9. Sto. Niño Shrine and Heritage Museum
One of the most visited tourist spots in Leyte is the Sto. Niño Shrine and Heritage Museum, one of 29 presidential rest houses Marcos Family had built and almost all dedicated to his wife Imelda Marcos. A chapel dedicated to Sto. Niño is the one that dominates the ground floor. It has 13 guest rooms with different motifs and magnificent designs and decorations. A ballroom, conference room and bed chambers for the first family can be found on the second floor. The inside of the museum is full of expensive or priceless paintings, antique ceramics, pottery, dioramas, religious relics and sculptures. This is a recommended destination in Leyte, don’t miss to witness a part of its history.
Sto. Niño Shrine and Heritage Museum is located in Tacloban City, Leyte.
10. MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park
MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park commemorates the fulfillment of General MacArthur’s promise, “I shall return” at the Red Beach in Leyte. The center of attention in the park is the 7 double-life-sized bronze statues of MacArthur and his entourage including Former President Sergio Osmenia (3rd President of the Philippines) designed by the sculptor Anastacio Caedo based on the iconic photo of Gaetano Faillace. This is the historic landing site of General MacArthur which marks the start of the campaign to liberate the Philippines from Japanese occupation which led to the largest naval battle of World War II that took 3 years before Japan’s defeat.
MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park is located in Palo, Leyte.