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The National Capital Region (NCR) is comprised of the City of Manila - the capital city of the Philippines - and 13 other cities and three municipalities in the surrounding areas. Manila itself occupies a mere 38.3 square kilometers, but the Metropolitan Manila has a total land area of 630 square kilometers. The NCR is not only the prime tourist center in the country, the seat of administration, but it is also the center of Philippine culture, arts, education, commerce, industry, and tourism. It is bordered by Manila Bay on the west, Laguna de Bay on the south, the Marikina Valley and the Sierra Madre on the east, and the large and fertile plains of Central Luzon on the north.
Large bodies of water, plains, valleys, and mountains surrounded in Metro Manila. It has a landlocked bay and harbor for domestic and foreign vessels, country's social, economic, and political activities.
In 2000, the population of Metro Manila was about 9.932 million. English is widely spoken and is the basic language in business, government, schools, and everyday communications. Filipino, based on the Tagalog dialect, is the national language.
Metro Manila is divided into 17 major cities and municipalities Manila, Quezon City, Kalookan, Pasay, Paranaque, Pasig, Marikina, Makati, Mandaluyong, Las Pinas, Muntinlupa, San Juan, Malabon, Navotas, Pateros, Taguig, and Valenzuela.
How To Get There:
The Ninoy Aquino International Airport and the Centennial Airport, the international gateways of the country, are located in Metro Manila. Another international airport Terminal 3, located inside the former Villamor Airbase. Near NAIA is the Domestic Airport, where there are daily flights to and from the different provinces in the country. By land, the main entry points to Metro Manila are the North and South Expressway. By sea, the North and South Harbor in Manila Bay serves as the main port for domestic and foreign vessels.