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Biliran is one of the smallest provinces in the Philippines and it is located in the Eastern Visayas region. An island province, Biliran lies just a few kilometers north of the island of Leyte. Its capital is Naval and for a time, Biliran was part of the province of Leyte until it became independent in 1992. Map of the Philippines showing all the regions and their provinces. ... Eastern Visayas Eastern Visayas, one of the regions of the Philippines, is designated as Region VIII. It consists of six provinces, namely, Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Samar (Western Samar) and Southern Leyte. ... Map of the Philippines showing the island groups of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao Map of the Philippines showing all the regions and their provinces A region (Filipino: Rehiyon) is a administrative subdivision in the Philippines. ... This article is about the island. ... Naval is a 4th class municipality in the province of Biliran, Philippines. ... This article is about the province. ... 1992 was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ...

REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
Province of Biliran
Region: Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)
Capital: Naval
Founded: May 11, 1992
Population:
2000 census—140,274 (5th smallest)
Density—253 per km² (26th highest)
Area: 555.4 km² (4th smallest)
Languages: Cebuano, Waray-Waray
Governor: Rogelio J. Espina (2004-2007)
Image:Ph_locator_map_biliran.png

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Image File history File links Provincial seal of Biliran, Philippines. ... Map of the Philippines showing the island groups of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao Map of the Philippines showing all the regions and their provinces A region (Filipino: Rehiyon) is a administrative subdivision in the Philippines. ... Eastern Visayas Eastern Visayas, one of the regions of the Philippines, is designated as Region VIII. It consists of six provinces, namely, Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Samar (Western Samar) and Southern Leyte. ... Naval is a 4th class municipality in the province of Biliran, Philippines. ... May 11 is the 131st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (132nd in leap years). ... 1992 was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... A city (lungsod, sometimes siyudad, in Filipino) is a tier of local government in the Philippines. ... A city (lungsod, sometimes siyudad, in Filipino) is a tier of local government in the Philippines. ... A municipality (bayan in Filipino) is a local government unit in the Philippines. ... A barangay (Filipino: baranggay) is the smallest local government unit in the Philippines and is very similar to a village. ... House of Representatives of the Philippines - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Cebuano, also known as Sugbuanon, is an Austronesian language spoken in the Philippines by about 18,000,000 people and is a subgroup or member of Bisaya, Visayan and Binisayâ. The name came from the Philippine island of Cebu, with the Spanish suffix -ano meaning native, of a place, added... Wáray-Wáray (commonly spelled as Waray-Waray; also referred to as Winaray or L(in)eyte-Samarnon) is a language spoken in the provinces of Samar, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Leyte (eastern portion), and Biliran in the Philippines. ... Image File history File links Map of the Philippines showing the location of Biliran. ...


People and culture

Demographics. Based on the May 2000 census, Biliran has a total population of 140,274, which makes it the fifth least populous province in the country, and the smallest in the region. There are 27,907 households in the province with an average size of 5.02 persons, slightly higher than the national average of 4.99. A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ...


Languages. The inhabitants of Biliran primarily speak Cebuano and Waray. Cebuano, spoken by 57.79% of the population is found mainly on the western area of the island, nearest Cebu, while Waray-Waray spoken by 40.80% can be found on the eastern portion. Majority of the residents also speak and understand Tagalog and English. Cebuano, also known as Sugbuanon, is an Austronesian language spoken in the Philippines by about 18,000,000 people and is a subgroup or member of Bisaya, Visayan and Binisayâ. The name came from the Philippine island of Cebu, with the Spanish suffix -ano meaning native, of a place, added... Wáray-Wáray is a language spoken in the provinces of Samar, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Leyte (eastern portion), and Biliran in the Philippines. ... Cebu is an island province of the Philippines located in the Central Visayas region. ... Wáray-Wáray (commonly spelled as Waray-Waray; also referred to as Winaray or L(in)eyte-Samarnon) is a language spoken in the provinces of Samar, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Leyte (eastern portion), and Biliran in the Philippines. ... Tagalog (pronunciation: ) is one of the major languages of the Republic of the Philippines. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ...


Economy

The economy of Biliran is largely into fishing. Most of its towns, especially Naval and Biliran, have excellent seaports. There are 95 hectares of brackish water fishponds which produce prawns, shrimps and milkfish. Another 30 hectares of seawater are suitable for seaweed farming and 10 more hectares for fishcage culture. Naval is a 4th class municipality in the province of Biliran, Philippines. ... Biliran is a 5th class municipality in the province of Biliran, Philippines. ... Superfamilies Panaeoidea Aristeidae Benthesicymidae Penaeidae Sicyoniidae Solenoceridae Sergestoidea Luciferidae Sergestidae Prawns are edible, fish also known as shrimp-like crustaceans, belonging to the sub-order Dendrobranchiata. ... Superfamilies and families Alpheoidea Alpheidae - snapping shrimps Barbouriidae Hippolytidae Ogyrididae Atyoidea Atyidae Bresilioidea Agostocarididae Alvinocarididae Bresiliidae Disciadidae Mirocarididae Campylonotoidea Bathypalaemonellidae Campylonotoidae Crangonoidea Crangonoidea Glyphocrangonoidea Galatheacaridoidea Galatheacarididae Nematocarcinoidea Eugonatonotidae Nematocarcinidae Rhynchocinetidae Xiphocarididae Oplophoroidea Oplophoridae Palaemonoidea Anchistioididae Desmocarididae Euryrhynchidae Gnathophyllidae Hymenoceridae Kakaducarididae Palaemonidae Typhlocarididae Pandaloidea Pandalidae Thalassocarididae Pasiphaeoidea Pasiphaeidae Physetocaridoidea Physetocarididae Procaridoidea... Binomial name Chanos chanos (Forsskål, 1775) The milkfish (Chanos chanos) is an important food fish in Southeast Asia. ...


Being mountainous, Biliran can support various agricultural crops. The warm lowlands are conducive to palay production and other tropical crops. The cool highlands are favorable to high-value crops such as cutflowers and varieties of vegetable traditionally grown in Baguio City or Tagaytay City. Binomial name Oryza sativa L. Rice (Oryza sativa) is a species of grass in the genus Oryza, native to tropical and subtropical southeastern Asia, where it grows in wetlands. ... Baguio City P is a 1st class city in northern Luzon in the Philippines. ... Tagaytay City is located in the province of Cavite in the Philippines. ...


The inhabitants also engage in hunting, lumber, and manufacturing. The princpal raw material produced is copra and coconut oil. Processed goods include white clay ceramics, dried fish, raw gulaman, and citronella oil. Copra is the dried meat, or kernel, of the coconut. ... Coconut oil is a fat consisting of over 90 percent saturated fat extracted from coconuts and used in cosmetics and in baking as a cooking oil. ... The word ceramic is derived from the Greek word Κεραμεικος (the name of a suburb of Athens), and in its strictest sense refers to clay in all its forms. ... Species Over 50: see text Lemon Grass Lemon grass or lemongrass is a perennial herb used in Asian (particularly Thai, Khmer and Vietnamese) and Caribbean cooking. ...


The untapped natural resources of the island include geothermal power and the abundant sulfur and gypsum deposits. Thermally active area, New Zealand. ... General Name, Symbol, Number sulfur, S, 16 Chemical series nonmetals Group, Period, Block 16, 3, p Appearance lemon yellow Atomic mass 32. ... Gypsum is a very soft mineral composed of calcium sulfate dihydrate, with the chemical formula CaSO4·2H2O. // Chemical structure Gypsum from New South Wales, Australia Heating gypsum above approximately 150°C (302°F) partially dehydrates the mineral by driving off exactly 75% of the water contained in its chemical structure. ...


Geography

Political

Biliran is subdivided into 8 municipalities. All the municipalities except Maripipi are located on Biliran Island while Maripipi is an island municipality located to the northwest. The largest is Naval, the capital. The smallest is Maripipi. A municipality (bayan in Filipino) is a local government unit in the Philippines. ... Maripipi is a 5th class municipality in the province of Biliran, Philippines. ... Naval is a 4th class municipality in the province of Biliran, Philippines. ...


Municipalities

Almeria is a 5th class municipality in the province of Biliran, Philippines. ... Biliran is a 5th class municipality in the province of Biliran, Philippines. ... Cabucgayan is a 5th class municipality in the province of Biliran, Philippines. ... Caibiran is a 5th class municipality in the province of Biliran, Philippines. ... Culaba is a 5th class municipality in the province of Biliran, Philippines. ... Kawayan is a 5th class municipality in the province of Biliran, Philippines. ... Maripipi is a 5th class municipality in the province of Biliran, Philippines. ... Naval is a 4th class municipality in the province of Biliran, Philippines. ...

Physical

Biliran has a total land area of 555.4 square kilometers, making it the fourth smallest province in the Philippines. The two major islands are Biliran Island and Maripipi Island. Biliran is a volcanic island in central Philippines. ... Maripipi is a 5th class municipality in the province of Biliran, Philippines. ...


Biliran Island lies off the northern coast of Leyte across Biliran Strait. To the southeast is Carigara Bay, to the northeast is Samar Sea, and further on, the island of Samar. To the west is the Visayan Sea and Masbate lies 30 km to the northwest. This article is about the island. ... Samar is an island in the Visayas, which is in the central Philippines. ... The Visayan Sea is a small sea within the Philippine archipelago, surrounded on three sides by the islands of the Visayas. ... Masbate is an island province of the Philippines located in the Bicol Region in Luzon. ...


The main island is mountainous with very narrow coastal areas. Only the municipalities of Naval and Caibiran have wide plains suitable for agriculture. Mount Suiro, which has an elevation of 1,300 meters is the highest point on the island. Naval is a 4th class municipality in the province of Biliran, Philippines. ... Caibiran is a 5th class municipality in the province of Biliran, Philippines. ...


History

During the early Spanish era, what is now called Biliran Island was known as Isla de Panamao. The term refers to an ethnic fishing net. The present name, believed to be adopted sometime between the late 1600s and the early 1700s, was, according to many publications, derived from a native grass called borobiliran which once grew abundantly on the island's plains. A contending theory states that the name came from the word bilir, which was defined in an old Visayan dictionary to be the “corner or edge of a boat, vase or anything protruding, like veins, or the furrow made by the plow.” The dictionary also gives biliran as an alternate spelling for bilir. This theory is supported by the fact that Biliran was site of the first large-scale shipyard, built in the 1600s. Galleons were built to support the Galleon Trade between Manila and Acapulco in Mexico. Events and Trends November 5, 1605 - The Gunpowder Plot to blow up the British Parliament. ... Events and trends The Bonneville Slide blocks the Columbia River near the site of present-day Cascade Locks, Oregon with a land bridge 200 feet (60 m) high. ... The Visayan languages of the Philippines, along with Tagalog and Bikol, are part of the Central Philippine language family. ... For the fictional unit of money called a galleon, see Money in Harry Potter. ... REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES City of Manila Region: National Capital Region Province: — Dates: Founded—June 24, 1571 Cityhood—June 10, 1574 Population: 2000 census—1,581,082 Density—41,014 per km² Area: 38. ... Acapulco Bay Acapulco (formally: Acapulco de Juárez) is a city and major sea port in the state of Guerrero on the Pacific coast of Mexico, 300 km (190 miles) SSW of Mexico City, at 16°85′ N 99°92′ W. Acapulco is located on a deep, semicircular bay, almost...


The first town, named Biliran, was founded in 1712. During this time, the island was a part of the province of Cebu. Biliran, together with the islands of Samar and Leyte were constituted into a separate province in 1735. Later when Samar and Leyte were split into two provinces in 1768, Biliran became part of Leyte. // Events Treaty of Aargau signed between Catholic and Protestants. ... Cebu is an island province of the Philippines located in the Central Visayas region. ... Samar is an island in the Visayas, which is in the central Philippines. ... This article is about the island. ... Events April 16 - The London premiere of Alcina by George Frideric Handel, his first the first Italian opera for the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden. ... 1768 was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ...


During the World War II, Biliran had its own guerilla forces under the Leyte command of Colonel Ruperto Kangleon. The guerrilla operation where of invaluable assistance to the successful landing of the American liberation forces at Palo, Leyte, on October 20, 1944 just before the Battle of Leyte Gulf. World War II was a truly global conflict with many facets: immense human suffering, fierce indoctrinations, and the use of new, extremely devastating weapons like the atom bomb World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a mid-20th-century conflict that engulfed much of the globe... Palo is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... This article is about the province. ... October 20 is the 293rd day of the year (294th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 72 days remaining. ... 1944 was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Battle of Leyte Gulf was a naval battle of the Pacific Campaign of World War II, fought in the seas around the island of Leyte in the Philippines from 23 October to 26 October 1944. ...


On April 8, 1959 Republic Act No. 2141 was signed into law effectively making Biliran a sub-province of Leyte. The island was only made an independent province on May 11, 1992 by virtue of Republic Act No. 7160, making it one of the newest provinces in the country. April 8 is the 98th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (99th in leap years). ... 1959 was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... May 11 is the 131st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (132nd in leap years). ... 1992 was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ...


External links

  • Official Website of the Provincial Government of Biliran
  • Biliran - The Island Paradise
    (No. 1 portal entry of Biliran & Provides travel information for Biliran)
  • My Biliran Island Picture Gallery
    (hundreds of original photographs of Biliran)
  • Biliran Forum
    (Free wheeling online message board for Biliranons and friends all over the world)
  • Biliran Province
    (a comprehensive historical and political resource in Biliran)
  • Biliran Island Website

References

  • Borrinaga, Rolando O. “Lost meanings in Biliran.” [1]
  • Borrinaga, Rolando O. “How Biliran got its name.” [2]
  • Biliran. “About Biliran.” [3]

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Biliran - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (820 words)
Biliran is one of the smallest provinces in the Philippines and it is located in the Eastern Visayas region.
Based on the May 2000 census, Biliran has a total population of 140,274, which makes it the fifth least populous province in the country, and the smallest in the region.
Biliran, together with the islands of Samar and Leyte were constituted into a separate province in 1735.
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