The Madonna of Japan in Tacloban

Madonna Japan Kanhuraw Hill Tacloban City Location Leyte Symbol Peace Friendship History Statue Goddess Peace Garden Park Gift Japanese Government Maria Kannon Landmark Monument Magsaysay Boulevard The image of the Madonna of Japan, also known as Maria Kannon, was a gift from the Japanese people to the Philippines as a symbol of peace and friendship between the two countries. Understandably, it is also referred to as the statue of the Goddess of Peace. The image stands on a rock amidst a landscaped garden. Tall trees and flowering plants can be seen within the park along with concrete benches where one can sit, pray and reflect.

During World War II, the Philippines suffered a great devastation brought by the Japanese forces. Many Continue reading

Lake Danao in Ormoc City

Lake Danao Ormoc City Tacloban Leyte Volcanic Crater Violin Shape Water Elevation Size Kilometers Mountain Range Depth Fishing Giant Eel Depression Fault Rock Formation Tour Guide Distance Location Lake Danao is located in Ormoc City, 125 kilometers away from Tacloban City in Leyte Province. As Ormoc’s main natural attraction, Lake Danao is a violin-shaped lake 2,100 feet above sea level and three kilometers long; hemmed by cloud-capped mountain ranges of undetermined depth; wild animals roaming its surrounding forest; hunter’s paradise; lake said to be the habitat of giant eel. Geologists believe this lake is volcanic in origin, like the popular Taal Lake in Tagaytay City. It is a depression produced by the Leyte Central Fault, an active fault passing through the lake area in N-S direction. Most rock formations that surrounds the lake are andesitic volcanic rocks. At more or less 700 meters above sea level, Lake Danao lies on an altitude similar to Tagaytay, making the area cooler than the average Philippine temperature. Continue reading

The MacArthur Landing Memorial in Leyte

General Douglas Macarthur Landing Memorial Red Beach Palo Leyte Monument Landmark Statue Size History World War American Army Liberation Forces 1944 Candahug Bronze Construction Pool Japanese Info The Leyte Landing Memorial, also known as the General Douglas MacArthur Landing Memorial, is located in Red Beach, Palo on Leyte Island. The monument marks the spot where General Douglas MacArthur landed with the American Liberation Forces in 1944. It is located in Candahug, a barangay of the municipality of Palo in the province of Leyte, 5 kilometers away from the provincial capital of Tacloban City. The memorial consists of larger-than-life bronze statues of the general with other men, including then Philippine president Sergio Osmeña, Jr., standing in a man-made pool. The memorial was erected in tribute to MacArthur’s fulfillment of his promise to return to the Philippines after it was occupied by the Japanese during World War II in the Philippines. The Japanese Occupation of the Philippines ended Continue reading

Hill 120 in Leyte

Hill 120 Dulag Leyte Location American Flag Raising Liberation World War History Tacloban Army Military Garden Monument 96Th Infantry Division Park Japanese Plaque Memorial Map Stairs Pictures Info Hill 120 is located in Dulag, Leyte Province and is 34 kilometers away from from Tacloban City. Hill 120 was the location where the first American flag was raised by the Liberation Forces of the U.S. Army on October 20, 1944 after the fall of Bataan; Catmon Hill and battle sites of Leyte Valley; panoramic view of Leyte Gulf and surrounding coastal towns. Landscaped garden with tropical flowers and shrubs; benches, concrete tables with canopy; restroom, open-air stage where memorial programs are held. There is a large helmet shaped monument to the 96th Infantry Division, and the other American units at the top of the hill. The hill top has a lookout tower and a commanding view over the Leyte Gulf to the east. A smaller Japanese commemorative plaque memorial is located at the base of Hill 120 dedicated to the Continue reading

Tacloban City Hall in Leyte

Tacloban City Hall Tacloban City Leyte Kanhuraw Hill Cancabato Bay San Pedro Juanico Strait Cataisan Point Samar Island Garden Function Hall Eastern Visayas Building Hours Schedule History Map Info The Tacloban City Hall sits atop Cancabato Hill, and at the foot of Kanhuraw Hill in Tacloban City, Leyte. It is the seat of the City Government of Tacloban since June 12, 1952. The city hall building overlooks the panoramic Cancabato Bay, San Pedro Bay, San Juanico Strait, Cataisan Point and Samar Island, and is surrounded by the Philippine-Japan peace memorial markers. There is a landscaped garden with concrete tables and chairs; canteen; function hall; City Tourism Office. Continue reading

Palo Metropolitan Cathedral in Leyte

Palo Metropolitan Cathedral Leyte Church Tacloban City Roman Catholic Structure Location Augustinian Friars History Construction Architecture The Palo Metropolitan Cathedral is located in Palo, Leyte, and is 12 kilometers from Tacloban City. The Roman Catholic cathedral is the most imposing structure in Palo, dating to 1596, and a center of spiritual and cultural identity in the central Philippines. Founded by Augustinian friars, and built by Fr Alonso de Humanes, a Jesuit who came to the place when the region only had two houses, during the American period in World War 2, Palo Cathedral survived the American landing and was captured by the Americans that used it as a temporary hospital for injured Filipinos. The Palo Church features landscaped grounds; gold-plated altar and stations of the cross carved by local artist. Continue reading

Hill 522 in Leyte

Hill 522 Palo Leyte Tacloban City Mountain Guinhangdan Mount Liberation History Japanese Artillery Units Mie Prefecture Hill 522 is located 12 kilometers from Tacloban City, in Palo, Leyte Province. It is called Hill 522 because trekking the mountain requires going up 522 feet in elevation. Commonly called Guinhangdan (root word: “hangad”; to look upward) Hill, was the entrance to the first liberated town of Palo in 1944 after having been heavily bombarded to destroy the garrisons built by the Japanese artillery units; foxholes built by the Japanese still exist; memorial marker built by Mie Prefecture. Hill 22 is a site for camping, picnics, and hiking. Continue reading

Price Mansion in Tacloban

Price Mansion Tacloban Leyte CAP Building American Colonial Home 1900 Walter Scott Price House Construction ArchitectureThe Price Mansion is located in Tacloban, Leyte. This building, now called the CAP Building, is an example of the American colonial home built in 1900. The Price mansion was originally owned by Mr. Walter Scott Price, an American businessman who settled in Leyte after marrying a Filipina. His wealth, social and political power gave him the moniker King of Leyte. His mansion served as a temporary seat of Government during the Philippine liberation. It was also General MacArthur’s headquarters during World War II. The building suffered a direct hit from a bomb dropped by a Japanese warplane. Such place became the first light of hope to Philippine freedom many centuries ago. It is considered a cultural heritage not only by the Taclobanons but also by the Filipinos as a whole. This structure was built by the Filipino for the Filipinos therefore it showcases Continue reading

Abuyog Children’s Park in Leyte

Abuyog Children's Park LeyteThe Abuyog Children’s Park is a moderately sized park that can be found in front of the local municipal hall. It is equipped with a small playground for the children, a monument dedicated to the veteran soldiers of Abuyog and several benches to sit down and enjoy the quaintness of the park. Some of the playground fittings that can be seen at the park are slides, see-saws, swings and monkey bars. The monument, which was dedicated to the veterans of the World War II, is erected in the center of the children’s park. During December, the whole park is decorated by the municipality and a grand opening to the Christmas season is held.The Abuyog Children’s Park is just in from of the Abuyog Municipal Hall and next to the Abuyog Local Market. From any point in Abuyog town proper, a ride by ‘motorpot’ to the children’s park is 5 Philippine pesos.

Abuyog Lighthouse in Leyte

Abuyog Lighthouse LeyteThe Abuyog Lighthouse is the town’s beacon to help guide fisherman out at sea. However, this is not its only attraction. According to a legend, every time there is a storm, Saint Francis Xavier can be spotted here alongside the lighthouse. The legend says that the Patron Saint of Abuyog, St Francis Xavier, begs God to have mercy on Abuyog every time there is a terrible storm. Active; focal plane 23 m (77 ft); white flash every 5 s. 20 m (66 ft) white octagonal cylindrical tower. A photo is at right, and Google has a distant satellite view. Located on the north side of the harbor entrance at Abuyog, a town on the east coast of Leyte province about 100 km (60 mi) south of Tacloban. Site status unknown. ARLHS PHI-065; Admiralty F2454.7; NGA 14932.