Visayas

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The Visayas, or the Visayan Islands (Visayan: Kabisay-an, ; Kabisayaan ), is one of the three principal geographical divisions of the Philippines, along with Luzon and Mindanao.wikipedia
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The Visayas, or the Visayan Islands (Visayan: Kabisay-an, ; Kabisayaan ), is one of the three principal geographical divisions of the Philippines, along with Luzon and Mindanao.
Situated in the western Pacific Ocean, it consists of about 7,641 islands that are categorized broadly under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Visayan languages

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The Visayas, or the Visayan Islands (Visayan: Kabisay-an, ; Kabisayaan ), is one of the three principal geographical divisions of the Philippines, along with Luzon and Mindanao.
Most Visayan languages are spoken in the whole Visayas section of the country, but they are also spoken in the southern part of the Bicol Region (particularly in Masbate), islands south of Luzon, such as those that make up Romblon, most of the areas of Mindanao and the province of Sulu located southwest of Mindanao.

Island groups of the Philippines

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The Visayas, or the Visayan Islands (Visayan: Kabisay-an, ; Kabisayaan ), is one of the three principal geographical divisions of the Philippines, along with Luzon and Mindanao.
The geographical divisions of the Philippines are the three island groups of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Panay

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The major islands of the Visayas are Panay, Negros, Cebu, Bohol, Leyte and Samar. The word "Bisaya" was first documented in Spanish sources in reference only to the non-Ati inhabitants of the island of Panay and possibly parts of Negros.
It is a triangular island, located in the western part of the Visayas.

Visayan Sea

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Located in the central part of the archipelago, it consists of several islands, primarily surrounding the Visayan Sea, although the Visayas are also considered the northeast extremity of the entire Sulu Sea.
The Visayan Sea is a sea in the Philippines surrounded by the islands of the Visayas: Western Visayas, Eastern Visayas, and Central Visayas to the south.

Mindanao

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The Visayas, or the Visayan Islands (Visayan: Kabisay-an, ; Kabisayaan ), is one of the three principal geographical divisions of the Philippines, along with Luzon and Mindanao.
Joining them are the equally indigenous Butuanons and the Surigaonons of the Caraga region as well as the Zamboangueños of the eponymous peninsula, along with descendants of settlers from the Visayas and Luzon (chiefly from the former), among them the Cebuanos and the Hiligaynons.

Leyte

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

Samar

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The major islands of the Visayas are Panay, Negros, Cebu, Bohol, Leyte and Samar.
Located in eastern Visayas, within central Philippines.

Masbate

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The region may also include the provinces of Palawan, Romblon, and Masbate whose populations identify as Visayan and whose languages are more closely related to other Visayan languages than to the major languages of Luzon.
Masbate is at the crossroads of two island groups: Visayas and Luzon.

Bacolod

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The Negros Island Region existed from 2015 to 2017, separating Negros Occidental and its capital Bacolod from Western Visayas and Negros Oriental from Central Visayas.
Having a total of inhabitants as of the, it is the most populous city in Western Visayas and the second most populous city in the Visayas after Cebu City.

Negros Occidental

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The Negros Island Region existed from 2015 to 2017, separating Negros Occidental and its capital Bacolod from Western Visayas and Negros Oriental from Central Visayas.
With a population of inhabitants, it is the most populated province in Western Visayas, the second most-populous province in the Visayas after Cebu and the 8th most-populous province of the Philippines.

Negros Island

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The major islands of the Visayas are Panay, Negros, Cebu, Bohol, Leyte and Samar. The word "Bisaya" was first documented in Spanish sources in reference only to the non-Ati inhabitants of the island of Panay and possibly parts of Negros.
Negros is one of the many islands that comprise the Visayas, which forms the central division of the nation.

Ati people

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The word "Bisaya" was first documented in Spanish sources in reference only to the non-Ati inhabitants of the island of Panay and possibly parts of Negros.
The Ati are a Negrito ethnic group in the Visayas, the central portion of the Philippine archipelago.

Negros Oriental

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The Negros Island Region existed from 2015 to 2017, separating Negros Occidental and its capital Bacolod from Western Visayas and Negros Oriental from Central Visayas.
With a population of inhabitants, it is the second most-populous province in Central Visayas after Cebu, the fifth most-populous province in the Visayas and the 19th most-populous province of the Philippines.

Romblon

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The region may also include the provinces of Palawan, Romblon, and Masbate whose populations identify as Visayan and whose languages are more closely related to other Visayan languages than to the major languages of Luzon.
According to historians Emma Helen Blair and James Alexander Robertson, the Spanish arrived in Romblon in 1569 led by conquistador Martin de Goiti who was dispatched by Miguel López de Legazpi to explore the western and northern portion of the Visayas region including Romblon and Mindoro.

Sulu Sea

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Located in the central part of the archipelago, it consists of several islands, primarily surrounding the Visayan Sea, although the Visayas are also considered the northeast extremity of the entire Sulu Sea.
Borneo is found to the southwest and Visayas to the northeast.

Eastern Visayas

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7.1 million), Central Visayas (6.8 million) and Eastern Visayas (4.1 million).
These provinces and cities occupy the easternmost islands of the Visayas group of islands.

Luzon

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The Visayas, or the Visayan Islands (Visayan: Kabisay-an, ; Kabisayaan ), is one of the three principal geographical divisions of the Philippines, along with Luzon and Mindanao.
The following administrations are subsequently managing the political and economic recovery of the Philippines with the particular aim of spreading development outside of Luzon and into the more isolated provinces of the Visayas and Mindanao.

Western Visayas

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There are three administrative regions in the Visayas: Western Visayas (pop.
The region's current name is in reference to its position in the greater Visayas area.

Regions of the Philippines

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There are three administrative regions in the Visayas: Western Visayas (pop.
These regions are geographically organized into the three island groups of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Cebu

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The major islands of the Visayas are Panay, Negros, Cebu, Bohol, Leyte and Samar.
Cebu is one of the most developed provinces in the Philippines with Metro Cebu being the second largest metropolitan area in the Philippines (after Metro Manila) and Cebu City as the main center of commerce, trade, education and industry in the Visayas.

Cebuano people

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Visayans more specifically refer to themselves by their ethnic groups, like Sugbuanon, Hiligaynon, Karay-a, Waray, Bol-anon, and so on. It was the Spanish who applied the term to the people of the entire Visayas within a few decades after encountering the natives of Panay, apparently based on the erroneous conclusion that the other languages were mere "dialects" of Panay Visayan and that they all belong to the same ethnic group.
They were found on the islands of Cebu, Bohol, eastern part of Negros, Samar and Leyte in the Biçayas (Visayas) region of the Philippines.

Pintados

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In contrast, the Spaniards called the inhabitants of other Visayan islands as the Pintados ("the painted ones") in reference to their practice of tattooing their entire bodies.
They were found on the islands of Cebu, Bohol, eastern part of Negros, Samar and Leyte in the Biçayas (Visayas) region of the Philippines.

Datu

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Historical documents written in 1907 by Visayan historian Pedro Alcántara Monteclaro in his book Maragtas tell the story of the ten leaders (Datus) who escaped from the tyranny of Rajah Makatunaw from Borneo and came to the islands of Panay.
The title is still used today, especially in Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan, but it was used much more extensively in early Philippine history, particularly in the regions of Central and Southern Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao.

Negros Island Region

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The Negros Island Region existed from 2015 to 2017, separating Negros Occidental and its capital Bacolod from Western Visayas and Negros Oriental from Central Visayas.
At the time of its existence, the Negros Island Region had the fewest number of provinces in the Philippines (only 2), but had 19 cities (18 component cities and the highly urbanized city of Bacolod) in total, making it the region with the most cities amongst the Visayas regions, tying alongside Calabarzon in Luzon, which also has 19 cities.