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)

 


Leyte and Samar Trip

Another cousin of my travel hubby got married last February, this time in Leyte. It is our first time to set foot in this province so aside from attending the wedding; we stayed a couple of days touring around Leyte and the nearby province Samar.

Below is our budget and itinerary for this trip:

 LEYTE-SAMAR ESCAPADE
ITINERARY  BUDGET  ACTUAL TIME REMARKS
Day 1
-house-airport(transpo)      100.00      100.00 8:00-11:00
breakfast      100.00        80.00
-manila-tacloban(plane)      700.00      685.00 12:05-13:20
lunch      100.00      100.00
-attend wedding (sto. nino) 13:30-onw
accommodation GV Hotel      500.00      400.00 800/2pax
Day 2
breakfast      100.00        85.00 5:00-6:00 850/10pax Dahil Sayo
LEYTE TOUR
-rent multicab      100.00      120.00 6:00-12:00 1200/10pax
-san juanico bridge
-ship memorial
-sto. Nino shrine
-mcarthur landing
-palo cathedral
lunch      100.00        65.00 12:00-13:00 450/7pax Rafael’s Farm
-attend mass (sto. nino church) 17:00-18:00
accommodation GV Hotel      500.00      400.00 800/2pax
dinner      100.00        65.00 18:00-19:00
Day 3
SAMAR TOUR
-gv hotel-vanvan terminal(tric)        10.00        10.00 5:30-6:00 20/2pax
-tacloban-caluwayan(van)      150.00      160.00 6:00-7:00
-caluwayan resort        50.00        20.00 7:00-10:00 entrance fee
breakfast      100.00      180.00
-marabut-tacloban(van)      100.00        50.00 10:00-11:00
-duptour terminal-gv hotel(tric)        10.00        10.00 11:00-12:00 check out
lunch      100.00        85.00 12:00-13:00 rafael’s farm
-gv hotel-market(tric)        10.00        10.00
-market-airport(jeep)        20.00        13.00 13:00-13:30
-tacloban-manila(plane)      700.00      793.00 14:50-16:10
terminal fee      150.00      150.00
-airport-antipolo(transpo)      100.00      100.00 17:00-19:00
dinner      100.00        87.00
buffer   1,000.00      500.00 souvenirs
  5,000.00   4,268.00

Visiting Tayabas and Lucban in Quezon

I was able to visit again Quezon Province last January when we attended the wedding of my travel hubby’s cousin. This gave me another opportunity to check some of the tourist spots specifically in Lucban and Tayabas.

Before the event, we first went to Kamay ni Hesus in Lucban. Known for the 50ft big statue of the Ascending Christ, you need to climb 305 steps to reach the top with life size statues depicting the 14 station of the cross along the way.

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Going Up

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View from above

We went next to Minor Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel in Tayabas. Known as Tayabas Basilica and the largest Catholic Church in Quezon, it is a baroque style constructed in the late 18th century.

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We then proceeded to Nawawalang Paraiso Resort and Hotel where some of my hubby’s relatives are checked in to prepare for the wedding. Located in the foot of Mt. Banahaw, it is established in 1985 by Dr. Avelino Obispo.

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The wedding ceremony took place in Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Seminary, Lucban. Constructed in an uphill area approximately 1,500 ft above sea level

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The wedding reception took place in Graceland Estates and Country Club, Tayabas. It is a 22 hectare land with accommodations and events place.

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Other Points of Interest, Pinto Art Museum

In between Galleries 5 and 6 is a room called “Forest” created by Antonio Leano. It is an enclosed, quiet, dark space where you will find large bamboos and hear drops of water dripping to small ponds.

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There is another gallery at the entrance of the Silangan Garden displaying statues made of steel similar to Gallery 3.

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And there is the Museum of Indigenous Art showcasing artifacts from different regions in the Philippines.

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When roaming around the gallery, try to look for a representative who can tour you around so you may understand details and appreciate every work of art. Glad to have met Sir Andy Orencio, one of the contributors at the museum.

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And just a reminder, please do not use the flash of your camera while taking photos as it might affect the paintings. Happy Traveling!!!

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Inside the Art Gallery, Pinto Art Museum

Walking further, you will see a Mediterranean style building where the art gallery is located. It is subdivided into 6 galleries with different themes.

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Gallery 1 is more of paintings, one of which is a 480×144 inch entitled “Karnabal”

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Karnabal

Gallery 2 is a combination of painting and sculptures using different medium. Nona Garcia used x-ray film and light box while Geraldine Javier used negative film (use the “negative effect” on your cellphone camera to see difference).

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Hallow

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Holy on Sundays

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hubby’s favorite

Gallery 3 is more of wired figures, one created by Stephanie Lopez entitled “Oblivious”

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Oblivious

Gallery 4 is also a combination of paintings and sculptures some of which are interactive like the spinning wheels.

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my favorite

Gallery 5 theme is all about Love. There is an area called “Eros” with paintings of different types of love and an area with a large artwork made of threads reflecting the paternal and maternal love.

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Gallery 6 is another room with plenty of paintings, some of which with touch of humor. One thing that is eye catching is the black and white paintings by Ferdie Montemayor swim, bike and run entitled “Panalo”

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Another negative film

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Panalo


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