Leyte (island)



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LocationSouth East Asia <nowiki />
ArchipelagoVisayas<nowiki /> <nowiki /> <nowiki />
Area7,368 km²<nowiki /> <nowiki />
Administration
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ProvinceLeyte, Southern Leyte<nowiki/> <nowiki/> <nowiki/> <nowiki />
Largest cityTacloban (178,639)<nowiki /> <nowiki /> <nowiki/> <nowiki /> <nowiki/> <nowiki /> <nowiki/> <nowiki /> <nowiki/> <nowiki />
Demographics
Population1,950,000 (as of 2000)<nowiki />
Density264.7<nowiki />
Indigenous peopleVisayan (Cebuano, Waray)
Leyte (IPA pronunciation: [ˈleɪ.ti]) is an island in the Visayas group of the Philippines.

The island measures about 180 km (110 mi) north-south and about 65 km (40 mi) at its widest point. In the north it nearly joins Samar, separated by the San Juanico Strait, which becomes as narrow as 2 km (1.2 mi) in some places. The island province of Biliran is also to the north of Leyte and is joined to Leyte island by a bridge across the narrow Biliran Strait. To the south Leyte is separated from Mindanao by the Surigao Strait. To the east, Leyte is somewhat "set back" from the Philippine Sea of the Pacific Ocean, Samar to the northeast and Dinagat to the southeast forming the Leyte Gulf. To the west are Cebu and Bohol.

Leyte is mostly heavily forested and mountainous, but the Leyte Valley in the northeast has much agriculture.

Politically, the island is divided into two provinces: Leyte and Southern Leyte. Southern Leyte is in the south and includes the island of Panaon, while the province of Biliran, a separate island which used to be a part of Leyte province, is to the north.

The chief cities of Leyte are Tacloban City, on the eastern shore at the northwest corner of Leyte Gulf, and Ormoc City, on the west coast.

Leyte today is notable for the geothermal electric power plants near Ormoc.

However, Leyte is most famous for its role in the reconquest of the Philippines in the World War II. On October 20 1944, General Douglas MacArthur waded ashore on Leyte, saying "I have returned". However, the Japanese did not give up so easily, as the ensuing Battle of Leyte proved, and convergence of naval forces resulted in the four-day Battle of Leyte Gulf, the largest naval battle in history.

Areas of Interest

The Leyte Provincial Capitol is the seat of the provincial government where historic viewing of a mural depicting the First Mass of Limasawa in the Orient and the landing of Gen. Douglas MacArthur can be done.

The Leyte Landing Memorial in Red Beach, Palo, marks the spot where American liberation forces landed it also has a lagoon where the life-size statues of Gen. McArthur and his fleet stands.

Lake Danao is a violin-shaped lake hemmed by cloud-capped mountain ranges. It is a hunter’s paradise where wild animals roam the surrounding forests. It is also said to be the home of a giant eel.

The Sto. Nino Shrine and Heritage Museum boasts the painting of the 14 station of the cross done by Filipino artists and a bas-relief of the legend of the first Filipino man and woman (Malakas and Maganda).

The San Juanico Bridge is the longest and the most beautifully designed bridge in the Philippines. It features the picturesque San Juanico Strait with a thousand whirlpools, lovely islets and view.

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Southeast Asia or Southeastern Asia is a subregion of Asia, consisting of the countries that are geographically south of China, east of India, and north of Australia.
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Visayas (Visayan languages: Kabisay-an) is one of the three island groups in the Philippines, along with Luzon and Mindanao. It consists of several islands, primarily surrounding the Visayan Sea. It is the homeland of the Visayans.
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Region: Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)
Capital: Maasin City
Founded: May 22, 1959
Population:
2000 census—360,160 (18th smallest )
Density—208 per km (42nd highest )
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Tacloban City
Syudad han Tacloban

Nickname: The Beautiful City By The Bay
Map of Leyte showing the location of Tacloban City.
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Cebuano people usually refers to those whose native tongue is Cebuano, but more specifically the people who live in the province of Cebu. The Cebuano are the largest subset of the Visayan ethnic group and the largest migrant Filipino ethnic group in Mindanao which, in turn, is the
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The Waray are part of the wider Visayan ethnic group, who constitute the largest Filipino ethnic group.

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The Warays form the majority in the provinces of Samar, Northern Samar, and Eastern Samar, while they form a significant population in Leyte and Sorsogon.
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island (IPA: /aɪ.lɪnd/) or isle (IPA: /aɪ.ʌl
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Visayas (Visayan languages: Kabisay-an) is one of the three island groups in the Philippines, along with Luzon and Mindanao. It consists of several islands, primarily surrounding the Visayan Sea. It is the homeland of the Visayans.
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Samar is an island in the Visayas, which is in the central Philippines. The island is divided into three provinces: Samar province, Northern Samar, and Eastern Samar. These three provinces, along with the provinces on nearby island of Leyte and Biliran are part of the Eastern
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San Juanico Strait is a narrow strait in the Philippines. It separates the islands of Samar and Leyte. At its narrowest point, the strait is only 2 km wide. It is crossed by San Juanico Bridge.
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Region: Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)
Capital: Naval
Founded: May 11, 1992
Population:
2000 census—140,274 (5th smallest )
Density—253 per km (26th highest )
Area: 555.

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Mindanao<nowiki />

Map of the Philippines showing the island groups of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao

Geography <nowiki/>
Location South East Asia <nowiki />
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Surigao Strait is a body of water in the Philippines located between the islands of Mindanao and Leyte. This strait connects the Bohol Sea with Leyte Gulf and is regularly crossed by ferries that transport goods and people between Visayas and Mindanao.
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Philippine Sea is a marginal sea east of Philippines. It is a part of the western Pacific Ocean encompassing an area from Palau to Japan.

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Dinagat<nowiki />

Geography <nowiki/>
Location South East Asia <nowiki />
Archipelago Philippine islands<nowiki /> <nowiki />
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Leyte Gulf is the body of water immediately east of the island of Leyte in the Philippines, adjoining the Philippine Sea of the Pacific Ocean, at .
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Cebu
Native name: Sugbo<nowiki />

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Geography <nowiki/>
Location South East Asia <nowiki />
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Philippines

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Region: Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)
Capital: Maasin City
Founded: May 22, 1959
Population:
2000 census—360,160 (18th smallest )
Density—208 per km (42nd highest )
Area:

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Panaon Island is a small island in the Philippines, in the province of Southern Leyte. It lies south of Leyte, separated from Dinagat to the east, and Mindanao to the southeast by Surigao Strait. The Mindanao Sea lies to the southwest.
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Region: Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)
Capital: Naval
Founded: May 11, 1992
Population:
2000 census—140,274 (5th smallest )
Density—253 per km (26th highest )
Area: 555.

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