Before it was known as the city that got hit by one of the worst typhoons in history, Tacloban, Philippines had been an intriguing destination for tourists. As the city slowly rises to its feet, it’s nice to know that people are showing interest in checking out the area once again.
If you are one of those people, here are 7 must-try activities when you visit Tacloban City.
- Cross the San Juanico Bridge
Considered as the longest bridge in the country, this iconic landmark stretches from Samar to Leyte. It measures 2.16 kilometers and was completed in 1973.
2. Explore the Sto. Niño Shrine and Heritage Museum
The Sto. Niño Shrine and Heritage Museum used to be one of the many rest houses that the late President Ferdinand Marcos built during his rule. It also served as the 1st Family’s official residence in the city, and an interesting site to visit as it shows intricate native architecture and design. It’s well worth the PHP 200+ entrance fee for a guided tour.
3. Relive History at Red Beach
Another iconic site in Palo, Leyte is the the site where Gen. Douglas MacArthur and his troops landed when they returned to the Philippines in 1944. Red Beach got its name due to the color of the blood which drenched its shores during the war.
4. Relax and Rejuvenate at Paruparong Bukid Nature Conservation Center
This place is located in Brgy. Lukay, Babatngon, Leyte, just a 30-minute drive from Tacloban City. It serves as a wellness center that offers detoxification programs and other activities such as kayaking, fishing, and butterfly and bird watching. The locals here offer food selections prepared using organic produce.
5. Pay Homage to the Sto. Niño at Tacloban Church
Also known as the “Church of Liberation,” this historic church is located between Real and Zamora Streets. It is home to the miraculous Senyor Santo Niño. And every year, around June, the city celebrates a month-long fiesta in honor of the Sto. Niño.
6. Visit the Leyte Provincial Capitol Building
The Leyte Provincial Capitol Building was built in 1907. It features a stunning Neo-classical architecture typical of American-era buildings. It played a significant part in Philippine history as it briefly became the seat of the Philippine Commonwealth Government from October 23, 1944 to February 27, 1945. The building features two bas-relief depicting the First Christian Mass held in the island of Limasawa and the historical landing of Gen. Douglas MacArthur on Red Beach, Palo Leyte.
7. Take a Side Trip to Basey, Samar for Banig Weaving and the Century-old Church
Just 40 minutes outside Tacloban City, Basey is a quiet little town that offers interesting places to see. It is known for its banig-making industry, where artisans create beautiful and colorful hand-woven mats made from palm leaves. It is also home to the Church of St. Michael the Archangel, which was built in the 17th century and is one of the most beautifully preserved churches in the province.
Looking for a place to stay while in Tacloban City?
Located just a kilometer from the city center, Hotel XYZ is the ideal abode for travelers who desire chic and cozy accommodation that’s near the retail and entertainment spots of the city. The Leyte hotel also enjoys proximity to these local attractions:
- Sto. Niño Church
- Price Mansion
- Redona Residence
- Leyte Provincial Capitol
- The Philippine-Japan Commemorative Peace Park
- The Balyu-an Amphitheater
- People’s Center and Library
- Tacloban City Convention Center
- World War II Japanese Pillboxes
- San Juanico Bridge – the longest bridge in the country
- San Juanico Park Golf and Country Club
This hotel in Tacloban City, Leyte provides easy access to cafes, shops, institutions, and government offices.