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REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
Province of Leyte
Region: Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)
Capital: Tacloban City
Founded: 1543 and March 10, 1917
Population:
2000 census—1,592,336 (14th largest)
Density—279 per km² (24th highest)
Area: 5,712.8 km² (12th largest)
Languages: Cebuano, Waray-Waray
Governor: Carlos Jericho Petilla (Lakas-CMD) (2007-2010)

Leyte is a province of the Philippines located in the Eastern Visayas region. Its capital is Tacloban City and occupies the northern three-quarters of the island of Leyte. Leyte is located west of Samar province, north of Southern Leyte and south of Biliran. To the west of Leyte across the Camotes Sea is the province of Cebu. Image File history File links Provincial seal of Leyte, Philippines. ... Map of the Philippines showing the regions and their provinces (click for larger version). ... 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. ... Tacloban City [tock low bon] is a first class city, a port town, and the capital of Leyte. ... // Events February 21 - Battle of Wayna Daga - A combined army of Ethiopian and Portuguese troops defeat the armies of Adal led by Ahmed Gragn. ... March 10 is the 69th day of the year (70th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar (see: 1917 Julian calendar). ... Judiciary Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno Court of Appeals · Sandiganbayan Court of Tax Appeals · Ombudsman Elections Commission on Elections 2007 | 2004 | 2001 | 1998 1995 | 1992 | 1986 | All Foreign relations Human rights Other countries Politics Portal      A city (lungsod, sometimes siyudad, in Filipino and Tagalog) is a tier of local... Judiciary Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno Court of Appeals · Sandiganbayan Court of Tax Appeals · Ombudsman Elections Commission on Elections 2007 | 2004 | 2001 | 1998 1995 | 1992 | 1986 | All Foreign relations Human rights Other countries Politics Portal      A city (lungsod, sometimes siyudad, in Filipino and Tagalog) is a tier of local... A municipality (bayan, sometimes munisipalidad, in Filipino) is a local government unit in the Philippines. ... A barangay (Tagalog: baranggay , pronounced as ba-rang-gai, gai as in guy), also known by its former name, the barrio, is the smallest local government unit in the Philippines and is the native Filipino term for a village, district or ward. ... Type Lower house Houses House of Representatives House Speaker Jose De Venecia, Jr. ... Cebuano, also known as Sugboanon, is an Austronesian language spoken in the Philippines by about 20,000,000 people (according to Ethnologue). ... 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. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... LAKAS is the ruling political party of the Philippines. ... Image File history File links Map of the Philippines showing the location of Leyte province. ... Map of the Philippines showing the regions and provinces (click for larger version). ... 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 regions and their provinces (click for larger version). ... Tacloban City [tock low bon] is a first class city, a port town, and the capital of Leyte. ... This article is about the island. ... Samar, formerly Western Samar, is a province of the Philippines located in the Eastern Visayas region. ... Southern Leyte is a province of the Philippines located in the Eastern Visayas region. ... Biliran is one of the smallest provinces in the Philippines and it is located in the Eastern Visayas region. ... The Camotes Sea is a small sea within the Philippine archipelago, between the Eastern Visayas and the Central Visayas. ... Cebu is an island province of the Philippines located in the Central Visayas region. ...

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History

The explorer Ruy López de Villalobos, first came to the island in 1543 and named it Las Islas Felipinas. Ruy López de Villalobos (b. ... // Events February 21 - Battle of Wayna Daga - A combined army of Ethiopian and Portuguese troops defeat the armies of Adal led by Ahmed Gragn. ...


The Battle of Leyte Gulf took place in the seas surrounding this island from 23 October to 26 October 1944. It was the largest naval battle in modern history, when at least 212 Allied ships clashed with the remnants of the Imperial Japanese Navy, some 60 ships, including the super battleships Yamato and Musashi. Combatants  United States  Australia Empire of Japan Commanders William Halsey, Jr (3rd Fleet) Thomas C. Kinkaid (7th Fleet) Takeo Kurita (Centre Force) Shoji Nishimura â€  (Southern Force) Kiyohide Shima (Southern Force) Jisaburo Ozawa (Northern Force) Strength 17 aircraft carriers 18 escort carriers 12 battleships 24 cruisers 141 destroyers and destroyer escorts... October 23 is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... The title of largest naval battle in history depends on criteria that may include the number of people and ships involved, the total tonnage of vessels, the size of the battlefield, and the duration of the action. ... Yamato (大和), named after the ancient Japanese Yamato Province, was a battleship of the Imperial Japanese Navy. ... Musashi (武蔵), named after the ancient Japanese Musashi Province, was a battleship belonging to the Imperial Japanese Navy, and was the second and final ship of the Yamato class to be completed as a battleship. ...


The Battle of Leyte occurred on 20 October 1944. A successful Allied invasion of the island was the crucial element to the eventual Filipino and American victory in the Philippines. Combatants United States, Australia, The Philippines Empire of Japan Commanders Douglas MacArthur Walter Krueger Franklin C. Sibert John R. Hodge Ruperto C. Kangleon Tomoyuki Yamashita Sosaku Suzuki Shiro Makino Strength 200,000 U.S. troops 153,000 Australian troops 856,000 Filipino troops 3,189 Filipino guerrillas 55,000 Japanese... October 20 is the 293rd day of the year (294th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ...

The President of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and the Honorable Francis J. Ricciardone, Jr., U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines, along with dignitaries from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines participate in a wreath laying ceremony during the 60th Leyte Gulf Landings Anniversary commemoration at MacAurthur Landing Memorial National Park, Palo, Leyte, Philippines, Oct. 20, 2004
The President of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and the Honorable Francis J. Ricciardone, Jr., U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines, along with dignitaries from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines participate in a wreath laying ceremony during the 60th Leyte Gulf Landings Anniversary commemoration at MacAurthur Landing Memorial National Park, Palo, Leyte, Philippines, Oct. 20, 2004
The famous Leyte Landing monument immortalizing the landing of the Allied Forces
The famous Leyte Landing monument immortalizing the landing of the Allied Forces
When Americans stormed ashore at Leyte, it fulfilled a promise made by Gen. Douglas MacArthur made in the dark days following the fall of the Philippines to the Japanese in 1942.

Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 532 pixelsFull resolution (3008 × 2000 pixel, file size: 5. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 532 pixelsFull resolution (3008 × 2000 pixel, file size: 5. ... Image File history File links Leytelandingmonument. ... Image File history File links Leytelandingmonument. ... This work is copyrighted. ... This work is copyrighted. ...

People and culture

The people of Leyte are divided into two main groups, primarily by language. In the west and south are the Cebuanos, while in the north and east are the Waray-waray.


The Cebuanos have ties with Cebu, the most populous province in the Visayas; the Warays are more tied to Leyte and Samar.


Economy

The economy of Leyte depends on agriculture. Rice is farmed in the lower flatter areas specifically those around Tacloban, while coconut farming, for coconut oil, and is the main cash crop of the more mountainous areas. Fishing is also a major source of livelihood among residents.


Geography

Political

Leyte is subdivided into 40 municipalities and 3 cities. A municipality (bayan, sometimes munisipalidad, in Filipino) is a local government unit in the Philippines. ... Judiciary Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno Court of Appeals · Sandiganbayan Court of Tax Appeals · Ombudsman Elections Commission on Elections 2007 | 2004 | 2001 | 1998 1995 | 1992 | 1986 | All Foreign relations Human rights Other countries Politics Portal      A city (lungsod, sometimes siyudad, in Filipino and Tagalog) is a tier of local...


Ormoc City is an independent component city of Leyte. The city governs itself independent of the province and the residents do not vote for elective provincial officials, as stated in the city's charter.


Cities

Ormoc City is a 1st class city in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... Tacloban City [tock low bon] is a first class city, a port town, and the capital of Leyte. ... Baybay is a 1st class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ...

Municipalities

Abuyog is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... Alangalang is a 4th class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... Albuera is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... Babatngon is a 4th class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... Barugo is a 4th class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... Bato is a 4th class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... Burauen is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... Calubian is a 4th class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... Capoocan is a 4th class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... Carigara is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... Dagami is a 4th class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... Dulag is a 4th class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... Hilongos is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... Hindang is a 5th class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... Inopacan is a 5th class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... Isabel is a 1st class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... Jaro is a 4th class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... Javier is a 4th class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... Julita is a municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... Kananga is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... La Paz is a 5th class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... Leyte is a 5th class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... Macarthur is a 5th class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... Mahaplag is a 4th class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... Matag-ob is a 5th class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... Matalom is a 4th class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... Mayorga is a 5th class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... Merida is a 4th class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... Palo is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... Palompon is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... Pastrana is a 5th class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... San Isidro is a 4th class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... San Miguel is a 5th class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... Santa Fe is a 5th class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... Tabango is a 4th class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... Tabontabon is a 5th class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... Tanauan is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... Tolosa is a 5th class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... Tunga is a 6th class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ... Villaba is a 4th class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. ...

Physical

External links

  • Official Website of Leyte Province
  • News source on Leyte

  Results from FactBites:
 
Leyte - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (155 words)
Leyte Gulf, is a gulf east of the island of Leyte.
Leyte, Leyte, a municipality in the province of Leyte.
Battle of Leyte Gulf, a WW II naval battle near the island.
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