Samar – Splendor Between
Mountain And Sea
The province of Samar is
nestled between mountain and sea, bountiful waters on the west
and low mountain ranges on the east. With this, Samar is blessed
with a lush rainforest, exotic flora and fauna, and natural
wonders that has attracted local and foreign nature-loving tourists.
Its famed attractions include the Sohoton Natural Bridge National
Park and Calbiga Cave.
Aside from its natural treasures,
it boasts of architectural and cultural wonders as well. There
is the 17th century old Basey Church, Calbayog Cathedral, Samar
Archeological Museum and Research Center, and the San Juanico
1. Population – 390,
847 (as of 2007 Census)
2. Land Area – 6, 048 sq. km
3. Capital – Catbalogan
4. Language/Dialect – Waray – waray, Cebuano, English,
- Paranas (Wright)
- San Jorge
- San Jose De Buan
- San Sebastian
- Santa Margarita
- Santa Rita
- Santo Niño
Famous For ...
St. Michael the
Archangel Church (Basey Church)
This 17th century church is one of the oldest churches here
in the Philippines. It features a watchtower and old images
of saints painted on the ceiling.
Bridge National Park
It is internationally known for its natural beauty expressed
in its caves, subterranean rivers, waterfalls, and unique limestone
Cave (Calbiga Cave)
The 2,968-hectare cave system has the Philippines’ biggest
karst formations, which are also some of the largest in Asia.
It is composed of twelve caves with a wide underground space,
unique rock formations, and subterranean watercourse.
San Juanico Bridge
The San Juanico Bridge is the longest and most beautifully designed
bridge in the Philippines. It connects the islands of Samar
Museum and Research Center
It is the first and only museum in Samar Island. It houses numerous
artifacts and archeological treasures that dates back to the
Places of Interest
Museum and Research Center
Location: Christ the King College, Calbayog City, Samar
The first and only museum in Samar Island opened on April 11,
1970. Among its archeological artifacts include burial jars
and covers, log coffin, jarlets, cups, howls, saucers and dishes
dating back to the 14th Century. There are also coins, heirlooms,
old household items, and religious items such as saints, altar,
chalices, and monstrance used during the Spanish occupation.
Location: Samar Provincial Capitol Park, Catbaloga, Samar
Made by Juan Sajid Imao, son of National Artist for Sculpture
Abdulmari Imao, this four-sided work of art depicts four momentous
and historic events in the Samar Island. Facing East is the
Balangiga encounter. Facing North, is a relief of the Sumuroy
Rebellion in Palapag in 1649. Facing West, is a scene depicting
the arrival of the first Jesuit missionaries in Tinagon on October
15, 1596. And facing South, is Queen Isabella III, carrying
a Royal Decree of August 11, 1841 declaring Samar a province.
San Juanico Bridge
Location: Sta. Rita, Samar - Tacloban City, Leyte
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.
Location: Calbayog, Samar
Named after Benedicto P. Nijaga, one of the Thirteen Martyrs
who died on January 11, 1897. The park is the site of social,
political, cultural, and sports activities. The Rizal monument,
a fountain, and amphitheater are its focal features.
Sohoton Natural Bridge
Location: Rawis, Brgy. Guirang, Basey, Samar
Covering an approximate area of 840 hectares, It is internationally
known for its natural beauty expressed in its caves, subterranean
rivers, waterfalls, and unique limestone formations. It is an
idyllic place for recreation. The most prominent assemblage
in the park is the cathedral-like caves, which are the Panhulugan
I, and II, Sohoton and Bugosan. All the caves in the park are
endogen caves in angular limestone cliff, which support the
base of other crack system. It abounds with flowstones and dripstones.
Cave (Calbiga Cave)
Location: Calbiga, Samar
e 2,968-hectare cave system is composed of 12 caves with a wide
underground space, unique rock formations, and subterranean
watercourse. The surface area of the cave has a mid-mountain
forest which is the habitat of some threatened wild species
like bats, cave crickets, eyeless shell fishes.
Location: Brgy. Longsod, Oquendo district, Calbayog City, Samar
The cave has been the main attraction for picnickers desiring
to get the rare thrill and excitement of having a trip through
nature-made dark tunnels. The cave made a name for itself when
it was made a hideout by two men wanted by the guerrillas who
hid in it for nearly two years and coming out at night in search
for food. Hence, the name “Tinago-an” means hiding
Location: Brgy. Danao I, Tinambacan District, Calbayog City,
It is made up of seven (7) chambers inhabited by various species
of snakes and bats as evidenced by a good deposit of guano.
The cave serves as an initiating hive for those who want to
Location: Brgy. Lungsob, Oquendo District, Calbayog City, Samar
Its cathedral door-size entrance leads one to wade the fresh,
cool water into a natural tunnel stretching through uneven ceiling
touching one's head, giving the adventurer an eerie trip through
the dark cave lighted torches.
Location: Brgy. Maguino-o, Tinambacan District, Calbayog City,
The islet is a potential diving spot, surrounded with aquifers
equally and uniformly spread at the peripheral limits of the
islet with white sand and pebbles. Beneath the deep waters are
sea corals of multifarious varieties, rare white pebbles spread
all over the floors, 20 types of shells, and ornamental types
of aquamarine species
Location: Brgy. Rizal II, Oquendo District, Calbayog City, Samar
“Mapaso” literally means hot. Fresh crustaceans
(pokot) abound. They are naturally pinkish resembling scalded
shrimps due to the high temperature.
Location: Brgy. San Joaquin, Calbayog City, Samar
Below the falls is a circular pond about 30 meters in diameter,
wide enough for swimming and deep enough for diving. The cascading
water seems to come from streams flowing endlessly, resulting
from the pressure of its disgorge, which becomes even bigger
in volume and noticeable as the time of the day passes.
Location: Brgy. Pilar, Oquendo District, Calbayog City, Samar
It is surrounded with the mighty stands of rare timbers and
wildlife that abound in the area. Seen from afar, it is like
a long constructed boat by the mountainside and at a close up,
a series of long drop of crystal water to another. At places
where the cataract is quite high, the falling of water into
the pool below becomes a mere mist because of its high elevation.
Lulugayan Falls and
Location: Brgy. Literon, Calbiga, Samar
Considered as the mini version of Niagra Falls, the falls is
50 meters wide and 30 meters high. Nature-lovers likewise enjoy
white water rafting (rapids shooting) here.
St. Michael the Archangel
Church (Basey Church)
Location: Basey, Samar
It was built during the 17th century by the Jesuits on top of
a hill. It was later turned over to the Augustinians and later,
in 1795, it was ceded to the Franciscans. It has significantly
kept the features of a typical Spanish church, even if it was
nearly destroyed in 1880 by a storm.
Saints Peter and
Paul Cathedral (Calbayog Cathedral)
Location: Calbayog City, Samar
The cathedral occupies one whole block in the heart of Calbayog
City. It is considered to be the biggest church in all parishes
in the province. Its tell-tale dome, spire, and thick walls
reveal the blending of Spanish and modern architectural designs.
St. Vincent de Paul
Location: Dagum Hills, Calbayog City, Samar
A seminary offering specialized philosophy degree for priesthood.
Fronting the seminary is a huge replica of Our Lady of Fatima
carved similarly to the one in Italy. Refreshing, cool mountain
breeze, scenic view of Calbayog City and Samar Sea
Place: Pinabacdao, Samar
Date: May 10
“Pag-mayaw” is an old Waray word meaning to give
offerings and homage to the gods and to drive away the evils
spirits as well. Mayaw-Mayaw is unique as it depicts a revered
tradition of the Waray people at its most authentic and original
form. Participated in by all schools, civic groups, and barangays,
this is a dance and drama competition with street dancing and
Place: Calbiga, Samar
Date: May 25
The town of Calbiga showcases giant pahoy-pahoy (scarecrows)
made of indigenous materials dancing in the streets to the sound
of musical instruments made up of bamboos, cans and stones that
scare the maya or ricebirds. It features the legend of Pahoy
as they drive off the evil spirits and ricebirds that ruined
their rice lands and agriculture. They commemorate the time
when the tribe "humanoid" saved the village settlers
Kaadlawan han Samar
Place: Catbalogan, Samar
Date: August 11
The event is in celebration of Samar province’s Foundation
Day. It was on August 11, 1841 that Queen Isabela II of Spain
declared Samar a province. It is celebrated with socio-cultural
activities organized by the local government.