Top 5 Places to Visit in Tacloban, Philippines
by Selina Tan
A first class highly urbanised city in the Philippines, Tacloban is the regional centre of the region of Eastern Visayas and was first known as Kankabatok, a name that alluded to the first inhabitants of the place – Kabatok. Here are the top five places to visit in Tacloban!
1. SANTO NIÑO SHRINE
One of the 29 presidential rest houses built by the late President Ferdinand Marcos, this shrine is embellished with paintings of the 14 stations of the cross – brainchilds of famous Filipino artists. The tastefully decorated guestrooms also boast unique motifs, including an image of the Holy Child.
2. LEYTE LANDING MEMORIAL
The Leyte Landing Memorial in Red Beach, Palo, marks the spot where American liberation forces of General Douglas MacArthur landed. Behold the famed statues of the liberators standing in the lagoon. Also the site of the 50th Leyte Landing Anniversary Commemorative Rock Garden of Peace, there is a beautiful beach in the vicinity.
3. FORMER PRICE MANSION
This American-style mansion built by Walter Price in 1910 was used as the headquarters and official residence of General MacArthur during the war. Today, his memorabilia can still be found in this building, although it is now occupied by the CAP company and is popularly known as the CAP building.
4. TACLOBAN PUBLIC MARKET
There is no better way to indulge in the local cuisines of Tacloban City than by visiting its public market. Offering a whole array of exclusive rice-based delicacies such as moron, binagol and sagmani, Real Street in the Sagkahan district is also where tourists can freely enjoy the aroma of lechon roasted over a spitfire.
5. BIRI ISLAND
Tacloban serves as an important gateway to other destinations in Leyte, such as Biri Island, in northern Samar. Lauded for its amazing rock structures, which date back to the Early Miocene (23 to 16 million years ago), these wave-sculptured natural masterpieces are situated where the San Bernardino Strait meets the Pacific Ocean.