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REGION 8 – EASTERN VISAYAS

The historical sites listed below are coded as follows:
(A) Prehistory
(B) Spanish Era
(C) War of Independence and U.S. Era
(D) Word War 11
(E) Modern Era

PHILIPPINE HISTORICAL SITES

LEYTE

BUGA-BUGA HILLS, Villaba
- A monument to Japanese sacrifices in World War 11. (D)

HILL 120, Dulag
-The site of the raising of the U.S. Flag by U.S. Forces. (D)

HILL 222, Palo
- Commemorates the liberation of the town by U.S. Forces. (D)

LIMASAWA ISLAND
- Site of the first Christian mass in Asia on March ,3 1521. (B)

MacARTHUR PARK, Palo
- Life-sized bronze statues of the General, President Sergio omega, Generals Carlos Romulo and Basilio Valdez and four American officers. Commemorating the famous landing. (D)

PHILIPPINEUAPANESE PEACE MEMORIAL, Ormoc City
- Remembers the sacrifices by troops on both sides, (D)

PRICE MANSION, Tacloban
- The temporary headquarters of General Douglas MacArthur. (D)

STONE GARDEN OF PEACE, Palo
- Pledges of peace from variousworld leaders. (E)

EASTERN SAMAR

BALANGIGA
- Site of the massacre of 44 American soldiers by Filipino Revolutionaries in 1901. (C)

HOMONHON ISLAND
- Site of Magellan's first landing in the Philippines. (B)

NORTHERN SAMAR

SUMOROY'S MARKER, Palapag
- A large monument to the 17th Century resistance leader to Spanish dominance. (B) H-8

SAMAR

SAMAR ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM, Calbayog
- A rich repository of burial jars, grates, jewelry, coins and porcelain, (A/B)

 

CHURCHES AND RELIGIOUS SHRINES

LEYTE

PALO CATHEDRAL, Palo
- Built in 1596, the cathedral features an altar covered in gold leaf.

SANTO NINO SHRINE, Tacloban
- The most important religious Site in the provincial capital.

SOUTHERN LEYTE

SHRINE OF ST. FRANCIS XAVIER, Hinangunan
- A favorite destination for pilgrims.

SAMAR

BASEY CHURCH, Basey
- A 17th Century church, featuring a watchtower and old images of saints painted on the ceiling.

EASTERN SAMAR

BORONGAN CATHEDRAL
- A 16th Century cathedral that has been extensively remodeled.

CHURCH OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, Guiuan
- A 16th Century fortress church, which has remained untouched.

NORTHERN SAMAR

CAPUL CHURCH
- Still retains its cannon (lantaka) and fort (kuta), which served as the islanders' refuge during the Moro raids.

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