is a province in the Philippines located in the Eastern Visayas region. An island province, Biliran lies just a few kilometers north of Leyte Island. Its capital is Naval. Biliran is one of the country's smallest and newest provinces, being formerly a part (sub-province) of Leyte until achieving full-fledged provincehood in 1992.
Total land area: 536.01 km2 (206.95 sq mi)
Population (2010): 161,760
Municipalities: 8 * ALMERIA *BILIRAN *CABUCGAYAN *CAIBIRAN *CULABA *KAWAYAN *MARIPIPI *NAVAL
Biliran Island lies off the northern coast of Leyte across Biliran Strait. To the southeast is Carigara Bay, to the northeast is Samar Sea, and further on, the island of Samar. To the west is the Visayan Sea and Masbate lies 30 km to the northwest.
Biliran has a combination of warm and cool climatic zones, thus the prevailing climate is ideal for the cultivation of a wide range of agricultural crops. There is no distinct dry season but the heavy wet season generally occurs in December.
Biliran is subdivided into 8 municipalities. It has an overall 132 barangays. All the municipalities except Maripipi are located on Biliran Island while Maripipi is an island municipality located to the northwest. The largest among the towns is Naval which is the capital of the province while the smallest is Maripipi.
The economy of Biliran is largely into fishing. Most of its towns, especially Naval and Biliran, have excellent seaports.
MAP OF BILIRAN
HISTORY OF BILIRAN
During the early Spanish era, what is now called Biliran Island was known as Isla de Panamao. The term refers to an ethnic fishing net. The present name, believed to be adopted sometime between the late 17th century and the early 18th century, was, according to many publications, derived from a native grass called borobiliran which once grew abundantly on the island's plains. A contending theory states that the name came from the word bilir, which was defined in an old Visayan dictionary to be the “corner or edge of a boat, vase or anything protruding, like veins, or the furrow made by the plow.” The dictionary also gives biliran as an alternate spelling for bilir. This theory is supported by the fact that Biliran was site of the first large-scale shipyard, built in the 17th century. Galleons were built to support the Galleon trade between Manila andAcapulco in Mexico. The first town, named Biliran, was founded in 1712. During this time, the island was a part Cebu Province. Biliran, together with the islands of Samar and Leyte were constituted into a separate province in 1735. Later when Samar and Leyte were split into two provinces in 1768, Biliran became part of Leyte Province.
The lowly traditional delicacy from Naval, Biliran locally known as "suman" has become a new pride for Navaleneos recently both as "Pasalubong" treat or a special dessert or snack item in different occasions.
This white sand beach stretches about 800 meters from both sides of a cove. It is ideal for swimming and picnicking.
The 80 meter falls are hidden by dense undergrowth and huge mahogany trees rising like giant pillars with root over three meters wide
This island is one huge coral reef that was trust up from the ocean floor centuries ago. Now it is a first class resort which coral beaches gleaming with shells of various colors and sizes.
PADRE GASPAR SHRINE
This marks the spot where father gaspar discovered a sare source of water for the settlers whom he had led from the coast of biliran to evade the attracking moro pirates.
The falls is 20meters high and is hidden in a dense of undergrowth.
HOW TO GET THERE:
YOU CAN GET TO BILIRAN FROM CEBU,LEYTE, AND...
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