Tacloban Daytrip? Here Are Five Spots To Visit!
Gari Sy Rivera | November 21, 2019
Photos by the Author
Located in Eastern Visayas, Tacloban, Leyte is a must-visit! What was once the country’s capital in 1944 is now a provincial capital, filled with a variety of cultural spots. In just one day, you’ll definitely appreciate the beauty of Tacloban.
Macarthur Landing Memorial National Park and Shrine
History tells of General Douglas MacArthur and his role in aiding the Philippine Army in the war against the Japanese Military iduring World War II. His efforts were commemorated in the Macarthur Landing Memorial National Park and Shrine located in Palo, Leyte, a town just a few kilometers away from the Tacloban City Airport. Depicted in the shrine is a tableau of General Macarthur with his Filipino and American troops, marking the very spot the general stood and made his iconic promise, “I shall return,” when forced to leave the Philippines by direct orders of the United States President. The General came back to fulfill his vow two years later and was instrumental in achieving victory for Philippine independence from the Japanese occupation.
Tacloban City Hall
When going around the city, the Tacloban City Hall just might be along the way to your next stop. Make sure to drop by and take a look at the city hall, surrounded by clear skies and fresh air. It stood as the center Tacloban government since 1952 and is currently being renovated. An “I love Tacloban” display is located in front of the building as well, perfect to pose for pictures of your trip!
At Barangay Anibong, you can find the Yolanda Shrine, a memorial for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, known as the Super Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines. The monument is composed of the remains of a ship washed ashore during the 2013 storm that wrecked international havoc. Recently marking its 6th anniversary, Tacloban locals commemorate the lives of the thousands of victims who perished in the typhoon. Visitors may climb onto the top of this ship, a view of the city, its waters and homes can be seen from there.
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Tacloban Public Market
Thirsty to see a bit more of the local action in the city, its people, or some local flavors? The Tacloban Public Market is the place to be. Surrounded by its friendly locals, you’ll feel welcomed and encouraged to go around. Like most markets, you’ll find different sections varying from meat, fruits and vegetables, and everything fresh and local. If you see fresh buko juice stands, make sure to get a cup before you hit the road!
San Juanico Bridge
Wherever you go, whether it’s to, from, or within the city, don’t miss out on passing by the San Juanico Bridge! Part of the Pan-Philippine Highway that bridges the islands Luzon, Samar, Leyte, and Mindanao, its length of two kilometers connects Samar and Leyte, making it the longest bridge across Philippine waters. The bridge was constructed as a present from former President Ferdinand Marcos to his wife Imelda Marcos and was eventually recognized as the “Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway Bridge.” The bridge’s beautiful construction displays the lengths of Philippine architecture, complimenting the breathtaking view of Isla de San Juanico.
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Ending your day trip here would be a great way to go, but if there’s time left to spare, don’t hesitate to explore the city of Tacloban and create an itinerary of your own!