The Visayas is an island group in the central Philippines, sub-divided into three non-administrative regions; Central, Eastern and Western. It has 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 Philippine religious and cultural festivals such as Ati-atihan Festival, Dinagyang Festival, and Sinulog Festival in January, the Pintados Festival every June and the MassKara Festival in 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 are Chocolate Hills of Carmen, Bohol, San Juanico Bridge of Leyte. Limasawa Island is where the first mass in the Philippines was held by Ferdinand Magellan.
There are three major local languages in the Visayas: Waray, Cebuano, and Hiligaynon. Waray is widely spoken in Eastern Visayas and spoken from Samar to the northern part of Leyte and parts of Biliran. Cebuano is widely spoken in Central Visayas, including Southern Leyte, parts of Biliran and the eastern part of Negros. Hiligaynon is widely spoken in Panay, Guimaras and the western part of Negros. There are other local languages in the Visayas, such as Inabaknon in Capul Island, while Karay-a, Aklanon, and Capiznon are spoken in some parts of Panay Island. Despite differences in languages, the Visayan people speak and understand 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!