January 18, 2013

Discovering Southern Leyte

*This is my 100th blog post, and I'd like to thank everyone for your staunch support by reading this blog more often.

After having a trip with Pondering Paodaolei in Tacloban, Palo, and Biliran, I headed down south of Leyte to a province less-traveled. Southern Leyte, for me, is like a new discovery. Historical hot spots, white-sand beaches, diving and snorkeling sites, exotic islands, and many more-- all are found in this simple yet beautiful province.

Approaching Limasawa Island / First Mass National Shrine
Padre Burgos Memorial / Lungsodaan Fish Sanctuary

Maasin City
The capital city and the religious center of Southern Leyte. I made a quick stop here, visited some high school friends in the area, and had a hearty lunch with them.

Discoveries: Locals quipped that Maasin City hosts some historic spots, a number of forest and adventure parks, an art museum, a cave, and a waterfalls.

Limasawa Island
An island off the coast of Southern Leyte is my first destination. April, of the Last Wild Place was in the island and I had a chance of meeting her. With some locals accompanying us, we journeyed to Surigao City for 2 hours by pump-boat, bravely crossing the seas dividing Visayas and Mindanao.

Discoveries: Limasawa island is home to the Philippines' first cross and first mass by the Spanish conquistadors. It has white-sand beaches, and great diving and snorkeling spots. The fishermen in the island manufacture their own pump-boats, and they paint them with beautiful colors.

At a beach in Limasawa Island.

Padre Burgos
The southernmost tip of the island of Leyte is my last destination. Here, I was invited by Ethel of La Viajera to volunteer in the Coral Reef Restoration Project being conducted by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

Discoveries: Padre Burgos is a peaceful town. Named after the martyr, Father Burgos, of the Gomburza. This place is Southern Leyte's diving capital because of its proximity to Sogod Bay. Don't you know that whale-sharks are spotted here too?

I helped plant some corals for the Coral Reef Restoration Project.
Photo Credit: Ethel Wagas

It's now time for you to check out Southern Leyte by yourself!

14 comments:

  1. Congrats sa imong ika 100th post phraim....:-).Naa d i pud butanding diri no?

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    1. Sir Bonz, salamat kaayo! Oo, naay butanding diri gihapon, dili lang kaayo sikat kesa sa Oslob or Donsol..

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  2. I didn't know that Corals are being planted =) hehe...

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    1. Yeah, me too, I only knew it at the coral planting site!

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  3. Congrats sa post also =) I want to try the coral reef project! is it seasonal or just one time and do you need diving skills? =)

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    1. Hi Melody, thank you! Yes, you can try coral planting in Southern Leyte, the project is until April this year. You can contact Ethel Wagas, a fellow PTB. Sa coral planting, you need good swimming and snorkeling skills. :)

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  4. That photo of yours at Limasawa Island is so clear and beautiful. The sky is so blue, clouds look like properly arranged for the photo op, and the sand is clean! :)

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    1. Hi, thanks for dropping by! Yeah, i found this great beach in Limasawa! :)

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  5. Congratulations Ephraim! Wishing you great travels this year! =)

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    1. Thank you Ethel! All the best for 2013 to you too! :)

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  6. Congratulations for your 100th post! Let the blogging journey continue :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Marie! Keep following my blog. :)

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