Western Samar

BRIEF DESCRIPTION 

The province of Samar, occupying the southwestern part of Samar Island, is a rugged land with bountiful waters on the west and low mountain ranges on the east. Caught between mountain and sea, Samar is no stranger to rain, which it experiences in varying degrees for the most part of the year. 

Samar is blessed with a lush rainforest harboring tropical flora and fauna, crossed by multiple navigable rivers, pocked by mysterious caverns and refreshing waterfalls. A tourist wanting something out of the ordinary may experience all these wonders of nature and still only be a few hours from civilization. 

The favored route to this part of the island is through the 2.16 kilometer long San Juanico Bridge from Leyte Island following a plane trip via Manila-Tacloban. From the south or west, Calbayog City and its capital town of Catbalogan are accessible both by plane and sea, with the Pan Philippine Highway connecting the coastal towns. 

GEOGRAPHY 

The province occupies a total land area of 1,342,863 hectares. It is bounded on the north by Northern Samar, on the east by Eastern Samar, on the west by the Samar Sea, and on the south by the Leyte Gulf. 

The physical environment of Samar includes almost every kind of topography: mountains, forests, rivers, lakes, plains, coasts, and islands. It has a much lower highland system compared to other provinces. The central upland core is formed from a broad plateau with local relief sight ranging from 700 to 1,000 feet. Numerous streams in the island have cut sharp valleys on the surface of this plateau and the overall landscape is hilly and rugged. 

POLITICAL SUBDIVISION 

Samar is composed of 25 towns and one city, Calbayog. Capital is Catbalogan. 

CLIMATE 

The province has no distinct dry and wet season. Rainfall is more or less evenly distributed throughout the year. April to July are the best months to visit, when the climate is ideal for trips to the beach and for treks inland. 

POPULATION 

As of the 1990 census, the total provincial population was 533,733. 

LANGUAGE / DIALECT 

Waray-waray and Cebuano are the major dialects spoken.

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    February 1- February 28

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    Homonhon, Eastern Samar

    March 16

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    Carigara, Leyte

    March 22

  • SINUGDAN/COMMEMORATION OF THE FIRST CHRISTIAN MASS

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    March 31

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    Palo, Leyte

    April 6

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    Carigara, Leyte

    April 8

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    May 18

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    June 18

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    Family Park, Cancabato Bay, Tacloban City

    June 28

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    June 27

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    June 20

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    June 25

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    June 27

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    June 25

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    Venue to be finalized by organizers

    June 27

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    Leyte (Venue to be finalized by organizers)

    June 27-29

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    July 23

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    Maasin City, Southern Leyte

    July 1

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    August 15

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    Tanauan, Leyte

    August 15

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    Abuyog, Leyte

    August 29

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    Tanauan, Leyte

    August 14

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    Calbayog City, Western Samar

    September 7

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    Balangiga, Eastern Samar

    September 28

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    Dulag, Leyte

    September 7

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    Tacloban City

    September 10

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    September 28

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    October 20

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    October 23

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    October 14

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