Tacloban is not just your ordinary, run-in-the-mill city in the Eastern Visayas region. As a thriving city, it’s the gateway to the region and serves as a connection between Luzon and Mindanao to the islands of Visayas. It boasts of rich history, monumental sights, breathtaking attractions, colorful festivals and other man-made wonders of nature.
If you want to explore this city, there are many Tacloban City tourist spots to visit and activities to try out. To help you decide which ones to add to your itinerary, here are a few of the best ones.
Crossing the San Juanico Bridge
The San Juanico Bridge is known to be a tourist spot that’s also a monumental landmark that stretches from Samar to Leyte across the San Juanico Strait. At a total length of 2.16 kilometers, it’s considered the longest bridge in the Philippines that crosses a body of water.
Completed in 1973, it used to be known as Marcos Bridge as it was built during the regime of former late Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos. It’s believed that it was a gift and a testimony of love from Marco to his wife, Imelda Marcos, herself a native of Leyte.
Visiting the Santo Nino Shrine and Heritage Museum
The Santo Nino Shrine and Heritage Museum is one of the most visited spots in Tacloban City.
The building that now houses the museum is thought to be one of the many Presidential rest houses that the late President Marcos built during his reign. On the other hand, it’s also believed that the former First Lady, Imelda Marcos, had this place constructed as the First Family’s residence in the city.
Whoever had it constructed, it’s an interesting site to visit as it tells a lot about the past. It’s well worth the fee for a guided tour, and it’s definitely one of the must-see spots when visiting Tacloban City.
Spending a Relaxing and Rejuvenating Day at Paruparong Bukid Nature Conservation Center
Paruparong Bukid Nature Conservation Center is found in Brgy. Lukay, Leyte and is just a 30-minute drive from Tacloban City.
Standing amidst green fields with a stunning view of the nearby mountains, it’s a wellness center that offers detox programs and other activities like kayaking, fishing, and butterfly- and bird-watching, among others. Furthermore, they offer food selections that are prepared using only organically grown fruits and vegetables.
Visiting the Neoclassical Leyte Provincial Capitol Building
Established in 1907, the imposing Leyte Provincial Capitol Building is a stunning example of neoclassical architecture, reminiscent of the American-era government edifices. It played a crucial role in Philippine history as it briefly became the seat of the Philippine Commonwealth Government from October 23, 1944 until February 27, 1945.
The establishment features two bas relief. The first one depicts the First Christian Mass to ever be held on the island of Limasawa, and the second one shows the historical landing of Gen. Douglas MacArthur on Red Beach, Palo Leyte.
So, there you have it. These are just some of the must-see historical places in Tacloban City. Although there’s still more where that came from, we’ll leave the exploring to you so there’s still an element of discovery. Just remember to plan your trip ahead of time when possible so you can avoid any major problems.