Tacloban is a city in Eastern Visayas and the capital of the province of Leyte. It's the home of the Pintados Festival, a cultural event in Leyte commemorating the life and culture of the early settlers of Tacloban.
Tourist Information CentersEdit
- City Tourism Operations Office, Tacloban City Hall.
- City Tourism Information and Assistance Counter, Arrival Area, DZR Airport, San Jose.
- Provincial Tourism Office, Leyte Academic Center, Pawing, Palo, Leyte.
- Department of Tourism Regional Office No. 8, Magsaysay Blvd, ☏ . M-F 9AM-5PM. free city map.
- 1 Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport (Tacloban Airport, DZR Airport, TAC IATA). Formerly a US air base during World War II, it is the main entry point to Leyte (and Eastern Visayas in general) by plane. Tacloban Airport has one 2,140 m (7,020 ft) runway which can accommodate small passenger jets like the Airbus A320 family. This is badly damaged by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in 2013, but has been rebuilt, and in 2015, the airport is the venue of an open-air Mass during Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines.
Cebu Pacific flies from Manila using an Airbus A320 jet, while its regional carrier Cebgo flies from Cebu using turboprop aircraft. PAL Express flies from Manila and Cebu using jets and turboprops, respectively. Philippines AirAsia has flights from Manila or Clark using jets.
- There are buses going to Manila via Catbalogan, Calbayog, Sorsogon, Legazpi City, Naga, Lucena, and to Davao and Cagayan de Oro via Surigao and Butuan.
- There are small buses going from Tacloban to Naval, Sogod, Maasin, Baybay, and Ormoc.
- Long-distance buses arrive at the Tacloban Bus Terminal, 2 km from downtown.
- There are many ways to get from the airport to all over Tacloban City, especially downtown, which is where most of the fun and excitement happens.
- Jeepneys are the cheapest way to get from the airport to downtown and cost an average of ₱10 for a one way trip downtown, for a taxi or pedicab you are looking at ₱50-100; if asked for more, then you are being ripped off.
- For visitors not familiar with the city, you hire a tricycle to get to your destination. It costs around ₱8 per ride.
- Taxis operate from the airport to any part of the city. MLHuillier Taxi have the most cars. Taxi service is now available from the hotel to fetch you to the airport or any destination within the city and sub-urban towns around Tacloban at a higher price. For pick-up from downtown hotels in Tacloban to the airport, the standard price is ₱250. More than this amount is above the norm. Be prepared with the exact amount as drivers may not always have loose change. When wanting taxi service at your hotel, ask the front desk, they have contacts with taxi operators and drivers. For out-of-city points, prices are negotiable.
- Jeepneys are the cheapest way to travel all around the city. Although confusing at first, it may take you a while to adjust to the directions and the naming of the different sections of the city, if in doubt ask a local since everyone is very willing to help.
- When walking around the city, crossing the streets, intersections, observe traffic rules as the city imposes its anti-jaywalking ordinance. Some tourists and visitors who are used to the indifference of pedestrians in other cities in the Philippines, Tacloban could be a different place for them. The feel of the city is not as urbanized as in other highly urbanized cities in the Philippines. So every visitor and locals alike who come from rural towns may mistakenly take for granted traffic rules. There is a tendency to disregard the local ordinances.
- Price Mansion, Justice Romualdez Street. CAP Building served as the residence and headquarters of General Douglas MacArthur for three months.
- The Redona Residence, T. Claudio Street. Official residence of President Sergio Osmena Sr. during the liberation period.
- The Leyte Provincial Capitol, Senator Enage St. The seat of Philippine Commonwealth in 1944.
- The Philippine-Japan Commemorative Peace Park, Magsaysay Boulevard. Stone's throw away from city hall. It was donated by the Tokyo Survivors Associations in honor of soldiers and paramilitary personnel who perished in the area.
- The Maria Kanon Madonna of Peace Shrine, Magsaysay Boulevard. Near the city hall. Carved out of a rare Miyagi rock and fashioned by Japanese sculptor Shiniche Tani.
- Tacloban City Convention Center, Real Street, Sagkahan District. Popularly known as the Astrodome.
- Calvary Hill. Larger than life statues of Jesus Christ and other personages, in tableaux, depict Christ's sacrifice and sufferings.
- Crucified Christ and the Map of Leyte Pilgrim Monument, Magsaysay Boulevard.
- Santo Niño Shrine and Heritage Museum, Real Street.
- Balyuan Amphitheater.
- Boy Scout Monument, Fatima Village.
- World War II Japanese Pillboxes, Baluarte, San Jose.
- Indoor climbing at Bukid Outdoor Shop, P. Burgos Street.
- San Juanico Bridge. It is the longest bridge in the Philippines. It connects the city to the third biggest island of the Philippines, Samar. The bridge spans 2.14 km and is one of the major tourist spots in the city.
- San Juanico Golf Park and Courtry Club, Cabalawan Hills.
- The People's Center and Library, Real Street. It houses volumes of books from the US and Europe and other countries.
- Grand Santacruzan. May 30
- Tacloban City Charter Day.
- Balyu-an Rites.
- Subiran Regatta. It is a race of one-man native sailboats with outriggers locally called "subiran" along scenic and historic Leyte Gulf. The race is done without using a paddle but only skills and techniques to manuever the sail.
- Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival.
- Sangyaw Festival. June 29
- Barrio Fiesta. Leyte Landing Anniversary, October 20.
Malls & supermarketsEdit
- Robinsons Place Mall & Robinsons supermarket (about 4 km from downtown.). 10AM-8PM.
- Gaisano Capital Department Store and Supermarket., J Romualdez street, ☏ . 8AM-9PM.
- SM Savemore Supermarket, Justice Romualdez Street. 8AM-9PM.
- Gaisano Central Mall, Justice Romualdez Street.. 8AM-9PM. Has a Gaisano Supermarket.
- Puregold Supermarkets, Calanipawan Road & marasbaras Street. (one is near Tacloban City Hospital). 8AM-9PM.
- Unitop Department Store, Zamora Street, ☏ . 7:30AM-7:30PM. lower prices.
- Calle Z, Independencia St. (Just ask the tricycle driver to bring you to this restaurant.). It has a homey ambiance.
- Pindoko's, Real Street. Barbecues at very reasonable prices.
- Fahrenheit Food Center, M H Del Pilar Street. 8AM-8PM. lower prices.
- J C O Roasters & J C Food Spot, Justice Romualdez Street. 8AM-8PM. lower price.
- Kenny's fast food, 88 Zamora Street, ☏ . 8AM-8PM. lower price.
- Zaibatsu Cafe Bar, Sen. Enage St (at right going to the provincial capitol from downtown Tacloban.).
- Bo's Cafe, Avenida Veteranos.
- GV Hotel, Corner of Juan Luna and Veteranos, ☏ . Check-out: noon. Fan and a.c. single/double rooms with own bathrooms and cable TV. 137 rooms. free wifi. from ₱600.
- Matthews Loding House, M.H Del Pilar Street, ☏ . Check-out: noon. Fan single/double rooms with own bathroom. From ₱350.
- Welcome Home Pensione, 161 Sto Nino Street, ☏ . Check-out: 1noon. Fan/a.c. single/double rooms with or without own bathroom. Most rooms have cable TV. from ₱400.
- Cecilias Lodge, 178 P. Peterno Street, ☏ . Check-out: 1noon. Single/double rooms with own bathroom. From ₱450.
- Travellers Suite, Rizal Avenune, ☏ . Check-in: 13:00, check-out: noon. Fan single room. Shared bathroom. Free wifi. From ₱450.
- Yellow Doors Backpackers Hostel, Corner of Burgos & Juan Luan Streets, ☏ . Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 12 noon. A hostel with dorm beds and single/double rooms that has its own bar. from ₱250.
- Asia Star Hotel. In the downtown area.
- Leyte Park Hotel. This used to be one of Tacloban's well kept charms, now totally destroyed. You will see a bird's eye view of the Canacabato Bay.
- Hotel Canelsa, Realmstar Building, corner Rizal Avenue and P. Burgos Street, Tacloban, ☏ , .
- Etsu Hotel, GYT Building, corner Rizal Avenue and Tarcela Street, Tacloban, ☏ .
- XYZ hotel, Zamora Street.
- Hotel Consuelo, Veteranos Avenue.
- Go Hotels, Robinson's Place.
- Hotel La Rica, Zamora Street.
- Hotel Rodolfo, Sto. Nino street.
- Hotel Lorenza, Veteranos Avenue.
The international telephone country code for the Philippines is 63. The area code for Tacloban is 53.
- Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center. Senator Enage Street. Phone 53-3213129. (DOH Hospital).
- Bureau of Immigration Tacloban office. Kanhuraw Hill. Magsaysay Blvd. phone 053-3256004.
- Lavada Express Laundry and Dry Cleaning.
- Redemptorist Church, Real Street.
- Santo Niño Church, corner Real and Zamora Streets. It is considered as the main church of Tacloban City. It is home to the miraculous image of the Senor Santo Nino.