Best of the Islands Philippines
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.
Travel Tips and General Informations
Make a Wind Chime
The sound of a wind time in the summer breeze is very relaxing and making one can
occupy the children for an afternoon. The materials you will need are items that will
make a pretty sound when they rub against each other (shells, beads, or even old
utensils), something sharp to poke a hole through each item, a hammer, string, a round
item (a lid or piece of wood) for the top, and a hook to hang the wind chime.
Once all the items are collected the adult should use the hammer and sharp object (such
as a screwdriver) to make a hole in each object. If the item is too hard to make a hole in
(like a rock) tie string around it several times until it is secured. After the holes are made
tie a piece of string to each item. Make a Wind Chime
Motivational & Inspirational Quotes:
Never go on trips with anyone you do not love. Ernest Hemingway
Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Source of Information:
Department of Tourism, Philippines
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.