Polillo Island

Polillo (Tagalog pronunciation: [poˈliʎo̞]) is an island in the northeastern region of the Philippine archipelago. It is the largest island and the namesake of the Polillo Islands. It is separated from Luzon Island by the Polillo Strait and forms the northern side of Lamon Bay.

Location within Quezon province
Polillo Island
Aerial view of Polillo Island
Polillo Island
Location within the Philippines
Polillo Island
Polillo Island (Philippines)
LocationLamon Bay
Coordinates14°50′34″N 121°55′45″E
ArchipelagoPolillo Islands
Adjacent to
Area628.9 km2 (242.8 sq mi)[1]
Highest elevation1,063 ft (324 m)
Highest pointMount Malolo
Largest municipalityPolillo (pop. 28,125)
Population64,802 (2010)[2]
Pop. density103.0/km2 (266.8/sq mi)

The island itself is subdivided across three municipalities. The municipality of Polillo covers the southern portion of the island, while the northeastern part is administered by the municipality of Burdeos. The northwest is within the jurisdiction of the municipality of Panukulan. The island is also home to the Butaan lizard, a vulnerable relative of the Komodo dragon.[3]

As of the 2010 Philippine Census, the island is home to 64,802 individuals.[2]

In the mid-16th century, Spaniards came to the island and there they built a chapel. They took charge of the management of the island and many changes and development they brought there upon their times.

See also


  1. "Islands by Land Area". Island Directory Tables. United Nations Environment Programme. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
  2. "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  3. Sy, E.; Afuang, L.; Duya, M.R. & Diesmos, M. (2009). "Varanus olivaceus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2009: e.T22888A9396856. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2009-2.RLTS.T22888A9396856.en. Retrieved 23 December 2017.

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