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Leyte is an island in the Eastern Visayas island group in the Philippines, across a narrow strait from Samar Island. It is divided into two provinces, Leyte Province and Southern Leyte. Each province includes some nearby smaller islands.
Cities and municipalities
Eastern part of Leyte
Western part of Leyte
People from eastern part of Leyte speak Waray while those from western part and speak Cebuano.
Cebuano/Bisaya is the most common language in Southern Leyte, and in The western part of Leyte Province. According to the 2000 Philippines Census, about 60% of the population of Leyte Province speak. About 40% of the population speak Waray, including most of the people in the capital city, Tacloban.
Tacloban's Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport is the main gateway to the island and the entire region of the Eastern Visayas including the provinces of Samar (Western) and Eastern Samar. The following airlines have daily flights:
- Cebu Pacific - Manila, Cebu and Davao.
- Philippine Airlines - Manila and Cebu.
- Air Asia - Manila and Clark
Ormoc also has an airport; there are flights on Cebu Pacific to/from Manila via Cebu.
- San Juanico Bridge, between Tacloban, Leyte and Sta. Rita, Samar. The longest bridge in the Philippines.
- San Juanico Bridge. This bridge, is the longest bridge in the Philippines spanning a body of seawater. It connects Leyte with the neighboring island of Samar, and is 2.16 km long.
- Agas-Agas Bridge, Sogod, Southern Leyte. The tallest bridge in the Philippines.
- Cuatro Islas.