There’s something about Leyte that whisks one away to the Eastern Visayas’ eventful history. Aside from its virgin beaches, hidden waterfalls, and pristine shores, the province contains many historical corridors and sites that acted as mute witnesses to historic World War II battles. Discover the island with these four tours for a customized experience that will give you a glimpse of Leyte’s vibrant past.

Santo Niño Shrine and Heritage Museum in Tacloban. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Tacloban City Historical and Cultural Heritage Tour. This curated walking tour takes participants through selected historical landmarks in Tacloban City. Destinations included in the tour are the San Juanico Bridge, which was the country’s longest bridge crossing a body of water prior to the opening of the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX); the Santo Niño Shrine and Heritage Museum, which is one of the 20 presidential rest houses built by the late former President Ferdinand Marcos for his wife Imelda, who was originally from Tacloban; the Archdiocesan Shrine of Sto. Nino de Tacloban, which was built in 1596 by the Jesuits as a small chapel called the Dulce Nombre de Jesus;  the Yolanda Memorial, which commemorates the lives lost during the Yolanda (Haiyan) Super Typhoon of November 2013; the M/V Eva Jocelyn, which is a memorial made from the restored bow of the cargo vessel swept to the shores of Barangay Anibong due to strong storm surges; the Madonna of Japan, which is a symbol of peace between the Filipinos and Japanese 33 years after World War II; and the Leyte Provincial Capitol, which is a historic building that served as the temporary national capitol from 1944 to 1945 during the World War II era and as the seat of government of Leyte until 2019.

Pineapples from one of Leyte’s farmers’ associations. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Leyte Peace Corridor Eco-adventure Tour in MacArthur and Burauen, Leyte. This curated tour in the municipalities of Burauen and MacArthur in Leyte includes sites identified for ecotourism and adventure tourism, such as the barangays of Mahagnao and Cagbana in Burauen, and Lanawan and San Vicente in Mac Arthur, Leyte, which respectively organized a farmer’s association, namely: Lanawan Farmer’s Association, San Vicente Farmer’s Association, Mahagnao Farmer’s Association, and Cagbana Upland Farmer’s Association. Part of the activities in the area include tours in Lake Mahagnao Raf, Guin-aniban Falls, Tanguile Trail intro, Bulkan trail, and Calor Hot Spring. Burauen and McArthur, which were among the pilot municipalities of the PAMANA program, have ongoing peace and development projects.

San Juanico Bridge. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Eastern Visayas Infinite Roadtrips: World War II Motorcycle Trail. This trail includes visits to World War II engagement sites in Tacloban City and the municipalities of Dagami, Burauen, Dulag, Tolosa, and Palo in Leyte. Specific destinations include the Archdiocesan Shrine of Sto. Niño, City Hall, World War II Japanese Shrine, Leyte Provincial Capitol, and San Juanico Bridge in Tacloban; Leyte Provincial Complex, Municipal Hall, and Palo Metropolitan Cathedral in Palo; Japanese Marker, Old Cemetery, Bloody Ridge Tunnel in Dagami; Municipal Hall, Japanese Marker, Madonna Statue, and Justice Romualdez Monument in Burauen; Captan Isao Yamazoe Shrine, Dulag Church Ruins, Liberation Park, and Catmon Hill in Dulag; and Scout Abello Marker in Tolosa.

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