Posted by June 30, 2010on
Even before we left for Tacloban, Fitz, Don and I have already made plans of getting the Icot Icot tour. But when we arrived in Tacloban, Ludette Ruiz of Leyte Gulf Travel and Tours informed us that the standard transportation used for the ICOT tour is not working well, Instead, we’ll just have the Sudoy ha Leyte Tour offered by the Travel Agency.
Imagine with only one hour of sleep, I flew to Tacloban at 4:20AM. Luckily I got a quick nap probably 30 minutes or even less, before the tour started at around 8:30AM.
We really had a great time touring the city and the neighboring towns. Although this is my second time in Tacloban, This is my first time to actually tour the city, since I only had less than 24 hours of stay here 2 years ago.
For one whole day we get to tour some of the most important sites in Tacloban. There’s just so many things to do in Leyte, sad to say many of these destinations are not promoted well.
The Sudoy han Leyte is probably the most basic Tour one must avail when in Tacloban since it covers the more popular destinations like the San Juanico Bridge and the Mc Arthur Landing Memorial Site.
Tacloban is more than just the San Juanico Bridge and General Douglas Mc Arthur. This is what we discovered during our recent trip. Among the places we visited were the Leyte Provincial Capitol, which briefly, became the seat of the Commonwealth Government of the Philippines. Other places we visited were the Leyte Park Hotel, Madonna Shrine, Sto. Niño Church, Price Mansion, Sto. Niño Shrine, MacArthur Memorial Shrine in Palo, Leyte, and San Juanico Bridge. We had our sumptuous lunch at the Rafael Farms in Babatngon, Leyte. Some 30 minutes away from Tacloban.
Grabe! The food is really really good! You should never fail to drop by the Rafael Farms when in Leyte. I especially liked the kinilaw nga tangigue and the baked scallops. Ang sarap!!! I also love the very serene atmosphere in San Rafael. Perfect for a quiet weekend getaway.
We really had a grand time enjoying the best of Tacloban! We had another round of History 101 lessons but of course in the most interesting way and not your usual old-school boring classroom type of lectures.
We took tons of photos and of course, mawawala ba ang mga jumpshots? honestly, It’s a bit scary to do the jumpshots in San Juanico Bridge. Since its bottom has springs to absorb the vibration of oncoming vehicles, the bridge actually swings, or shall I say, vibrates. Imagine if the three of use would jump all at the same time + strong wind, SCARY but ’twas totally fun!
It was a very very tiring day. (Remember, I only had an hour’s sleep), but still had so much energy to tour for the whole day. And of course, enjoyed it so much.
I highly recommend the Sudoy ha Leyte Tour when you are in Tacloban. Experience the best of Tacloban in a day! To book for the Sudoy ha Leyte tour, please contact Leyte Gulf Travel and Tours. you may also contact them through:
Leyte Gulf Travel and Tours
Tacloban City, Leyte 6500
Tel. No: +6353.321.7966
Many many thanks to Sir Gerry Ruiz and Ludette Ruiz for the tour and the sumptuous lunch at Rafael Farm and the best tasting dinner in Tacloban at Calle Zaragosa! Thanks also to Patrick Steven Buena of Leyte ProvincialTourism Office! Damo nga Salamat!
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