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An island of the east-central Philippines in the Visayan Islands northeast of Leyte in the Samar Sea, an arm of the Pacific Ocean. The island was the first in the archipelago to be sighted by Magellan (1521).


(Placename) an island in the E central Philippines, separated from S Luzon by the San Bernardino Strait: the third largest island in the republic. Capital: Catbalogan. Pop: 641 124 (2000). Area: 13 080 sq km (5050 sq miles)


(ˈsɑ mɑr)

an island in the E central Philippines. 1,200,592; 5309 sq. mi. (13,750 sq. km).
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The shelter project covers the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Cebu, Eastern Samar, Iloilo, Leyte, Palawan, and Western Samar, as well as the cities of Bogo, Ormoc, and Tacloban.
All of Plan Philippines' program units, home to about 40,000 sponsored children, have been affected across four provinces (Eastern Samar, Western Samar, Cebu, and Leyte).
So did Girogidi Aggabao of Isabela, Mel Sensen Sarmiento of Western Samar, and Niel Tupas of Iloilo.
The province of Eastern Samar had been placed under storm signal No 2 while Signal No 1 had been hoisted over the provinces of Sorsogon, Leyte, Northern and Western Samar.
Most of the banks serving the remittance needs of OFWs are there," explained Sagadal, who comes from Calbayog City in the western Samar province.