It is the largest and most populous island in the Philippines. The largest and most important island of the Philippines. class="mw-headline" id="Etymologie">Etymologie[edit] Luzon ("listen"); Tagalog: Philippines (lu?son]) is the biggest and most populated of the Philippines.

Situated in the north of the arcipelago, it is the economical and politic centre of the land and hosts the capitol Manila as well as Quezon Town, the most populated town of the state.

It is the 4th largest isle in the word (after Java, Honshu and Great Britain) with 53 million inhabitants by 2015[update][2] and has about 53% of the entire nation's inhabitants. In those days, according to ancient records, trading with large indigenous Ruson-tsukuri (literally Luzon made, Japanese: ???) pottery vessels used to store verdant teas and ricewine with Japan blossomed in the twelfth centuries, and the Tagalog, Kapampangan, and Pangasinense pottery workers had labeled each glass with Baybayin characters identifying the respective urns and kilns in which the glasses were made.

9 ][10] Of this prosperous commercial activity, the Burnay glasses of Ilocos are the only large pottery vessels made in Luzon today and dating from this period. During the 1500' the Luzon Lucoes dynasty was named and was active in commercial, maritime and army activities throughout Southeast Asia. Spain's entry in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries led to the integration of the Lucoes and the dissolution of their empires and to the founding of Las Islas Filipinas with the capitol Cebu, which was transferred to Manila in 1570 after the loss of the locals Rajah Sulayman.

Luzon was also known under Spain as Nueva Castilla or New Castile. Alone the Luzon Islands has an area of 109,964 m². Nine thousand square miles (42,457. 7 thousand square miles),[1] and thus the fifteenth biggest isle in the can. Its western borders are the South China Sea (Luzon Sea in Filipino sovereign waters), the eastern borders are the Filipino Sea and the northern borders are the Luzon Strait with the Babuyan Canal and the Balintang Canal.

The Luzon is broadly subdivided into four sections: North, Middle and South Luzon and the National Capital Region. In the north-western part of the archipelago, which covers most of the Ilocos region, the territory is characterised by a shallow plain stretching eastwards from the coast towards the Cordillera hills. Luzon's north-eastern part is generally hilly, with the Sierra Madre, the longest chain of hills in the land, which rises suddenly a few kilometres from the coast.

Between the Sierra Madre and the Cordillera Centro mountains lies the great Cagayan Valley. Known for being the country's second biggest paddy farmer and most important cereal farmer, this area is the reservoir for the Cagayan River, the longest in the Philippines. Luzon's main part is characterised by a shallow area known as the Luzon Plateau, which is the biggest of the islands in area.

Central Luzon's west coast is typical shallow, stretching eastwards from the coast to the Zambales Mountains, the site of Pinatubo, known for its massive 1991 outbreak. Manila Bay, a virgin port that is one of the best nature harbours in Eastern Asia due to its large dimensions and geographic position.

Sierra Madre chain of mountains extends over the west part of central Luzon and winds south to the Bicol peninsula. To the north of the southern Luzon is the Laguna de Bay (old Spanish, "Lake of Bay Town"), the biggest sea in the world. This 949 square kilometer large sea is discharged from the Pasig River, one of the country's most important streams, into Manila Bay because of its historic importance and because it passes through the centre of Metro Manila.

Luzon's south-eastern part is defined by the Bicol peninsula, a small, hilly territory about 150 kilometers south-east from the Tayabas Isthmus in Quezon to the San Bernardino road along the coast of Sorsogon. A number of remote archipelagos near the Luzon continent are regarded as part of the Luzon archipelago.

Eight counties, 30 counties and, from 2014 [update], 68 towns cover the archipelago (eight counties, 38 counties and 71 towns if the associated archipelagos are included). Emperor Manila contests this by taking a manilacentric approach. Most Philippine scientists consider Mimaropa to be part of the Visayas, in accordance with the non-centric point of views.

The Luzon is part of the Philippine Mobile Belt, a rapidly distorting slab delineation area ( "Gervasio", 1967) enclosed between two opposite sub-duction areas, the westward diving Philippine Rift-Ost Luzon Rift-Subduction Area and the eastward diving Manila Trench-Negros Trench-Cotabato Rift running North and South. 28 ] The Philippine Sea sheet is derived low cardinal Luzon along the cardinal Asian Luzon and Philippine Rift, time the Southern Chinese Sea basins, which are object of the Euroasian sheet, are subdued low cardinal Luzon along the Manila Rift along the cardinal Asian Luzon.

Luzon is crossed by the north-southeast Philippine fault system woven to the right and to the side, from Quezon and Bicol provinces to the northwest part of the isle. To the southwest of Luzon is a colliding area where the Palawan micro-block clashes with SW Luzon to form a high sea level near Minoro Islet. The southwest of Luzon is characterised by a strongly eroded area known as the Macolod Corridor, a district of crustal dilution and spread.

Based on geological and structure information, seven main Luzon boulders were located in 1989: Sierra Madre Oriental, Angat, Zambales, Central Cordillera of Luzon, Bicol and Catanduanes Island. Using seametric and Geodetic datasets, Luzon was modelled by Galgana et al (2007) as a set of six micro-blocks or microplates (separated by sub-duction regions and intra-arc errors), all moved and rotated in different direction, with maximal speeds of ~100 mm/y NW with reference to Sundaland/Eurasia.

At the time of the 2015 nation count, Luzon Iceland had 53,336,134 inhabitants,[2][a] it is the fourth largest country in the group. Luzon is dominated by seven large Filipino ethno-linguistic groups. Luzon's north is dominated by Illocanos, while Kapampangans and Pangasinenses as well as Tagalog and Sambals inhabit central Luzon.

Day analogues are dominant in the capital region, CALABARZON and the Marinduque and Mindoro archipelagos, while Bicolanos inhabit the Bicol area. The Visayer mainly dominated in the Masbate, Palawan and Romblon archipelagos. Old Spain surveys show that about 1/3 of the Luzon people are of either Hispanic or Latin American origin (mainly in Cavite and Manila)[31] Most Americans have established themselves in the densely populated urban centers of Angeles and Olongapo in central Luzon, where U.S. military aviation and marine base stations used to be present, while the vast majority of Koreans and Japanese have established themselves mainly in the large urban centers and communities.

Nearly all of Luzon's foreign tongues are part of the Borneo-Philippines group of the Malay-Polynesian linguistic branches of the Austro-Hungarian linguistic group. Use of Spanish as an administrative idiom decreased after the US invasion of the Philippines. As most Philippines, the most important religious group in Luzon is Christianity, with Roman Catholicism being the most important one.

Further important cults are the Jehovah's Waysits, Protestantism, the Philippine Independent Church (Aglipayans), the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) and the Iglesia ni Cristo. Also, there are considerable Hindus, Buddhist and Muslim community in Metro Manila and in other, especially metropolitan areas due to the migration of Moros and Chinese to the Isle.

Makati's business is located in Metro Manila and is the most important business and finance center of the city. Industrial activity is focused on and around the metropolitan areas of Metro Manila, while other parts of the Manila are dominated by agricultural activities that produce plants such as paddy beans, mangos, corn nuts, pineapples and coffees.

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