The first impression many tourists get from Ormoc is that it is a quiet, rural city in Western Leyte. It is actually the cultural and economic hub of the province, as well as the first non-provincial capital city in the Philippines.
Ormoc has gone through a number of disasters, from a 1991 flash flood and most recently,the Super typhoon Haiyan in 2013. There are monuments around Leyte that commemorate the victims and heroes of the tragic event.
Since it is a port city, its economy thrives on aquaculture, as well as agriculture. Pineapple is the staple fruit produce of Ormoc—there are pineapple plantations in Kananga, where one can buy these zesty tropical fruits by bulk. They’re perfect for giving friends and relatives back home, and for just enjoying by yourself on hot summer days.
Ormoc has a number of both natural and historical attractions. If you’re feeling stressed, you could opt for a dip at the Tongonan Hot Springs National Park to unwind. There are also the Lake Danao and Centennial Park, which are perfect venues for going on a picnic.
For those who are looking to swim, try the Leyte Golf and Country Club, a beautiful golf course that has olympic-size pools and overlooks the Ormoc Bay. The Sabin Resort is a picturesque tropical getaway, as well.
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