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Southern Leyte

The picturesque landscapes of Southern Leyte blend with straddling fad of modernization, Situated in a excellent geographical location, the province which holds long mountain ranges, virgin forests, awe-inspiring caves and caverns, majestic waterfalls, white-sand beaches, rich marine resources, agricultural abundance, exotic floras and faunas and beautiful islands including the historic island of Limasawa: site of the First Christian Mass in the country and the Orient, captures the harmony of nature and the hard work of the Southern Leyteños in a panorama of the province’s quest for heritage, cultural and ecological preservation.

Southern Leyte was formerly a part of its mother province, Leyte, until when it gained its recognition as province in 1960 under the Republic Act 2227. The province is composed of a city and 18 municipalities with Maasin City being the capital and the seat of the lone congressional district.

At present, Southern Leyte promotes its rich culture along with the many avenues that lying the adventurous spirit into this earthly paradise.

Economic Resources
Economic Products: Coconut, Rice, Bananas, Pineapple, Abaca, Lanzones, Watermelon, High Value Crops
Aqua cultural Products: Tilapia, Bangus, Squid, Seaweeds
Handicrafts: Abaca bags, Slippers (paragatos), Flower and fruit baskets, Ceramics, Sinamay
Manufactured Products: Processed foods, Bamboo and Wood Furniture
Mineral Products: Sand and Gravel
Homemade Delicacies: Bocarillo, Tres Marias, Nilambiran,
Wiri-wiri, Moron, Sortidos, Salbaro, Otap, Nilidgid, Ira-id, Tostados
Principal Exports: Abaca handicrafts, Copra

Language & Dialects
Although Boholano is the principal dialect in the province, Cebuano and Tagalog are still commonly spoken. Diversity in verbal accents is present in different areas in the province. Since the province is within the Leyte Island, one can still expect to hear the Waray-waray dialect among local tongues. English, on the other hand, is inevitably used as the second language.

Southern Leyte is best explored in the months of September up to May to experience the magic of its scenic beauty as the weather brings cool breeze and comfortably warm temperature. June to August is usually the months of habagat or southwest monsoon bringing inconsistent heavy rainfall.

Catholicism is practiced throughout the province. Minority sects include the Protestants, Baptists, Iglesia Ni Kristo, Philippine Independent Church (otherwise known as Aglipay) and Islam.

Getting There
There are three major gateways to get to Southern Leyte, namely Maasin City, Sogod, and Lilo-an. A soon to be finished national highway in the pacific side of the province will make Hinunangan the fourth gateway.

Visitors from Manila and from other parts of Luzon and Visayas can opt for the airlines via Tacloban, which is a 3-hour car or van travel to Maasin City or via Cebu and get to Southern Leyte on board a fast craft or a night ferry using the Hilongos and Bato route or a night ferry directly taking to Maasin City. Adventure seekers who wish to travel by land may take the Maharlika Highway which caters all land to and from Luzon.

Moving Around
+By Land
Jeepney and Multicab (fixed routes)
This famous Filipino commuter vehicle allows visitors to interact with locals as well as enjoy the scenic spots. Prices vary according to destination.
V-hire(L300 van, aircon; fixed routes)
Popular means of transportation when traveling within the province or to outlying areas. Enjoy the comfort of travel without the hassle.
Bus (fixed routes)
Bus lines offer quality services for the adventurous and not in a hurry visitor. Fares vary according to destinations.
Motorcab(motorcycle with side cars)
Conveniently available in all towns in the province for those short distance travels. Price is P6.00 per ride. Habal-habal (motorcycles with extended seat) With a maximum of four passengers per motorcycle, experience the thrill as you take the roller coaster ride when you visit the very remote up land area of the province. Price varies according to destinations.

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