About Baybay City, Leyte
A. Bonifacio St.,
Leyte, Philippines, 6521
- By Air - One can reach Leyte by taking a flight via Manila or Cebu. In Manila you need to transfer from the international airport terminal to the domestic airport terminal for a direct flight to Tacloban City, Leyte. From Tacloban, you can ride a bus or Van-for-hire(V-hire) that will travel to Baybay, Leyte (approx. 2 hours).
- By Sea - If your flight is coming from Cebu City, you can take a taxi from the airport to the Pier to catch a ferry – You can pick between a fastcraft(approx. 3-4hours) or large passenger ship(overnight trip, usually departs at night) for Ormoc. From Ormoc, you can catch a bus, jeepney, or V-hire that travels to Baybay which is about a 1-hour drive. As an alternative, you can also catch a fastcraft from Cebu port that can bring you directly to Baybay.
- Going Around in Ormoc and Leyte - Buses and Jeepneys are available to take passengers to neighboring towns and provinces. Potpot is Leyte’s own version of the tricycle. It is the main mode of transportation in the province to take passengers to nearby destinations. A potpot can hold upto 6 passengers at the same time.
- Immaculate Conception Church – A fine example of a Spanish-era construction. The church was originally built in 1852 by Fr. Vicenta E. Coronado but did not finish until 1870 where Captain Mateo Espinoso, a renowned sculptor and painter, placed his finishing touches.
- Mt. Pangasugan Ecopark – Houses one of the few remaining virgin forests of the country with various floras in it.
- Mabini St. – Also known as Heritage St., this area features many aged ancestral homes.
- Binagol - is sweetened taro pudding with nuts. Binagol is a popular delicacy of the province of Leyte. Binagol is made from talyan (a root crop) mixed with eggs, coconut milk, sugar, butter, nuts and chocolate. The product is put in a polished coconut shell called “bagol” and covered in banana leaves.
- Suman Moron or Choco Moron - is a smoother variety of suman. This chocolate moron is made up of ground glutinous rice also known as “malagkit” being cooked in coconut milk. Moron can either be mixed or plain with cocoa or chocolate.
- Pastillas - Pastillas de Leche if directly translated from Spanish means “milk tablets” or “milk pills” which basically describes this Filipino sweet delicacy. This is made from evaporated milk with some mixtures to make it like a dough. The dough will be formed into small shape and be coated with sugar.
- Suman Latik – It’s a delicacy made of glutinous rice (malagkit), steamed then topped with syrup made from freshly extracted coconut milk and panutsa or cane sugar chunk.
- Sagmani - it is a delicacy popular in the Leyte and Samar region, that is made of grated gabe (taro), sugar, coconut milk and nuts wrapped in banana leaves. As an alternative, some use camote (sweet potato) or kamoteng kahoy (cassava) instead of gabe in making sagmani.
- Binaybayon Festival – a celebration held every December 27 in honor of the Patroness of Baybay, Our Lady of Immaculate Conception. The festivity showcases the rich history of Baybay and exhibits the citys main source of livelihood – fishing, farming and weaving.
- Halaran Festival – a celebration held every October in honor of the Holy Rosary. The festivity is done at Brgy. Sto.Rosario which also aims to show the barangay’s history and sources of livelihood – fishing.
- Sirong Festival – a celebration in honor of St. Anthony of Padua, the festivity is held every July 13 in Brgy. Pomponan. The event showcases the brangay’s history and their main source of livelihood – farming
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