, formerly Western Samar
, is a province
of the Philippines
located in the Eastern Visayas region
. Its capital is Catbalogan and covers at the western portion of Samar island as well as several islands in the Samar Sea located to the west of the mainland. Bordering the province to the north is Northern Samar
and to the east is Eastern Samar
. Samar is connected to Leyte
via the San Juanico Bridge, which spans the San Juanico Strait, the narrowest strait
in the country. To the south of the province is the Leyte Gulf
REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
Province of Samar
2000 census—641,124 (38th largest).
Density—115 per km² (17th lowest).
Area: 5,591.0 km² (13th largest)
Governor: Milagrosa T. Tan (2001-2004)
People and Culture
Samar is subdivided into 25 municipalities and 1 city.
- Paranas (Wright)
- San Jorge
- San Jose De Buan
- San Sebastian
- Santa Margarita
- Santa Rita
- Santo Niņo