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The Leyte Provincial
Capitol in Tacloban became the seat of the Commonwealth during the Liberation
It has murals depicting the
first Mass in Limasawa and Gen. MacArthur´s landing in Leyte. Price Mansion
used to be General MacArthurs´s official headquarters, it is now the governor´s
guesthouse. The Redoma Residence housed then President Osmeña.
Tacloban City Hall is on top of Kanhuraw Hill in front of Sto. Niño Church.
At the foot of the hill is a landscaped garden
with a statue of the Madonna of Peace which was donated by the Japanese people.
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Church houses the miraculos ivory image of the Child Jesus, parton saint of Tacloban
and Leyte. The Sto. Niño Shrine and Heritage Museum has the image of the
Holy Child by Fernando Amorsolo, paintings of the 14 Stations of the Cross by
Filipino legend Malakas at Maganda The Adjacent People´s Center and Library
contains dioramas fo the countrys ethnic groups and historical documents on Samar
and Leyte, as well as a social hall and gymnasium. In Serin Disrict are lifesize
concrete Stations of the Cross leading to an 18-ft statue of the Sacred Hearth
The Gen. Douglas MacArthur
Landing Memorial in Red Beach, Palo, marks the spot where the American liberation
forces landed. The Palo Cathedral was converted into an evacuation hospital for
Allied forces during World War II. Hill 522 in Palo was the entrance to the first
liberated town in 1944.
A Japanese ar
Memorial Cementery is in Berauen, where one of the fiercest battles of the Liberation
was fought. The Philippine-Japan Peace Memorial, a marker set by relatives of
World War II Japanese soldiers, is in Ormoc City.
city is also the site of Tongonan Hot Spring NAtional PArk which has a warm, medicinal
swimming pool at an elevation of 2000 meter. Amid densely forrested hills sits
Lake Danao National Park, which has the 3 km long lake said to be the habitat
of the giant eel, at an elevation of 1600 meters.
Juanico Bridge, which connects Leyte to Samar, is the longest and said to be the
most beautifully designed bridge in the Philippines.
Tacloban Festival is held every last week of June. It is kicked off by the Subiran
Regatta, a sailboat race held at the eastern entrance of San Juanico Strait.
Next is the Balyuan, a pageant reenacting the
historical exchange of images between Basey, Samar, and Tacloban City. Then thre
is Pintados Festival where participants paint their bodies and dance to the rhytht
of bamboo sticks. On the last day is the city fiesta in honor of the Santo Niño
The Turogpo held every Black
Saturday is the traditional contest of carabao (pasungay) and horses (paaway)
in the town of Carigara.
The Leyte Landing
Anniversary, every October 20, is usually attended by high-ranking government
officials and the ambassadors of the united States, Japan and Australia. World
War II veterans come on sentimental journeys.
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