|Nickname(s): Rice Granary of the Philippines|
Map of the Philippines showing the location of Region III
|Regional center||San Fernando, Pampanga|
|• Total||21,543 km2 (8,318 sq mi)|
|• Density||470/km2 (1,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|ISO 3166 code||PH-03|
|Languages||Tagalog, Kapampangan, Pangasinan, Ilocano, Sambal, English, others|
Central Luzon (Filipino: Gitnáng Luzon, also known as Region III), is an administrative division or region of the Republic of the Philippines, primarily serve to organize the 7 provinces of the vast central plain of the island of Luzon (the largest island), for administrative convenience. The region contains the largest plain in the country and produces most of the country's rice supply, earning itself the nickname "Rice Granary of the Philippines". Its provinces are: Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales.
Central Luzon Region is located north of Manila, the nation's capital. Bordering it are the regions of Ilocos, Cordillera Administrative Region and Cagayan Valley to the north; National Capital Region, CALABARZON and the waters of Manila Bay to the south; South China Sea to the west; and the Philippine Sea to the east.
There are fourteen cities which include: Balanga in Bataan; Malolos, Meycauayan and San Jose del Monte in Bulacan; Cabanatuan, Gapan, Muñoz, Palayan and San Jose in Nueva Ecija; Angeles, Mabalacat and San Fernando in Pampanga; Tarlac in Tarlac; and Olongapo in Zambales. Central Luzon produces the most rice in the whole country. Excess rice is delivered and imported to other provinces of the Philippines.
The City of San Fernando, in Pampanga, is the regional center.
Aurora was transferred from Region IV by Executive Order No. 103.
|Population census of Central Luzon|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
Eighty percent of the population of Central Luzon is Roman Catholic. Other religions represented are Protestants (including Evangelicals), Islam, and Iglesia Ni Cristo. In this region also where the Members Church of God International (also known by many as Ang Dating Daan) headquarters is located in Apalit, Pampanga where most members are. There are also other denominations such as Jesus Is Lord, Pentecostal Missionary Church of Christ, Jesus Miracle Crusade and others.
|Aurora||Baler||0||3,147.32||173,797||187,802||201,233||Gerardo A. Noveras|
|Bataan||Balanga City||1||1,372.98||557,659||662,153||687,482||Enrique T. Garcia Jr.|
|Bulacan||City of Malolos||3||2,774.85||2,234,088||2,826,936||2,924,433||Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado|
|Nueva Ecija||Palayan City||5||5,751.33||1,659,883||1,853,853||1,955,373||Aurelio M. Umali|
|Pampanga||City of San Fernando||3||1,984.72||1,882,730||1,911,951||2,014,019||Lilia Pineda|
|Tarlac||Tarlac City||1||2,736.64||1,068,783||1,243,449||1,273,240||Victor Yap|
The Central Luzon Region has fourteen cities. San Jose del Monte is the city with the most population while Meycauayan is the most densely populated city in the region. Tarlac City is the largest based on land area
|City||Province||City Class||Income Class||Area
|Angeles City||Pampanga||Highly Urbanized||1st Class||60.27||326,336||5,414.6|
|Balanga City||Bataan||Component||4th Class||111.63||87,920||787.6|
|Cabanatuan City||Nueva Ecija||Component||1st Class||192.29||272,676||1,418|
|Malolos City||Bulacan||Component||1st Class||77.25||234,945||3,041.4|
|City of San Fernando||Pampanga||Component||1st Class||67.74||285,912||4,220.7|
|Gapan City||Nueva Ecija||Component||4th Class||164.44||101,488||617.2|
|Mabalacat City||Pampanga||Component||1st Class||83.18||215,610||2,592.09|
|Meycauayan City||Bulacan||Component||1st Class||32.10||199,154||6,204.2|
|Olongapo City||Zambales||Highly Urbanized||1st Class||185.00||221,178||1,195.6|
|Palayan City||Nueva Ecija||Component||5th Class||101.40||37,219||367.1|
|San Jose City||Nueva Ecija||Component||2nd Class||185.99||129,424||695.9|
|San Jose del Monte City||Bulacan||Component||1st Class||165.10||454,553||2,753.2|
|Science City of Muñoz||Nueva Ecija||Component||4th Class||163.05||75,462||462.8|
|Tarlac City||Tarlac||Component||1st Class||274.66||318,332||1,159|
- List of radio stations in Central Luzon
- 2007 Central Luzon hog cholera outbreak
- Super regions of the Philippines
- "Population and Annual Growth Rates for The Philippines and Its Regions, Provinces, and Highly Urbanized Cities". 2010 Census and Housing Population. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
- "Central Luzon, Region III, Philippines". flagspot.net.
- "Region III, Central Luzon, Geographical Location". evis.net.ph.
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- "EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 103, December 24, 1986". Supreme Court E-Library.
- "List of Regions". National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 9 January 2011.
- "Population and Annual Growth Rates by Province, City, and Municipality Region III - Central Luzon: 1990, 2000, and 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Central Luzon.|
- Central Luzon Local Search
- Executive Order No. 561: FORMATION OF THE "SUPER" REGIONS AND MANDATE OF THE SUPERREGIONAL DEVELOPMENT CHAMPIONS
- North Luzon Super Region: Potentials
- North Luzon Super Region: Projects
- Executive Order No. 103