Place:Capul, Northern Samar, Eastern Visayas, Philippines


Coordinates12.433°N 124.167°E
Located inNorthern Samar, Eastern Visayas, Philippines
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is a in the province of , . According to the , it has a population of people.

Prior to its founding as a town, it used to be called as Abak with a lighthouse built on the island, served as a guidepost for the Acapulco-Manila galleon trade vessels passing through the treacherous waters of San Bernardino Strait. It also served as the capital of Samar from 1848 to 1852. The name Capul came from the word Acapulco, an old trading post in Mexico.

Capul is the only town in the province of Northern Samar with a distinct language, Inabaknon, instead of Waray-Waray, the native language spoken by the locals of Samar island. The Inakbanon is a unique language, having no related language in the entire Visayas and Luzon regions. Due to few speakers, the language is highly endangered. The Inabaknon language is vital to the culture and arts of the Inabaknon people's island life.

Some locals have been challenging the Spanish colonial name of the island-town, Capul, and revoking it in favor of its indigenous name, Abak, which was used by their ancestors, and is also the namesake of townsfolk's indigenous language, Inabaknon.

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