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City of Tacloban
Ciudad han Tacloban
Lungsod ng Tacloban
—  Highly Urbanized City  —

Nickname(s): "The Heart of Eastern Visayas and the Gateway to Region VIII."
Coordinates: 11°14′36″N 125°0′0″E / 11.24333°N 125°E / 11.24333; 125
Country Philippines
Region Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)
Province Leyte
Districts 1st District of Leyte
Barangays 138 Barangays
Municipality Believed to be in 1770
Capital of the Province February 26, 1830
Component city of the province June 12, 1953[1]
Highly Urbanized City October 4, 2008 (proclaimed) [2]; December 18, 2008 (ratified) [3]
 - Type Strong Mayor-Council
 - City Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez
 - Land 201.72 km2 (77.9 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 - Total 217,199
 Density 1,076.74/km2 (2,788.7/sq mi)
 - Demonym Taclobanon
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6500
Area code(s) +63 53
Tacloban Day [4] Every 30th day of June
City Charter Republic Act 760
Website http://www.tacloban.gov.ph

The City of Tacloban (Filipino: Lungsod ng Tacloban, Waray: Ciudad han Tacloban, simplified Chinese: 独鲁万traditional Chinese: 獨魯萬) is a port city approximately 360 miles southeast of Manila. It is the first in Eastern Visayas to be classified as a Highly Urbanized City. It is the capital of Philippine province of Leyte. It is the largest city in terms of population [5] and considered as the regional center of Eastern Visayas or Region VIII. It briefly became the seat of the Philippine Commonwealth Government from October 20, 1944 to February 27, 1945.



Tacloban was known as Kankabatok, an allusion to the first inhabitants of the place – Kabatok. They established their dwelling in the vicinity of the present day Sto. Niño Church. Others who came later were Gumoda, Haraging and Huraw who erected their own settlements in nearby sites. Huraw’s domain is the hill where the city hall now sits. The combined settlements acquired the name Kankabatok, meaning Kabatok’s property.

By the end of the 16th century, Kankabatok was under the political administration of Palo and part of the parish of Basey, Samar. It was discovered in 1770, by the Augustinian Mission, who were superseded by the Franciscans in 1813. During this period, Kankabatok was renamed to Tacloban.

Street performers carrying Taklub at their backs. Tacloban got its name from these taklubs.

The change of the name came about in this manner: Kankabatok was a favorite haunt of fishermen. They would use a bamboo contraption called "Taklub" to catch crabs, shrimps or fish. When asked where they were going, the fishermen would answer, "(to) Tarakluban", which meant the place where they used the devise to catch these marine resources. Eventually, the name Tarakluban or Tacloban took prominence.

It is not known when Tacloban became a municipality because records supporting this fact were destroyed during a typhoon. It is commonly believed that Tacloban was officially proclaimed a municipality in 1770. In 1768, Leyte and Samar were separated into two provinces, each constituting as a politico-military province. Due to its strategic location, Tacloban became a vital trading point between the two provinces.

One of the reasons Tacloban became the capital is her well-sheltered sea port

The capital of Leyte was transferred from one town to another with Tacloban as the last on February 26, 1830. The decision to make Tacloban the capital was based on the following reasons: 1) ideal location of the port and 2) well-sheltered and adequate facilities. On June 20, 1952[1], Tacloban was proclaimed a chartered city by virtue of Republic Act No. 760.

The arrival of Colonel Murray in 1901 made him the first military governor of Leyte. His first official act was the opening of Tacloban port to world commerce. Before World War II, Tacloban was the commercial, education, social and cultural center of the Province of Leyte. Copra and abaca were exported in large quantities. The leading institutions were: The Leyte Normal School, Leyte High School, Leyte Trade School, Holy Infant Academy and the Tacloban Catholic Institute.

On May 25, 1942, Japanese forces landed in Tacloban - signalling the beginning of their three-year occupation of Leyte. They fortified the city and improved its airfield. Since San Pedro Bay was ideal for larger vessels, the Japanese Imperial Naval Forces made Tacloban a port of call and entry. This time was considered the darkest in the history of Tacloban and the country due to the incidences of torture among civilians, including the elderly. In response, guerilla groups operated in Leyte - the most notable of which was the group of Colonel Ruperto Kangleon.

Leyte Landing Memorial Park

Leyte was the first to be liberated by the combined Filipino and American troops. General Douglas MacArthur’s assault troops landed in the Tacloban and Palo beaches (White Beach and Red Beach, respectively) and in the neighboring town of Dulag (Blue Beach) on October 20, 1944. These landings signaled the eventual victory of the Filipino and American forces and the fulfillment of MacArthur’s famous promise: "I Shall Return."

Redoña Residence. Residence of the family of Margarito and Prisca Redoña where President Sergio Osmeña Sr. stayed during the liberation days of World War II.

Three days later, on the 23rd, at a ceremony at the Capitol Building in Tacloban, General MacArthur accompanied by President Sergio Osmeña made Tacloban the temporary seat of the Commonwealth Government and subsequently the temporary capital of the Philippines until the complete liberation of the country. The provincial government of Leyte and the municipal government of Tacloban were re-established.

Atty. Paulo Jaro was the Liberation Mayor of Tacloban. The first mayor of this capital upon inauguration of the Philippine Republic was Hon. Epifanio Aguirre. On January 8, 1960, General Douglas MacArthur made his "sentimental" journey to Leyte.

Price mansion. General Douglas MacArthur set up headquarters in a building owned by Capt. and Mrs. Walter Scott Price in 1944. The general escaped injury in this building when a Japanese bomb penetrated the roof over his room on October 20, 1944. It served as the provisional capitol of the Philippines from October 20-23, 1944 upon the reconstitution of the Commonwealth of the Philippines for President Osmeña. It is now occupied by an insurance company

Landmarks in the area include the Joseph Price Mansion where General MacArthur set up headquarters in 1944 and the Redoña Residence. These two structures in Tacloban played a vital role during the liberation of the Philippines.

The city has been proclaimed as a highly-urbanized city by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on October 4, 2008[2] and ratified by the people on December 18, 2008 [6]


Tacloban is located on Cancabato Bay, in the San Juanico Strait which divides the islands of Leyte and Samar.


World-class handicrafts

It is the regional center of commerce, tourism, education, culture, and government in the region. It has new malls, entertainment centers, and coffee bars around. Tacloban is now actually a rising City with many new investments coming to the city, like malls, call centers and etc...

Favorite pasalubong or take home treats (Left yellow basket: Front and Back left- Moron, back right - Sagmani; Right yellow basket: Binagol)

Economically, Tacloban is one of the fastest growing cities in the Philippines. It has one of the lowest poverty incidence rates in the country (at roughly 9%, while the national poverty incidence stands at 30%), and is the richest local government unit in Eastern Visayas. The Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport located in the city is the region's largest domestic airport, with plans for expansion into an international standard facility underway.

In the mid-90's, Tacloban City worked out the acquisition of 237 hectares for its Economic Zone, which was finally realized and approved by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority, by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 1210 on April 23, 1998. The Eastern Visayas Agri-Industrial Growth Center (EVRGC) was then officially registered as an Eco-Zone with the City Government of Tacloban as the developer/operator.

Banking and Finance

There are 30 or more banks and financial institutions operating in the city such as :

Shopping Malls

Tacloban is also the shopping haven in Eastern Visayas. Recently, Robinsons Land opened its first mall in the region, Robinsons Place Tacloban, which is now considered the largest shopping complex in the region. Wilsam Uptown Mall in Borongan, Samar, previously was the biggest shopping mall in Eastern Visayas. The Gaisano group also opened a mall in December 2008, Gaisano Central Mall, which is bigger than its first mall in the city - Gaisano Capital Mall. The new Gaisano mall houses Tacloban's first KFC restaurant, and the second is located in the Robinsons Place mall.

List of Shopping Malls and Department Stores

* Leyte Asia Trading ( Where Shopping Is A Pleasure) (Mapa Downtown Ka Gad La Gihap)

  • Leyte Supermarket
  • Tacloban Shopping Center (dry market)
  • Tacloban Supermarket (wet market)
  • Nena's Trading
  • Reyna's Department Store
  • RR Arcade
  • 7R (fashion store)
  • SM City Tacloban (Under Feasibility study)


Based on the official results of the August 1st, 2007 National Census, Tacloban City has a Population of 217,199 [7] inhabitants, up from 178,639 in the year 2000.

Tacloban is a dominantly Waray speaking city. The language is also officially called Lineyte-Samarnon ("Leyte-Samarnon"). Tacloban is culturally and linguistically diverse . A decade before the end of the Spanish sovereignty, the place was dominantly a typical colonial community. Most of its residents were either pure Iberian families or the new generations of Spanish-Filipino blood. Today’s population consists of a healthy mix of Spanish and Chinese mestizos, foreign expatriates and the native Leyteños.


Nearly all of the people of the City of Tacloban are Christian, with 97% Roman Catholic. The remainder are mostly Protestant (primarily [UCCP]) and other Christian sects, such as Mormon and Iglesia ni Cristo.

List of Roman Catholic churches in Tacloban

  • Santo Nino Church
  • Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish (Redemptorist)
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
  • Our Lade of Fatima Parish
  • San Jose Parish
  • St. Jude Parish
  • Sacred Heart Parish
  • St. Rafael the Archangel Parish
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
  • Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church
  • St. Jose Ma. Escriva Church

and numerous chapels in various barangays around the city.

Muslim population covers about .3% of the total population. There are 600 Muslim people in Tacloban City. 90% are Maranao, 0.5% Waray Waray and the Remainder are mostly Tausug or Badjao. The local Mosque is in the Market area and the other is on the second floor Just above the good Morning Bake shop and 7R.


Leyte Provincial Capitol. The Capitol Building of the Philippines 1944-1945. It became the seat of Philippine Commonwealth Government from October 23, 1944 to February 27, 1945.
Kanhuraw - metonym for the city hall or the city government. Also the name of the hill where the city hall building is situated.

The executive power of the city government is vested on the mayor. The Sangguniang Panlungsod or the city council has the legislative power to create city ordinances. It is a unicameral body composed of ten (10) elected councilors and certain numbers of ex officio and sectoral representatives. It is presided by the vice-mayor. The city mayor, vice mayor and the elected city councilors are elected-at-large every three (3) years.

The city government ceased to become under the supervision of the provincial government after it became a Highly Urbanized City in 2008. The city is under the direct supervision of the national government


The city is divided into 138 villages called barangay[8], each having its own government.

  • Barangay 2
  • Nula-tula (Bgys. 3 & 3A)
  • Libertad (Barangays 1 & 4)
  • Barangay 5
  • Barangay 6
  • Barangay 6-A
  • Barangay 7
  • Barangay 8
  • Barangay 100 (San Roque)
  • Barangay 101 (New Kawayan)
  • Barangay 102 (Old Kawayan)
  • Barangay 103 (Palanog)
  • Barangay 103-A (San Paglaum)
  • Barangay 104 (Salvacion)
  • Barangay 105 (Suhi)
  • Barangay 106 (Santo Niño)
  • Barangay 107 (Santa Elena)
  • Barangay 108 (Tagapuro)
  • Barangay 12
  • Barangay 13
  • Barangay 14
  • Barangay 15
  • Barangay 16
  • Barangay 17
  • Barangay 18
  • Barangay 19
  • Barangay 20
  • Barangay 21
  • Barangay 21-A
  • Barangay 22
  • Barangay 23
  • Barangay 24
  • Barangay 25
  • Barangay 26
  • Barangay 27
  • Barangay 28
  • Barangay 29
  • Barangay 30
  • Barangay 31
  • Barangay 32
  • Barangay 33
  • Barangay 34
  • Barangay 35
  • Barangay 35-A
  • Barangay 36
  • Barangay 37
  • Barangay 37-A
  • Barangay 38
  • Barangay 39
  • Barangay 40
  • Barangay 41
  • Barangay 42
  • Barangay 43
  • Barangay 43-A
  • Barangay 43-B
  • Barangay 44
  • Barangay 44-A
  • Barangay 45
  • Barangay 46
  • Barangay 47
  • Barangay 48
  • Barangay 49
  • Barangay 50
  • Barangay 50-A
  • Barangay 50-B
  • Barangay 51
  • Barangay 52
  • Barangay 53
  • Barangay 54
  • El Reposo (Barangays 55 & 55
  • Barangay 56
  • Barangay 57
  • Barangay 58
  • Barangay 59
  • Barangay 60
  • Barangay 60-A
  • Barangay 61
  • Barangay 62
  • Barangay 63
  • Barangay 64
  • Barangay 65
  • Barangay 66
  • Barangay 66-A
  • Barangay 67
  • Barangay 68
  • Barangay 69
  • Barangay 70
  • Barangay 71
  • Barangay 72
  • Barangay 73
  • Barangay 74
  • Barangay 75 (Fatima Village)
  • Barangay 76 (Fatima Village)
  • Barangay 77 (Fatima Village)
  • Barangay 78 (Marasbaras)
  • Barangay 79 (Marasbaras)
  • Barangay 80 (Marasbaras)
  • Barangay 81 (Marasbaras)
  • Barangay 82 (Marasbaras)
  • Barangay 83 (San Jose)
  • Barangay 83-A (San Jose)
  • Barangay 84 (San Jose)
  • Barangay 85 (San Jose)
  • Barangay 86
  • Barangay 87
  • Barangay 88
  • Barangay 89
  • Barangay 90 (San Jose)
  • Barangay 91 (Abucay)
  • Barangay 92 (Apitong)
  • Barangay 93 (Bagacay)
  • Barangay 94 (Tigbao)
  • Barangay 95 (Caibaan)
  • Barangay 96 (Calanipawan)
  • Barangay 97 (Cabalawan)
  • Barangay 98 (Camansinay)
  • Barangay 99 (Diit)
  • Barangay 109 (V & G Subd.)
  • Barangay 109-A
  • Barangay 110 (Utap)
  • Barangay 5-A
  • Barangay 36-A
  • Barangay 42-A
  • Barangay 48-A
  • Barangay 48-B
  • Barangay 51-A
  • Barangay 54-A
  • Barangay 56-A
  • Barangay 59-A
  • Barangay 59-B
  • Barangay 62-A
  • Barangay 62-B
  • Barangay 83-B
  • Barangay 83-C (San Jose)
  • Barangay 95-A (Caibaan)
  • Barangay 8-A
  • Barangay 23-A
  • Barangay 94-A

Official Seal of The City of Tacloban

The Official Seal of Tacloban City is the Symbol of the City's identity where its meaning is inscribed when it became a City under Republic Act No. 760 on June 20, 1952.

The City's emblem stands for the following physical attributes and character:

Right Portion - Leyte side, where Tacloban City is Located

Left Portion - Symbolizes the province of Samar, major supplier of agricultural and marine products to the city, stabilizing its volume of business and trade.

Center - Stands for the beautiful and scenic San Juanico Strait

The Galleon - Illustrates the ship of Ferdinand Magellan who discovered the island of Limasawa where the first Christian mass was held in Philippine soil.

City Officials (2007-present)

- Mayor -

  • Hon. Alfred S. Romualdez

- Vice Mayor -

  • Hon. Arvin Antoni


  • Hon. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez

- City Councilors -

  • Hon. Ranulfo "Bob" S. Abellanosa
  • Hon. Robert "Bobby" Andrade
  • Hon. Cristina "Kring-kring" Gonzales-Romualdez
  • Hon. Robert Hernandez
  • Hon. Nofredo "Rindo" C. Lagonoy
  • Hon. Bianco F. Mate
  • Hon. Rufino A. Pacanan
  • Hon. Cristeta "Tita" Pedrosa
  • Hon. Eden C. Pineda
  • Hon. Rachelle Erica C. Pineda
  • Hon. Wilson S. Uy
  • Hon. Jerry "Sambo" T. Yaokasin

Mayors of Tacloban

  • Ildefonso Cinco
  • Artemio Mate
  • Antonio Jaro
  • Filomeno Arteche (1971-1976)
  • Obdulia Cinco (1976-1986)
  • Emmanuel Veloso (1986-1988)
  • Uldarico Mate (1988-1998)
  • Alfredo "Bejo" T. Romualdez (1998-2007)
  • Alfred Romualdez (2007-present)


List of School/Universities in Tacloban


  • Rizal Central School
  • RTR Elementary School
  • Lorenzo Daa Memorial School
  • Salvacion Elementary School
  • Caibaan Elementary School
  • Bliss Elementary School
  • Tagpuro Elementary School
  • San Fernando Central School
  • Dr. Bañez Memorial School
  • Palanog Resettlement School
  • San Roque Elementary School
  • Bayanihan Elementary School
  • Judge Antonio R. Montilla Elem. School
  • Kapangian Central School
  • Sto. Niño SPED Center
  • Sta. Elena Elementary School
  • Bonifacio Bulante Elementary School
  • Cabalawan Elementary School
  • Basper Elementary School
  • Palanog Elementary School
  • Panalaron Central School
  • Sagkahan Elementary School
  • Tigbao-Diit Elementary School
  • Bagacay Elementary School
  • Diit Mercyville Primary School
  • San Jose Central School
  • Marasbaras Elementary School
  • Don vicente Quintero Memorial School
  • Nula-Tula Elementary School
  • Camansihay Elementary School
  • Sto. Niño Primary School
  • Fisherman's Village Elementary School
  • Manlurip Primary School
  • City Central School
  • Anibong Elementary School
  • V&G Memorial School
  • Lucio Vivero Elementary School
  • Old Kawayan Primary School
  • Scandinavian Elementary School
  • Alpha Omega Learning Center
  • Arc Angelus Civitas School, Inc.
  • Asian Development Foundation College
  • Blessed Joseph Freinademetz Kinder
  • Bright Sparks International
  • Eastern Visayas College Prep. School
  • Grace Baptist Academy
  • Holy Infant College
  • Holy Virgin of Salvacion School, Inc.
  • Jansen Heights Learning Foundation
  • Kiddie Home Child Development Inc.
  • Leyte Progressive High School
  • Liceo del Verbo Divino
  • Our Lady of Lourdes School foundation
  • Penarada Tutorial Center
  • Perpetual Help Learning Center
  • Regional Continuing Educ (SPED)
  • Sacred Heart College of Tacloban
  • St. Agnes Educational Foundation
  • St. Anthony SPEC Center Foundation
  • St. Lawrence Xavier Early Academy House, Inc.
  • (STI)System Technology Institute Tacloban
  • Tacloban City Adventist School
  • St. Therese Child Development Foundation
  • St. Therese Educational Foundation of Tacloban, Inc.(STEFTI)
  • Sto. Niño Educational Center
  • Tacloban Angelicum Learning Center
  • United Church Family Life Program


  • Leyte National High School
  • Marasbaras National High School
  • Cirilo Roy Montejo National High School
  • Sagkahan National High School
  • San Jose National High School
  • Tacloban City National High School
  • Tacloban City Night High School
  • Tacloban National Agri. School
  • CRM Night High School
  • San Jose Night High School
  • AMA Computer University Tacloban College
  • Asian Development Foundation College
  • Eastern Visayas College Preparatory School
  • Grace Baptist Academy
  • Holy Infant College
  • Holy virgin of Salvacion School, Inc.
  • Leyte Progressive High School
  • Liceo del Verbo Divino
  • Sacred Heart College of Tacloban
  • St. Therese Educational Center of Leyte (STECL)
  • St. Therese Christian Development Center Foundation Inc. (STCDCFI)
  • St. Therese Educational Foundation of Tacloban Inc. (STEFTI)
  • Tacloban Angelicum Learning Center
  • Tacloban Montessori High School

Colleges/Universities/Technical Institutes

  • ACLC College
  • Holy Infant College
  • Sacred Heart College of Tacloban
  • St. Scholastica's College of Health Sciences (No. 1 Best Nursing School in Region 8)
  • ABE International College of Business
  • AMA Computer College
  • Asian Development Foundation College
  • Collegio De La Salle Foundation de Tacloban
  • Vicente D. Romualdez Educational Foundation
  • Remedios Trinidad Romualdez Medical Foundation (the largest medical/allied health-sciences school in the region)
  • Holy Spirit Foundation of Leyte
  • Holy Virgin of Salvacion Foundation
  • JE Mondejar Computer College
  • Jose Navarro Polytechnic Institute
  • Leyte Colleges
  • Leyte Polytechnic Institute
  • Leyte School of Professionals
  • Leyte Normal University (COED University)
  • STI College Tacloban
  • Leyte Normal University
  • Eastern Visayas State University (Best school in Engineering courses)
  • Tacloban College Foundation
  • University of the Philippines - Tacloban City, Leyte Campus
  • National Maritime Polytechnic

Health Facilities

Tacloban as the regional center of Eastern Visayas offers quality healthcare services. There are lots of hospitals and other medical institutions serving the city's population.

  • Public Hospitals
    • Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC)
    • Tacloban City Hospital
  • Private Hospitals
    • Bethany Hospital (owned by the United Church of Christ in the Philippines)
    • Divine Word Hospital (owned by the Benedictine Sisters)
    • Our Mother of Mercy Hospital (owned by the Religious Sisters of Mercy)
    • Remedios T. Romualdez Hospital (owned by the RTR Medical Foundation)
    • St. Paul's Hospital (owned by St. Scholastica)
    • Tacloban Doctors Medical Center (owned by a group of prominent doctors)


Tacloban (Daniel Z. Romualdez) Airport

By air, Cebu Pacific operates 4x daily flights from Manila and daily flights from Cebu City, travel time is 1 hour and 10 minutes. Philippine Airlines also connects the two cities from Manila (3x daily) and Cebu (daily). PAL Express also has four flights per week between Cebu and Tacloban City. The new airline Zest Airways also offers daily flights from Manila to Tacloban and vice-versa.The Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport is currently under rehabilitation to develop it to have an international airport status just like other airports in the Visayas Region.

By sea, Sulpicio Lines takes approximately 36 hours to reach Tacloban, the ship departs from Manila three times a week. The days of departure are fixed a week before.

By land, many bus companies offer daily trips from Manila to Tacloban like Ultra Bus , CUL Transport, Philtranco, Eagle Star Bus, Villegas Transit, Golden Dove and many others. the trip will take almost 24 hours from Manila, then it will pass in Bicol via ferry boats or RORO then will pass to Samar until it reach the city. In the city there are also VANS like vsGRAND Tours that travels along the line Tacloban to any point in Region 8 and fixed routes; Tacloban to Catbalogan; Tacloban to Calbayog; Tacloban to Catarman; Tacloban to Ormoc. There are also buses that bounds to other Philippine cities like Davao, Butuan and Surigao through Bachelor Tours.

Getting Around the City

Jeepney, tricycles, and pedicabs, non-metered taxis "spyder cabs" are readily available to ferry the tourists to the various attractions in and around the city. Hotels can arrange for rental cars with drivers for their guests.

When running around town, you'll see many people using modified pedicabs as freight haulers in some places except in the Downtown area. The passenger seats are replaced with a flat sheet of metal and a short fence.


The cultural festivals Pintados-Kasadyaan and Sangyaw festivals are held in this city during the month of June.

List of the dates of festivities honoring patron saints in various barangays

  • Jan 11 - Scandinavian
  • Jan 13 - Alimasag
  • Jan 15 - Fishermen's Village
  • Feb 11 - V&G Subdivision
  • Feb 11 - Imelda Village
  • Marso 19 - Cabalawan
  • May 2 - Basper
  • May 2 - Old Kawayan
  • May 6 - Soliman
  • May 7 - New Kawayan
  • May 12 - San Isidro
  • May 13 - Fatima Village
  • May 14 - Camansihay
  • May 15 - Calanipawan
  • May 15 - Naga-Naga
  • May 15 - San Isidro (Suhi)
  • May 15 - Utap
  • May 16 - Abucay
  • May 16 - Apitong
  • May 18 - Di-it
  • May 21 - Marasbaras
  • May 23 - JE Palanog
  • May 24 - Cabalawan
  • May 25 - San Jose
  • May 26 - Palanog
  • May 28 - San Roque
  • May 30 - Lower Nula-Tula
  • May 31 - Upper Nula-Tula
  • June 2 - Santa Elena
  • June 3 - Rawis, Anibong
  • June 15 - Caibaan
  • JuNE 16 - Sto. Nino
  • Second Sunday of June - Sacred Heart Parish
  • June 20 - Costa Brava
  • June 30 - Syudad han Tacloban
  • July 10 - Anibong
  • Second Saturday of August - San Fernando
  • Aug 16 - Tigbao
  • Aug 23 - Burayan, San Jose
  • Aug 25 - Serin / Torres
  • Aug 25 - Tagpuro
  • Aug 26 - Manlurip
  • Aug 27 - Sea Wall
  • Aug 29 - Quarry
  • Aug 30 - Sabang
  • Oct 16 - Sampaguita
  • Oct 22 - Buho
  • Oct 22 - Pericohon
  • Oct 24 - Sagkahan / Bliss
  • Oct 28 - San Gerardo & PHHC


Tacloban has an excellent harbor with facilities for handling large ships and overseas trade. The colorful market at the western end of the wharf is full of life. The San Juanico Bridge, which is 2.16 kms. long and connects the islands of Leyte and Samar across the San Juanico Strait, which is considered the narrowest strait in the Philippines.


  • List of TV Stations in Tacloban City
    • DYAB-TV TV-2 Tacloban - ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation
    • DYSC-TV TV-4 Tacloban - Radio Philippines Network operated by C/S 9
    • DYTS-TV TV-5 Tacloban - Sarraga Integrating & Management Corporation
    • DYPC-TV TV-8 Tacloban - National Broadcasting Network
    • DYTO-TV TV 10 Tacloban - Greater Manila Area: GMA Network
    • DYRP-TV TV-12 Tacloban - Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation
    • DYJP-TV TV-22 Tacloban - Southern Broadcasting Network operated by ETC
    • DYTC-TV TV-24 Tacloban - AMCARA Broadcasting Network operated by Studio 23
    • DYOU-TV TV-26 Tacloban - GMA Network operated by Q
    • DYLJ-TV TV-28 Tacloban - Rajah Broadcasting Network operated by 2nd Avenue
    • DYTB-TV TV-30 Tacloban - Associated Broadcasting Company
    • DYNE-TV TV-46 Tacloban - Eagle Broadcasting Corporation operated by Net 25
    • DYLQ-TV TV-40 Tacloban - ACQ-Kingdom Broadcasting Network
    • An Aton Channel Channel 24 owned by DYVL (The first Waray-Waray Channel)

External links


Coordinates: 11°15′N 125°00′E / 11.25°N 125°E / 11.25; 125

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel


Tacloban is a city in Eastern Visayas.

Get in

Daily flights from Manila with Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines, about a one hour flight. Cebu Pacific have flights to/from Cebu on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday.

Flights from Manila (MNL) and Cebu (CEB) can be as cheap as p200 one way.

Many buses go from Manila (both Pasay and Cubao), about 20 hours.

Sulpicio has weekly ferry service from Manila, a 30-hour trip but very pleasant.

Get around

There are many ways to get from the airport to all over Tacloban City, especially downtown, which is where most of the fun and excitement happens.

Jeepneys are the cheapest way to get downtown and cost average of p10 for a one way trip downtown, for a taxi or pedcap you are looking at around p50-p100. if asked for more then you are being ripped off.

Jeepneys are the cheapest way to travel all around the city, although confusing at first, it may take you a while to adjust to the directions and the naming of the different sections of the city, if in doubt ask a local, everyone is very willing to help.

  • San Juanico Bridge. The longest bridge in the Philippines connects the city to the third biggest island of the Philippines, Samar. The bridge spans 2.14 kilometers and is one of the major tourist spots in the city.
  • MacArthur National Park.


Tacloban is cheap. period.

there isnt a huge amount to buy in Tacloban, but there are various markets, bazaars and malls. the latest is the Robinsons malls

  • Melyn Aytona, 17 panay st. philam vil las pinas philippines (Tacloban), +639179727659. Gaisano Mall as the homologue of Manila's Ever Gotesco Mall having much cheaper items perfect for backpackers.  edit
  • GV Pensione, Corner of Juan Luna and Veteranos, (053)325 3142. Good budget option, safe and clean but rooms are small. 500 PHP.  edit
  • Melyn Aytona, 17 panay st. philam life vil laspinas, philippines (Tacloban), +639179727659. for a good authentic ambiance you have ever looking for is in Hotel Alejandro with reasonable price they could ever offer.  edit
  • Sohoton National Park, one of the biggest cave systems in the world.
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Simple English

Tacloban is a port city in the Philippines. It is about 360 miles southeast of Manila. It is the capital of the province of Leyte. It is also the regional center of Eastern Visayas.

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