As we all know, Tacloban was one of the hardest-hit areas of Super Typhoon Yolanda. Despite of the tragedy, the latter still famous because of their pristine islets and white beaches. Tacloban City is the commercial center of Eastern Visayas, a region composed of three major beautiful islands: Samar, Leyte and Biliran.
I am so blessed to have an assignment located in Tacloban and nearby towns hence though I only got limited time, I still had an opportunity to visit some tourist spots.
First is the Leyte Provincial Capitol Building which has an eye-catching neoclassical architecture typical of American –era government edifices. It played a significant role in the Philippine History as it briefly became the seat of Philippine Commonwealth Government from October 23, 1944 to February 27, 1945.
Next is the Sto. Niño Church in Tacloban City which is few meters away from the office I am assigned to. The said church was badly damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013 but it now rebuilt with the help of the generous donors.
Crossing San Juanico Bridge is a dream come true. The said bridge is the longest bridge in the Philippines which is the 2.16-km long that connects the islands of Samar and Leyte. It is one of the monumental projects under Former President Ferdinand Marcos’ administration.
We also had a chance to stopover in the the newly built MV EVA Jocelyn Yolanda Marker in Brgy. Anibong, Tacloban City. As can be recalled, this cargo vessel was swept ashore by a gigantic storm surge. This cargo vessel was made into a memorial marker to honor the death of the residents.
At MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park, you will see the Leyte Landing monument which commemorates the landing of General Douglas MacArthur and the allied forces in Palo Beach in Leyte on 20 October 1944.
Are you hungry or tired? Well, you must visit the Leyte Park Hotel which serves an International cuisine with preferential bias to Leyte-Samar gourmet favorites. The Resort is a major tourism & convention complex with its 6 hectare parkland nestled on a hill overlooking beautiful San Pedro Bay. It exudes the distinctive luxury of a hotel & the ambiance of a resort.
We end the night by strolling along Downtown where you can find a lot of bars and restaurants to fulfill your food, drink and party needs.