Leyte

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Leyte is an island in the Visayas group of the Philippines. The San Juanico Bridge is the longest bridge in the Philippines.
Spanish explorer Ruy López de Villalobos, during his expedition in 1542, named the islands of Leyte and Samar Felipinas after the then-Prince of Asturias.

Visayas

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Leyte is an island in the Visayas group of the Philippines.
The major islands of the Visayas are Panay, Negros, Cebu, Bohol, Leyte and Samar.

Leyte (province)

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Politically, the island is divided into two provinces: (Northern) Leyte and Southern Leyte.
Leyte (also Northern Leyte; Norte san/Amihanan nga Leyte; Hilagang Leyte) is a province in the Philippines located in the Eastern Visayas region, occupying the northern three-quarters of Leyte Island.

Biliran

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To the north of Leyte is the island province of Biliran, a former sub-province of Leyte.
Biliran lies less than a kilometer north of the island of Leyte.

Panaon Island

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Territorially, Southern Leyte includes the island of Panaon to its south.
It lies south of Leyte, separated from Dinagat to the east, and Mindanao to the southeast by Surigao Strait.

Waray people

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Before being colonized by Spain, the island was once home to indigenous animist Warays to the east and other indigenous animist Visayan groups to the west.
The Waray people are a subgroup of the Visayan people whose primary language is the Waray language (also called Lineyte-Samarnon), an Austronesian language native to the islands of Samar, Leyte and Biliran, which together comprise the Eastern Visayas Region of the Philippines.

Southern Leyte

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Politically, the island is divided into two provinces: (Northern) Leyte and Southern Leyte.
Southern Leyte occupies the southern quarter of the island of Leyte.

Philippines Campaign (1944–1945)

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However, Leyte is most famous for its role in the reconquest of the Philippines in World War II.
The liberation of the Philippines commenced with amphibious landings on the eastern Philippine island of Leyte on October 20, 1944.

Leyte Gulf

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The major cities of Leyte are Tacloban, on the eastern shore at the northwest corner of Leyte Gulf, and Ormoc, on the west coast. To the east, Leyte is somewhat "set back" from the Philippine Sea of the Pacific Ocean, Samar to the northeast and the Dinagat Islands to the southeast forming the Leyte Gulf.
The bay is part of the Philippine Sea of the Pacific Ocean, and is bounded by two islands; Samar in the north and Leyte in the west.

Battle of Leyte

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On 20 October 1944, General Douglas MacArthur waded ashore on Leyte, saying, "I have returned", but the Japanese did not give up so easily, as the ensuing Battle of Leyte proved.
The Battle of Leyte (Filipino: Labanan sa Leyte, Waray: Gubat ha Leyte, 17 October – 26 December 1944) in the Pacific campaign of World War II was the amphibious invasion of the island of Leyte in the Philippines by American forces and Filipino guerrillas under the command of General Douglas MacArthur, who fought against the Imperial Japanese Army in the Philippines led by General Tomoyuki Yamashita.

Battle of Leyte Gulf

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The convergence of naval forces resulted in the four-day Battle of Leyte Gulf, the largest naval battle in history.
It was fought in waters near the Philippine islands of Leyte, Samar, and Luzon, from 23–26 October 1944, between combined American and Australian forces and the Imperial Japanese Navy.

Provinces of the Philippines

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Politically, the island is divided into two provinces: (Northern) Leyte and Southern Leyte.
March 27, 1923: Leyte divided into Occidental Leyte and Oriental Leyte through Act No. 3117, but never proclaimed by the governor-general.

Philippine Sea

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To the east, Leyte is somewhat "set back" from the Philippine Sea of the Pacific Ocean, Samar to the northeast and the Dinagat Islands to the southeast forming the Leyte Gulf.
It is bordered by the Philippine archipelago (Luzon, Catanduanes, Samar, Leyte and Mindanao) on the southwest; Halmahera, Morotai, Palau, Yap, and Ulithi (of the Carolines) on the southeast; the Marianas, including Guam, Saipan, and Tinian, on the east; the Bonin and Iwo Jima on the northeast; the Japanese islands of Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyūshū on the north; the Ryukyu Islands on the northwest; and Taiwan in the west.

Samar

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In the north it nearly joins the island of Samar, separated by the San Juanico Strait, which becomes as narrow as 2 km in some places.
These three provinces, along with the provinces on the nearby islands of Leyte and Biliran are part of the Eastern Visayas region.

Dinagat Islands

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To the east, Leyte is somewhat "set back" from the Philippine Sea of the Pacific Ocean, Samar to the northeast and the Dinagat Islands to the southeast forming the Leyte Gulf.
The island of Leyte is to its west, across Surigao Strait, and Mindanao is to its south.

Camotes Sea

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To the west is the Camotes Sea.
It is bordered by the islands of Leyte to the north and east, Bohol to the south, and Cebu to the west.

Pacific War

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However, Leyte is most famous for its role in the reconquest of the Philippines in World War II.
The plan devised by the Japanese was a final attempt to create a decisive battle by utilizing their last remaining strength, which was the firepower of its heavy cruisers and battleships, against the American beachhead at Leyte.

Surigao Strait

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To the south, Leyte is separated from Mindanao by the Surigao Strait.
It lies between northern Mindanao Island and Panaon Island, and between the Dinagat Islands and Leyte island.

Douglas MacArthur

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On 20 October 1944, General Douglas MacArthur waded ashore on Leyte, saying, "I have returned", but the Japanese did not give up so easily, as the ensuing Battle of Leyte proved. The Leyte provincial capitol is the seat of the provincial government where there is a mural depicting the First Mass in the Philippines, believed to have happened in Limasawa, and the landing of General Douglas MacArthur.
Opposition was feeble and Halsey concluded, incorrectly, that Leyte was "wide open" and possibly undefended, and recommended that projected operations be skipped in favor of an assault on Leyte.

San Juanico Strait

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In the north it nearly joins the island of Samar, separated by the San Juanico Strait, which becomes as narrow as 2 km in some places.
It separates the islands of Samar and Leyte and connects the Carigara Bay (Samar Sea) with the San Pedro Bay (Leyte Gulf).

Limasawa

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The Leyte provincial capitol is the seat of the provincial government where there is a mural depicting the First Mass in the Philippines, believed to have happened in Limasawa, and the landing of General Douglas MacArthur.
The island, also known as Sarangani Island, is located south of Leyte, in the Mindanao or Bohol Sea.

Lake Danao (Leyte)

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Lake Danao is a violin-shaped lake hemmed by cloud-capped mountain ranges.
Lake Danao is a guitar-shaped lake on the island of Leyte in the Philippines.

San Juanico Bridge

The San Juanico Bridge is the longest bridge in the Philippines.
San Juanico Bridge ( and Puente de San Juanico) is part of the Pan-Philippine Highway and stretches from Samar to Leyte across the San Juanico Strait in the Philippines.

Typhoon Haiyan

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On Friday, 8 November 2013, Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) destroyed 70-80% of the structures in its path on Leyte province.
The cyclone caused catastrophic destruction in the Visayas, particularly on Samar and Leyte.

MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park

The MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park in Red Beach, Palo, marks the 1944 landing by the American liberation forces.
The war memorial is located in the municipality of Palo on Leyte island in Eastern Visayas and is one of the region's major tourist attractions.