Region VIII consists of six provinces: Samar, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Leyte, Soutern Leyte and Biliran. Its regional center is Tacloban City.
Tourism in this region is still in its infancy.
Note: The Eastern Visayas region was hit hard by Typhoon Haiyan, known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines.
In a park in Tacloban City in the Philippines, locally known as the Japanese Peace Park, is a large statue of a woman, known as Madonna Maria Kanon, Goddess of Peace, or Madonna of Japan. The statue was donated by Japan, as a symbol of peace and friendship. The park is now popular with young people as a place for courting.read more
Note: On 8 November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, largely destroyed Tacloban . It will take a long time to rebuild the city. Hotels, restaurants, shops and tourist attractions may be gone, closed, damaged, or have limited services. Tacloban City is the capital of Leyte, and the regional center of the Eastern Visayas. It is by far the largest city in the area. Though tourism is underdeveloped in Tacloban City, as it is throughout the Eastern Visayas, the city does have a lot to offer to the visitor. Santo...read more
A few photos of the San Juanico Bridge, one of the longest bridges in the Philippines. It connects the islands Samar and Leyte, in the Visayas...read more
Carigara is a large town in the north of the island Leyte, in the Visayas region in the Philippines. Today, Photo Friday, I show you five photos that I took in Carigara. From top to bottom: The port of Carigara, food stalls on the Boulevard, a basketball court, a house decorated for an upcoming fiesta, and a tricycle.read more
Rafael Farm is a park (or landscaped garden) with a restaurant and several function rooms. It is a popular location for photo shoots, e.g. for weddings or prenuptials. Rafael Farm is in the town Babatngon, province Leyte, not far from Tacloban City, in the...read more
We have visited the Philippines three times in the last five years, and will go again later this year. Our base is always Tacloban City, on the island Leyte, in the Visayas. Below I share five photos from Tacloban City.read more
It’s a long way from our base in Tacloban City to the church in Sulangan. When we visited Sulangan, we started our trip at 4am, to be in time for mass, and even though we had breakfast and snacks in the car, we felt quite hungry after the mass. So when we passed a few resorts on our way to Balangiga we decided to stop at one of them to have an early lunch. We stopped for lunch at Villa Calicoan, a small coastal resort. We were soon joined by other pilgrims, on their way back from Sulangan to Tacloban City. Villa Calicoan is a very small...read more
A historic site On our way back from Sulangan to our base in Tacloban City, we made a small detour to visit Balangiga, a small town in the south of Samar. Balangiga was the location of a guerilla attack in 1901, during the Philippine-American war, when almost fifty American soldiers lost their lives. A monument in front of the church reminds passers-by of this event. The Balangiga incident In the Philippines, Balangiga is famous as the location of a guerilla attack during the Philippine-American war. In 1901, guerillas attacked a group of...read more
The shrine of San Antonio de Padua In the Philippines, on the island Samar, is a town called Sulangan. It is a small town on the extreme southeastern tip of Samar. The area is a popular destination for windsurfers. Sulangan is also the home of a shrine of San Antonio de Padua (Saint Anthony of Padua). St. Anthony (1195-1231) was a Franciscan friar from Portugal. He was a gifted speaker and famous preacher. St. Anthony spent most of his career in Italy. He was sickly, and died young, near Padua, Italy. It is said that, on his death, the...read more
The white building of the Capitol in Tacloban City houses the government of the province Leyte. On either side of the building are beautiful reliefs depicting scenes from Leyte’s history.read more