“The Land of History”

   Leyte is rich in historical significance, most notably for the site where General MacArthur made his triumphant return to the Philippines in October, 1944, as commemorated in MacArthur Park in Palo. Other World War 2 memorials include Hill 522 or Guinhangdan Hill in Palo, Hill 120 in Dulag, Price Mansion in Tacloban, the Japanese War Memorial Cemetery, Buga-Buga Hills in Villabe, and the Philippine-Japanese Peace Memorial in Ormoc City. Churches include Palo's Cathedral and the La Purisima Shrine, and Tacloban's Sto. Niño Church and the Madonna of Japan. Other historical sites include the Hilongos Bell tower, and the Peoples Center and Library in Tacloban. Natural attractions include the San Juanico Strait, Lake Danao, Cuatros Islas, Hindang and Inopacan beaches.


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By Land: There are five bus terminals in the province. They are located in open spaces and functions as a parking area so there are no buildings or other amenities. Bus companies, such as Cedec, Inland Trailways, Philtranco, and Ciudad, regularly traverse the Manila-Maasin route. Bachelor travels from the Ormoc-Maasin-Davao route.

By Water: From Manila, Sulpicio Lines has three weekly trips. The total travel time is thirty six hours. Make sure that you book your trip one week in advance.
There are twelve seaports in Southern Leyte with two – Maasin and Liloan – classified as national ports and the other municipal ports. From the ten, five are now fully operational. From Cebu, travel time to Tacloban is around six hours on a regular boat and about two hours on Supercat and Waterjet. A ferry ride from Liloan to Surigao is 3 hours long.

By Air: The two major air carriers plying the Manila to Tacloban route are Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific. There are three flights daily and the total travel time is an hour and ten minutes. Air Philippines has four flights weekly serving the Cebu-Tacloban route.


Jeepney, pedicabs, and tricycles are easily accessible to take the tourists to different attractions in and around the city. Rental cars with drivers are usually arranged by hotels on behalf of their guests.


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  • The San Juanico Bridge
  • The General Douglas MacArthur Landing Memorial
  • The Santo Nino Shrine and Heritage Museum
  • Our Lady of Assumption Church
  • Sun ok Fish Sanctuary
  • Lake Kasudsuran
  • Agua Dulce Artesian Well


  • Bulanglang
  • Dininding
  • Camaron
  • Inabraw
  • Kinukot
  • Pochero



  • Sight Seeing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Agas – agas Zipline
  • Explore Silago Forest Park


  • Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival (Celebrated every last week of the month of June - With Tacloban City as its focal point, this event aims to commemorate folk beliefs, epics, as well as the colorful traditions of the native people in the province.)
  • Buyogan Festival (Held every 19th day of August-local residents participate in dances while wearing colorful costumes and make-ups that closely resemble the appearance of bees.)
  • Sangyaw Festival (held every June in Tacloban City-Like most of the other exciting festivals in the province, this one also features beautiful, colorful, and mesmerizing dance presentations.)
  • Alikaraw Festival (held annually-it commemorates the ancient ritual of a local tribe in Leyte. At the same time, this event is a celebration of the rich natural resources of the place, which boasts of pristine forests and beautiful orchids.)
  • Pasaka Festival (Celebrated every month of August-Tanauan residents participate in different kinds of special activities including a dance-drama presentation, which is a major highlight of the festival.)
  • Sanggutan Festival (held every 18th day of May-To highlight this special occasion, residents choreograph an interpretative dance that portrays the winemaking process during the old times in Leyte.)
  • Lubi Lubi Festival (held every 15th day of August-As major highlights of this special occasion, local residents hold dance presentations in an effort to portray the importance of coconut trees to the lives of the various people living within the area.)



  • San Juanico Bridge connects the island province of Leyte to another island province which is Samar.
  • Leyte is most known for it's role in World war II. It was on its shore that Gen. Douglas McArthur declared "I shall return."
  • It was also the site of one of the largest naval battles in history, the Battle of Leyte Gulf".
  • Limasawa Island – where Ferdinand Magellan first landed in the Philippines which give way to the discovery of the Philippines and where the first mass was celebrated.


March to early June/October to December. Trips can be arranged by the Southern Leyte Governor's Office or passenger pumpboats are available at Padre Burgos wharf.

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