11 Facts About Leyte


Leyte is an island in the Visayas group of islands in the Philippines.

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Since the accessibility of land has been depleted, Leyte has provided countless number of migrants to Mindanao.

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Major cities of Leyte are Tacloban, on the eastern shore at the northwest corner of Leyte Gulf, and Ormoc, on the west coast.

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Leyte today is notable for the geothermal electric power plants near Ormoc.

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Leyte is most famous for its role in the reconquest of the Philippines in World War II.

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On 20 October 1944, General Douglas MacArthur waded ashore on Leyte, saying, "I have returned", but the Japanese did not give up so easily, as the ensuing Battle of Leyte proved.

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The island province of Biliran is to the north of Leyte and is joined to Leyte island by a bridge across the narrow Biliran Strait.

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Leyte is mostly heavily forested and mountainous, but the Leyte Valley in the northeast has much agriculture.

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Leyte provincial capitol is the seat of the provincial government where there is a mural depicting the First Mass in the Philippines, believed to have happened in Limasawa, and the landing of General Douglas MacArthur.

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Kalanggaman Island in Palompon, Leyte is a virgin island with pure white sand.

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Leyte Island is the birthplace of the Tinikling dance, popular throughout the Philippines.

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