The Visayas region is located right in the heart of the Philippines archipelago. It is composed of six major islands, namely, Bohol, Panay, Negros, Cebu, Leyte and Samar, as well as a number of smaller islands. While the region of Luzon has been considered as the center of commerce and finance in the country, the Visayas region prides itself for its rich historical heritage. After all, much of the major turning points that had occurred throughout the history of the Philippines can trace its roots back to these humble islands of the Visayas region.
Today, the Visayas region attracts travelers from all over the world not just for the rich history the islands possess, but more so for its pristine beaches like White Beach. Apart from the popular beaches situated on the major islands, many of the prime resorts in this region own a number of private islands where travelers can enjoy the serenity, beauty (like the picturesque Chocolate Hills), and romance of being the only people in the island.
The Filipinos love to celebrate, and here in the Visayas region, tourists are treated to a number of different fiestas and celebration, many of which coincide with a patron saint of a particular town, city or province. Perhaps the most popular festival celebrated here is the Ati-Atihan Festival held in the province of Kalibo, Aklan in the island of Antique. Originally held in commemoration of the ten datus which, according to legend, were the ancestors of the locals living in the region, the festival is now held in honor of the Santo Nino (Holy Child).