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Discover Leyte

LEYTE PROVINCIAL CAPITOL

Location
Cor. Sen. Enage St. & Magsaysay Blvd., Tacloban City
Description
Built in 1907, it is the seat of the provincial government of Leyte.
Attraction
Historic viewing of murals depicting the First Christian Mass in the Orient and Gen. Douglas MacArthur's landing; became the seat of the Commonwealth Government of the Philippines when President Sergio Osmeņa, Sr. came in 1944 with the WWII Liberation Forces.

CAP BUILDING (formerly PRICE MANSION)

Location
Justice Romualdez St., Tacloban City
Description
An example of the American colonial home built in 1900.
Attraction
Sturdy mansion where General Douglas MacArthur put up his official headquarters and residence during the liberation of the Philippines in 1944.

REDOŅA RESIDENCE

Location
T. Claudio St., Tacloban City
Description
Official residence of President Osmeņa, Sr. when he came with the Liberation Forces in October 1944 until the Philippine Commonwealth was reestablished in Manila.

GEN. DOUGLAS MacARTHUR
LANDING MEMORIAL

Location
Red Beach, Palo, Leyte; can be reached by public transport or private vehicle.
Facilities
Spacious parking space; garden with a variety of Philippine flowers and shrubs; beautiful landscaping.
Attraction
Monument marking the spot where General MacArthur landed with the Liberation Forces; lagoon where the statues of the liberators stand 1.5 times bigger than lifesize; beautiful beach; Leyte Gulf and Samar Island; 50th Leyte Landing Anniversary Commemorative Rock Garden of Peace.

HILL 522

Location
Palo, Leyte; 12 kms. from Tacloban City plus trekking 522 ft. up.
Facilities
Clearing site for camporals, picnics and healthful climbing.
Attraction
Commonly called Guinhangdan Hill, it was the entrance to the first liberated town of Palo in 1944 after having been heavily bombarded to destroy the garrisons built by the Japanese artillery units; foxholes built by the Japanese still exist; memorial marker built by Mie Prefecture.

HILL 120

Location
Dulag, Leyte; 34 kms. from Tacloban City.
Facilities
Landscaped garden with tropical flowers and shrubs; benches, concrete tables with canopy; restroom, open-air stage where memorial programs are held.
Attraction
The hill where the first American flag was raised by the Liberation Forces of the U.S. Army on October 20, 1944 after the Fall of Bataan; Catmon Hill and battle sites of Leyte Valley; panoramic view of Leyte Gulf and surrounding coastal towns.

BUGA-BUGA HILLS

Location
Villaba, Leyte; 125 kms. from Tacloban City.
Attraction
Mountain stronghold of General Suzuki where thousands of Japanese soldiers died defending the area and hundreds of American lives where sacrificed in the assault to capture this hill during World War II; frequented by big Japanese memorial tour groups and bone hunting expedition and object of pilgrimage by domestic and foreign tourists.

PHILIPPINE-JAPAN PEACE MEMORIAL

Location
Carlota Hills, Ormoc City; 109 kms. from Tacloban City.
Attraction
An impressive memorial marker put up by Nagoya and Gifu Prefectures; one of the city's picturesque hills overlooking Ormoc Bay.

BOY SCOUT MONUMENT

Location
Rotunda at Fatima Village, Tacloban City.
Attraction
The First Boy Scout monument in the world in human form erected in 1941.

MONUMENT OF THE FILIPINO SOLDIER

Location
Rotunda at Brgy. Pawing, Palo, Leyte.
Attraction
A tribute to the Filipino World War II soldiers and veterans who offered their supreme sacrifice for the sake of freedom.

PALO METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL

Location
Palo, Leyte; 12 kms. from Tacloban City.
Attraction
Catholic church; landscaped grounds; gold-plated altar and stations of the cross carved by local artist.
Description
Converted into an evacuation hospital of the Allied Forces of Liberation and refuge of civilians during World War II.  Founded in 1596 by Augustinian friars; view of the famous Hill 522 overlooking Palo.

BREAKNECK RIDGE

Location
Brgy. Limon, Capoocan, Leyte; 72 kms. from Tacloban City
Attraction
Site of one of the bloodiest battles during the liberation of the Philippines; scenic viewing of the battle areas, nearby hills and valleys; now a busy junction with street vendors, sari-sari stores and eateries serving native food.

TACLOBAN CITY HALL

Location
Atop Kanhuraw Hill
Facilities
Landscaped garden with concrete tables and chairs; canteen; function hall; tourism office.
Attraction
Seat of the City Government of Tacloban since June 12, 1952; overview of Tacloban City, Cancabato Bay, San Pedro Bay, San Juanico Strait, Cataisan Point and Samar Island; surrounding Philippine-Japan peace memorial markers.

PEOPLE'S CENTER AND LIBRARY

Location
Real Street, Tacloban City.
Facilities
Social hall and reading room.
Attraction
Historical documents recording the rich cultural heritage of the people of Samar and Leyte; a collection of dioramas of the 82 ethnic tribes of the Philippines; a collection of books on the humanities.

STO. NIŅO SHRINE AND HERITAGE MUSEUM

Location
Real Street, Tacloban City.
Attraction
Paintings of the 14 stations of the Cross done by Filipino artists, wooden bas-relief of the legend of the First Filipino man-woman (Si Malakas at si Maganda); tastefully decorated guestrooms of varied Filipino motifs; image of the Holy Child; a collection of original paintings by Fernando Amorsolo; spacious ballroom; priceless collector's items.

NATIONAL MARITIME POLYTECHNIC

Location
Brgy. Cabalawan, 10 kms. from Tacloban City proper (right at the foot of San Juanico Bridge).
Facilities
Classrooms; administration building; canteen; dormitories and staff houses; navigation and maritime engineering laboratories; machine shops; sports and recreational facilities.
Attraction
Modern shipping technology.

LEYTE STATE UNIVERSITY (formerly VISAYAS STATE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE)

Location
baybay, Leyte; 118 kms. from Tacloban City.
Facilities
Recreational facilities for ground sports, concrete beach kiosks, canteen, souvenir gift shops, wet market, hostel, guesthouse, pavilion, social hall.
Attraction
Standing on a 1000-hectare campus on the foothills of Baybay mountains, ViSCA has emerged as premier agricultural college in the south.  The institution has established a reputation in root crop farming; beautiful landscape; long stretch of beaches for swimming and boat riding; panoramic view of Camotes Sea; breathtakingly beautiful sunset on summer evenings; museum for specimen on wildlife.

SAN JUANICO STRAIT

Location
Brgy. Cabalawan, Tacloban City; between the islands of Leyte and Samar - the south entrance at Tacloban and the north entrance at Babatngon.
Facilities
San Juanico Bridge, motor vehicles.
Attraction
Said to be the narrowest yet most navigable strait in the world.  Beautiful islets and infinite whirlpools; rushing water scene; good for fishing and water skiing.

RED BEACH

Location
Brgys. Baras and Candahug, Palo, Leyte; 10 kms. from Tacloban City.
Facilities
Beach resort with restaurant, other guest services and sports facilities, native beach kiosks with wooden picnic tables and benches for rent.
Attraction
Landing site of the Allied Forces headed by Gen. Douglas MacArthur during the liberation of the Philippines in 1944; panoramic view of Leyte Gulf and Samar Island; ideal for promenading; picnicking, swimming and windsurfing.

MAHAGNAO NATIONAL PARK

Location
Burauen, Leyte; 66 kms. from Tacloban City plus hiking.
Attraction
Established national park since 1937; awe-inspiring craters, hotsprings, multi-colored muds and rocks, lakes, virgin forests with giant ferns and orchids, lagoon, and temperate climate.

TONGONAN HOTSPRINGS NATIONAL PARK

Location
Ormoc City, 123 kms. from Tacloban (also accessible from Kananga).
Attraction
A valley of geothermal power source that can supply electricity to the whole region when fully developed; cool and relaxing climate; first geothermal power plant to operate in the Philippines.

CUATRO ISLAS

Location
Towns of Inopacan and Hindang, Leyte; plus pumpboat ride.
Description
Four lovely isles namely: Digyo, Apid, Mahaba and Himokilan bordered by white sandy shore; surrounded by beautiful coral gardens, the best in Leyte Island.  A total of 287 species of reef building corals can be found in the island's waters; rich fishing ground.

MT. PANGASUGAN ECOPARK

Location
Brgy. Pangasugan, Baybay, Leyte
Description
One of the few remaining virgin forests
in the Philippines.  It is richly endowed with diverse flora and fauna, many of which are considered endangered species like flying lemurs and tarsiers; a unique and precious ecological asset.

MADONNA OF JAPAN

Location
At the foot of Kanhuraw Hill, Tacloban City.
Facilities
Benches, lamp posts, altar for offerings.
Attraction
Landscaped garden with statue of the Goddess of Peace called Maria Kannon donated by the Japanese people - a symbol of peace and friendship between the Philippines and Japan; scenic view of Samar Island and Kankabato Bay.

STO. NIŅO CHURCH

Location
Corner Real and Zamora Streets, Tacloban City.
Facilities
Catholic church with daily masses; conference room where religious meetings are held.
Attraction
Miraculous Image of Santo Niņo, patron saint of Leyte; also known as the Church of Liberation.

STATION OF THE CROSS

Location
On top of the hill above Serin District overlooking Tacloban City.
Facilities
Place for prayer and meditation on the Passion of Christ.
Attraction
The 14 Stations of the Cross in more than life-size concrete forms leading to the 18-foot statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

SAN JUANICO BRIDGE

Location
Crossing over San Juanico Strait, connects Brgy. Cabalawan, Tacloban City (Leyte side) and Sta. Rita town (Samar side) approximately 10 minutes from Tacloban City; accessible by passenger jeepneys, buses, motorcabs and private vehicles.
Attraction
Longest and most beautifully designed bridge in the Philippines; picturesque San Juanico Strait with a thousand whirlpools; lovely islets; picturesque views.

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For more information, contact:

DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM
Regional Office No. VIII
GF, Foundation Plaza Bldg.
LP Resort Compound
Magsaysay Blvd.
Tacloban City - 6500
Leyte, Philippines
Tel. #:  (63+53) 321-2048
                         321-4333
Fax. #:  (63+53) 325-5279
e-mail:
dotev@skyinet.net
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