice and non-voice outsourcing hub in the country. Consequently, job opportunities abound. They're hiring by the thousands, and that's a fact.

There's no debate about it, Bacolod is the capital of pastries, desserts and everything sweet. Its food culture is also legendary. Piaya, napoleones, half-moon cakes, cheesecakes, tarts, Chicken Inasal, backribs. You don't go anywhere else to taste these.

Bacolod is home to the world-famous MassKara Festival. Attending MassKara is one of the "Things to do in October" in the world by National Geographic.

While other cities appear impressive because of their homegrown jeepney-building industries, Bacolod ...more

The City Of Smiles! The Cleanest and Greenest Highly-Urbanized City of the Philippines Hall of Famer! Most Business Friendly City of the Philippines! Football City!... Home of the MASSKARA FESTIVAL and SUGAR BOWL OF THE Philippines!

Those are just some of the awards and titles this city has received for its 73 years of existence as a chartered city.

A model in public governance, public-private partnership and a hotbed of organic agriculture, eco-tourism and environmental revolution

A city tested by hard times like disasters, economic crisis and insurgency, but never fails to show everyone that hope still shines and resiliency prevails

Love the food and nightlife.

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4Davao City

Davao has a low crime rate about less than 1%. Current revenue statistics show Davao City to be the fifth-richest city in the Philippines in terms of local income and IRA - the only city outside greater Manila in the top five. The city government also maintains a 24-hour emergency response system patterned after the 9-1-1 system used in the United States. A curfew on minors is also observed in the city. All business establishments, in particular bars and discos, are mandated by a city ordinance to refrain from selling alcoholic drinks beyond 2:00 am. Also, motorcycle drivers with no helmets and motorists with defective lights are not allowed to enter or drive in the city. Regular checkpoints in key parts of Davao City and at the city boundaries are conducted 24 hours to ensure the strict implementation of traffic rules.
The use of fireworks and other similar pyrotechnics, as well as smoking, is strictly prohibited in most of the city. Even outdoors, if you are under a roof of any ...more

Davao is not as developed as Cebu or Manila. It doesn't have as many tall buildings nor as grandiose highway systems. But what makes Davao the best city is its collection of world-class social services and its offering of modern cosmopolitan living to all. For one, Davao TAP water is considered only second best to Switzerland's. Its 911 rescue system, the 3rd of such in the world, is free. Its traffic signalization program uses the same technology as the one in Los Angeles. Its environment is well taken care of, and a number of garden and forest resorts are must-see tourist attractions. Its people are peace-loving people, raking for the city the lowest recorded crime rates in the country. Its people are also law-abiding, making the city smoke-free for 10 years. Its culture traces back to the original tribes of the land and continues to thrive in modern times as showcased in extravagant festivities as the Kadayawan. It's also a stone throw away to Samal's pristine white sand beaches ...more

No doubt the best city in the philippines and still a young city with a lot of potential of becoming an economic power in the country. If not for mindanao issues this city should have been more progressive.

Davao city people is very obedient and respectful to our environment because they lessen waste and keeping clean their city

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5Roxas City

Sea foods capital of the Philippines and now fast growing city in the visayas the next business of of visayas. Roxas City is very liveable city and accessible city

It increased its local revenues and not totally dependent to its internal revenue allotment anymore.

ROXAS CITY IS HALL OF FAMER IN THE RED ORCHID AWARD OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, THE GREENEST AND CLEANEST CITY IN WESTERN VISAYAS. NOW ROXAS CITY IS THE NEXT BOOMING CITY IN TERMS OF ECONOMY AND TOURISM

Great sea food

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6Makati City

Makati is the heart of metro manila it can be the New York of the Philippines because it acts like a cosmopolitian city of the Philippines unlike bangkok, makati it self is clean. And the best part is it is VERY wild in the night, before you sleep in makati look out your window!

Makati City is world-class in that it has a high concentration of talented, ambitious people coming from all over the world (as expatriates, knowledge workers, etc. ) Makati is the home to a large number of foreign embassies, and offices of multinational / global organizations. Makati also provides an unlimited range of cultural venues.

Proud to be a Makati citizen, a lot of benefits for the kids and old people. One of highest in terms of GDP per capita and one of the richest.

Makati is one of the most livable city...

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7Cagayan de Oro City

Dubbed locally as the "City of Golden Friendship" (Dakbayan sa Bulawanong Panaghigala-ay in Cebuano, as the phrase appears on the city's seal) for the camaraderie and hospitality that are inherent and traditional traits of its people.
Cagayan de Oro is considered as a melting pot in Mindanao. A growing metropolis to be classified as a first-class city. Cagayan de Oro serves as the regional center being the most populous highly-urbanized city in Northern Mindanao (Region noted for its accessibility, business growth and tourism attractions.
Cagayan de Oro is the "Melting Pot of Mindanao" because of its accessibility, business growth, attractions and most of its entire warm and hospitable people. It is also a business hub of Northern Mindanao region, considered as one of the most progressive and competitive cities in the country.
It was recorded to have reached the annual income of 1.345 billion pesos as of the fiscal year 2006. The city's economy is ...more

This city is in boom, in bloom and in blossom... Why? Because it has progressed tremendously as manifested through the building of infrastructures such 3 flyovers, 3 SM Savemores, Laguindingan International Airport, construction of skyscrapers ( Limketkai Hotel, Avida Tower and Paseo del Rio Residences). Unfortunately, the city was under attacked by the recent horrible typhoon Sendong which caused the city to suffer a sudden economic lag. But, in just a matter of one month, the city was able to regain its economic stability.

Dubbed as one of the most competitive and progressive cities in the Philippines... It is considered as the melting pot of the northern part of mindanao considering its accessibility to different cities in mindanao... With its rich socio-cultural heritage, making Cagayan de oro city as one of the chief cities in the Philippines...

I really love this place, very peaceful, Its such a tremendous place.

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8Puerto Princesa City

A city in the paradise... Were underground river belong, and also one of the 7 wonders nature in the world... A cleanest and greenest city!

As a Canadian I have lived in and traveled a large part of the Philippines. When I arrived the first time in Puerto Princesa I decided in the first three hours I wanted to live there when I retire (early I hope)! Purchased a house in the excellent Camella subdivision. Amazing waters, history, nature, wildlife and the kindest locals I have ever had the honor to meet. Geologically it also has no earth quakes, volcanoes or typhoons except the very tip in Coron during the largest one a couple of years ago. I sits on a different tectonic plate then the rest of the Philippines. See You in a couple of weeks!

Please vote!.. Thanks... One of their famous tourist place is th PUERTO PRINCESA UNDERGROUND RIVER... Yeah!

One word to describe "Paradise"

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9Baguio City

Baguio City is a multicultural city because It has been a settlement for Americans, Japanese, Chinese and even the Natives of Cordillera. Baguio City is also a great city because it has the CRUISE-SHIP shaped MALL (SM Baguio), the Panagbenga (Flowerfestival; in which we make floats out of natural flowers), One of the Texas Instruments Factories, the Only Philippine Military Academy and We can also make our city look like New York because we have the ABANAO SQUARE, MALCOLM SQUARE, and very own Business street: Session Road.

Baguio is the center of everything... It is a bulk source of profit. Strong and competitive in terms of tourism, industrial exported products, beautiful views, hotels, and business cites. Rich in cultural activities, less case of accidents, people in Baguio City is hospitable, generous and kind. It was been a center of education. A center of mining industries, well known and socially involve in any issues.

A lot of improvement needed to be done though, If my city can be as strict as Davao City, as hospitable just like Iloilo City, As clean as Palawan City and as cold as Bukidnon then no wonder it will be number 1. I don't find it necessary to build tall buildings or have some structure built everywhere. Though my heart still belongs to Baguio City. I stayed in Makati City for 2 years and I loved it, Marikina City for almost a year and I feel safe. Go Baguio!

I love Baguio so much. I lived there during college years. After graduation, I left and resided in Manila. Though we're not a native of Baguio, my ex-boyfriend and I got married there. We make sure to regularly visit at least once a year to feel the cool weather & fresh breeze and eat fresh veggies & cheap foods. It's a vacation haven for me. We intend to invest and live there after some years.

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10Quezon City

Most of government offices and Networks (channel 2, 5, 7, 9, 13...) found in the city of star specially around the elliptical road (QCMC, the Batasan Complex (for congress, Along East Avenue (Banko Sentral, Heart Center of the Philippines, S Complex, National Kidney Institute, Q.C. city Hall, National Census, LTO Main Office, LTFRB Office, LRA Office, Pag-Ibig Office). Entertainment (Eastwood Libis, Timog Avenue, U.P. techno Hub, Araneta Center Cubao, Q.Avenue). Forestry (La Mesa Dam Ecology Park in Fairview, ). SM Malls, Robinsons Mall, Ayala Mall, Landmark, Fisher Mall, Ali Mall, Gateway Mall, Ever Mall, Shopwise, Puregold and a lot more. Quezon City is a Package City.

Quezon City is the largest and richest city is NCR. It consists the greatest opportunities. I live here since 1982 and will probably to the rest of my life. No matter I used to traveling to anywhere in the Ph or to the rest of the world, Quezon City is always on top of my heart.

With its wide public spaces, tree-lined avenues, and a soon-to-rise central business district, the future is bright for Quezon City. The sprawling UP Diliman campus is an ecological, cultural, artistic and intellectual oasis. I can live here.

The City of Star. As always

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The Contenders

11General Santos City

I'm from Quezon City but I have been living and working here in GenSan for a decade now, my son was born here. It is a rapidly progressing city in terms of economic activities and booming population, people from all over the country are attracted by its unique combination of urban life amenities with a rural flavor, exotic multi-cultural mix, it's adventurous history as a settlement and the visionary legacy of its founder and namesake Gen. Santos as seen in its well-planned zones, wide avenues and broad boulevards is testament to its potential as the future gateway of the south as the Philippines southernmost tip city.

General Santos is just a small city but with great talents. Gensan is very livable with great things to offer. It has wide roads and less traffic. Great resorts and hotels. Healthy cuisines and local delicacies are diverse! Plus, the cost of living here is very cheap! Truly magnificent!

The Tuna Capital of the Phils, in Asia, and soon to be the Tuna Capital of the World.

Very nice city with rich and abundant tuna.

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12Metro Manila

Metro Manila is the total urban area that is composed of different cities and the surrounding urban fringe. The proper city Manila is only one of the big cities of this urban agglomeration. Metro Manila, or the 'National Capital Region' as they say in the Philippines.

Metro Manila is the business and cultural center of the Philippines and this is the face of our country as its capital, Manila develops- the whole country develops, too.

In what providence is valenzuela city?

Metro Manila is the Capital city but I like Davao City because it is livable and it is (Alcaldia).

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13Legazpi City

I really love the longest boulevard outside manila.. LEGAZPI BOULEVARD!

Jogging is more fun here because this city offers the vibrant legazpi boulevard. If you're tired along the way, you can enjoy drinking buko juice that will quench your thirst. Come visit this city because this is the adventure city!

If Legazpi City fully develop this city no doubt the most beautiful city not just in the Philippines but in Asia and in the World. This city has lots of potentials that other city don't have. Nature's beauty is there and the only thing is its needs wide roads, high rise buildings' industrial parks. In addition, Legazpi needs to develop its international seaport because it is the largest city in the country facing the Pacific Ocean aside from the new international airport that is in few years will be operational. Develop its beautiful black sun beaches and the white sun beaches in nearby neighboring municipalities and islands that waiting for big time investors locals and international. The Philippines will going to have a develop city in the Pacific. Hoping the government will do the best for the Legazpi City's great future and the country as a whole.

I'm not believed that manila is one of cleanest city of the Philippines. I think that city of Manila is belong to the last list.

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14Kalibo

Kalibo is the next Big thing in Western Visayas with the influx of Tourist going to Boracay. And with its International Airport, I believed that Kalibo deserves to become a City.

Kalibo is the real city and really city-like compare to some other cities that undeserving... Some cities if you seen in satellite image (poblacion or downtown), less establishment less vehicle compare to kalibo that much establishment and vehicle-that's the real meaning of city... Other undeserving cities of the Philippines is only like 2nd to 1st class town only...

Kalibo is the real city unlike other undeserving cities

It will take 50 years for Kalibo to become a City.

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15Tacloban City

Tacloban is one of the most scenic and picturesque cities in the Philippines. It is a charming, peaceful, and idyllic town, with all the conveniences and amenities of a modern city. There are a lot of good hotels, resorts, malls, and restaurants. There are also several good schools and universities within the city (including U.P. ). This city is ideal for families, retirees, and tourists.

Tacloban is dubbed as "The Queen City of the Orient Seas" and "The Gateway to Central East Philippines" is creating itself as one of the important cities in the Philippines. Economic development is taking a fast speed as businesses are rising, from high-end malls, restaurants, hotels, shoping centers and others. Tourism also takes part of its importance as more visitors are heading up to this city via Tacloban City International Airport (former Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport) which is now undergoing a massive repair and improvement. History also dictates its importance as it was a former capital and seat of the commonwealth government of the Philippines. Tacloban is a good place to live because all the things necessary for living including basic services are accessible and reachable by its people. LIVE LIFE EASY AND HEALTHY -Welcome to the Queen City of the Oriert Seas, THE CITY OF TACLOBAN - Your Gateway to Central East Philippines!

Tacloban must be the best city of the Philippines. Tacloban is small but beautiful. Many people say Manila is the best because of the malls and the tourist spots. You know visit Tacloban and you will feel the culture lag there. The people are still using the items that are used during the American time. You know try to experience the simple beauty of Tacloban.

Tacloban the City of strength

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16Naga City

NAGA: THE QUEEN CITY OF BICOL

The happy place (an maogmang lugar)
The heart of Bicol
The Pilgrim City
The Royal City

1. First Normal school in Southeast Asia: University of Santa Isabel, 1869
2. First printing press in Southern Luzon: Libreria y Imprenta Mariana, 1892
3. The first city in Southern Luzon and the 3rd oldest in the Philippines, 1595
4. Oldest school in Southern Luzon: Holy Rosary Minor Seminary, 1793
5. The first University in Southern Luzon: University of Nueva Caceres
6. 3rd City in the Philippines to be granted a Royal title, 1595
7. First jesuit institution in Bicol, Ateneo de Naga
8. Biggest churchin Bicol: Naga Cathedral
9. The 3rd oldest Archdiocese in the Philippines
10. City with the biggest library in Bicol
11. City with the most number of museums
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Bustling with economic activity while maintaining the provincial ambiance. Naga is a beautiful city rich in culture and heritage blending in the cosmopolitan lifestyle, making it a happy place indeed. Plus, it's the center of good governance, making it an example of how development and good practice in the government work side by side to bring progress.

No airport... No seaport... No white sand beaches... Only good people & good leaders makes this city one of the best in the Philippines!

People are respectful, gentle, and friendly...

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17Zamboanga City

One of the highly urbanized cities in Mindanao, the City of Flowers is the third largest city in terms of land area as well as being the sixth most populous city in the Philippines. Known for its unique creole Spanish known as Chavacano and its Hispanic influence, leading the city be named as Asia's Latin City. Despite being a City since 1936, the locals called the city center "pueblo" because of its significance during the American colonial period. The city has its many firsts- the first Catholic diocese in Mindanao, and in the pre-WWII period the center of all Mindanao. The city will soon rise from being lagging behind the the cities in Mindanao towards being one of the most prosperous cities in Mindanao.

Is you want to experience Spain IN Asia, then this is the place to go. It's nicknamed as "Asia's Latin City" because of Chavacano, a Spanish-derive dialect widely spoken in this City. It comprises 70% Spanish words and 30% local dialects. Spanish Architecture can be seen all over the city. It makes you feel as if your in another country. Viva Zamboanga!

ZAMBOANGA CITY is a highly urbanized city only in the region.
If you want to experience Latin in your life, come to Zamboanga and learn our very own dialect 'chavacano' 60% Latin words and 40% native words. The city has many infrastructures and buildings that are designed as Latin. Experience the only PINK BEACH in the country, the Sta Cruz. Island. See the modern musically gyrating fountain. Visit Paseo del Mar, R. T Lim Boulevard, Plaza del Pilar, Metropolitan Cathedral, Pasonanca Park, AND MANY MORE. Zamboanga has 3 universities, Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Universidad de Zamboanga and Western Mindanao State University. The city is also the Sardines Capitalof the Philippines. It has an International Airport and this city is very unique than any other. ADELANTE ZAMBOANGA!

"Asia's Latin City" producer of world class sardines and other products. The economic capital of region 9. Since Zamboanga city is located in western Mindanao it is somehow safe from typhoons coming from the pacific ocean.

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18Dumaguete City

Dumaguete is surely gonna be one of the best cities in the Philippines in the next 10 years. It offers a lot of beautiful places and luxurious landmarks which would surely make you enjoy and have much fun. The city boasts enchanting views. But if you really want to enjoy, go to the Sidlakang Negros Village or go strolling in the boulevard. And after a tiring trip in the whole city, it's nice to relax in one of the beautiful hotels located within the city.
So what are you waiting for? Visit Dumaguete City, the City of Gentle People!

Dumaguete City is the best, so peaceful, so nice. You're contented to be here. So many malls, it's like a Little Manila.. Haha.. Dumaguete has many call center jobs here, There are so many Gasoline Station Put Up in the city. Hope You Could Visit.

Great university town, has the lowest poverty incidence among cities in the south... It is also very peaceful and business is quite good. Simply the best place in the Philippines. It's the place to be!

Too crowded. Narrow roads. People don't know how to drive or walk -- even when you can find a sliver of a proper sidewalk.

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19Batangas City

This is true. Even landed as finalist to the worlds mist liveable cities. The strong leadership and commitment to do right by their mayor put batangas city in the list and no question for being the Philippines Green City

One of the best LGU's 2011 in the country
a very safe place
many attractive places like beaches, mountains, and also the people are very attractive
so Eto Batangenio Disiplinado!

Industrialized and Very Competitive City. Disciplined citizens. The Philippines' Green City,

Classical city, religious, loving people...

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20Passi City

The largest city of panay by land area and the 3rd most populous city of panay island.

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