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Gen. Douglas Macarthur
Situated in Red Beach, Palo, Leyte, the monument marks the spot where General Douglas MacArthur landed with the American Liberation Forces in 1944. The statues of the liberators stand in a lagoon, 1.5 times bigger than lifesize. It is also the site of the 50th Leyte Landing Anniversary Commemorative Rock Garden of Peace. A beautiful beach can be found in the area.
San Juanico Bridge
Crossing over the San Juanico Strait, it connects Barangay Cabalawan, Tacloban City on the Leyte side and Sta. Rita town on the Samar side. San Juanico Bridge is the longest and most beautifully designed bridge in the Philippines. It offers many picturesque views, especially of the San Juanico Strait with its thousand whirlpools as well as the lovely islets of the province. It is approximately 10 minutes from Tacloban City and is accessible by passenger jeepney, bus, motorcab or private vehicle.
Sto. Niño Shrine and Heritage Museum
The museum located in Real Street, Tacloban City houses paintings of the 14 stations of the Cross done by Filipino artists, a wooden bas-relief of the legend of the First Filipino man-woman (Si Malakas at si Maganda), an image of the Holy Child, a collection of original paintings by national artist Fernando Amorsolo, and priceless collector’s items. It boasts of tastefully decorated guestrooms of varied Filipino motifs and a spacious ballroom.
Located in Ormoc City, 125 kilometers from Tacloban City, it is 2,100 feet above sea level and 3 kilometers long. The violin-shaped Lake Danao is hemmed by cloud-capped-mountain ranges of undetermined depth. Wild animals roam its surrounding forest, making it a hunter’s paradise. The lake is said to be the habitat of the giant eel.
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Celebrated every June 29 in Tacloban City, it is a dance festival of painted dancers celebrating important events such as the exploits of war as well as nature worship in narrative dance movements depicting their own folk practices and beliefs. The custom of tattooing earned for the Leyteños the name of Pintados. From ancient history, Roman conquests mentioned tattooed people in Briton, Saitas, Oriental Tartar, and other parts of the world.
Adjudged as one of the ten best festivals of the Philippines, Buyogan’s artistic choreography and realistic costumes focus on the appearance and movement of the honeybee, locally called “buyog,” from where the town’s name originated. Buyogan is celebrated every August 19 in Abuyog, Leyte.