The Visayas is an island group in the Philippines, sub-divided into three non-administrative regions; Central, Eastern and Western. Located in central Philippines, Visayas is home to many beautiful and pristine white sand beaches. Its colorful history begun with the earliest migration of the Malays from mainland Asia and the discovery of Ferdinand Magellan during his last voyage crossing the vast Pacific Ocean.
The Visayas is home to major religious and cultural festivals in the Philippines such as Ati-atihan Festival, Dinagyang Festival, and Sinulog Festival during the month of January, the Pintados Festival every June and the MassKara Festival during month of October.
The world famous island resort of Boracay is located in the western part while diving site of Malapascua island is at the central part. Other famous landmarks such as Chocolate Hills of Carmen, Bohol, San Juanico Bridge of Leyte are located in the Visayas. Limasawa Island is where the first mass in the Philippines was held by Ferdinand Magellan.
There are three major local dialects in the Visayas group of islands; Waray, Cebuano, and Ilonggo. Waray is widely spoken and the dominant dialect in Eastern Visayas and spoken from Samar island to northern part of Leyte and parts of Biliran. Cebuano is widely spoken in Central Visayas including Southern Leyte, parts of Biliran and eastern part of Negros island. Ilonggo is widely spoken in Panay island, Guimaras island and western part of Negros. There are other local dialects in the Visayas such as Inabaknon in Capul Island while Karay-a and Hiligaynon are spoken in some parts of Panay Island. Despite differences in local dialects, the Visayan people speaks and understands Tag-alog and English.
English: Good morning! Waray: Maupay nga aga! Cebuano: Maayong buntag! Ilonggo: Maayong aga!
English: Good afternoon! Waray: Maupay nga kulop! Cebuano: Maayong hapon! Ilonggo: Maayong hapon!