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Leyte, Philippines

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Leyte Landing Memorial Park, Leyte, PhilippinesLeyte Landing Memorial Park, Leyte, Philippines
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Leyte is an island in the Eastern Visayas Region. It is located between Samar to the north and Mindanao to the south. Separating it from Cebu Island to the west is Camotes Sea.

Leyte covers 5,901.5 sq km (2,278 sq mi) and has a population of 1.6 million people (2011 estimate). The whole island is administered under the Leyte Province. The provincial capital and biggest city is Tacloban City.

The people of Leyte come from two linquistic groups. Those living in western and southern Leyte speak Cebuanos while those in the north and east speak Waray-Waray. The majority of the population are now Roman Catholics. At 97%, it has the highest percentage of Roman Catholics in the Visayas.

Robinson's Place Mall, Tacloban City, LeyteRobinson's Place Mall, Tacloban City, Leyte
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The island of Leyte is still primarily a developing island dependent on agriculture. Among the crops grown here include rice and coconut. Fishing is also a major preoccupation of the people of Leyte.

Leyte's role in the Second World War is best remembered in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, which stood as the largest naval battle in modern history. The eventual victory of the Americans is remembered with the Leyte Landing Memorial.

Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival, Tacloban City, LeytePintados-Kasadyaan Festival, Tacloban City, Leyte
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Festivals of Leyte

  1. Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival
    Cultural-religious celebration based on body-painting traditions today celebrated on the feast day of Santo Niño, on 30 June annually in Tacloban City, Leyte.

Main Cities of Leyte

  1. Tacloban City
    Capital of Leyte and the fifth largest city in the Philippines outside Metro Manila.

Places of Interest in Leyte

  1. Leyte Landing Memorial Park
    Park commemorating the liberation of the Philippines during the Second World War, with the stague of General MacArthur and his men landing on the beach.


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