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Fast facts about Southern Tagalog:
Southern Tagalog is a region of the Philippines also called Calabarzon that includes five provinces south and eat of Manila : Rizal, Laguna, Cavite, Batangas and Quezon. The name Calabarzon is built from the names of these five provinces. Southern Tagalogrefers to the national language of the Philippines, the Tagalog that is widely spoken in this region. Some people would also include the Island of Mindoro in the Southern Tagalog.
An estimated of 11 million people live in this region (same population than Belgium.)
The different towns of this region can be reached from Manila on one to three hours.

There are two seasons. The dry season lasts from October to May while the rainy season lasts from June to September. The average temperature is 27 degrees Celsius with a maximum of 35 degrees Celsius in April and a minimum of 22 degrees Celsius in December. Being located on the Pacific side, Quezon is the most rainy province of southern Tagalog.

Tourism on Southern Tagalog:
Some of the major tourist destinations of the Philippines are located in this region. All of them can be easily visited on a day tour from Manila. Expressways (Slex and StarToll) link Manila to Batangas city. A railway should also open in September 2011.

Below is the top 10 of the destinations you can visit in Southern Tagalog.

1- Tagaytay
The city of Tagaytay is known as one of the summer capital of the country as its climate is always cool, thanks to its elevation. People would visit it for its restaurants, spas and of course its stunning view over Taal lake and volcano.

2- Taal Volcano
Often mentioned as the smallest volcano is the world, Taal volcano is also an island in a lake in an island : Volcano island is located on Taal lake located on Luzon Island. Taal volcano is the second most active volcano in the Philippines (Mayon is the most active)

3- Pagsanjan Falls
Located in Laguna, the Magdapio falls are more than 300 ft high. Shooting the rapids of Pagsanjan is one of its highlight.

4- Mount Makiling
This extinct volcano will please every trekkers. A full day hiking is necessary to climb to the summit and visit its boiling lake.

5- San Pablo seven lakes
San Pablo is famous for its seven lakes. It's possible to hike around this lakes or to do rafting.

6- Laiya beach
One of the best beach escapade at only 3 hours ride from the nation capital. White sand and turquoise water.

7- Pahiyas festival
This festival is hold in Lucban every May 15th. People decorate their houses with fruits and vegetables. One of the most beautiful festival of the Philippines.

8- Anilao diving
Anilao is popular amongst divers for the beauty of its corals, fishes and its easy access from Manila.
9- Hinulugang taktak falls
This water fall is located near Antipolo, only one hour from Manila.

10- Mt. Banahaw
The highest mountain in Calabarzon is also an active volcano, with an elevation of 2158 meters. Some people considered this mountain as holy and there is an annual pilgrimage. On the summit, on can found an open and forested crater.