Since we are in Leyte we visited the capital.....
The word Tacloban comes from 'taklub' or 'tarakluban' which means to cover something. The place was once a fishing town, people used to catch crabs, fish, and shrimps using a contraption to cover the said marine animals. When the local fishermen were asked where they were going, they simply refer to the place where they catch fish thus would reply 'tarakluban'. The term then turned out as the name of the place over time.
The city has both historical and cultural sights that are worth visiting. Some of these landmarks are the MacArthur Landing Memorial, Palo Metropolitan Cathedral, Boy Scout Monument, San Juanico Bridge, and the Santo Nino Shrine Museum.
Hill 120 is located in Dulag, Leyte which is 34 km. from Tacloban City. Commonly called Catmon Hill, this is where the first American flag was raised by the Liberation Forces of the U.S. Army on October 20, 1944 after the Fall of Bataan. Battle sites of Leyte Valley can also be found here. You can get a panoramic view of Leyte Gulf and surrounding coastal towns; a landscaped garden with tropical flowers and shrubs; benches, concrete tables with canopy; restroom, open-air stage where memorial programs are held.
the MacArthur Landing Memorial
San Juanico Bridge, Philippines' longest bridge
the Malacañang of the Visayas, Santo Niño Shrine Museum
Leyte capitol....glistening white on a midday lakwatsa
the Tacloban Municipal hall and the park overlooking the sea
Icoy's aerial shot of San Juanico bridge....next time I will pass through the whole of SJ either via Tacloban again or via Samar....until next time SJ =)