Mega Manila

Mega Manila
Location of Mega Manila within the Philippines: Red and maroon for the Philippine Information office, while maroon for AGB Nielsen.

Mega Manila is the term used for the regions of Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA and Metro Manila. It is frequently used in the press, advertising, television and radio. The significance is that the National Capital Region aka Metro Manila does not bound the urban/suburban sprawl of Manila. In addition, some suburbs outside of Metro Manila have densities exceeding cities inside Metro Manila.

The concept of Mega Manila, also somewhat corresponds to Greater Manila, was originally an attempt by the former Governor of Metro Manila Imelda Marcos, which she wanted to expand Metro Manila into the Philippine Sea with Quezon as its final jurisdiction. There are multiple definitions.



  • Mega Manila, as a loose metropolitan definition defined by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)[1], is further divided into the National Capital region (Metro Manila) and the suburbs of regions 3 (Central Luzon) and 4 (CALABARZON and MIMAROPA). Mega Manila's 2010 population is projected at 35,607,000, or 37.8% of the country's population, and covers roughly half of Luzon, about 50,000 square km. Of course, this definition includes many rural areas.
  • TV ratings agency AGB Nielsen Philippines only considers Metro Manila and the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal as "Mega Manila"[2] for their TV audience ratings gathering (maroon on the map), a much stricter definition than the PIA. Using 2010 census projection figures the maroon area has a population of 25,066,000 or about 26.6% of the population in an area roughly the size of Los Angeles County and average density over 2000 people per square km; for a similar areal extent definition of metropolitan area, in the world only the cities of Tokyo, Jakarta, and Mexico City have reached 25 million people, Shanghai may have but there is not enough detail in suburban statistics there. Not-continuously-built-up areas scattered in this defined region in total occupy less than a third of the regional land area, and negligible population. This area has a higher ownership of televisions per household anywhere in the country due to its relative economic prosperity as compared to other places in the Philippines. Radio ratings agency Radio Research Council (provided by KBP) also provide measurement of audience ratings.
  • Continuous suburban sprawl as seen from a clear night sky on an airplane would be closest to the TV ratings definition but some of the sprawl would also be in Batangas, this province included would push the population (using above source) to about 27.3 million including some non built-up or not-continuously built-up areas.

Broadcast media

These are radio and TV stations that are seen throughout Mega Manila (not just several provinces), hence this is largely restricted on Metro Manila media outlets.

Inactive stations are omitted.

FM radio stations in Mega Manila

Frequency Callsign Branding Format
88.3 DWJM Jam 88.3 Modern AC
89.1 DWAV Wave 891 Rhythmic Contemporary
89.9 DWTM Magic 89.9 Top 40 (CHR)
90.7 DZMB 90.7 Love Radio Hot AC (OPM)
91.5 DWKY 91.5 Big Radio Rhythmic Top 40 (OPM)
92.3 DWFM Radyo5 92.3 News FM News radio, Talk radio
93.1 DWRX Monster Radio RX 93.1 Urban Contemporary Hit Radio
93.9 DWKC 93.9 i! FM Hot AC (OPM)
94.7 DWLL Mellow 947 Adult Contemporary
95.5 DWDM Pinas FM 95.5 Adult Contemporary (OPM)
96.3 DWRK 96.3 Easy Rock Lite Rock
97.1 DWLS Barangay LS 97.1 Adult Top 40 (CHR) (OPM)
97.9 DWQZ 97dot9 Home Radio Soft AC
98.7 DZFE Master's Touch 98.7 Classical music
99.5 DWRT 99.5 RT Modern AC
100.3 DZRJ RJ 100 Classic Hits (Adult Contemporary)
101.1 DWYS Yes! FM 101.1 Top 40 (CHR) (OPM)
101.9 DWRR Tambayan 101.9 OPM, Foreign Hit Songs
102.7 DWSM 102.7 Star FM Hot AC (OPM)
103.5 DWKX 103.5 Wow FM Modern AC, (OPM)
104.3 DWBR 104.3 Business Radio Big band
105.1 DWBM 105.1 Crossover Smooth AC
106.7 DWET 106.7 Energy FM Rhythmic Contemporary, (OPM)
107.5 DWNU 107.5 Win Radio Modern Rock, (OPM)
107.9 DZUR 107.9 U Radio CHR/Dance

AM radio stations in Mega Manila

Frequency Callsign Branding Format
558 DZXL Kasama Mo (your companion) News radio
594 DZBB Super Radyo (super radio) News radio
630 DZMM Radyo Patrol (radio patrol) News radio
666 DZRH Kaunaunahan sa Pilipinas (first in the Philippines) News radio
702 DZAS Agapay ng Sambayanan (alongside with society) News radio
738 DZRB Radyo ng Bayan (national radio) News radio
774 DWWW DWWW News radio
810 DZRJ The Voice of the Philippines News radio
846 DZRV Radio Veritas/Radyong Totoo (radio of truth) Religious broadcasting
882 DWIZ Todo Lakas (full power) News radio
918 DZSR Sports Radio Sports radio
954 DZEM Tinig ng Katotohanan (voice of truth) Religious broadcasting
990 DZIQ Radyo Inquirer News radio
1026 DZAR Sonshine Radio News radio
1062 DZEC Radyo Agila (Eagle radio) News radio
1098 DWAD Radyo Ngayon (radio today) Community radio
1134 DWDD Armed Forces Radio News radio
1242 DWBL DWBL 1242 Community radio
1278 DZRM Radyo Magasin (magazine radio) News radio
1314 DWXI El Shaddai / Himpilang Pinagpala (Blessed Station) Religious broadcasting
1494 DWSS DWSS Talk radio
1530 DZME Radyo Uno (first radio) News radio
1602 DZUP DZUP 1602 College radio
1674 DZBF Del Radio (radio of Marikina) Community radio

TV stations in Mega Manila

Channel Callsign Branding
21 DWCP SBN/Talktv
23 DWAC Studio 23
25 DZEC Net 25/EBC
29 DZRJ RJTV/2nd Avenue
31 DWKC RMN/BEAM/The Game Channel
33 DZOZ Light TV
41 DWNB NBC/AksyonTV


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