|Spanish name: Bisayas a group of seven large and several hundred small islands in the central Philippines. Chief islands: Negros and Panay. Pop: 15 528 346 (2000). Area: about 61 000 sq km (23 535 sq miles)|
island group, central Philippines. The Visayas group consists of seven large and several hundred smaller islands clustered around the Visayan, Samar, and Camotes seas. The seven main islands are Bohol, Cebu, Leyte, Masbate, Negros, Panay, and Samar (qq.v.). These islands and their smaller neighbours make up the central group of the Philippine archipelago.
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