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Coordinates: 11°02′42″N 125°41′46″E / 11.045°N 125.696°E / 11.045; 125.696
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Small lagoon on Tubabao Island
Tubabao is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates11°02′42″N 125°41′46″E / 11.045°N 125.696°E / 11.045; 125.696
Adjacent toPhilippine Sea
RegionEastern Visayas
ProvinceEastern Samar

Tubabao is an island off the southeastern point of Samar. It is one of the islands comprising the town of Guiuan in the province of Eastern Samar, in east central Philippines. The island is located close to the town centre.

During World War II, the island was part of Leyte-Samar Naval Base, which was utilized by the U.S. Navy.

Refugees from Russia[edit]

Tubabao was used by the International Refugee Organization (IRO)[citation needed] in 1949 and 1950 to provide a temporary refuge for 6,000 Russian refugees escaping from China.[1]

The Russians were survivors of the October Revolution and Russian Civil War, when the Russian monarchy was overthrown by the Bolsheviks. Some Russians managed to escape and took refuge in foreign lands.

Many of them moved to China, especially Harbin and Shanghai. Most of these refugees survived the Second World War but the communists took power in China and thus the IRO requested all countries around the world to provide accommodation to the Russians. The Philippines volunteered and offered Tubabao Island. [2]

The Russian refugees later were granted to stay in the United States, Australia, Canada, and South American countries. Most refugees became citizens of the countries in which they settled.


  1. ^ Amazona, Roel (17 December 2019). "Further study on 'White Russian' refugees in E. Samar pushed". Philippine News Agency. Retrieved 9 May 2023.
  2. ^ Eastern Samar Bulletin, Jan 6, 2024, Vol XVI Issue No. 30.

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