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Region VIII: Eastern Visayas

San Juanico Bridge, the Philippines

The San Juanico Bridge, connecting the islands Leyte and Samar

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.

The road to Sulangan

Posted by on 1 Feb 2009 in Adventures in the Visayas, Eastern Visayas (Region VIII), Photo Blog | 1 comment

The road to Sulangan

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...

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Capitol

Posted by on 6 Apr 2008 in Adventures in the Visayas, Eastern Visayas (Region VIII), Philippines, Photo Blog | 0 comments

Capitol

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...

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A palace in Tacloban

Posted by on 15 Jan 2008 in Adventures in the Visayas, Eastern Visayas (Region VIII), Palace, Philippines, Photo Blog | 0 comments

A palace in Tacloban

Former first lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos, who has her roots in Tacloban City, had a small palace built, for herself and for her husband, President Marcos. The palace was built, but she never got the chance to use it. When Marcos was ousted, the palace was opened to the public, under the name Santo Niño Shrine and Heritage Museum. When I was in Tacloban City I had a look around. A beautiful palace, but deteriorating – apparently there are insufficient funds for...

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Stations of the Cross

Posted by on 26 Nov 2007 in Adventures in the Visayas, Eastern Visayas (Region VIII), Philippines, Photo Blog | 0 comments

Stations of the Cross

The Way on Calvary Hill In Leyte, just outside Tacloban City, is a hill with the name Calvary Hill. On the slopes of Calvary Hill are groups of statues depicting the stations of the cross. It follows the traditional fourteen stations, from Jesus’ condemnation to His entombment. There is one extra statue on top: Jesus arisen from death. Follow me as I climb Calvary Hill on my way to the arisen Christ. Jesus is condemned to death The first station is Jesus’ condemnation to death. He was condemned by the Sanhedrin, the Jewish court....

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