About Borongan City, Eastern Samar
National Highway Corner Circumferential Road
Eastern Samar, Philippines, 6800
- 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 that will travel to Borongan, Eastern Samar(approx. 3 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 van-for-hire(V-hire) or bus that travels to Tacloban which is about a 2-hour drive then catch another V-hire or bus to reach Borongan (approx 3 hours). As an alternative, you can also catch a ferry(overnight boat ride) from Cebu port that can bring you Catbalogan City or Calbayog City, and from there you can catch a V-Hire, bus, or jeepney to bring you to Catarman (approx. 1-2 hours)
- Going Around in Borongan and Samar - Buses and Jeepneys are available to take passengers to neighboring towns and provinces. Tricycle can bring you around town, fare may vary on where you are going, it is the main mode of transportation in the province to take passengers to nearby destinations. A tricycle can hold upto 6 passengers at the same time.
- San Julian Beach – another unexploited white beach from the town of Borongan.
- Hamorawon Spring – Surrounded by Spanish built stone, the spring is found at the heart of Borongan and is said to be a miraculous natural spring. Legend has it that whoever takes a bath at this spring, specially foreigners, will leave the town with a Borongan wife.
- Divinuvo Island – White beach, rich marine life and crystal clear water makes this destination perfect for scuba diving and swimming.
- Guitagician Beach – A 2-Km stretch of white beach sand perfect for surfing and swimming.
- Santa Monica Caves – Excellent spot for diving, fishing, swimming and surfing. This tourist destination offers an excellent view of the Pacific Ocean
- 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.
- Padul-ong – Held on September 8 of every year to commemorate the Lady of Nativity, the patroness of Borongan. The festival is a mythological re-enactment of how the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary mysteriously arrived in Borongan fromPortugal and its connection to the Lady in white who stayed in the Hamorawon Spring and caused it to have its miraculous powers
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