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Western Visayas

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Western Visayas (Region VI) is a region in the Visayas in the Philippines. It includes the island of Panay, half of the island of Negros, and the small island province of Guimaras.

The world-famous beach island of Boracay is just off the northern tip of Panay.

The region has many religious and cultural festivals including the Ati-atihan Festival in Kalibo and Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo. both in January, and the MassKara Festival in Bacolod during October.


Map of the Philippines showing the location of Western Visayas Region.

Four of the provinces in the region are mainly on Panay Island, though each of them also includes some smaller islands nearby:

The island of Negros is divided into two provinces; Negros Oriental is considered part of the Central Visayas but this region has:

One province has an island to itself:

  • Guimaras is a small island in the strait between Panay and Negros.

The Philippine government's administrative Region VI (Western Visayas) also includes Palawan further west, but Wikivoyage treats that as a separate region.


Other destinations[edit]

  • Boracay - a highly developed and very popular beach resort area
  • Mt. Kanlaon National Park



There are different local languages in the provinces of the region, all related but not mutually intelligible. Negros Occidental, Guimaras and Iloilo have Hiligaynon, Aklan has Akeanon, Capiz Capiznon, and Antique Kinaray-a.

Both Tagalog (main language of Luzon to the north, and an official language for the whole country) and Cebuano (main language of various areas to the south and east) are also moderately commonly spoken, though neither is native to this region. Foreign residents in this region sometimes prefer to learn one of them, rather than a local language, because they are more widely useful.

English is clearly understood by some and spoken by most of the middle and elite class.

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