About Catbalogan City, Western Samar
Municipal Plaza Behind Catbalogan City Hall
Catbalogan City, Western Samar, 6700
- 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 Catbalogan, Samar(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 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 Catbalogan (approx 2 hours). As an alternative, you can also catch a ferry(overnight boat ride) from Cebu port that can bring you Catbalogan City.
- Going Around in Catbalogan 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Manaragat Festival of Catbalogan City honours Patron Saint, St. Bartholomew every 24th of August as the miraculous Saint who maintained the richness of Maqueda Bay as a major fishing ground of the province of Samar. This is far different from the well known Sinulog, Kasadya-an and other festivals in the country that honours the birth of Christianism.
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