Guiuan, Eastern Samar
Guiuan is among the oldest towns in the recorded history of the Philippines. To Guian belongs the island of Homonhon which was the first place in the Philippines reached by the voyage of Ferdinand Magellan in his famous attempt to circumnavigate the globe. The name Guiuan is believed to have been derived from giwang which means "hole" or "cavity". There is also another derivation equally accepted by many and that it is believed to be from gibang which in the native Waray language means 'broken', 'rugged' or 'chipped off' object, especially when referring to the blades of weapons, like in the following,"Gibang na man daw an imu sundang, ba-ira na gad, bangin la madaginot (Your sword got chipped, whetting it could be a remedy".
Miguelde Loarca's account of 1585 referred Guiuan "as a village" of Ybabao (the present day area of Eastern and Northeastern Samar).
Guiuan is politically subdivided into 60 barangays.
- Philippine Standard Geographic Code
- 2000 Philippine Census Information
- Municipality of Guiuan
- Surf Camp in Calicoan in Guiuan
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