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Tacloban

Tacloban, located in Leyte, was changed forever after the amount of destruction that Typhoon Yolanda left upon it. Yet it continues to rebuild itself, and is trying to reclaim its reputation as a tourist destination. Even amidst tragedy, Tacloban still maintains its charm, heritage, and rich history.

Home to a number of festivals, Tacloban’s Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival and Sangyaw Festival remain favorites among locals and tourists, being its biggest and most anticipated festivals held every June. First-timers will definitely feel overwhelmed and more than welcome to participate in its events, such as contests, street parades, and lots of dancing.

San Juanico Park Golf and Country Club is ideal for those who would like to enjoy an afternoon of golf, or a quick swim at the club’s luxurious swimming pool. For those who fancy a nice drive, the San Juanico Bridge can take you from Tacloban to Samar. This is also the country’s longest bridge, stretching at 2 kilometers.

For the art enthusiast, the Santo Nino Shrine and Heritage Museum is a must-see, as it is home to a variety of European, Chinese, and Filipino artworks. The museum was built by Former First Lady Imelda Marcos herself.

Those who take a keen interest in history should see the Madonna of Japan, a gift from Japan to the Philippines after World War II. The Leyte Provincial Capitol Building is also admired for its neoclassical architecture, while the Price Mansion—Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s former headquarters—is found in the city.

Top Rated Restaurants in Tacloban Browse All

  1. Ocho Seafood and Grill
    4.5 Stars
    Seafood
    6 Reviews View
  2. Sunzibar
    4.5 Stars
    Mexican
    4 Reviews View
  3. Giuseppe Pizzeria and Sicilian Roast
    4.0 Stars
    Italian
    5 Reviews View
  4. Chew Love
    4.0 Stars
    International
    5 Reviews View
  5. Calle Zaragosa
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    3 Reviews View
  6. Cosina Juan Luna
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    2 Reviews View
  7. San Pedro Bay Seafood Restaurant
    5.0 Stars
    Seafood
    1 Review View
  8. Huhku Hotpot Express
    5.0 Stars
    Chinese
    1 Review View
  9. Q Kitchen
    5.0 Stars
    Asian
    1 Review View
  10. Uncle Sam
    4.0 Stars
    American
    2 Reviews View

Top Rated Places in Tacloban Browse All

  1. Ocho Seafood and Grill
    4.5 Stars
    Seafood
    6 Reviews View
  2. Sunzibar
    4.5 Stars
    Mexican
    4 Reviews View
  3. Giuseppe Pizzeria and Sicilian Roast
    4.0 Stars
    Italian
    5 Reviews View
  4. Chew Love
    4.0 Stars
    International
    5 Reviews View
  5. Calle Zaragosa
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    3 Reviews View
  6. Hotel Alejandro
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    4 Reviews View
  7. Cosina Juan Luna
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    2 Reviews View
  8. San Pedro Bay Seafood Restaurant
    5.0 Stars
    Seafood
    1 Review View
  9. Huhku Hotpot Express
    5.0 Stars
    Chinese
    1 Review View
  10. Hotel XYZ
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View