We went to Legaspi City for a marriage shoot in Misibis Bay Island Resort, last January 8, 2011. On our way to Legaspi, we stopped a lot to take some photos. We left Manila January 7 and returned on the 13th.
On the 3rd day of our road trip we travelled all the way from Legaspi to Matnog. When we found out that the RORO Montenegro Ferry costs less than a thousand pesos, we decided to cross over to Samar, via San Isidro. After crossing the San Bernardino strait, we drove all the way from Samar to Tacloban through the San Juanico bridge (longest bridge in the Philippines), and stayed overnight in Leyte Park Hotel.
We left early the next day and proceeded to tour Leyte, starting with the Sto. Niño Shrine and Heritage Museum. The Santo Niño Shrine is one of the 29 presidential rest houses that the late President Ferdinand Marcos had built. It was built for his wife Imelda Marcos, who was born in Tacloban. It is considered the number one tourist spot in Tacloban because of its association with Imelda. www.taclobanhotels.com/STO-.–NINO-SHRINE-AND-HERITAGE-MU…
After a couple of hours in the shrine, we headed straight for Leyte Landing Memorial Park (MacArthur Park). During the height of the Japanese attack in the Philippines, Gen. MacArthur had to leave the country. Gen. MacArthur vowed, upon reaching Australia, “I shall return“. Contrary to some misconceptions, these famous lines were uttered not when Gen. MacArthur left the Philippines, from his headquarters in Corregidor.
The Leyte Landing Memorial commemorates the historic return of the flamboyant general, together with hundreds of thousands of men and hundreds of ships, on October 20, 1944. It was the start of the end of Japanese occupation in the Philippines. October 20 is celebrated every year, as the anniversary date of the Leyte Landing. visitpinas.com/leyte-landing-memorial-macarthur-park/
From Leyte Park, we decided to head back to San Isidro Samar for the ferry back to Matnog. We crossed from Leyte to Samar via the San Juanico Bridge. The San Juanico Bridge, part of the Pan-Philippine Highway, stretches from Samar to Leyte across the San Juanico Strait in the Philippines. Its longest length is a steel girder viaduct built on reinforced concrete piers, and its main span is of an arch-shaped truss design. With a total length of 2.16 kilometers (1.34 mi), it is the longest bridge in the Philippines spanning a body of seawater. It is considered one of the most beautifully-designed bridges in Philippines. The bridge has 43 spans and medium size boats can pass beneath its large main arch the top of which rises 41 meters above the sea. Construction commenced in 1969 over San Juanico Strait from Cabalawan, Tacloban City to the municipality of Santa Rita, Samar, with completion in 1973. The bridge was then named as Marcos Bridge after the era that was built upon. It was said to have been presented as a Gift and "Testimonial of Love" by the Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos to the 1st lady, Imelda, a native of Leyte. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Juanico_Bridge
We stopped by Ernie’s Pizza in Catbalogan, Samar. Best pizza and fast food in Eastern Visayas! If possible, I wouldn’t mind taking home a whole balikbayan box of their pizzas!
It was after sunset when we arrived at the San Isidro ferry terminal. The weather was not not bad, there was flooding all over Samar, rains were heavy, skies dark, waves huge, and winds strong, plus the fact that it might not be safe driving at night from Matnog to Legaspi City, we decided to stay another night in Samar. The trip back to Calbayog was about 60 kilometers from San Isidro.
Arriving Calbayog around 10pm, we found the most beautiful hotel of our entire trip, the Ciriaco Hotel. I highly recommend this place, cost was reasonable at around P1,000 to P2,000 per night with breakfast for two. Food was exquisite, room was very comfortable. It was as close to a 5 star hotel as possible, and better than most of the hotels we’ve ever stayed in the Philippines. www.ciriacohotel.com/
This brand-new batch of photos starts and ends the 4th day of our Albay adventure!
I hope you enjoy the photos. 😎
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