Leyte

Leyte

Leyte is one of the larger islands in the country, divided into two provinces (Leyte and Southern Leyte) and with two moderately-sized cities (Tacloban and Ormoc). There are very few private cars in the island, as most people get around the city via public transport such as jeepneys, tricycles and buses.

In Philippine history, Leyte is commemorated as the site for naval battles, as well as the place of General MacArthur’s return to the Philippines. It is also known as former first lady Imelda Marcos’s birthplace.

There is a large number of historical attractions in the city, such as the Leyte Landing Memorial, which honors the aforementioned site of return for MacArthur and his troops. There is also the Madonna of Japan, a statue symbolizing peace between the Japanese and Filipino people, as well as the Sto. Niño Shrine and Heritage Museum, built for the patron saint of Leyte.

Beaches in this area include the Tangkaan Beach and Canigao Beach. Sogod Bay in Southern Leyte is an excellent diving spot for those who like to explore deep waters and diverse marine life. There are also islets like Sambawan Island and Limasawa Island, the latter known for being the birthplace of Christianity in the country. This is the place where Ferdinand Magellan first held mass with the precolonial Filipinos.

The island is so much more than what it’s written about in history books. Leyte, along with Samar, fell victim to Super typhoon Haiyan in 2013. There was extensive damage done to the buildings, environment, and most importantly the people. Northern Leyte was especially ransacked by the calamity.

There now stand a number of monuments in memory of what was lost in the storm: there is the Astrodome Memorial Marker in Sagkahan, Tacloban, as well a monument in Tanauan. In Anibong, Tacloban, the bow of a ship called M/V Eva Jocelyn was made into a memorial for the people of Barangays (barrios) 67, 68, and 69. The residents of the barangays were aboard the ship when it was swept ashore.

Several tourist attractions were affected by the super typhoon, but the resilience of the people of Leyte, as well as the goodwill of volunteers, has helped restore the island to its former glory.

Top Rated Restaurants in Leyte Browse All

  1. Ocho Seafood and Grill
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  2. Sunzibar
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  3. Chew Love
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  4. Giuseppe Pizzeria and Sicilian Roast
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  5. Calle Zaragosa
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  6. Young Attitudes
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  7. Cosina Juan Luna
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  8. Martinelli Pizza Deli
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  9. Huhku Hotpot Express
    5.0 Stars
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  10. San Pedro Bay Seafood Restaurant
    5.0 Stars
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Top Rated Hotels in Leyte Browse All

  1. Sabin Resort Hotel
    4.5 Stars
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  2. Santiago Bay Garden & Resort
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  3. Hotel Alejandro
    4.0 Stars
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  4. My Little Island Resort
    5.0 Stars
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  5. Peachtree Lodge
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  6. Mangodlong Rock Resort
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  7. Hotel XYZ
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  8. Ormoc Villa Hotel
    5.0 Stars
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  9. Yellow Doors Hostel
    4.0 Stars
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  10. Mangodlong Paradise Beach Resort
    3.5 Stars
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Top Rated Places in Leyte Browse All

  1. Kalanggaman Island
    5.0 Stars
    Great Outdoors
    16 Reviews View
  2. Ocho Seafood and Grill
    4.5 Stars
    Seafood
    6 Reviews View
  3. San Juanico Bridge
    5.0 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    4 Reviews View
  4. Camotes Islands
    5.0 Stars
    Great Outdoors
    4 Reviews View
  5. Sunzibar
    4.5 Stars
    Mexican
    4 Reviews View
  6. Giuseppe Pizzeria and Sicilian Roast
    4.0 Stars
    Italian
    5 Reviews View
  7. Chew Love
    4.0 Stars
    International
    5 Reviews View
  8. Lake Danao Park
    4.5 Stars
    Park
    3 Reviews View
  9. Sabin Resort Hotel
    4.5 Stars
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  10. Timubo Caves
    5.0 Stars
    Great Outdoors
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Popular Areas in Leyte

  1. Tacloban

    Tacloban

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  2. Ormoc

    Ormoc

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