A DAY IN PALO, LEYTE

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A DAY IN PALO, LEYTE

Our textbooks made mention of a certain municipality in Leyte standing witness to the world history.  It was in 1944 when General Douglas MacArthur landed at the Red Beach to liberate the Philippines from the Japanese Occupation.  To commemorate the said event, the MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park was built.

The said National Park has been the main attraction of Palo, Leyte.  I have been passing by the said memorial since my childhood but it appears ordinary for me.  As time passes by, I begin to appreciate how rich in history my home province is.

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But there is more in Palo, Leyte to discover.  On one afternoon, together with my travel buddy and two highschool classmates now based in Japan and Singapore, respectively, we were joined by another classmate who lives in Palo, Leyte.  It was a coincidence that we were gathered without plans.


Palo, Leyte is home to the offices of the ecclesiastical government of the Archdiocese of Palo.  Last January 2015, Pope Francis visited the town as part of his papal visit to the Philippines to meet the surviving victims of the super typhoon Yolanda at the Palo Cathedral.

A DAY IN PALO, LEYTE

The Palo Metropolitan Cathedral has been severely damaged during the typhoon but is now fully restored.  In so many years, it was the first time I visited the cathedral though I grew up in Tacloban City.

A DAY IN PALO, LEYTE

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Outside the Cathedral is a Mass Grave Memorial for Typhoon Yolanda victims.  A number of residents of the town died during the super typhoon.  I personally knew some who died during the said catastrophe. And the memorial is just one of the many built in the province to let them know that they will always be remembered.

A DAY IN PALO, LEYTE

Palo, Leyte is likewise home to old traditional houses with windows adorned by capiz shells.  But after the super typhoon majority of those were completely destroyed and never restored.

Enroute to the MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park, we passed by the Araw Memorial Park.  The Araw Memorial Park located at Brgy. Candahug, Palo, Leyte was constructed by South Korea Military Joint Support Group symbolizing how they helped the people of Leyte and as a remembrance of the Korean-Filipino solidarity in times of war and disaster.

A DAY IN PALO, LEYTE

And our final destination for the day is the vicinity of the McArthur Landing Memorial. Since my friends missed fresh coconut water (buko juice), we stayed at the side street stalls, catch up and people watch while drinking buko juice


A DAY IN PALO, LEYTE

It felt good being home once again.

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