VISAYAN PROVINCES – Literal Translations Of Visayas Province Names

VISAYAN PROVINCES – Literal Translations Of Visayas Province Names

VISAYAN PROVINCES – In this topic, we are going to know and learn the literal translations of the provinces of Visayas.

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Visayas is the central island group in the Philippines and the smallest of the three.

It is divided into three regions:

  • Region VI | Western Visayas
  • Region VII | Central Visayas
  • Region VIII | Eastern Visayas

The regions are then divided into sixteen provinces: 6 each in Western and Eastern Visayas, and 4 in Central Visayas. They are the following:

  • Western Visayas
    • Aklan (Capital: Kalibo)
    • Antique (Capital: San Jose de Buenavista)
    • Capiz (Capital: Roxas)
    • Guimaras (Capital: Jordan)
    • Iloilo (Capital: Iloilo)
    • Negros Occidental (Capital: Bacolod)
  • Central Visayas
    • Bohol (Capital: Tagbiliran)
    • Cebu (Capital: Cebu)
    • Negros Oriental (Capital: Dumaguete)
    • Siquijor (Capital: Siquijor)
  • Eastern Visayas
    • Biliran (Capital: Naval)
    • Eastern Samar (Capital: Borongan)
    • Northern Leyte (Capital: Tacloban)
    • Northern Samar (Capital: Catarman)
    • Samar (Capital: Catbalogan)
    • Southern Leyte (Capital: Maasin)

Literal Translation

Now, the question is, what are the literal translations of the Provincial Names in Visayas?

According to the Facebook page “Odyssea: Nature, Culture, People”, they are the following:

  • Aklan |Land of Bubbling Waters
  • Antique | Land of Large Red Ants
  • Iloilo | Land of the Nose-Like Delta
  • Guimaras | Island brought upon by the Struggle of Survival
  • Negros | Land of Dark-Skinned People
  • Cebu | Land of Shallow Waters
  • Bohol | Land of Thorny Trees
  • Samar | Land Cut Deeply by Streams
  • Leyte | Land of Datu Ete
  • Biliran | Island where the Boats are Headed

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