Thursday, May 13, 2010

FUN IN TACLOBAN - That Bridge That Links Leyte and Samar - Part 1

Taking advantage of a a treat by my balikbayan nephew, I was able to convince him to go to Tacloban City in what we planned to be a nature and heritage trip to historical places in Leyte. And it was a pleasant surprise to find out how interesting and pleasurable this trip could be.

Day 1 - See the very famous San Juanico Bridge

Together with my nephews Nomer and Jay, we took the earliest flight to Tacloban City from Manila. We arrived at the Daniel Romualdez Airport shortly after sunrise. We wanted to maximize our time so we called everyone we knew on our way to the city proper to take us to interesting places in Tacloban City .

We checked in at the Hotel La Rica (Php 1,200 - twin bed good for three to four) along Zamora St. adjacent to the city market and the pier.

Our friendly Waray friends have managed to lend us a van to roam in and out of the city.

First in our list is the San Juanico Bridge, the longest in the country. The 2.16-km bridge is convincingly one of the most beautiful bridges in the country. Sadly, police have banned picture taking along the bridge so one has to get off at either end of the bridge if one wishes to have a souvenir shot.

Upon crossing from Leyte to Samar via San Juanico Bridge, the search for a good beachfront begins. We ended up in a beach in Kaluwayan. The sand may look like mud but the beach, being dotted with islands, offers a breathtaking view. Kaluwayan Resort has facilities for overnight stay and other outdoor activities such as boating and mountain climbing.


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