Mc Arthur Park in Palo, Leyte

Mc Arthur Park Palo
The McArthur Landing Memorial Park in Palo, Leyte is one of the most visited landmarks in Leyte or even in the Philippines; this is to commemorate the historical landing of General Douglas MacArthur in Leyte. The actual landing in October of 1944 was the start of the liberation of the Philippines from the Japanese occupation – the Second World War. The statues were created by Anastacio Caedo The significance of this park is can be read on the historical markers placed in front of the park.

Day 3 – Solo-Backpacking in Region 8 | 6 Provinces for 6 Days

 How to Get to Leyte:

My third day started at Capul Island, Northern Samar (please check Capul Island itinerary). At the Grand Tour Terminal, in Allen, Northern Samar, I took a van bound for Calbayog City and alighted at their own terminal in the city and then, another van ride to Tacloban City. From the terminal, I walked a few meters to Mc Donald’s where I took a jeepney ride to HIS Capsule Hostel in Fatima Village, with “Robinson’s” signboard. Using Google Map, I tracked the route of the jeepney and alighted in front of HIS. 

HIS Capsule Hostel

cheap hotel in Leyte

Cheap Hotels in Leyte:

Upon arrival at HIS Capsule Hostel, I was welcomed by their accommodating receptionists. Provided the house rules and booked. The facilities of HIS Capsule Hostel are clean and organized. They have double deck beds, separated by walls and the opening is covered with curtain (for privacy). Ventilation and air-conditioning units are well. They have small cafeteria where you can socialize with the others, shower rooms are with heaters, and toilets are clean and well maintained. They even have lockers to secure your belongings. In my 6 Days Solo-Backpacking in Region 8, they are the most accommodating hotel staff. I asked them several questions and they responded on time (THUMBS UP!!!).

What to Visit in Leyte:

When everything was settled, I left my stuff in the locker and proceeded to McArthur Landing Park. How to get to McArthur Landing Park from HIS Capsule is easy. In front, I rode in a jeepney with “Robinsons” signboard and alighted at the mall’s parking area. The same spot, rode in another jeepney with “Campetic” signboard and alighted by the BIR office. Instead of riding in a tricycle, I walked the 1.30 kilometer street to McArthur Park.

McArthur Park Leyte

Mc Arthur Leyte

San Juanico Bridge is the longest bridge
The San Juanico Bridge - photo above was taken while in the van.

Another landmark and a certified tourist spots and destinations in the Province of Leyte is the longest San Juanico Bridge, connecting the province of Leyte to Samar; this bridge was built during Ferdinand Marcos administration. Inaugurated on 02 July 1973, it served as a gift to Imelda Marco’s birthday. Today, this bridge provides a huge help to the region’s means of transportation and at the same time, it invites more tourists and visitors. Below are the actual itinerary and expenses during my Region 8 Solo-Backpacking.

Leyte Itinerary
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Leyte Backpacking
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How to Get to Mc Arthur Landing Memorial Park:
From Tacloban Airport, by the entrance, you can ride in a jeepney to “Downtown” and tell the driver to drop you off by the intersection to “Robinsons,” in front of Caltex Gas Station, and then cross the highway. You can either ride in a jeepney to Robinson’s or walk (it might be 500 meters). At Robinsons, you can ride in a jeepney with “Campetic” signboard and alight by the BIR Office.

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