Visiting Tacloban and Palo Leyte

We stayed in Leyte for 3 days and booked our accommodation in GV Hotel, other relatives of my travel hubby stayed is Rosvenil.

Rosvenil is a pension house converted into a hotel. Aircon room rates starts at P1,280 for 2 pax inclusive of breakfast. Contact numbers: (053) 3212676, 09399248973, 09178304757

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GV Hotel is best for budget travellers. Aircon room rates starts at P800 for 2 pax. Contact numbers: (053) 5230267 (unfortunately, I was not able to take a picture of the hotel)

First day of our stay is allotted for the wedding of my travel hubby’s cousin. The wedding ceremony took place in Sto. Nino Church Tacloban, a church in white with three old bells displayed outside.

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 The wedding reception took place in CCA Hall which is inside the Leyte Park Hotel. It is a 6 hectare land in Tacloban overlooking San Pedro Bay and San Juanico Strait.

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 Day two of our Leyte Trip was alloted for our tour in the municipalities of Tacloban and Palo. We rented a multicab and were accompanied by two of my mom’s former colleagues.

Tacloban Airport – is also known as Daniel Romualdez Airport.

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San Juanico Bridge – considered as the longest bridge in the Philippines with its 2.16 kms stretch.

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Santo Nino Shrine & Heritage Museum – it houses foreign and local artwork collections.

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Palo Cathedral – is also known as Metropolitan Cathedral of our Lord’s Transfiguration. Built in 1596 by Jesuits and became a cathedral in 1938.

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MacArthur Leyte Landing Memorial – true to his promise, Douglas MacArthur returned to the Philippines in 1944 liberating the Filipinos from the Japanese.

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Sto Nino Church – constructed in 1860 by the Jesuits. It is also known as the Church of Liberation.

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As people around the world knew, Leyte was the most devastated province by Super Typhoon Yolanda (or Haiyan) in November 2013. 2 years after, even if much of the place has been restored, you can still see remnants of the dreadful catastrophe.

Yolanda ruins – along the way you can still see houses and structures that were destroyed and left unrepaired. The street we were traversing is the same street where many dead bodies were piled up. You can also see this signage all around Leyte.

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Coliseum – this is where many evacuees who thought they’re safe were not spared by the typhoon onslaught.

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Shipwreck Memoire – this is one of the ship ran aground made by the 7 meter high storm surge. The houses at the back of the ship were slashed into half killing all its residents. The owner can no longer pull the ship back into the shore so they decided to make it as a memoire.

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Mass grave Memorial – this tower and park inside the Palo Cathedral was built in memory of those who perished from the typhoon.

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Special thanks to Kuya Dondon and Macner for touring us around Leyte and giving firsthand testimony of what happened 2 years ago made by Super Typhoon Yolanda.

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(you may check our budget and itinerary for this trip –  Leyte and Samar Trip)

 

About pinay travelaholic

A Filipina who loves to travel. Born with a family of travelers and started traveling when she was just 2months old. Raised in the hustle and bustling life of the metro but has savored the laid back lifestyle of the countryside during summer vacations. At a very young age, she has experienced being stranded on a train for 3 days, being thrown inside the window of the bus just to save a seat and “top loaded” (riding on the roof) on a PUJ just to reach their destination. …Traveling became her adventure since then. View all posts by pinay travelaholic

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