Western Visayas

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

Western Visayas (Region VI) is a region in the Visayas in the Philippines. It is a grouping of the islands of Panay, half of the island of Negros, and the small island province of Guimaras. Panay Island consists of the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz and Iloilo. The island of Negros is divided into two provinces; Negros Occidental is considered part of this region while Negros Oriental is considered part of the Central Visayas.

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.



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In the provinces of Negros Occidental, Guimaras and Iloilo, Hiligaynon is predominantly spoken while in Aklan; Akeanon is spoken, Capiznon is spoken in the province of Capiz. Kinaray-a is spoken alone in Antique. 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. English is clearly understood by some and spoken by most of the middle and elite class.


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