I was checking my Facebook account when my Gmail reminded me that I have an upcoming flight to Tacloban. It made me so excited as I already forgot that booking! It was just a couple of days before my flight and I had no plans (as usual, hahaha!) I am visiting Tacloban so I can see the best tourist spots that you can also enjoy.
Everyone knows that Tacloban City was badly hit by typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) almost seven years ago but I’ve seen some news that the city is moving forward. When I get to Tacloban 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 moving on from that tragedy. So here we go!
Top 7 Tourist Spots in Tacloban City
Sto. Niño Church
I first visited the Sto. Nino church. It took me a couple of hours of walking to reach this place. I didn’t 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.
2. Rizal Park in Tacloban City
3. Madonna of Japan
The Madonna of Japan monument was constructed in the memory of the brave soldiers who fought and died in this battlefield. This is a symbol of peace and friendship between the Japanese and Filipino people. There is no entrance fee. Situated at Kanhuraw Hills, Tacloban City
4. Tacloban City Hall
More info from wiki – Tacloban City
5. Leyte Provincial Capitol
6. Plaza Libertad
7. Sto. Nino Shrine and Heritage Museum
Heads up for this Shrine. I got here by riding a tricycle from Leyte Provincial Capitol. Fare: P50 Travel time: ~11 minutes at MacArthur Landing Memorial Park (Palo, Leyte)
That summarizes the top 7 tourist spots in Tacloban City. Here’s another landmark that you may want to visit too – MacArthur Landing Memorial Park.
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. That’s how you can get to MacArthur Landing Memorial Park.
Getting Around Tacloban City
It’s 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 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 the Real street!
If you have P100 – P150 (solo) you can have several BBQ’s! 🙂
Let me know if you have any question and 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 wanted to see the Rock Formations there. Here’s my post about it.