September 6, 2012

Places Less Traveled: Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte

When we think of the Visayas, our minds will often lead us to the famous, more touristy places in this region like Cebu, Bohol, Iloilo, Bacolod, or even so Boracay Island.

But have your wandering feet led you to tread on the streets, beaches, and trails of Biliran, Leyte, and Southern Leyte?

Tinago Falls / Leyte Landing / Limasawa Island

I must admit that these places are usually hit by typhoons, landslides, and earthquakes. Its proximity to the vast Pacific Ocean and our country's position along the Pacific Ring of Fire are the major reasons of these natural disasters.

Yet, I can promise you that these places also offer a lot of alluring wonders-- colorful festivals, memorable historical sights, exquisite islands, beautiful beaches, majestic mountain ranges, breathtaking waterfalls, and lovely sunsets.

Let me take you to these provinces...

Biliran

Biliran is an island province located just a few kilometers north of Leyte. Named as an "Undiscovered Paradise", it has a myriad of enticing attractions.

Dalutan island / Mt. Sayao / museum artifacts / Agta Beach

Island hopping-- Sambawan Island, Higatangan Island, Dalutan Island, Capinahan Island, Maripipi Island, Tingkasan Island

Beaches-- Agta Beach, Candol Beach

Mountains-- Mt. Panamao, Tres Marias, Mt. Sayao

Waterfalls-- Tinago Falls, Casiawan Falls, Tomalistis Falls, Ulan Ulan Falls, Kasabangan Falls, Busai Falls, Kinaraha Cascades
 
Other Attractions-- Nasunugan Tower, Tingkasan Bat Cave, Mainit Hot Spring, Iyusan Rice Terraces

Tinago Falls

Leyte

Leyte is a province in the Eastern Visayas region of the Philippines. Its historical signifance and admirable attractions make it a great travel destination.

Tacloban City
It is the capital city of the province of Leyte and is dubbed as the "Gateway to Eastern Visayas".

Festival-- Pintados Festival

Historical Sights-- The Provincial Capitol, People's Center, Sto. Nino Shrine and Heritage Museum, Hotel Alejandro, The Provisional Capitol, San Juanico Bridge

San Juanico Bridge / Sto. Nino Shrine / Leyte Provincial Capitol

Palo
It is a historic municipality in the province of Leyte and a few minutes ride from Tacloban City. One cannot forget the Leyte Landing,  Gen. Douglas MacArthur's return to the Philippines that happened here in 1944.

Attractions-- Memorial for the Filipino Soldiers, Leyte Landing Park, Red Beach, Japanese Shrine, Hill 522, Palo Binangalan Coral Reefs, Palo Mangrove Reservation

Leyte Landing / Filipino Soldiers Memorial / Red Beach

Ormoc City
My hometown is a 1st class city in the province of Leyte. It is named as the "Beauty by the Bay" for its wonderful coastline and spectacular sunsets at Ormoc Bay. Have you remembered the Ormoc City flashflood on November 1991? It was devastating but Ormoc rose up and has many attractions to be proud of today! This city is also home to the sweet queen pineapples.

Sunset at Ormoc Bay

Festival-- Tugob Festival

Natural Attractions-- Alto Peak, Lake Danao, Lake Kasudsuran, Lake Janagdan, Ormoc Mangroves

Historical Sights-- Puente de la Riena, Veteran’s and Centennial Park, Phil-Japan Peace Memorial

Beaches-- Bantigue Beach Resort, Sabin Resort Hotel

Other Attractions-- Ormoc City, Superdome, Riverwalk, Leyte Geothermal Power Field

Lake Danao / Ormoc Bay /
Puente de la Riena / Ormoc's queen pineapples

You can view my collection of sunsets and snapshots of Ormoc, and its top 10 must-see places.

Matag-ob
It is a municipality in the province of Leyte. It is a small town located northwest of Ormoc City, about an hour bus ride. In this town, you can discover its 7 cascading waterfalls or trek on its mountains.

Matag-ob ricefields / mountain climbing /  
river trekking / Masaba Falls

Southern Leyte
I really love this province personally! It is indeed a "Provincial Beauty in the Philippines That’s Travel Worthy".

Padre Burgos
Is a small town in Southern Leyte. It is named after Padre Jose Burgos, one of the historical GOMBURZA martyrs. This town is famous for its white-sand beaches and its proximity to Sogod Bay makes it a great snorkeling and diving site.

Padre Burgos Memorial / port area /
sunrise / Sogod Bay

There is also an ongoing Coral Reef Restoration Project in this town which I am one of the volunteers.

Divers at work / Lungsodaan Fish Sanctuary /
project site / coral planting

Limasawa Island
Is an island off the coast of Padre Burgos in Southern Leyte. It is a very historical island-- the site of the First Mass in the Philippines and the First Cross Planted in the Philippines Soil. It offers travelers a wide variety of activities from beach to hills to caves.

First Mass marker / Dakdak Beach / 
Bangkarera 2012 / First Cross marker

These provinces may not be that "very" acclaimed and famous, but these will definitely take your travel experiences and adventures to a higher, more thrilling level.

Come and discover Biliran, Leyte, and Southern Leyte!

You can also view the newest local travel TV show in Leyte at www.goleyte.tumblr.com.

Looking for more of the Eastern Visayas region?

This is just a taste of Samar!

This is my entry to the Pinoy Travel Bloggers' Blog Carnival for September 2012
with the theme "The Visayas Roundup" hosted by Ding Fuellos of The Pinoy Explorer.
Click the logo below to view the compilation.


For previous Pinoy Travel Bloggers' Blog Carnival topics, click here.

40 comments:

  1. Awesome post! The whole region VIII is one of the most under-rated places in the Philippines! Let us all discover the hidden wonders of region 8! :)

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    1. Thank you so much Pinoy Adventurista for dropping by! You are very right! Everyone should now explore this region. I know they will never regret it..

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  2. It's quite embarrassing to admit that I'm Visayan and never got to set foot in Leyte. Shame on me! But thanks to this post, it's now on my bucket list. :)

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    1. Hello Reiza! From where are you exactly in the Visayas? I recommend you'll visit these wonderful places! Naks, now on your bucket list? That's so great! Thank you so much! :)

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  3. I love the photos. One day I will set foot in your neck of the woods! :)

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    1. Thanks so much Ruby! Yep, I am always hoping for that day. I will tour you around.. :)

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  4. I love this post. I want to say something else but I'll pm you na lang. :D

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    1. Tina, nindot jud kaayo diri. Laag nya mo diri pohon ha!!

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  6. Very nice read....Maganda ang Easter Visayas. Di lang madevelop kasi lagi binabagyo...

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  7. basta ba sabi mo host ka pag napadpad ako ormoc.. go leyte!

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  8. Great Visayas Round Up! :) I'm actually eyeing Biliran na.. Hopefully, I get to visit next year. :)

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    1. Thanks so much Mai! Wow, that is very nice. You can visit 2 provinces in the process, Leyte and Biliran.. Never forget to explore the waterfalls in Biliran. :)

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    2. wiiii! Lalo akong na-excite for this future trip to both Leyte and Biliran! :)

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    3. Yes! I know you will enjoy here too. Ahmm, don't forget to inform me if you are coming here na, next year.. :)

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  9. Eastern Visayas is definitely one of the places I so wanted to see. Reading your post inspires me to do it soon.

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    1. Hello Pang! Thanks for dropping by. Wow, i am so happy that you are inspired by this post! Inform me if you are coming here na. :)

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  10. cool! i've never been to these places. i'm gonna set foot one day, make it two, my feet.:)

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    1. Hello Christine! Thank you so much for your comment. Yes, that will be SOON! And don't forget to inform me if you are coming here na...

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    2. I'm not sure kung nasulod akong reply last night coz of the slow internet hehe. Anyway, it's a pleasure and you're welcome! hehe... yes SOON, i'll get there and you'll be the host and the tour guide haha... How do i call you? Pareha mo ngalan sa akong daddy hehe...

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    3. You can call me Ephraim lang. Thanks for dropping your comments here. hahaha I can be your guide, if I am still in Ormoc by that time, that's for sure!

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    4. haha ok ephraim! got it! you're welcome!:-D

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    5. Thanks diay for adding Leyte and Samar to your list of places to visit! :)

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    6. hehe you're welcome! it's a pleasure!:-D ikapila naka nag.thank you? hahaha... paki.ihap... hahaha...

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    7. hahaha dili na lang nako ihapon oi..

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    8. Dili intawn ko tapulan noh, thankful lang jud kaayo!hehe

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    1. Manong Unyol, thanks for dropping by. By the way, it is not Tagapo Falls but Tinago Falls in Biliran.

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  12. been to Leyte Bro. kaya lang half day lang kaya Mac Arthur lang napuntahan ko. I am planning to visit and explore Leyte and Biliran next year- dami interesting places dito!

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    1. Ok bro! That is a nice plan to explore these provinces! I know you will have a great time here!

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  13. Great post, Ephraim! Will visit Biliran and So. Leyte this weekend. :)

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    1. Thank you so much Che! Yep, hope to see you here. I have some tips for you. :)

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  14. Nice! Just what I've been looking for. We're set for a Biliran-So.Leyte-Leyte trip this Holyweekl also planning to drop by Baybay/Ormoc. Any suggested ITI for 4-days? Thanks & keep up the mission bai!

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    1. Hello! Thanks for leaving your comment here. Wow, so you will be here in Eastern Visayas next week! I suggest that you visit first Tacloban and Palo, then Biliran, then Ormoc, then Baybay, then Southern Leyte. After Southern Leyte, head back to Tacloban. Hope you will have a great time here!

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  15. We hope to reach Sogod & experience the Agas-Agas Bridge-zipline attraction etc., would you know if its open on Holyweek, or have any contact there? Thanks,

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    1. If you want to go to Sogod, you can go there directly from Tacloban. I think the van will pass by Agas-Agas bridge. I am not really sure if they are open during the holy week.. I have not been to Agas-Agas kasi. You can check out this post by Pinoy Adventurista: http://www.pinoyadventurista.com/2011/12/travel-guide-leyte-and-southern-leyte.html. Enjoy! :)

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