Tacloban City. Found in the Center of Eastern Visayas, this small city has proved to us that even the strongest Typhoon can never stop it from emerging as one of the best in the region. Dubbed as he City of Hope, it was able to recover quickly from being severely damaged by Typhoon Haiyan. Who would’ve thought that Tacloban can actually recover this fast? All the more reason to visit this place and be part of your bucket lists 🙂
Here are 3 of the places that every tourist must visit in the City of Hope
- San Juanico Bridge
One of the structures associated with Leyte, it was built during the reign of President Ferdinand Marcos. Try crossing the longest bridge in the Philippines that connects the islands of Leyte and Samar.
2. Sto Nino Church
Sto. Nino Church is home to the Miraculous Sr. Sto. Nino, patron of the city. Heavily damaged by Typhoon Haiyan, it was rebuilt through the efforts of Tzu Chi foundation. Proving that religion is not a hindrance when it comes to helping others.
3. Sto. Nino Shrine and Heritage Museum
Located along Real Street beside the People’s Center Library, the mansion was built by President Ferdinand Marcos for his wife Imelda Romualdez Marcos. Inside you can expect to see collections of luxurious artifacts, like paintings, furniture, religious relics, ivory sculptures and dioramas.
4. Yolanda Memorials
Visit the Yolanda Memorial in Tacloban City as well in the different parts of Leyte, built to pay tribute to the victims and survivors of the Typhoon Haiyan.
5. Pintados and Sangyaw Festival.
Watch the dazzling parade of lights of Sangyaw Festival held every night of June 29 – the night before the annual grand fiesta of the city, which is dedicated to Señor Santo Niño. TIP: Do not forget to wear slippers or comfortable slip-ons and be prepared to walk.
Hope you get to explore and enjoy the City!!! 🙂