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City (pop., 2000: 365,820), Panay island, Philippines. Pre-Spanish settlement was extensive, but the seaport remained small until 1855, when it was opened to foreign trade. For a time it rivaled Cebu City as the main port of the Visayan Islands. It is a major fishing port and is known also for its raw-silk and pineapple-fibre fabrics.
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