13 Facts About Visayans


Visayans are generally speakers of one or more of the Bisayan languages, the most widely spoken being Cebuano, followed by Hiligaynon and Waray-Waray.

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The Visayas became part of the Spanish colony of the Philippines and the history of the Visayans became intertwined with the history of the Philippines.

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Visayans's painted her lips and nails red, and wore a large disc-shaped hat made from elaborately-woven leaves.

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Visayans have likewise migrated to other parts of the Philippines, especially Metro Manila and Mindanao.

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The Visayans have followed the pattern of migration of Filipinos abroad and some have migrated to other parts of the world starting from the Spanish and American period and after World War II.

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Ethnic Visayans predominantly speak at least one of the Bisayan languages, most of which are commonly referred as Binisaya or Bisaya.

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The original Spanish name for the Visayans, Los Pintados was a reference to the tattoos of the Visayans.

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Today, traditional tattooing among Visayans only survives among some of the older members of the Sulodnon people of the interior highlands of Panay, the descendants of ancient Visayans who escaped Spanish conversion.

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Visayans are known in the Philippines for their festivities such as the Ati-Atihan, Dinagyang, Pintados-Kasadyaan, Sangyaw, Sinulog festivals.

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The Western Visayans shared nearly the same literary forms with the rest of the islands.

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Visayans is tagged as the Father of Modern Philippine Sculpture.

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Visayans is responsible for the sculpture of the Sandugo monument at Tagbilaran City to give homage to his roots.

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Visayans was proclaimed as National Artist of the Philippines for architecture in 1990.

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