Fun things to do in Tacloban City

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    Sto. Nino Shrine & Heritage Museum

    by lakwatserang-ligaw Written Apr 7, 2014

    This 2-story building that is often confused with the Sto. Niño Church is located in Real Street. This place is also along main road so from Price Mansion you can also ride a jeepney and ask the driver to drop you off here. It only takes 9 minutes from CAP Building.

    his shrine was not the house of Imelda Marcos though it houses all of their expensive collections. From floor carpets from Argentina, chandeliers from Czech Republic, mirrors from Austria, tiles from Italy, jars from China, among others. This was built in honor of the city’s patron saint.

    On the ground floor are the 13 guest rooms (never been used) and the chapel. These guest rooms represent different regions of the country, such as Palawan, Ilocos, etc… On the second floor can be found the ballroom, dining rooms, more guest rooms and of course the rooms of the Marcoses. Our tour guide said these rooms were never been used so I suppose these were made just for show.

    It’s best to come here in the morning because it tends to get too hot in the afternoon. It’s a big place also and a lot of great places to take good pictures so you must have extra time when you come here. It is open until 5:00pm and there’s an entrance fee of Php60.0 per person. Only one camera is free of charge, additional will be Php90.00.

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    Douglas MacArthur Landing Memorial Park

    by lakwatserang-ligaw Written Apr 7, 2014

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    You might think that this monument is situated in the shore of Red Beach, Palo, Leyte, but it’s not. What you’ve seen in most of the pictures posted are just camera tricks making it look like it’s actually on the shore. It’s located at the center of the park. This monument marks the spot where General Douglas MacArthur landed with the American Liberation Forces in 1944.

    Former Ferdinand Marcos wrote:
    “This landing memorial was built as a tribute to the American fighting men who crossed the vast pacific to fulfill the promise to return. For those Filipinos who, even as they kept on fighting the enemy, never wavered in their faith that their waiting will not be in vain…Let it be a renewal of the Filipino people’s bond of friendship with the people of the United States of America and re-affirmation of our nation’s commitment to freedom, liberty and peace.”

    This was declared a national historical landmark on 2004.

    A visit to McArthur Landing Park is a must! This landmark is famous famous for his remarks "I Shall return". There's a beach here but we weren't able to swim, next time we will.

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    Faded History!

    by lakwatserang-ligaw Written Apr 1, 2014

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    This is located just beside the Sto. Niño Shrine (right side). This huge building according to travel guide is where one can find 82 dioramas of Philippine cultural minorities plus a collection of historical documents and artifacts on Leyte and Samar.

    Unfortunately, the huge part of this place was converted into a bazaar area. Faded walls, garbage everywhere and stalls in and out of the building can be seen. Those are actually reasons why we did not go inside to check this building. I asked my friend about it and she said it’s only rented as a bazaar and entertainment venue when there’s an occasion. I can understand that, but I hope people will still take good care of this historical building.

    You can visit this place if you want to see how it look yourself..hopefully by the time you visit it's renovated already.

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    A Very Challenging San Juanico Bridge!

    by lakwatserang-ligaw Written Apr 1, 2014

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    Finally, it’s time to see the famous, longest bridge in the Philippines! This bridge connects the two provinces, Samar and Leyte and was built to facilitate faster movement between the two provinces. Its name was derived from the San Juanico Strait, the narrowest navigable strait in the world.

    I was really so amazed when I first see this bridge. I wanted to get out of the vehicle and take some photos right there and then, but we have to wait because it’s not allowed to stay in the bridge. I don’t know the reason, but maybe because it’s the busiest and dangerous place in that area. There are police officers who are guarding both ends of the bridge. But of course, as per the saying “We do what we’ve been told not to do”…we got out of the vehicle and took a lot of pictures. From the side of Samar, the shape of the bridge is in letter “S”, so when we were in Leyte I checked its shape and it’s in letter “l”…coincidence or intentional?!
    Getting here is the hard part, since it’s not accessible. You have to hire a car or a multi-cab. The car for rent ranges from Php3, 500.00 to Php4, 000.00, depends on the stop over and places you’ll want to visit. There’s a also van that travel from Tacloban to Samar and you can tell the driver to drop you off at the San Juanico Bridge. The problem is the ride going back to Tacloban because you have to wait for the vans from Samar which is mostly full when it passes San Juanico Bridge. It takes an hour from Hotel Alejandro Hotel, Tacaloban to San Juanico Bridge.

    San Juanico Bridge was named the longest bridge in the Philippines. It’s also believed that former President Ferdinand Marcos had this made to show Imelda Romualdez Marcos how much he loved her. But that of course is just one of the reasons why this bridge was built.

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    Former Price Mansion, now CAP Building

    by lakwatserang-ligaw Written Apr 1, 2014

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    This American-style mansion built by Walter Price in 1910 is located in Romualdez corner Sto. Niño Streets. It was used as headquarter and official residence of General McArthur during the world war. His memorabilia can still be found in this building.

    It’s just sad that it’s not well maintained and almost forgotten. Today, it’s converted into a commercial building occupied by CAP and is popularly known as CAP Building. This building is along the main road so you can ask the jeepney driver to drop you in front of the building. The fare is Php8.00 per person.

    This is the only place in Tacloban that I will never visit again. But make sure you visit so you know first hand what this building looks like inside.

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    Crucified Christ

    by asianbelle Updated Jul 21, 2006

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    On the slope of Kanhuraw Hill is a small park with the statue of the Crucified Christ at its center. The same image can be found in the provincial map of Leyte.

    Presently, construction is on-going to improve the park. A man-made waterfall that will cascade from the slope to street level will be an additional attraction.

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    Connecting People

    by asianbelle Updated Jul 21, 2006

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    The 2-km. San Juanico Bridge is considered the longest bridge in the entire Philippine archipelago. Constructed in the 1970's, it connects the twin islands of Leyte and Samar, crossing over San Juanico Strait, to facilitate faster movement between the two provinces. The bridge derived its name from the Strait, reputed to be the narrowest navigable strait in the world.

    A side story: I was a young kid when this bridge was built and I remember the "alarming" rumor that circulated then. According to older people, there were headhunters prowling the city (i.e. Manila) to look for children to be beheaded. The blood will be poured into the bridge's pillars to make them stronger. Nobody can tell how this rumor started. It could have been a story invented by someone with a fertile imagination to force the children to have their siesta or to remain indoor. Or it could have been true. Who knows?

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    Imposing in white

    by asianbelle Updated Jul 21, 2006

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    The Leyte Provincial Capitol was constructed in 1907 and has been the seat of the provincial government. In 1944, it also became the temporary seat of the Philippine Commonwealth government when Pres. Osmeña landed at Palo with the American troops. Within the halls of this massive building, important strategies and decisions were formed leading to the liberation of the Philippines from Japanese occupation.

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    Where has history gone?

    by asianbelle Updated Jul 21, 2006

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    Price Mansion is an American-style mansion built in 1910 by Walter Price. It was used as the headquarters and official residence of Gen. MacArthur in 1944. During his stay, a Japanese bomb was hurled at the mansion and penetrated the roof of his room. Fortunately for him, the bomb did not explode so he was unharmed.

    Today, the mansion was converted into a commercial building occupied by CAP and is popularly known as CAP Building.

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    Modern-day Penitence

    by asianbelle Updated Jul 21, 2006

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    Atop a hill overlooking Tacloban City and San Juanico Strait is the 18-foot statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is the highest point in Calvary Hill where bigger than-life-size statues of the 14 stations of the cross can be found along the way.

    The road leading to the statue is steep although there are concrete steps and metal railings to aid the people and make the hike up more bearable.

    In my case, I opted to take the road to the right which is a shorter route . I followed a grassy foot path on the side of a water reservoir which led me to a small community. From there, there are concrete steps immediately leading to the image of Jesus.

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    A lot more than just a shrine

    by asianbelle Updated Jul 21, 2006

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    The Sto. Niño Shrine is most often confused with the Sto. Niño Church - they are 2 different sites. While the latter is a church, the former is a heritage museum. And contrary to misconception, the Sto. Niño Shrine was not the house of former First Lady Imelda Marcos.

    The sprawling 2-story building was built in honor of Tacloban's patron saint and as a venue to showcase local artistry. It also became a repository of the Marcos' collections - chandeliers from Czech Republic, mirrors from Austria, tiles from Italy, jars from China, floor carpets from Argentina, among others. Thus it is now called the Sto. Niño Shrine and Heritage Museum.

    A chapel dominates the ground floor with the image of Sto. Niño as focal point. Elevated by 2-3 steps on the peripheral are 13 guest rooms, each with varied motiffs representing the different regions of the country. On the second floor is a very spacious ballroom as well as the bed chambers of the former First Family.

    The shrine-museum is open daily from 8-11am and from 1-4pm. An entrance fee of P200 for a group of 5 is charged inclusive of a tour guide. Picture-taking is allowed but an additional P30/camera is charged. And to maintain the cleanliness of the place, guests are asked to remove their footwear and leave them near the entrance door. There are "in-house" slippers available to be worn during the tour.

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    It's bazaar time!

    by asianbelle Updated Jul 21, 2006

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    According to travel guides, the People's Center is where one can find 82 dioramas of Philippine cultural minorities plus a collection of historical documents and artifacts on Leyte and Samar.

    Unfortunately, it is close to the public on Sundays thus we were not able to visit. But what surprised us is the fact that a big portion of the center was converted into a bazaar area. According to locals, the center's multi-purpose hall is used as an entertainment venue and is sometimes rented out to bazaar organizers.

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    Goddess of Peace

    by asianbelle Updated Jul 20, 2006

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    The image of the Madonna of Japan, also known as Maria Kannon, was a gift from the Japanese people to the Philippines as a symbol of peace and friendship between the two countries. Understandably, it is also referred to as the statue of the Goddess of Peace.

    The image stands on a rock amidst a landscaped garden. Tall trees and flowering plants can be seen within the park along with concrete benches where one can sit, pray and reflect.

    However, I noticed that young locals have turned this sacred place into a lover's lane. On the day of our visit, there were at least 2 "dating" couples hiding behind the tall trees. I hope the people will respect the place and utilize it for its real purpose.

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    Seat of the city government

    by asianbelle Updated Jul 20, 2006

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    Tacloban City Hall was strategically built atop Kanhuraw Hill in 1952. It gives an overview of the entire city as well as the surrounding bodies of water such as Cancabato Bay, San Pedro Bay and San Juanico Strait.

    The compound has a landscaped garden and trees along the side that provide shade to concrete tables and benches. During weekend, it serves as a promenade for young locals.

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    Tacloban's Patron Saint

    by asianbelle Updated Jul 20, 2006

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    The Sto. Niño Church is considered the most important religious site in the province. It houses the miraculous image of Sto. Niño which is the patron saint of Tacloban. Its orange-painted bellfry is immediately visible from the plane as it approaches the airport.

    Masses are held daily both in Waray (local dialect) and English. As we went on a Sunday, we were able to catch the 11am mass said in English.

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