Metro Manila. Nearly 13% of the entire Philippine population live here. In fact, 10 cities here are among the top 50 cities in the world with the largest population density. (Manila, the nation’s capital, is at #1!)
But what if, suddenly, all the residents of a Metro Manila city/municipality magically swapped with those of a province with almost the same population?
Besides the “culture shock” that would ensue in both camps, here’s how that scenario would look like in Metro Manila:
And here are the “new homes” of Metro Manila residents:
All population figures are from the 2010 Census of the National Statistics Office (NSO). Blank maps used here are from Wikimedia Commons.
For comparison: the total land area of Metro Manila is 638.55 km2, roughly the size of Dinagat Islands (at 604.57 km2), the 7th smallest province.
Meanwhile, the total land area of the selected provinces (and regions… and city) is around 90,000 km2, or 30% of the entire land area of the Philippines.
It’s interesting to note that arranging these provinces by size, Palawan (the largest in the country) is followed by Occidental Mindoro, the 15th largest.
You might say: Wait. Angeles City in Pampanga is obviously not a province.
I selected that because there is no province having a population closest to Mandaluyong City (with 328,699 people). The population of Romblon (283,930) would not match. Neither that of the next largest province, Tawi-Tawi (366,650), which closely resembles the population of another Metro city, Malabon (353,337).
The same reason goes to the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Region IV-B, which are technically, groups of provinces. They could play “host” to the people of Manila and Quezon City, respectively.
Here are more details about the “population swap”:
|Metro Manila city/municipality||Population (2010)||Swap with region/province/city||Population (2010)|
|Caloocan City (North)||908,394||Lanao del Norte
(and Iligan City)
|Caloocan City (South)||580,646||Zamboanga Sibugay||584,685|
|Las Piñas City||552,573||Surigao del Sur||561,219|
|Mandaluyong City||328,699||Angeles City||326,336|
|Manila||1,652,171||Cordillera Administrative Region||1,616,867|
|Marikina City||424,150||Nueva Vizcaya||421,355|
|Muntinlupa City||459,941||Surigao del Norte||442,588|
|Parañaque City||588,126||Northern Samar||589,013|
(and Isabela City)
|Pasig City||669,773||Compostela Valley||687,195|
|Quezon City||2,761,720||Region IV-B||2,744,671|
|San Juan City||121,430||Dinagat Islands||126,803|
|Taguig City||644,473||Agusan del Norte
(and Butuan City)
|Valenzuela City||575,356||Ilocos Norte||568,017|
P.S. Being a Makati resident myself, it wouldn’t be a problem if we switched with Aklan. One boat ride, and we’re in Boracay, baby! xD