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Native name:
Location of the Visayas within the Philippines
LocationSoutheast Asia
Major islands
Area71,503 km2 (27,607 sq mi)
Highest elevation2,465 m (8087 ft)
Highest pointMount Kanlaon
Largest settlementCebu City (pop. 964,169)
  • Visayan (natively "Bisayâ")
Population21,155,014 (2021)[1]
Pop. density292/km2 (756/sq mi)
Ethnic groups

The Visayas or Visayan Islands (Cebuano and Wáray-Wáray: Kabisay-an, Tagalog: Kabisayaan, Spanich: Bisayas), is one of the three principal geographical divisions of the Philippines; the other two divisions are Mindanao, to the south, and Luzon, to the north.

People living in this islands are called Visayans.

Geography[change | change source]

The Visayas consists of several islands in central Philippines around the Visayan Sea, with the Philippine Sea to the east and the Sulu Sea to the west.

The main islands (and area) are:

  • Bohol, 3,269 km2 (1,262 sq mi)
  • Cebu, 4,468 km2 (1,725 sq mi)
  • Leyte, 7,367.6 km2 (2,844.6 sq mi)
  • Negros, 13,328.4 km2 (5,146.1 sq mi)
  • Panay, 12,011 km2 (4,637 sq mi)
  • Samar, 12,849 km2 (4,961 sq mi)

Regions and provinces[change | change source]

A map of the Visayas.
  Central Visayas
  Eastern Visayas
  Western Visayas
The major islands, from west to east, are Panay, Negros, Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, and Samar.

Administratively, the Visayas is divided into 3 regions: Western Visayas, Central Visayas and Eastern Visayas. Each region is headed by a Regional Director.

The Visayas is composed of 16 provinces, each headed by a governor.

Western Visayas (Region VI)[change | change source]

Western Visayas consists of the islands of Panay and the western half of Negros; it has a population, in 2010, of 7,102,438.[2] The regional center is Iloilo City. Its provinces are:

Central Visayas (Region VII)[change | change source]

Central Visayas includes the islands of Cebu and Bohol and the eastern half of Negros; it has a population, in 2010, of 6,800,180.[2] The regional center is Cebu City. Its provinces are:

Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)[change | change source]

Eastern Visayas consists of the islands of Leyte and Samar; it has a population, in 2010, of 4,101,322.[2] The regional center is Tacloban. Its provinces are:

References[change | change source]

  1. Census of Population (2015). Highlights of the Philippine Population 2015 Census of Population. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "NSCB ActiveStats - List of Regions". National Statistical Coordination Board - NSCB. Archived from the original on 27 October 2008. Retrieved 15 November 2013.

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Coordinates: 11°00′N 123°30′E / 11.000°N 123.500°E / 11.000; 123.500