Visayan Islands


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Visayan Islands

(vĭsī`ən), large island group (1990 pop. 13,794,991), c.24,000 sq mi (62,160 sq km), in and around the Visayan Sea, central Philippines. The group includes BoholBohol
, island (1990 pop. 948,403), 1,491 sq mi (3,862 sq km), the Philippines, one of the Visayan Islands, SW of Leyte. It is a major corn-producing area. Rice, cacao, and hemp are also grown, and manganese and copper are mined.
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, CebuCebu
, island, 1,702 sq mi (4,408 sq km), one of the Visayan Islands, the Philippines, between Leyte and Negros. The coastal plains are intensely cultivated and densely populated.
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, LeyteLeyte
, island (1990 pop. 1,689,756), 2,785 sq mi (7,213 sq km), one of the Visayan Islands, the Philippines, between Luzon and Mindanao. A fertile agricultural land, it is the nation's leading producer of sweet potatoes and bananas and a major producer of corn and peanuts.
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, MasbateMasbate
, island, 1,262 sq mi (3,269 sq km), the Philippines, one of the Visayan Islands, S of SE Luzon. Gold, which has been mined there for centuries, is still produced in quantity; copper is also mined. The densely populated coastal plains are intensively cultivated.
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, NegrosNegros
, island (1990 pop. 3,182,252), 4,905 sq mi (12,704 sq km), one of the Visayan Islands, 4th largest of the Philippines, between Panay and Cebu. Although mountainous (Mt. Canloan, a volcano, rises to c.
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, PanayPanay
, island (1990 pop. 3,136,425), 4,446 sq mi (11,515 sq km), one of the Visayan Islands, 6th largest of the Philippines, NW of Negros. Primarily agricultural with extensive lowlands, it is a major rice and sugarcane producing area.
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, SamarSamar
, island (1990 pop. 1,246,722), 5,050 sq mi (13,079 sq km), 3d largest of the Philippines, one of the Visayan Islands, NE of Leyte (from which it is separated by the narrow San Juanico Strait). It has commercial coconut and abaca plantations.
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, and hundreds of smaller islands. Samar and Leyte, on the east, act as buffers, protecting the other islands from storms and giving them a mild, Mediterranean-type climate that permits intensive cultivation. The coastal plains of Samar and Leyte are densely populated. Cebu, Negros, and Panay are the commercial heart of the Visayan Islands. Cebu city is one of the region's trade, transportation, industrial, and cultural centers.
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Fairchild is the first company within Cebu, as well as the broader Philippine Visayan Islands, to be OHSAS 18001 certified.
It has been found in the provinces of Cagayan, Laguna and Quezon on Luzon; the island of Mindoro; the Visayan islands of Leyte, and Samar; and the provinces of Bukidnon, and Misamis, on Mindanao.
The flight was full of enthusiastic passengers, mostly Filipinos with roots in Cebu, the Visayan Islands and Mindanao.
In the year 1600, as part of the Spanish-Moro conflict, a large Muslim force of 70 ships and warriors were raiding several Visayan islands, abducting natives to sell as slaves to their allies in the sultanates of the Sulu Archilpelago.
Duterte is a newcomer to national politics, and the first ever from the hinterlands of Mindanao to rise up to challenge the political dominance of the elite of Luzon and the Visayan islands.
This hillock teemed with migrants, many of them from the nearby Visayan islands of Masbate and Bantayan.
I think of the beaches of the Visayan islands with the hope that they would stay forever white, just as I hope that our mountains would stay forever green, and our seas forever blue.
When they were in what is now known as the Visayan Islands, they quarreled over theses pearls.
For example, in the Nordic island country of Iceland where some 1,500 Filipino professionals work in the energy and health care sectors, many cried and were worried sick after two calamities successively struck the Visayan islands.
Earlier yesterday, the President placed the entire government on "full alert" mode as Yolanda barreled through the central Visayan islands.
Of the first images of the devastating power that Supertyphoon "Yolanda" bore as it barreled through the Visayan islands, what struck me most was the grainy footage of the frenzied swaying of chandeliers in an old cathedral in Leyte whose roof was torn piece by piece by the howling wind.
Cebu and the Visayan Islands registered high marks in the "friendliness, scenery and beaches" categories.