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Leyte is an island in the Eastern Visayas island group in the Philippines. It is divided into two provinces, Leyte Province and Southern Leyte. Each province includes some nearby smaller islands. Leyte is connected by bridges across narrow straits to the larger Samar Island and to the smaller Biliran island. The two largest cities are the capital, Tacloban, on the east coast near Samar Island, and Ormoc on the western coast.

Cities and municipalitiesEdit

 
San Juanico Bridge near Tacloban

Eastern part of LeyteEdit

Western part of LeyteEdit

Southern LeyteEdit

Other destinationsEdit

UnderstandEdit

The province is divided into two provinces, Leyte province and Southern Leyte; the former occupying 75% of the island and the latter the remaining 25%. For practical reasons, we treat Leyte as one region with good transportation links.

To many, Leyte is best known as the starting point of the liberation of the Philippines during World War II in 1944. On October 20, 1944, General Douglas MacArthur made his landing to the Philippines, following his well-remembered promise that "I shall return" when he left the country, then a United States colony, during the Japanese invasion in 1942. After MacArthur's return and the ensuing battle to liberate the island, Leyte eventually witnessed one of the largest naval battles in history, the Battle of Leyte Gulf, which was an American victory despite kamikaze attacks.

TalkEdit

Waray is spoken by people from the eastern part of Leyte, about 40% of the population of the province, including most of the people in the capital city, Tacloban.

Cebuano/Bisaya is the most common language in Southern Leyte and the western part of Leyte Province, with about 60% of the population of the province speaking it.

Get inEdit

 
Agas-Agas Bridge

Tacloban's Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport (TAC IATA) is the main gateway to the island and the entire region of the Eastern Visayas including the provinces of Samar (Western) and Eastern Samar. The following airlines have daily flights:

  • Cebu Pacific - Manila, Cebu and Davao.
  • PAL Express - Manila and Cebu.
  • AirAsia - Manila and Clark

Ormoc (OMC IATA) also has an airport; there are flights on Cebu Pacific to/from Manila via Cebu.

Maasin is served by Air Juan, with flights from Cebu.

Ormoc is also the region's main ferry port with frequent boats to Cebu City. There are also some boats from Maasin to Ubay on Bohol.

  • 1 Bato ferry port with frequent boats to Cebu city.
  • 2 Port of Inopacan to Cuatro Islas.
  • 3 Matalon port to Canigao Island.

Get aroundEdit

SeeEdit

  • 1 San Juanico Bridge. At 2.16 km long, this is the longest bridge spanning a body of seawater in the Philippines. It spans the San Juanico Strait from Tacloban to Santa Rita on Samar Island.    
  • Agas-Agas Bridge, Sogod, Southern Leyte. The tallest bridge in the Philippines.
  • McArthur Park. You can visit the historical landmark of Leyte, which is in municipality of Palo. This is where the Americans landed to begin retaking the Philippines from the Japanese during the Pacific War, making good on General McArthur's promise "I shall return".
  • Hindang Cave and Wild Monkeys One of the most popular daytrips in Leyte: Hindang monkey caves. It is hidden below the peaks of mountain Bontoc where the caves is located and with wild monkeys can be found. If you are on the top you can find a 640-meter zipline.
  • Lintaon Peak & Cave. It boasts a commanding view of the Camotes Sea, The Cuatro islas and surreal landscapes that go far as your eyes can see. The best time to view the thousands of roses is in the evening but we suggest going earlier to view the sunset.
  • Lake Danao. National park in Ormoc. Pleasant ride to this lake in the mountains with cool air and cold beverage to escape the hot sun. Visitors can fish, kayak, or swim. Or arrange to camp, rent the cottages on rafts. Best to go by motorbike or car.

DoEdit

 
Sunset at one of the islands of Cuatro Islas
  • Festivals - every town have their own celebration of Fiesta or Festivals in honor to their patron saints like Pasaka Festival of Tanauan, Buyugan Festival in Abuyog and Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival usually held in Tacloban City.
  • Cuatro Islas.

EatEdit

Leyte is famous for it delicacies like:

  • Chocolate moron - a sweet dessert made from glutinous rice with melted cocoa or tablea
  • Binagol - a giant taro (taylan) cooked in the hard shell of coconut coated with the sweetening syrup.

DrinkEdit

Leyte is famous for tuba, a local wine made from coconut, and a so-called "red wine", rather made from fermented coconut nectar that they wrap in tree bark that give the wine its red color. Almost every houses have tuba stored, and is usually drank during occasions or just as a pastime.

Stay safeEdit

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