Sep
24
2012

Where To Go When In Tacloban City

In my previous post, I blogged about how we got to Tacloban City from Negros Occidental, and as promised, in this post, I will blog about the tourist spots my students and I visited when we were in Tacloban City, Leyte and provide you, my dear readers, with some useful information and tips, which may come in handy when you visit the place next time.

sto. nino shrine

First we visited the Santo Niño Shrine (Romualdez Museum), where the valuables of former First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos, the wife of the late former President Ferdinand Marcos, were displayed. In addition, this is one of the 29 presidential rest houses that the late Pres. Ferdinand Marcos had built. We really would like to see Mrs. Marcos’ collections but unfortunately, my students’ budget was tight. The entrance for the said museum is P 200.00 for a group of 5 and additional of P20/head for excess of 5.

The entrance fee is inclusive of a guide tour (for 30 minutes). Aside from the entrance fee, an additional fee for the use of camera or video camera is charged with P30 and P200, respectively.  The museum is open daily from 8am to 4 pm. Anyway, because we were not able to get inside, we just took group pictures at the entrance of the museum…

mac arthurs park

Next stop, we went to one of the historical landmarks in Palo, Leyte, the Macarthur National Park (Shrine).. Entering the Park is free and taking pictures is allowed. The place is clean and well-maintained.

After the Park, we then went to the San Juanico Park Golf and Country Club. This is an 18-hole course located 10km north of  Tacloban City. Because I am not really into sports, like golf, I just admired the close-to-nature aspect of the club. We were not able to roam around because we need to pay an entrance fee and, again, my students and I, were not willing to pay…lol. Naturally, we just took pictures of the area.
san juanico bridge
Next stop, is another famous landmark of Leyte and Samar, the San Juanico Bridge. This bridge connects Samar to Leyte and vice versa and has a length of about 2.16 kilometers (1.34 mi). It is considered as the longest bridge in the Philippines spanning a body of seawater. We took a lot of pictures, though some local truck drivers informed us that picture taking in the middle of the bridge is not allowed.

Binagol

Binagol

After that, our last stop was the market, where we bought some food delicacies that Leyte is known for. The most famous delicacies of Leyte are pastillas, binagol and chocolate moron. Binagol is made of talyan (a root crop similar to gabi), coconut milk and sugar. It is called binagol because the mixture is placed inside a coconut shell called “bagol”  in local dialect and steamed inside. It is a very tasty and delicious dessert! Each binagol costs P25.00 and if you buy more, you can haggle (that’s what I’ve done…lol) Please remember that if you’re going to bring Binagol home, buy them when you’re about to leave because it will expire 3-5 days from the date it was prepared or made. You don’t want to give an expired pasalubong, right?

chocolate moron

chocolate moron

As for the Chocolate moron, also my favorite, is a suman-like native delicacy with a hint of chocolate. It is made from ground rice cooked in coconut milk then flavored with cocoa to give it a delicious taste. This one also costs, P80.00 per dozen, haggling is also recommended if you’re buying in bulk. You can even ask the seller to put it in the box, if you like. Take note, this food also will expire in a matter of days, so it’s better to ask the seller about their expiry date.

Then, the Carigara’s Special Pastillas is addicting to those who have sweet-tooth like me…What made it special is that it is made from pure carabao’s milk. This can last for weeks or even months, unlike the binagol and the moron.

We were not able to buy souvenir shirts because they just looked like the ones sold at the malls, while key chains, one of the most common pasalubong, is hard to find (at least based in our experience) and even there are some in the market, it is expensive, like P35/pc (more expensive than the ones sold in Baguio City).

Well, this is it! I hope you have picked some useful information regarding our trip that may come in handy when you visit Leyte next time…

 

Note:  the pictures of binagol and moron were not mine, I just grabbed them from the internet and I can’t remember the site.

About the Author:

Praning5254 is an insomniac who started blogging since 2008. She is an educator and a Clinical Instructor offline, who has the passion for gadgets and other technology-related stuffs. Online, she maintains several blogs of various niches, which depicts her passion for technology, health, food, movies, books and other interesting stuffs.

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