Formally created as a province on March 10, 1917, Leyte has played significant parts in Philippine history. For a brief yet key moment, the provincial capitol of Leyte became the temporary seat of national government during the World War II. On October 23, 1944, Sergio H. Osmena was formally installed as the president of the Philippine Commonwealth. He was sworn into office by General Douglas MacArthur. (225)Read More →

Right after I watched the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley fight at a restaurant in Tacloban City, I called up my friends to accompany me in going to San Juanico Bridge. My initial plan was just to cross the bridge by foot and then hail a ride going back to downtown Tacloban City. It was almost sunset and the weather was great. So, I had an awesome time taking pictures. Then I realized I have been taking some decent pictures during the blue hour. (213)Read More →

One of the most enduring legacies of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos is the San Juanico Bridge. Stretching at a total of 2160 meters over the San Juanico Strait, it connects the islands of Samar and Leyte. The east terminus is in Sta. Rita, Samar while the west terminus is in Tacloban City. Started in 1969 and completed in 1973, it can be said that this segment of the Pan-Philippine Highway System (Asian Highway 26, AH26) was a gift of Marcos to former First Lady Imelda, who is a native of Tacloban City. If you are coming from Tacloban City, the bridge bends likeRead More →

On June 12 the Republic of the Philippines celebrates its 114th Independence Day from its first colonial master Spain. In planning for my second trip to Eastern Visayas, I intentionally included in my itinerary the celebration of the independence in Tacloban and maybe in Palo, Leyte. Leyte has significant place in Philippine history. Not far from the capital city of Tacloban, General Douglas MacArthur, along with the Allied Forces, fulfilled his bold promise to return. He, along with the liberation forces and several national government leaders landed in the Palo, Leyte on October 20, 1944. And for a brief yet key moment in Philippine history,Read More →

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