Naming and finding all the provinces and regions of the Philippines in a map can be challenging, even for adults.
The worksheets that follow aim to ease students into knowing where these provinces are located by asking them to identify to which island group — Luzon, Visayas, or Mindanao — the province belongs.
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Agusan del Sur is home to the Agusan Marsh, one of the most ecologically important wetlands in the country. The mountain ranges in the western and eastern portions of the province form a valley through which flows the Agusan River, the third longest river in the Philippines.
The province of Bohol is particularly known for the Chocolate Hills, a group of over 1200 conical karst hills with limestone from the Late Pliocene to Early Pleistocene, and the Philippine tarsier, one of the smallest primates in the world. One thing you should know about the Philippine tarsier is that it gets stressed by things like camera flashes, being kept in a cage, and being touched — things that they are exposed to when they are “admired” by visitors — and unfortunately when tarsiers get stressed, they have a tendency to bang their heads against objects, which kills them. So: they may be cute and we may want to cuddle them, but we ought to adore them from a distance. They are not our toys!
Most people are aware that the rice terraces in Ifugao province are among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but what’s less known is that the Hudhud chants and Punnuk tugging rituals of the Ifugao have also been cited by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Lake Lanao, in the province of Lanao del Sur, is considered one of the 15 ancient lakes in the world, that is, a lake that has contained water consistently for more than one million years. Lake Lanao, a permanent freshwater lake of volcanic origin, is estimated to be 2 million years old.
Palawan is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, which is among the most distinctive rivers in the world, and the Tubbataha Reefs National Park, a highly biodiverse marine system with over 360 coral species, 13 dolphin and whale species, 600 fish species including 11 shark species, and 100 bird species.
Did you know that, during the ice ages, the islands of Luzon and Mindanao were said to be connected through the islands of Samar, Leyte, and Bohol. Stone flake tools dating back to 8550 BC have been dug up in the Sohoton Caves in Basey, Samar.
The Tausug, the dominant ethnic group in the Sulu archipelago, are referred to as “the people of the current” (tau = person; sug = current) because of their deep connection to the sea. There used to be a Sultanate of Sulu, an independent state that ruled over the Sulu archipelago, parts of Mindanao, and parts of Palawan, as well as north-eastern Borneo.