Town of Palo

PALO

Palo is a municipality in the Leyte Province.

The Town of Palo was also been damaged during the typhoon Yolanda. Just like in Tacloban City, it was hard to wake up from that bad dream but Waraynons are known to be brave and strong. Now, Palo is already rising and there is a big changes from 2013 up to now. There are new establishments and roads are widened. People living in Palo are living there lives with a brighter hope.

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Why Go?

Here are some reasons why you should go to Palo:

  1. See for yourself the Leyte Landing Memorial

         Visit MacArthur Landing Memorial Park to recall one of the most important battles of all time and the famous words of General Douglas MacArthur, “I shall return”.

      2. Visit an old church built in 1596

      3. Visit the Yolanda memorial graves

            One is near the Palo Cathedral and the other is in Brgy. San Joaquin. 

To Do List:

Here are some of the beautiful places that you should go in Palo Leyte:


  • Palo Cathedral

In 1596, the Jesuits established the church and became their residence for some time. It was later on administered by the Augustinians in 1768 and then by the Franciscans in 1843. The church was repaired in 1850 by the supervision Fr. Agustin de Consuegra who also oversaw the construction of the two towers of the church. On March 25, 1938, the church was declared a cathedral and Msgr. Manuel Mascariñas became its first bishop. During the Second World War, the American liberation forces used the church as a hospital.

On November 8, 2013, Palo Cathedral is one of the structures that were badly hit by the strong typhoon Haiyan. After the typhoon’s devastation, a mass was held in the Cathedral for the casualties caused by Haiyan. The bodies were buried in the Cathedral’s mass grave site. The Cathedral is one of the places that the Pope visited when he came here in the Philippines. Though his visit was only for a while, it gave a lot of hope for all the people living in Palo.

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Best Time To Visit

           If you are a Catholic or a religious person, Palo Metropolitan Cathedral is a perfect place for you to recollect all your thoughts and wake up your sleeping soul. Every Christmas, the Cathedral always stands out in the whole town of Palo because of the beautiful scenery of lights that surrounds the whole area. You should also try to attend the night mass, locally known as “simbang gabi”.

Getting There

           Palo Metropolitan Cathedral is 11.3 km away from Tacloban DZR Airport which is located at San Jose Tacloban. It would take 22 minutes of travelling from the airport to the location of the Palo Cathedral.

           There are jeepneys with a signboard “San Jose Airport – Downtown, Imelda” outside the Tacloban City Airport. The fare  of the jeepneys would cost for at least 10 pesos.

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You have to stop over “Coca-Cola FEMSA” before downtown area. From “Coca-Cola FEMSA”, you have to take a few steps to the Establishment of ISUZU located across the SSS Establishment. In there, you can see jeepneys with a signboard “Tacloban – Palo”. The fare for this would cost for only 8.00 pesos.

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When you arrive at Palo, you can easily see the Palo Cathedral even if you are still inside the jeepneys since it is just located near the National Highway.

 

 


  • Hill 522      

          Hill 522, commonly known as Guinhangdan Hill, from the root word: “hangad” which means to look upward. It was the entrance to the first liberated town of Palo in 1944 after having been heavily bombarded to destroy the garrisons built by the Japanese artillery units. Foxholes built by the Japanese still exist. A memorial can be seen, it was built by Mie Prefecture.

          It is located near the Bangon River, where the La Purisima Shrine is built. Many years ago, a miracle has happened on the base of hill. It was said Mother Mary appeared and was witnessed by many locals. That is the reason why an image of Mother Mary was placed at the entrance of the hill. People visiting the hill would light up a candle on the exact spot especially the Christians.

  When you reach the peak of the hill, you will see the overall view of Palo.

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 Best Time To Visit

         During the Holy Week, Hill 522 is one of the most visited places in the town of Palo. Christians visit the Guinhangdan Hill and go up all the way to its peak where the concrete cross is located. It is their way of showing repentance of the sins they’ve committed. A way of sacrificing, to remember how our Lord, Jesus Christ sacrificed His life just to save us from our sins. Either it is Holy Week or not, you should go visit Hill and make it sure that you will go up until its peak if you want to see a beautiful scenery of the nature. You will surely enjoy looking down because it clearly shows a view of the whole of Palo.

 Getting There   

          Hill 522 is 12km away from Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport in San Jose Tacloban. Outside the airport, you can see jeepneys with a signboard “San Jose Airport – Downtown, Imelda”. The fare for the fare of the jeepneys would cost for at least 10 pesos.

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You have to stop over “Coca-Cola FEMSA” before downtown area. From “Coca-Cola FEMSA”, you have to take a few steps to the Establishment of ISUZU located across the SSS Establishment. In there, you can see jeepneys with a signboard “Tacloban – Palo”. The fare for this would cost for only 8.00 pesos.

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You need to get off  in “Mercado Fuels” which is located in Brgy. Guindapunan of Palo. It is located near the National Highway and it can be easily seen.From there you can ride a pedicab or just walk since it is only a near distance. When you get there, you will see the “La Purisima Shrine” and above it is the “Appearance of Mother Mary”.

 

 


  • MacArthur Landing Memorial Park

          Former US General Douglas MacArthur, his landing party, and then President Sergio Osmeña and General Carlos Romulo, towered close to the combined height of two people at Red Beach, Palo, Leyte. Shining proud and golden under the sunlight, they are forever frozen in the moment of MacArthur’s historic return to the Philippines almost 70 years ago. And the way they walked on Philippine soil again – by wading to the shore – is also portrayed through the shallow pool where the bronze statues stand.

          MacArthur Park is a protected area of the Philippines that commemorates the historic landing of General Douglas MacArthur in Leyte Gulf at the start of the campaign to recapture and liberate the Philippines from Japanese occupation on 20 October 1944. This event led to the largest naval battle of World War II and Japan’s eventual defeat and surrender after almost three years. The war memorial is located in the municipality of Palo on Leyte. Island in Eastern Visayas and is one of the region’s major tourist attractions. It was declared a national park on 12 July 1977.

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Best Time To Visit

          A commemorative program is always held at the MacArthur Landing Memorial Park at Candahug Palo, Leyte on October 20 annually. Thousands of government officials, veterans, students, and residents come altogether in one event to reminisce the largest naval battle in the modern history. If you want to learn more things about Leyte Landing and how it is celebrated, it would be best if you will visit MacArthur Park on October 20, exactly on the Leyte landing Anniversary.

Getting There

Outside the Tacloban DZR airport, you can see jeepneys with a signboard “San Jose Airport – Downtown, Imelda”. The fare for the fare of the jeepneys would cost for at least 10 pesos.

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You have to stop over “Coca-Cola FEMSA” before downtown area. From “Coca-Cola FEMSA”, you have to take a few steps across so that you can ride a multicab with a signboard “St. Paul’s Campetic”.

You have to get off in Philippine Science High School campus and from there, you have to ride in a tricycle which will cost about 8.00 pesos.


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