Filipino resiliency can be found everywhere in the country. However, one of the places that represents it well is Tacloban City.  

This urban city and capital of the province of Leyte, Tacloban, was severely damaged during the powerful Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in 2013. But though this tragedy seemed like a nightmare they may never wake up from, we can all see now how strong and resilient the residents of Tacloban are.

Today, we can see how Tacloban has risen amidst that tragedy and continuously build their community into a greater and stronger one. This place certainly has a lot to offer, and enough so to be part of your travel list.

There are a lot of things you can visit and do while you’re in Tacloban City. Although we recommend exploring this city much longer than 2 days, we understand the benefits of maximizing the only time you have no matter how short it is – especially for backpackers.

Day 1

Though first days in a new place you’re traveling to can be quite exhausting, we recommend to maximize this time and use it to explore the city more. Because between the 2 days that you only have, the first day is the only time you can spend an entire day. Tacloban, however, is a small city so going around wouldn’t be a problem.

Places we recommend you to visit:

  • Visit the MacArthur Park where the famous Gen. Douglas MacArthur is situated

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  • Get to know Tacloban’s history by visiting Santo Niño Shrine and Heritage Museum

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  • Enjoy a river cruise in Sohoton Natual Bridge Park

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  • Take a day trip and enjoy the majestic Tulaan Falls

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  • Walk leisurely or even jog along the San Juanico Bridge

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Day 2

Depending on your departure time, you can still pretty much squeeze in a couple of things during your last day in Tacloban City. You can also this time to buy some pasalubongs or souvenirs to remember this trip by.

Places we recommend you to visit:

  • Visit Kanhuraw Hill  where you can find the Madonna of Japan Park

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  • Light a candle at Santo Niño de Tacloban

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  • Walk under the lined trees at Magsaysay Boulevard

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  • Admire the neo-classical façade of the Leyte Provincial Capitol

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  • Pay your respects or offer a prayer at the Yolanda Memorial Monument

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Of course, it’s recommended to explore a place for more than just a day or 2 to fully understand and properly see it. So if you can spend more than just 2 days traveling around this part of the Eastern Visayan region, you’ll find that Tacloban City is not just a great tourist destination, but also a great place to begin your journey to other provinces nearby.

What are you waiting for? Start planning that trip to Tacloban City now. While you’re at it, consider staying with RedDoorz to get the best stay at budget-friendly rates. Check out our many locations across the city by visiting our website or downloading our mobile app now.


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