Leyte Wedding Destination
Leyte – Land of History
It was on the shores of Leyte
that General Douglas MacArthur fulfilled his promise to the
Filipino people of returning to the Philippines and helping
the Filipino forces liberate the country. This happened on October
20, 1944. With this, Leyte became one of the most historically-rich
provinces of the Philippines. From battlegrounds to memorials,
Leyte has various ways to commemorate this historic event.
Aside from its rich history,
Leyte is also home to one of the country’s architectural
wonder: the San Juanico Bridge. Surely, Leyte has a lot to offer
and will definitely captivate a tourist’s mind and heart.
1. Population – 1,722,036
(as of 2007 Census)
2. Land Area –6,515.1 sq. km
3. Capital – Tacloban City
4. Language/Dialect – Waray-waray, Cebuano, English, and
- Javier (Bugho)
- La Paz
- San Isidro
- San Miguel
- Santa Fe
Famous For ...
General Douglas MacArthur
The monument marks the spot where General Douglas MacArthur
landed with the American Liberation Forces in October 1944.
San Juanico Bridge
The San Juanico Bridge is the longest and most beautifully designed
bridge in the Philippines. It connects the islands of Samar
Sto. Nino Shrine
and Heritage Museum
It 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.
The event recalls the practice of the native Leyteños
of painting their bodies from head to toe with colorful designs
which depict their status in the society.
Leyte has an array of mouthwatering delicacies that is highly
appealing to food lovers.
- Binagol – made from talyan, a root crop similar to
taro, with a sweetened center mixed in with some peanuts,
and placed in half a coconut shell, then wrapped in banana
leaves and secured with a string tied in a radial pattern.
- Moron – a chocolate-flavored rolled rice cake mixed
with coconut milk.
- Bocarillo – bite-size snacks made from grated coconut,
sugar, and milk, flavored with calamansi juice.
- Lauot-Lauot – a pasta dish made with Chinese vermicelli,
eggplant, anchovies, and pork meat.
Places of Interest
Sto. Nino Shrine and Heritage Museum
Location: Real St., Tacloban City, Leyte
The place is not a religious shrine but one of the rest houses
built by former President Ferdinand Marcos for his wife, First
Lady Imelda Marcos in the early 1980’s. The museum has
seven main bedroom and 13 guestrooms. It also contains priceless
art pieces; antique Chinese jars; paintings of noted Filipino
artists such as Mauro Malang, Amadeo Manalad, and Fernando Amorsolo;
Italian sculptures; as well as French and English-period furniture.
Location: Real St., Tacloban City, Leyte
It houses historical documents of the rich cultural heritage
of the people of Samar and Leyte; a collection of dioramas of
the 82 ethnic tribes of the Philippines, and a collection of
books on the humanities. The Center is equipped with a social
hall, gymnasium and a reading room.
Santa Fe Community
Location: Santa Fe Municipal Hall, Santa Fe, Leyte
It contains antiques and artifacts dating back to the Spanish
period like porcelain, bottles and WW II mementos. The collection
was initiated by the people of Sta. Fe led by the town mayor
and the municipal tourism council.
MacArthur Landing Memorial
Location: Red Beach, Palo, Leyte
The statues of the liberators, 1.5 times bigger than life-size,
stand in a lagoon and is easily seen from afar.
Location: Sen. Enage Street and Magsaysay Boulevard, Tacloban
Built in 1907, it is the seat of the provincial government of
Leyte. It was also the seat of the Commonwealth Government of
the Philippines when President Sergio Osmeña, Sr. came
in 1944 with the WW II Liberation Forces. Historic viewing of
murals depicting the First Christian Mass in the Orient and
General Douglas MacArthur’s Landing is offered.
CAP Building (Price
Location: Justice Romualdez St., Tacloban City, Leyte
It is an example of American colonial homes built in the 1900s.
This sturdy mansion was where General Douglas MacArthur put
up his official headquarters and residence during the Liberation
period in 1944.
Location: T. Claudio Street, Tacloban City, Leyte
It is the official residence of President Sergio Osmeña,
Sr. when he stayed in the province with the American Liberation
Forces in 1944 until the Philippine Commonwealth was re-established
Hil 522 (Guinhangdan
Location: Palo, Leyte
It 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. There is a memorial marker built by Mie
Hill 120 (Catmon
Location: Dulag, Leyte
It was 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. Battle sites of Leyte Valley can be found here. It offers
a panoramic view of Leyte Gulf and surrounding coastal towns.
Battle of Baluarte
Location: Baluarte, Brgy. Minuhang, Barugo, Leyte
Site of the historic battle between Filipino guerrillas and
Japanese Imperial Forces at dawn of August 24, 1944. The battle
is significant because there was no Filipino casualty while
all the Japanese except one were killed in the encounter.
Japanese War Memorial
Location: Brgy. San Diego, Burauen, Leyte
The site served as the battleground for one of the fiercest
battles fought in Leyte during the American liberation. The
cemetery still contains remnants of the airfield built by the
Japanese soldiers during World War II. There is a flower garden
where the Japanese visitors offer gifts and prayer for their
Location: Villaba, Leyte
Mountain stronghold of General Suzuki where thousands of Japanese
soldiers died defending the area and hundreds of American lives
were sacrificed in the assault to capture this hill during World
Monument of the
Location: Brgy. Pawing, Palo, Leyte
The monument was erected as a tribute to the Filipino World
War II soldiers and veterans who offered their supreme sacrifice
for the sake of freedom
Location: Palo, Leyte
The church was converted into an evacuation hospital of the
Allied Forces of Liberation and refuge of civilians during World
War II. Founded in 1596 by Augustinian friars; it offers a commanding
view of Hill 522 overlooking Palo.
Location: Brgy. Limon, Capoocan, Leyte
It became a battleground of the bloodiest battles during the
liberation of the Philippines from 1944-1945. The ridge offers
a scenic view of the battle areas, nearby hills, and valleys.
It is now a busy junction with street vendors, sari-sari stores,
and eateries serving native food.
Dio Mainland Resort
Location: Brgy. San Jose, Tacloban City, Leyte
It was called called Baluarte San Jose where remnants of World
War II Japanese pill boxes and a canon still exist and preserved
San Juanico Bridge
Location: Brgy. Cabalawan, Tacloban City, Leyte - Sta. Rita,
It is the longest bridge in the Philippines spanning a body
of water with a length of 2.16 kilometers (1.34 mi) It is considered
one of the most beautifully-designed bridges in Philippines.
The bridge is supported by 43 spans rising 41 meters above the
sea. It has a large arch beneath which allows boats to pass.
Visayas State University
Location: Brgy. Pangasugan. Baybay Leyte
It is formerly known as Visayas State College of Agriculture
and Leyte State University. Standing on plains and hillsides
of the more than 1,099-hectare campus are 193 buildings composed
of academic departments, research and trainings centers, staff
and student housing facilities and other vital structures. VSU
is the country's largest school campus.
San Juanico Strait
Location: Brgy. Cabalawan, Tacloban City – Sta. Rita,
It is said to be the narrowest yet the most navigable strait
in the world. It is filled with beautiful islets and infinite
whirlpools. good for fishing and water skiing.
Location: Brgys. Baras and Candahug, Palo, Leyte
Aside from being the landing site of the Allied Forces during
the liberation of the Philippines, it offers a panoramic view
of Leyte Gulf and Samar Island. The beach is ideal place for
promenading; picnicking, swimming, and windsurfing.
Location: Jaro, Leyte
This hunter’s paradise has scenic virgin forests and very
cool climate since it is located almost 4,000 ft. above sea
Tongonan Hot Springs
Location: Ormoc City, Leyte
It is the first geothermal power plant to operate in the Philippines,
and when fully developed, can supply electricity to the whole
Mahagnao National Park
Location: Burauen, Leyte
An established national park since 1937, it features awe-inspiring
craters, hot springs, multi-colored muds and rocks, lakes, virgin
forests with giant ferns and orchids, lagoon, and temperate
Mt. Pangasugan Ecopark
Location: Brgy. Pangasugan, Baybay, Leyte
One of the few remaining virgin rainforests in the Philippines.
It is richly endowed with diverse flora and fauna, many of which
are considered endangered species like flying lemurs and tarsiers;
a unique and precious ecological asset.
Sto. Nino Shrine
Location: Real St. cor. Zamora St., Tacloban City, Leyte
It houses numerous religious icons, including the miraculous
image of Santo Niño.
Madonna of Japan
Location: Kanhuraw Hill, Tacloban City
It is a statue of the Goddess of Peace called Maria Kannon donated
by the Japanese people as a symbol of peace and friendship between
the Philippines and Japan.
Our Lady of Assumption
Location: Tanauan, Leyte
Erected in the early 1700’s, it is one of the six Architectural
Heritage in the province of Leyte. The Church takes pride of
its old Stations of the Cross which are made in Mexico.
La Purisima Shrine
Location: Brgy. Guindapunan, Palo, Leyte
The shrine of Our Lady of the Immaculate Concepcion is placed
at the foot of an old bridge. The image of the Our Lady dates
back to pre-Spanish times.
Location: Anibong District, Tacloban City, Leyte
It is a beautiful 2-storey pagoda where monks and Buddhists
make their worship, prayers, and offerings. It has a scenic
view overlooking Tacloban City and Samar Island.
Place: Leyte Province
The month-long festival is in celebration of the Señor
Sto. Niño de Leyte. Among the events incorporated in
the festival are the Leyte Kasadya-an Festival of Festivals,
a showcase of the unique culture and colorful history of the
Province of Leyte; Subiran Regatta, an exciting race of one-man
native sailboats with outriggers locally called “subiran”
along scenic and historic Leyte Gulf; Pintados Festival, a dance
festival of painted dancers celebrating important events for
the Leyteños; Balyuan, the re-enactment of the historical
exchange of images between Barrio Buscada of Basey, Samar and
Sitio Kankabatok, now Tacloban City; and the Señor Sto.
Niño de Leyte Grand Festival.
Place: Barugo, Leyte
Date: May 18
The festival honors the age-old process of coconut wine (tuba)
making that has been and will always be a part of the life of
the Barugueño. Sanggutan, is a dance of celebration.
of men (the managgetes) and women (their wives, sisters, daughters)
involved in the production of the red wine.
Place: August 14
Date: Tanauan, Leyte
A dance parade and street pageantry showing the culture of the
town of Tanauan as it honors its patron saint, Our Lady of the
Assumption. Pasaka connotes warm welcome, progress, and religious
homage, and is the native word for assumption.
Leyte Gulf Landing’s
Place: October 20
Date: Palo and Dulag, Leyte
A commemorative program which marks the anniversary of the Ocotber
20, 1944 landing on Leyte of the Allied Forces of Liberation.