Islas de Gigantes

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Islas de Gigantes is an island chain within the larger Western Visayas archipelago in the Visayan Sea. It is part of the municipality of Carles, Iloilo, Philippines, and the northernmost part of Iloilo province. The Gigantes Islands consist of about ten islands; the two largest are Gigantes Norte and Gigantes Sur . According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 12,224. There is also a lighthouse on Gigantes Norte.Location and geographyThe Gigantes islands are located roughly from Panay Island in the Visayan Sea. Gigantes Norte is at its highest point, while Gigantes Sur is at its highest point. A narrow.5mi wide channel separates the two islands. Nearby islands include Balbagon Island, which is west of Gigantes Sur and is part of barangay Lantangan.In addition to the two main islands, the Gigantes group includes the following minor islets: Bulubadiang, Gigantillo, and Gigantuna are islets southeast of Gigantes Norte, while Antonia, Bantigui, Cabugao, Tanguingui, and Turnina are islands and islets south of Gigantes Sur.The Gigantes group consists of the following four barangays. On Gigantes Norte is Asluman and Granada and on Gigantes Sur is Lantangan and Gabi.HistoryThe Gigantes group used to be called Sabuluag or Salauag, which is the name of a species of tree endemic to the islands. During the Spanish colonial era, the name was changed to Gigantes. Local legend describes coffins found inside Bakwitan Cave that contained gigantic sets of human bones, which constituted the name change. For this reason, locals also believe the island is inhabited by enkantos.

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