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 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
Leyte is a province in the Eastern Visayas region of the Philippines. Its historical signifance and admirable attractions make it a great travel destination.
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|
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|
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.
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
I really love this province personally! It is indeed a "Provincial Beauty in the Philippines That’s Travel Worthy".
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
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.
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