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Quezon Provincial Capitol Building
|Nickname(s): The Palm State|
Map of the Philippines with Quezon highlighted
|Region||CALABARZON (Region IV-A)|
|Founded||1591 (as Kalilayan)
March 2, 1901 (as Tayabas)
|• Type||Province of the Philippines|
|• Governor||David C.Suarez (NUP)|
|• Vice Governor||Samuel B. Nantes (LP)|
|• Total||9,069.60 km2 (3,501.79 sq mi)|
|Area rank||6th out of 80|
|• Rank||13th out of 80|
|• Density||190/km2 (500/sq mi)|
|• Density rank||44th out of 80|
|Excludes Lucena City|
|• Independent cities||1|
|• Component cities||1|
including independent cities: 1,242
|• Districts||1st to 4th districts of Quezon (shared with Lucena City)|
|• Ethnic groups||Tagalog (93%), Bisaya (3%), Bicolano (3%), Others (1%)|
|• Languages||Tagalog (Tayabas dialect), English|
|Time zone||PHT (UTC+8)|
|ZIP code||4300 to 4342|
|ISO 3166 code||PH-QUE|
Quezon (Tagalog pronunciation: [keˈzon]) is a province of the Philippines in the CALABARZON region of Luzon island. The province was named after Manuel L. Quezon, the second President of the Philippines, and its capital is Lucena City.
Quezon is southeast of Metro Manila and is bordered by the provinces of Aurora to the north, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna and Batangas to the west and the provinces of Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur to the east. Part of Quezon lies on an isthmus connecting the Bicol Peninsula to the main part of Luzon. The province also includes the Polillo Islands in the Philippine Sea.
A major tourism draw to the province is Mount Banahaw. The mountain is surrounded by spiritual mysticism with many cults and religious organizations staying on the mountain. Numerous pilgrims visit the mountain especially during Holy Week.
Originally, what now forms Quezon was divided among the provinces of Batangas, Laguna, and Nueva Ecija. The first European to explore the area was Juan de Salcedo in 1571-1572, during his expedition from Laguna to Camarines provinces.
In 1591, the province was created and called Kaliraya or Kalilayan, after the capital town which later became Unisan. In 1749, the capital was transferred to the town of Tayabas, from which the province got its new name.
Depredation and plunder by the Moros were rampant during the Spanish regime, because they opposed the colonizers, especially in their efforts to spread Christianity. The destruction of Kalilayan in 1604 by a big fleet of Moro pirates caused the inhabitants to transfer to Palsabangon (Pagbilao).
However, even the colonized people grew discontented with the Spaniards over the centuries. The most important event in the history of the province was the Confradia Revolt in 1841, which was led by the famous Lucbano, Apolinario de la Cruz, popularly known as Hermano Pule. The province, under General Miguel Malvar, was also among the earliest to join the Philippine Revolution. The Revolutionary Government took control over the province on August 15, 1898.
The Americans then came and annexed the Philippines. A civil government was established in the province on March 12, 1901, and Lucena was made the provincial capital in 1910.
Japanese occupation of the province during World War II began on December 23, 1941, when the Japanese Imperial Army landed in Atimonan. The occupation witnessed the brutal murders of prominent sons of Tayabas. April 4, 1945 was the day the province was liberated as the combined Filipino and American army forces reached Lucena.
After the war, on September 7, 1946, Republic Act No. 14 changed the name Tayabas to Quezon, in honor of Manuel L. Quezon, the Commonwealth president who hailed from Baler, which was one of the province's towns.
In 1951, the northern part of Quezon was made into the sub-province of Aurora (which included Baler). Aurora was the name of the president's wife, Aurora Quezon. In 1979, Aurora was separated from Quezon as an independent province.
Splitting Quezon: Quezon del Norte and Quezon del Sur
In 1992, Republic Act No. 9495 was proposed to further divide Quezon into Quezon del Norte and Quezon del Sur. Quezon del Norte was to be composed of the first and second congressional districts of the province (Burdeos, General Nakar, Infanta, Jomalig, Lucban, Mauban, Pagbilao, Panukulan, Patnanungan, Polillo, Real, Sampaloc, Tayabas, Candelaria, Dolores, San Antonio, Sariaya, Tiaong and Lucena City), with Lucena City as its capital. Quezon del Sur, with its capital at Gumaca, would have been composed of the third and fourth congressional districts (Agdangan, Buenavista, Catanauan, General Luna, Macalelon, Mulanay, Padre Burgos, Pitogo, San Andres, San Francisco, San Narciso, Unisan, Alabat, Atimonan, Calauag, Guinayangan, Gumaca, Lopez, Perez, Plaridel, Quezon and Tagkawayan). The act lapsed into law without the signature of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on September 7, 2007.
As required by law, the COMELEC held a plebiscite on December 13, 2008, 60 days after Republic Act No. 9495 took effect. The majority of the votes cast rejected the division, therefore the split did not push through.
Creation of the Provincial Youth Parliament
In 2004, the Provincial Youth Parliament was established in Lucena City, Quezon Province. The non-profit organization encourages youth to engage in their communities. Governor David C. Suarez has supported the group by attending their meetings, providing them with financial assistance, and displaying that the group's number one goal is to aid the people of Quezon who are in need of help.
Quezon, east of Metro Manila, is the 8th largest province in the Philippines having an area of 892,601 hectares or 8,926.01 km². The northern part of the province is sandwiched between the Sierra Madre mountain range and the Philippine Sea. The southern part consists of the Tayabas Isthmus, which separates the Bicol Peninsula from the main part of Luzon Island, and the Bondoc Peninsula which lies between Tayabas Bay and Ragay Gulf.
The major islands of Quezon are Alabat Island and Polillo Islands. Mount Banahaw, an extinct volcano, is the highest peak at 2,188 m. It supplies geothermal power to the Makban Geothermal Power Plant.
Quezon is subdivided into 39 municipalities and one component city named Tayabas City. Lucena City, the capital, is independent from the administrative and fiscal supervision of the province, but is eligible to vote for provincial officials.
|Population census of Quezon|
|Excludes Lucena City
Source: National Statistics Office
The inhabitants are mostly Tagalogs. The population is concentrated in the flat south-central portion which includes Lucena City, Sariaya, and Candelaria. After World War II, the Infanta area received migrants from Manila, Laguna and Batangas. People from Marinduque moved to the southern part of the Tayabas Isthmus and the Bondoc Peninsula. And people from Bicol Region migrated to Southern Towns of Calauag and Tagkawayan.
Quezon is the country's leading producer of coconut products such as coconut oil and copra. A large part of the province is covered in coconut plantations. Other major crops are rice, corn, banana, and coffee. Fishing is also a large part of the province's economy.
Notable people from Quezon
- Manuel L. Quezon — the second President of the Philippines - Baler (now a part of Aurora)
- Tomas Morato, last municipal President and first Mayor of Calauag and Quezon City, First Representative of the 2nd District of Tayabas, Manuel L. Quezon's best friend - Calauag
- Manoling Morato, former Chairman of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office- Calauag
- Claro M. Recto, former Minority leader of the Senate of the Philippines, former Associate Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court -Tiaong
- Rey Danseco, Sports Editor and WBC boxing judge - Calauag, Lopez, and Gumaca
- Aiza Seguerra, Filipino actress and singer - Calauag
- Raymundo Punongbayan - former director, Philvolcs - Calauag
- Mark Magsumbol - first Filipino player in 31-team American Basketball Association (ABA) - Calauag
- Agnes Devanadera, former Solicitor-General and Secretary of the Department of Justice - Sampaloc
- Lorenzo Tañada, former Senator - Gumaca
- Wigberto Tañada, former Liberal Party President and former senator - Gumaca
- Lorenzo Tañada III, Congressman, Liberal Party Spokesman - Gumaca
- Proceso Alcala, Secretary, Department of Agriculture - Lucena City
- Tommy Abuel, actor - Lucban
- Ana Capri, actress - Infanta
- Raimund Marasigan, musician (Eraserheads, Sandwich, Pedicab, Cambio) - Candelaria
- Romeo Vasquez - actor, Tayabas City
- Edgar Mortiz, actor/director - Infanta
- Orlando Nadres, writer/screenwriter/director - Tayabas City
- Angel Lagdameo - Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Jaro and former President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines - Lucban
- Kris Psyche Resus, Miss Philippines Earth 2010, Infanta
- Lily Monteverde, movie producer - Sariaya
- Alice Dixon, actress - Philippine Cinema - Guinayangan
- Chris Tsuper, Radio DJ of Love Radio - Lucena City
- Gil M. Portes, a Filipino film director, film producer and screenwriter - Pagbilao
- Mau Marcelo, winner, Philippine Idol TV5, Lucena
- Horacio de la Costa, priest, writer - Mauban
Metro Lucena has an estimated population of 700,000 which is mostly concentrated in the flat south-central portion of Quezon, which includes the cities of Lucena and Tayabas, Sariaya, Candelaria, Lucban & Pagbilao . The people are often characterized as friendly and hardworking. It is the center of commerce and tourism in Quezon Province.
Home of the Pahiyas Festival
The Gateway to the South
Entertainment Capital of Southern Luzon
Highly urbanized City
City of Festivals
The City of Eleven Bridges
- "List of Provinces". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
- "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 26 August 2013.
- "Republic Act No. 9495: AN ACT CREATING THE PROVINCE OF QUEZON DEL SUR". The LAWPHiL Project. September 7, 2007. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
- "Province: QUEZON". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
- "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Quezon.|
- Official website of Quezon province
- Quezon Province Community Site - QZN.ME
- Lucena City Community Website
- Philippine Standard Geographic Code
- 2007 Philippine Census Information (1)
- 2007 Philippine Census Information (2)
- Local Governance Performance Management System
||Bulacan||Aurora||Lamon Bay, Philippine Sea|
|Sibuyan Sea, Ragay Gulf