Leyte, overflowing with tourist destinations, attract different types of visitors looking for different types of accommodations. Hotels in Leyte abound, catering to all kinds of travelers. GV Hotels in Leyte with specific branches in Baybay city, Maasin city, Tacloban City, Ormoc City and Sogod, offer great practical accommodations for those looking for budget hotels in Leyte. Practical accommodations that include all basic amenities without the extra cost makes GV Hotel a great choice for budget travelers.
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GV Hotels in Leyte
GV Hotels, Maasin City
T. Opus Street
+63 53 570-8094
GV Hotels, Tacloban City
Avenida Veteranos Cor. Juan Luna St.
+63 53 523-0267
GV Hotels, Baybay
A Bonifacio St.
+63 53 563-8030
GV Hotels, Ormoc City
Real Cor. Solidor Sts.,
+63 53 561-3068
GV Hotels, Sogod
Osmenia St., Sogod
+63 53 577-8125
Considered as one of the country’s most historic places, Leyte is noted for the role it played during World War II. Historically, the province was first to welcome the Spaniards but they are also first to resist the invaders during World War II. In fact, Leyte is the site of the uprising against the Spaniards and the famous landing of General Douglas MacArthur.
Leyte’s rich history is only one of the many reasons that makes Leyte an interesting place to visit. The province is also blessed with remarkable natural and historical beauty making it an ideal destination for both local and foreign visitors.
The capital city of Leyte is Tacloban City and is consequently the location of the most important seaport in the eastern coast. Ormoc City and Baybay City are the outlets on the western coast.
Leyte today is also known for the geothermal electric power plants near Ormoc.
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Must See (Places to Go, Tourist Spots, Things to Do)
San Juanico Bridge – A major tourist spot, this is the country’s longest bridge connecting the twin islands of Leyte and Samar, the third biggest island in the Philippines.
People’s Center & Library for Leyte and Samar– Books from the USA and other parts of the world are housed here. Dioramas representing the Philippine culture from ancient to modern times can also be found in the center.
Sto. Nino Shrine and Heritage Museum– Houses foreign and local collections of artwork, furniture and musical instruments.
CAP Heritage Building (formerly Price Mansion) – Memories of World War II are kept alive in the Heritage Building. The infrastructure served as General Mac Arthur’s command post and the Provincial Capitol during earlier times.
Lake Danao – A lake that is said to be the home of giant eel, this guitar-shaped body of water is framed by cloud-capped mountain ranges with wild animals roaming its surrounding forest. Lake Danao is a hunter’s paradise.
Lake Kasudsuran – Reachable only by foot, visitors get a rewarding view of the lake after hiking approximately 2.5km from the starting point of Sitio Maglahug. Lake Kasuduran is a 12-hectare lake within the virgin forest of Barangay Gaas.
Lake Janagdan – A perfect treat to the adventure seekers, Lake Janagdan can also only be reached by foot with an approximately 2 hour hike from the jump-off point at the barangay proper. Smallest among the three lakes, the same charm and beauty can be expected by those willing to take on the challenge to climb the peaks guarding the lake.
Saints Peter and Paul Parish Church – Constructed in 1556, Saints Peter and Paul Parish Church is the oldest church in the city. The church was put up by Jesuits when they first set foot in the province.
Leyte Golf and Country Club – A premier golfing resort with more than 80 hectares of semi-rolling terrain bordered by palms, coconut and other fruit-bearing trees and flowering shrubs. Golf enthusiasts will surely have a grand time playing in the green fairways overlooking the Ormoc Bay with mountains and hills as its backdrop.
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.
Sogod Bay – Established as a big fish sanctuary, the whole of Sogod Bay and parts of the Pacific area have the makings of becoming an excellent dive site. This tourist spot can very well accommodate a number of diving activities as well as other water sports and recreation.
Magsuhot Park – 500 hectares of forested area, Magsuhot Park boasts of 4 waterfalls merging into one basin.
Agas-Agas Bridge – The country’s tallest bridge and the site of Zip Southern Leyte. The Agas-Agas Zipline is the longest, highest and fastest zipline in the Visayas region. It runs about 30-stories high from the base of the bridge and is about 1km long
Guinsohotan and Busay Falls – Clear blue waters perfect for swimming and just hanging around.
Maasin Cathedral – A Catholic Church situated inside a park, the image and design of the architecture of its altar and ceiling dates back to the Spanish era.
Monte Cueva - A chapel built inside a cave on top of a hill. The hills have a great view of the city with a perfect view of the sunset paired with cool wind.
Our Lady of the Assumption Shrine – Built in 1994, the site features 253 steps to get to the 36-meter statue of the Blessed Virgin.
Food – What to Eat
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 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.Read More
Festivals in Leyte
- Pintados – Kasadyaan Festival – A merry making event in Tacloban that lasts an entire month, during the celebration, festive dancers painted from head to foot of colorful designs to depict warriors of the olden times fill the streets of the city. The festival is meant to showcase the rich cultural beginnings of Tacloban by featuring native music and dances by its people. Various municipalities gather in the city to perform a lively dance-drama parade of a storyline based on their local folklore and legends.
- Sangyaw Festival – A mardi grass type of parade in honor of the Sto. Nino, the patron saint of the province
- Feast of Saints Peter and Paul – Held on the 28th and 29th of June every year, the event is a combination of religious celebrations, processions, dancing and singing.
- The Buyogan Festival – A celebration like no other. The Buyogan festival is held every 18th of August. Colorful and grandiose attire are worn to suggest the appearance of honeybees while dancers move to imitate the movement of the creature.
- 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.
- Pabulhon Festival – a two week long celebration with lively music and street dancing. Local culture and arts are portrayed in various movements to celebrate the mutual cooperation of the people during planting and harvest season. This is held during the city’s charter day and city fiesta.
- Sakay-sakay Festival – a procession done in honor of the Sto. Nino. The festival is celebrated with street dancing and a lot of merrymaking.
- Parol Festival – A festival during the Christmas season, the Parol Festival showcases Christmas decors of local material.
How to Get There
The fastest way to get to Leyte is by plane since it is an island province. Alternative travel options are by boat and by land via buses.
Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific Air have 3 flights daily each between Manila and Tacloban City. Travel time is 1 hour and 10 minutes. Air Philippines also has four flights per week between Cebu and Tacloban City.
Sulpicio Lines takes approximately 36 hours to reach Tacloban, the ship departs from Manila three times a week.
From Cebu you can have two options either take a fast craft (Supercat, Oceanjet, Weesam) or slow boat (Sulpicio Lines, Roble Shipping, Light Shipping, WG&A).
If you’re coming from Manila, you can take a direct flight to Tacloban City and rent a van to drive to Ormoc City. Travel time is around 2 hours.
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, buses or vans travel to Baybay (approximately 2.5 hours).
If your flight is coming from Cebu City, you can take a taxi from the airport to the harbor – Pier 4 to catch a ferry – Supercat for Ormoc. From Ormoc buses and jeepneys travel to Baybay which is about a 1-hour drive
If you’re coming from Manila you can fly to Tacloban City , Leyte. There are about 3 flights a day from Manila via Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines. From Tacloban City airport you can take a bus down to Sogod where most of the dive resorts are. The trip takes around 3.5 hours.
If you are coming from Cebu there are number of ferries which leave Cebu daily and arrives in Bato,Leyte. Bato and Hilongos Ferry Terminals are about 1.5 hours away from Sogod.
Another option is catching the Supercat Ferry (fast craft) from Cebu to Ormoc. Go to Pier 4 Harbor in Cebu to take the Supercat Ferry.
The town of Sogod can also be reached by bus that travels the northern route at the North Bus Terminal in Mandaue City, Cebu. The trip would take approximately 2 hours with several bus stops along the way.
Going Around in Leyte
- Public Utility Jeepneys (Jeep) abound major thoroughfares in the city making transportation to and from the central business district to the suburbs more convenient.
- Spider Taxi – Tacloban’s version of Metro Manila’s FX taxi are also available for commuters.
- Tricycle are available 24 hours daily - This is the simplest mode of transportation in this city.
- Jeeps are available for transportation from the center of the city to rural barangays on scheduled times.
- Small buses travel from the city to nearby municipalities daily.
- Rent-a-Car services are also available at the terminal area, tour operators and hotels.
- Buses and Jeepneys are available to take passengers to neighboring towns and provinces.
- Potpot is Baybay’s own version of the tricycle. It is the main mode of transportation in the poblacion to take passengers to nearby destination. A potpot can hold upto 6 passengers at the same time.
- Potpot is their local version of a tricycle which carries nine to twelve passengers including the driver. Potpots are assigned with a specific color scheme that indicates their area of service. Fare ranges from P6.00 to P10.00 depending on the destination
- Habal-habal is a single motorcycle that is used to transport commuters and baggage to distant and mountainous area in the municipality
- Buses, jeepneys and vans for hire are available for travelling to neighbouring cities
- Pedicabs, tricycles and jeepneys are readily available for all commuters to get to different destinations in and around the city.
- Rent-a-Car Services can also be arranged if a more private mode of transportation is preferred.
Tacloban City / Ormoc City
- Good Morning – Maupay nga aga
- Good Afternoon – Maupay nga kulop
- Good Evening – Maupay nga gab-i
- How do I go to <location>? - paanano ako makadto sa <location>?
- How much? – Tagpira?
- Do you speak <language>? - Maaram ka magbagaw <language>?
Sogod / Baybay/ Maasin City
- Good Morning – Maayong buntag
- Good Afternoon – Maayong hapon
- Good Evening - Maayong gabii
- How do I go to <location>? – Unsaon nako paganhi <location>?
- How much? – Tag-pila?
- Do you speak <language>? - Kabalo ba siya mogistorya ug <language>?
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