Central Luzon, also known as Region III (or Region 3), is an administrative division or region of the Republic of the Philippines, primarily serve to organize the 7 provinces of the vast central plain of the island of Luzon. The region contains the largest plain in the country and produces most of the country’s rice supply, earning itself the nickname “Rice Bowl of the Philippines”. Its provinces are: Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales. Central Luzon Region is located north of Manila, the nation’s capital. The City of San Fernando, in Pampanga, is the regional center.