Eastern Samar

Eastern Samar

One of the provinces in third largest island in the Philippines, Eastern Samar lies closest to the Pacific Ocean on the east. It is bounded on most sides by bodies of water: on the north by the San Bernardino Strait and on the west by the Samar Sea. The topography is rough like the rest of Samar Island, but its location beside the ocean makes the province highly susceptible to typhoons.

Eastern Samar is familiar to those who have studied Philippine history as the point of entry for two prominent figures: explorer Ferdinand Magellan and General Douglas MacArthur — at separate periods of time, of course. Homonhon, an islet at the southern portion of the province, is famed to be the first part of land discovered by the Spaniards. There is a historic plaque commemorating the site where they landed.

The coastal province also has islets with pristine beaches, perfect for swimming, scuba diving, sunbathing and all manner of aqua sports. Some great places to check out are Tubabao and Kantican Islands, as well as Sapao, Sulangan and Guitagican Beach.

For those who are into spelunking, visit the Santa Monica Caves, which has a view of the Pacific Ocean to boot. You can check out the natural rock formations at Menasnge Park, which was further beautified by landscaping pros.

Kick back and relax at the Hamorawon Spring, surrounded by centuries-old Spanish-era walls. The waters of this natural spring are considered to be miraculous in local lore.

Due to Eastern Samar’s advantageous location, World War II bases have been put up here, like the World War II operating base at Guiuan and the Navy 3149 Base which commanded a strategic view of the Pacific Ocean.

Another piece of East Samar’s history is the Church of the Immaculate Conception, which has been standing since the Spanish Era, in the 16th century.

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  1. Tanghay View Lodge
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  2. Sohoton Caves & Natural Bridge National Park
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  3. Guiuan Beach
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  5. Borongan Cathedral
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  6. Immaculate Conception Parish Church
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  7. Jasmine Beach Resort
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  8. Domsowir Hotel
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  9. Doña Vicentia Hotel
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  10. G.V. Pension House
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  1. Borongan

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