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Special Interest

The vast and unspoiled region of Eastern Visayas offers a myriad array of activities geared for every type of tourists: from the history and culture buffs to the daring, adventurous and outdoorsy ones.  Learn about the region's magnificent history by visiting the various heritage museums, World War II battle sites and shrines preserved as a reminder of our countrymen's bravery.

Go spelunking!  Explore the islands' several caves.  Sail, swim, surf, jet-ski; go island-hopping or boating in any of the region's scenic, tranquil lakes.  Eastern Visayas abounds with varied, colorful marine life whatever your fancy, you'll find it in any of Leyte and Samar's pristine islands.

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B A S I C     F A C T S

CAPITAL
Tacloban City
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LOCATION
Easternmost coasts of the Philippine archipelago
N - tip of Bicol peninsula
E - Pacific Ocean
W - Maqueda Bay, Visayas
      and Camotes Sea
S - nickel belt of Surigao

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LAND AREA
21,562.8 sq. kms.
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POLITICAL COMPOSITION
Provinces
     Biliran
     Leyte
     Southern Leyte
     Eastern Samar
     Northern Samar
     Samar
Cities
     Calbayog
     Ormoc
     Tacloban
     Maasin
No. of Towns - 139

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POPULATION
3.4 million
     (as of 1995 census)

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CLIMATE
No distinct dry or wet season.  Driest months - April to May; rainiest months - November to January.
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TOPOGRAPHY
Leyte has vast plains.  Samar is marked by broad upland areas and low rugged hills.  Biliran has fertile plains and lush green hills.  These islands have long undulating coastlines.
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DIALECTS
Lineyte - Samarnon (Waray-waray), Cebuano, Inabaknon (Capul Is.), Filipino, English
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RELIGION
Predominantly Catholic
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For information, contact:

DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM
Regional Office No. VIII
GF, Foundation Plaza Bldg.
LP Resort Compound
Magsaysay Blvd.
Tacloban City - 6500
Leyte, Philippines
Tel. #:  (63+53) 321-2048
                         321-4333
Fax. #:  (63+53) 325-5279
e-mail:
dotreg8@skyinet.net
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