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Manila Bay, famous for its beautiful sunset, is the best natural harbor in Eastern Asia and one of the finest in the world. The city of Manila is on the eastern shore of the bay, and on the southeast is the city of Cavite. The entrance to Manila Bay is divided by the island of Corregidor into two channels.

The Manila Bay area was the focus, during the early phase of World War II, of a desperate attempt to save the Philippines from Japanese conquest. In the Allied recovery of the Philippines (1944-45), many Japanese ships were sunk in the bay.

Situated on the western part of Luzon, Manila Bay is bounded by the provinces of Cavite in the south, Metro Manila and Rizal in the east, Bulacan and Pampanga in the north, and Bataan in the west and northwest. The bay has an area of approximately 1,700 sq km, a length of 60 km, and widths varying from 22 km in the mouth to 60 km at the widest portion. The average depth of the Bay is 17 m (volume = 30 x 109 cu m), and it receives drainage from nearly 17,000 sq km of watershed composed of 26 catchment areas.

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