Central Luzon is one of the leading growth regions in the Philippines. It is strategically located at the heart of Asia, and no other place with sea and air travel and cargo facilities can equal Central Luzon in terms of almost equal travel time in Asia. Its location has been central enough for the area to be the choice of FedEx’s Asia One Hub and the United Parcel Services (UPS).

Only 66 kilometers away from Metro Manila, Central Luzon is the gateway to the Northern Luzon regions and is also both part of the North Luzon Agribusiness Quadrangle and the Metro Luzon Urban Beltway of the Philippines’ super regions. It covers a total land area of 21,470.30 square kilometers, and is divided into seven (7) provinces, namely: Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales. The region contains the largest plain of the Philippines, and produces most of the country’s rice supply. That is why it is called the "Rice Bowl" of the Philippines.

There are fourteen (14) cities which include Balanga in Bataan; Cabanatuan, Gapan, Muñoz, Palayan and San Jose in Nueva Ecija; Olongapo in Zambales; Angeles, Mabalacat and San Fernando in Pampanga; San Jose del Monte, Meycauayan and Malolos in Bulacan; and Tarlac in Tarlac. The City of San Fernando, in Pampanga, is the regional center. Aurora was transferred from Region IV by Executive Order No. 103.

A brief profile of Central Luzon
CapitalDiosdado Macapagal Government Center, Maimpis, City of San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines 2000
Population10,137,737
Area2,201,463 ha
Provinces7
Cities14
Municipalities116
Barangays3102
Congressional Districts5
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Province

Land Area
(sq. km.)1
No. of Districts
No. of Municipalities
No. of Cities

Bataan

1
1
1
1

Bulacan

1
1
1
1

Nueva Ecija

1
1
1
1

Pampanga

1
1
1
1

Tarlac

1
1
1
1

Zambales

11
1
1

Aurora

Central Luzon
5
16
6
6

Sources

1.) http://countrystat.bas.gov.ph/?cont=16&r=3