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|The Leyte Park Resort Hotel
Rates start from US$40 nett
Built by former First Lady, Imelda Marcos in 1979, the resort hotel is now a major tourism and convention complex with its 6-hectare parkland nestled on a hill overlooking beautiful San Pedro Bay, exuding the distinctive luxury of a hotel and the ambiance of a resort.
|The Leyte Park Resort Hotel
||Magsaysay Blvd., Tacloban City
||US$ 40 nett
||Room accommodation, taxes, service charge
|Ormoc Villa Hotel
||Obrero St., Ormoc City
||US$ 54 nett
||Room accommodation, Free use of swimming pool, Jacuzzi, tennis court and golf putting green, Free shuttle service to and from the pier & within the city, Free one-time city tour for 30-45 minutes, taxes, service charge
Leyte - "Land Of History"
Leyte is among the country’s most historic provinces, proud of its rich and significant past. It was the site not only of a major uprising against the Spaniards but also of the famous landing of US forces during World War II, marking its place in history as the point of entry for the American forces of liberation.
This historical consciousness is reflected on Leyte’s provincial seal. The stars symbolize the 49 towns of the province. The alphabet on the cross indicates its second phase of development, when Magellan passed through the province en route to Cebu. And the upper portion commemorates the landing of General Douglas MacArthur, through a perspective of the National Freedom Park.
Leyte is traversed by many low mountain ranges just like the Samar and Visayan islands. From the northwestern section to the southeastern extremities extends a very rugged, almost impassable ridge. There are also many extinct volcanoes, the most important of which is Mahagnao.
Its capital city, Tacloban, is the most important seaport on the eastern coast while Ormoc City is the primary outlet on the western coast.
Comprising a total land area of 5,712.8 sq. km., Leyte is bounded on the north by Carigara Bay, on the east by the San Juanico Strait and Leyte Gulf, on the west by the Visayan Sea and Ormoc Sea, and on the south by Southern Leyte.
The terrain of the province is relatively flat to gently rolling and becoming mountainous and rough towards the center where a mountain range begins.
Waray-waray and Cebuano are the major dialects spoken. Tagalog and English are also used.
The province is composed of 49 towns and two cities, namely, Tacloban, the capital city, and Ormoc.
Heavy rains occur between November and February while March to April and August to September are the driest months.
As of 1995 census, the provincial population is 1,511,251.
In 1595, the Jesuits established the first mission in Leyte. At this time, there were only 19 pueblos with 70,000 people whom the missionaries converted to Christianity, easing the settlement of the province by Spanish conquestadores. The Jesuit mission was abandoned when the Order was expelled from the Philippines in 1768.
Politically, Leyte seems to have existed as early as 1622. The simple structure of government by encomenderos gave way to alcalde mayores, corregidores, and tenientes. In 1735, Leyte was a politico-military province with jurisdiction over Samar. The two provinces were politically separated in 1768 by the Royal Decree of July 31, 1860, which ordered the reorganization of the provincial governments of the Visayas.
The capital site of Leyte changed several times before Tacloban City became the permanent capital in 1787. The first capital was Carigara, then successively, Palo and Tanauan.
The civil government under the Americans was organized on April 22, 1901. The second World War hit the Philippines in 1941; the Japanese occupation followed. In 1944, Leyte became world-famous as the point of entry for the American forces of liberation. Leyte, specifically Tacloban, assumed historical significance as the temporary seat of the Philippine Commonwealth from October 23, 1944 to February 27, 1945.
Leyte is Famous for...
Gen. Douglas Macarthur Landing Memorial
Situated in Red Beach, Palo, Leyte, the monument marks the spot where General Douglas MacArthur landed with the American Liberation Forces in 1944. The statues of the liberators stand in a lagoon, 1.5 times bigger than lifesize. It is also the site of the 50th Leyte Landing Anniversary Commemorative Rock Garden of Peace. A beautiful beach can be found in the area.
San Juanico Bridge
Crossing over the San Juanico Strait, it connects Barangay Cabalawan, Tacloban City on the Leyte side and Sta. Rita town on the Samar side. San Juanico Bridge is the longest and most beautifully designed bridge in the Philippines. It offers many picturesque views, especially of the San Juanico Strait with its thousand whirlpools as well as the lovely islets of the province. It is approximately 10 minutes from Tacloban City and is accessible by passenger jeepney, bus, motorcab or private vehicle.
Sto. Niño Shrine and Heritage Museum
The museum located in Real Street, Tacloban City houses paintings of the 14 stations of the Cross done by Filipino artists, a wooden bas-relief of the legend of the First Filipino man-woman (Si Malakas at si Maganda), an image of the Holy Child, a collection of original paintings by national artist Fernando Amorsolo, and priceless collector’s items. It boasts of tastefully decorated guestrooms of varied Filipino motifs and a spacious ballroom.
Located in Ormoc City, 125 kilometers from Tacloban City, it is 2,100 feet above sea level and 3 kilometers long. The violin-shaped Lake Danao is hemmed by cloud-capped-mountain ranges of undetermined depth. Wild animals roam its surrounding forest, making it a hunter’s paradise. The lake is said to be the habitat of the giant eel.
Celebrated every June 29 in Tacloban City, it is a dance festival of painted dancers celebrating important events such as the exploits of war as well as nature worship in narrative dance movements depicting their own folk practices and beliefs. The custom of tattooing earned for the Leyteños the name of Pintados. From ancient history, Roman conquests mentioned tattooed people in Briton, Saitas, Oriental Tartar, and other parts of the world.
Adjudged as one of the ten best festivals of the Philippines, Buyogan’s artistic choreography and realistic costumes focus on the appearance and movement of the honeybee, locally called “buyog,” from where the town’s name originated. Buyogan is celebrated every August 19 in Abuyog, Leyte.
How to Get to Leyte
Three airlines operate regularly from Manila to Tacloban City.
Fast ferries and ships facilitate inter-island travel from Cebu, Manila, and other ports of call.
The types of available land transportation are cars, vans, jeepneys, tricycles, and buses.
Buses ply the Manila-Maharlika-Highway route passing Eastern Visayas.
Leyte Emergency Services
St. Paul Hospital
Tacloban City, Leyte
Philippine National Police
Police Stations and Outposts are located in all towns.
Tourist Information and Assistance
DOT REGIONAL OFFICE VIII
MS. NORMA M. MORANTTE, Regional Director
Children's Park, Sen. Enage Street, Tacloban City 6500
Tel.: (6353) 321 2048 / 321 4333 / 325 5279
Fax: (6353) 325 5279
Leyte Provincial Tourism Office
6500 Tacloban City, Leyte
Tel. No. (6353)325-9646/321-4927
Fax No. (6353)325-7125
source: Department of Tourism
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