A Quick Visit to Tacloban City

I was checking my Facebook account when my Gmail reminded me that I have an upcoming flight to Tacloban. It gave me chills because of excitement! I already forgot that booking. It was just a couple of days prior to my flight and I really had no plans (as usual, ha ha ha!)

Everyone knows that Tacloban City was badly hit by typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) almost four years ago but I’ve seen some news that the city is moving forward. When I get to the airport, I immediately look for a jeepney that is bound to downtown Tacloban (it was really easy to find one), and when I get there, I can say that the city is really moving on from that tragedy.

I first visited the Sto. Nino church. It took me couple of hours of walking to reach this place. I didn’t really know where it was. People are just kind enough to give directions 😉

I checked-in in a lodging house (this is cheaper, wink) near the church. This place is actually near everything, like restaurants, hotels, city hall, supermarkets, etc.

The church served as my guide while walking around Tacloban. You will not see the tower everywhere but whenever I see it, I know that I am near the lodging house.

Here are the places I visited in Tacloban City and you would want to visit these too.


Sto. Niño Church

Rizal Park in Tacloban City


Madonna of Japan

Tacloban City Hall

Leyte Provincial Capitol

Plaza Libertad

Sto. Nino Shrine and Heritage Museum

Heads up for this Shrine,

I got here by riding a tricycle from Leyte Provincial Capitol. Kuya driver shared his story during typhoon Yolanda. Fare: P50 Travel time: ~11 minutes

at MacArthur Landing Memorial Park (Palo, Leyte)

How to Get to MacArthur Landing Memorial Park

From Downtown Tacloban, you can ride a jeepney bound to Palo. I rode a jeepney with a sign “Robinson’s / St. Paul”. Simply ask the driver that you’ll go to MacArthur Landing Memorial Park. Fare: P10; Travel time: ~30minutes

You will be dropped off at National Science High School, there are motorcycle drivers there, waiting for tourists and travelers. Fare: P10 Travel time, few minutes

Getting Around Tacloban City

It’s really not difficult to roam around the city as there are a lot of good people who you can ask. You can also ride a tricycle and ask them to drop you off to where you want to go 😉

In my case, I just walked around and if I feel lost, that’s the time I ask for directions. Most of these places are adjacent to each other.

Have you been to Tacloban? I know I’ve missed several tourist spots but I will definitely go back here! 🙂

Where to Eat

There are several restaurants in Tacloban City. If you’re on a budget, you may want to try Pindoko’s BBQ in Real street!

If you have P100 – P150 (solo) you can have several BBQ’s! 🙂

Let me know if you have any question. I’ll be happy to help!

PS. Since I’m in Tacloban, I decided to visit Northern Samar 😉

Yeah, I know it’s 6 hours away from Tacloban but I really wanted to see the Rock Formations there. Here’s my post about it.

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