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

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