Western Visayas, also known as Region VI, is located in Central Philippines and is comprised of two major islands, Panay and Guimaras and a number of outlying islands. The region is composed of five (5) provinces namely: Aklan, Antique, Capiz and Iloilo, in Panay Island, and the province of Guimaras, which is an island province.
The region is blessed with natural attractions such as palm-fringed beaches, like the world renowned white beach of Boracay Island, marine reserves, hidden caves, springs and waterfalls as well as majestic mountains filled with rare and exotic plants and animals.
Western Visayas is also rich in cultural and heritage sites from the colonial houses to the baroque churches found all over the cities and municipalities in the region. It is home to the country’s famous festivals like the Ati-Atihan Festival of Kalibo, Aklan and Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo City, Iloilo.
Region VI is composed of one highly urbanized city, which is Iloilo City; two component cities – Passi City in Iloilo and Roxas City in Capiz and it has a total of 98 municipalities.
It has a population of 4,477,247 based on 2015 Census on Population, a 1.25% increase from the 2010 record of 4,194,579. It accounted for 4.4% of the Philippine population.
Western Visayas has a total land area of 12,829 sq km.