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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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The province of Cebu is the most populated in the Visayan Islands and is the furniture capital of the country, says Eqecat.
It will make landfall in Eastern Samar on Saturday and move towards Leyte and then cross to the island of Panay in Western Visayas and to Palawan -- a similar track to typhoon Haiyan which caused massive destruction in parts of the Visayan Islands.
In the Philippines, it is widely distributed and is known from the provinces of Apayao, Bataan, Ifugao, Kalinga, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, and Rizal on Luzon; the Visayan islands of Negros, Panay, and Samar; and the provinces of Agusan, Bukidnon, Surigao, and Zamboanga on Mindanao.
Still, the squad Cone will handle boasts talented players who find their roots in the Visayan islands.
It has been a full year since Haiyan, (locally known as Typhoon Yolanda), caused massive destruction in the Visayan Islands in Central Philippines.
He is cofounder of Black Artists in Asia and the Visayan Islands Visual Artists Exhibition Conference and runs a gallery in Bacolod City, Gallery Orange, a venue for upcoming local artists.
There is no mention of how candidates for president and vice president conducted campaigns in big Visayan islands, like Negros and Panay.
For this production, Loyola's innovative dance movements deliberately draw upon 'barrio or rural' celebratory native dances by Christianized Filipinos of Luzon and the Visayan islands. Rooted in deep pre-colonized cultures, these dances were strategically disguised as depictions of contented farmers and happy fishermen when the Spanish came, to prevent Spanish Catholic priests from banning them as dances of the devil.
The port services both small ferries and big passenger vessels, accessible in just four hours from the nearby Visayan islands of Bohol, Samar, Leyte, Siquijor, Biliran, and Dumaguete, at least 10 hours from key Mindanao areas such as Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, and Zamboanga, and just barely a day's ride from the Manila Port.
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.
Certainly trade and commerce will blossom even more between the two neighboring Visayan islands and probably gives a slight advantage to Boholano entrepreneurs , especially those agriculture in nature, as Cebu has a markedly bigger market absorptive capacity for new goods and services.
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.