Hotels & Resorts in Leyte Philippines

The province of Leyte is found in the Eastern Visayas region. It is the site of the Philippines’ longest and most beautiful bridge, the San Juanico Strait, and the site of the first mass in the Philippines. It is also where some of the most monumental battles of World War II took place.

Its capital of Leyte, Tacloban, is a busy port town as well as a historical landmark. Much of its tourism activities is centered on its famous historical event when General Douglas MacArthur’s landing at Red Beach on October 20, 1944, and he spoke his most famous promise, “I shall return.”

List of Leyte Hotels & Resorts

Ormoc Villa Hotel
Ormoc, Leyte, Philippines
3D2N Twin Sharing, from P4,650.00/pax.

Don Felipe Hotel
Ormoc, Leyte, Philippines 

3D2N Twin Sharing, from P2,340.00/pax.

Sabin Resort Hotel
Ormoc, Leyte, Philippines
3D2N Twin Sharing, from P3,720.00/pax.

Zenaida’s Chateau Tourist Inn (*)
Ormoc, Leyte, Philippines

3D2N Twin Sharing, from P1,985.00/pax.

LNU House
Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines
3D2N Twin Sharing, from P2,215.00/pax.

Hotel Alejandro (*)
Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines
3D2N Twin Sharing, from P2,975.00/pax.

Leyte Park Hotel Resort
Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines 

3D2N Twin Sharing, from P3,310.00/pax.

Primrose Hotel (**)
Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines 

3D2N Twin Sharing, from P2,625.00/pax.

Tacloban Plaza Hotel (**)
Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines
3D2N Twin Sharing, from P2,245.00/pax.

Uptown Plaza Hotel (*)
Baybay, Leyte, Philippines 
3D2N Twin Sharing, from P1,760.00/pax.

Palermo Hotel
Baybay, Leyte, Philippines 
3D2N Twin Sharing, from P4.265.00/pax.

National Pension House
Maasin, Leyte, Philippines
3D2N Twin Sharing, Request quote.

Maasin Country Lodge (*)
Maasin, Leyte, Philippines 
3D2N Twin Sharing, from P1,750.00/pax.

GV Pension House (*)
Maasin, Leyte, Philippines 
3D2N Twin Sharing, from P1,450.00/pax.

Package Inclusions
* 3days / 2nights Aircon room accommodation at the resort / hotel
* Roundtrip airport transfer (*)
* Daily Breakfast, (**) No Breakfast
* Prices are subject to change without prior notice.

What is a Filipino Marriage Proposal

The traditional marriage proposal takes the form of the pamanhikan or pamamanhikan or the “parental marriage proposal”, a formal way of asking the parents of the woman for her hand. The would-be groom and his parents go to the would-be bride’s home, and ask the parents for their consent.

Yakan Couple from Mindanao

A wedding dance performed by a Yakan couple from Mindanao.

Once the woman’s parents accept the proposal, other matters will be discussed during this meeting include among other things, the wedding plan, the date, the finances, and the list of guests. The expenses for the wedding are generally shouldered by the groom and his family.

Pamamanhikan enforces the importance of the familial nature of the wedding, as traditionally a marriage is the formation of an alliance between two clans as well as the joining of individuals. This is sometimes further expressed in how the whole extended family goes with the groom and his parents, using the occasion as a chance to meet and greet the other clan. In this situation, there is a feast held at the bride’s family home.

This event is separate from the Despedida de Soltera (Spanish: “Farewell to Single-hood”) party some families have before the wedding. The local variant of the Hispanic custom normally holds it for the bride, and it is held by her family. It is similar in sentiment to the hen night, albeit a more wholesome and formal version.

Marriage between couples of the same sex is currently not possible under the laws of the Philippines because, according to the Filipino Family Code, both family and marriage are considered as heterosexual units. The legal concept of a family in the Philippines does not incorporate homosexual relationships. Furthermore, finding that a party to the marital union is either homosexual or lesbian is a ground for annulment of the marriage and legal separation in the Philippines, which leads to the severance of the homosexual individual’s spousal inheritance, claims to any conjugal property, and the custody of offspring.

Filipino Wedding Ceremony

A typical ancient traditional Filipino wedding, during pre-colonial times, is held for three days and was officiated by a babaylan, a tribal priest or priestess. The house of the babaylan was the ceremonial center for the nuptial. On the first day, the couple was brought to the priest’s home, where the babaylan blesses them, while their hands are joined over a container of uncooked rice. On the third day, the priest would prick their chests to draw a small amount of blood, which will be placed on a container to be mixed with water. After announcing their love for each other for three times, they were fed by the priest with cooked rice coming from a single container. Afterwards, they were to drink the water that was mixed with their blood. The priest proclaimed that they are officially wed after their necks and hands were bound by a cord or ,sometimes, once their long hairs had been entwined together. In lieu of the babaylan, the datu or a wise elder may also officiate a pre-colonial Filipino wedding.

After the ceremony, while at the just-married couple’s residence, a series of gift-exchanging rituals was also done to counter the negative responses of the bride: if asked to enter her new home, if she refuses to go up the stairs of the dwelling, if she denies to participate in the marriage banquet, or even to go into her new bedroom, a room she would be sharing with her spouse.

Barong Tagalog

Traditional Men's Wedding Attire

Spanish colonialism brought changes to these marriage rituals because of the teachings and conversion efforts of Spanish missionaries, which occurred as early as the 18th century. As a result, the majority of current-day Filipino weddings became predominantly Christian or Catholic in character, which is also because of the mostly Catholic population, although indigenous traditions still exist today in other regions of the Philippines. Parts of Filipino wedding ceremonies have become faith-centered and God-centered, which also highlights the concept that the joining of two individuals is a “life long commitment” of loving and caring. In general, the marriage itself does not only signify the union of two persons, but also the fusion of two families, and the unification two clans.

The following are the legal requirements that must be met in order to marry in the Philippines. To be specific, the exact wordings as stated in Philippine marriage law are presented below:

  • Legal capacity of the contracting parties who must be a male and a female, 18 years old and above without any impediment to get married.
  • Consent freely given in the presence of the solemnizing officer.
  • Authority of the solemnizing officer (only incumbent member of the judiciary; priest, rabbi, imam, or minister of any church or religious sect duly authorized by his church or religious sect and registered with the civil registrar general; ship captain or airplane chief, military commander of a unit to which a chaplain is assigned, in the absence of the latter, during a military operation only in marriages at the point of death; and consul-general, consul or vice-consul only between Filipino citizens abroad are authorized by law to solemnize marriage).

Marriage law in the Philippines also requires couples to attend a seminar on family planning before the wedding day in order to become responsible family life and parenthood. The seminar is normally conducted at a city hall or a municipal council.
Some officiating ministers or churches require the couple to present a certificate of no marriage record (CENOMAR), on top of or together with the marriage license and the authority of the solemnizing officer. The CENOMAR can be secured from the National Statistics Office or its designated offices and branches.

The principal wedding sponsors  – also known as special sponsors, primary sponsors, counselors, or witnesses of the marriage ceremony  – chosen by the would-be spouses normally includes a multiple set of pairs of godparents (typically a total of 12 individual godparents composed of 6 godmothers or ninang, and 6 godfathers or ninong). Chosen secondary sponsors are made up of the bridesmaids, groomsmen, and 3 more pairs of wedding attendants. The wedding attendants are responsible for the special parts of lighting the wedding candles, placing the veil and the cords on the couple being wed. Other official ceremonial participants are children, usually males, with the role of being the coin bearer and the ring bearer.

Saltwater Crocodile Captured LIVE in Philippines

Villagers and veteran hunters have captured a one-ton saltwater crocodile which they plan to make the star of a planned ecotourism park in a southern Philippine town, an official said Monday.

21 ft. Crocodile captured Live in Philippines

Mayor Edwin Cox Elorde said dozens of villagers and experts ensnared the 21-foot male crocodile along a creek in Bunawan township in Agusan del Sur province after a three-week hunt. It could be one of the largest crocodiles to be captured alive in recent years, he said, quoting local crocodile experts.

Elorde said the crocodile killed a water buffalo in an attack witnessed by villagers last month and was also suspected of having attacked a fisherman who went missing in July.
He said he sought the help of experts at a crocodile farm in western Palawan province.
“We were nervous but it’s our duty to deal with a threat to the villagers,” Elorde told The Associated Press by telephone. “When I finally stood before it, I couldn’t believe my eyes.”

After initial sightings at a creek, the hunters set four traps, which the crocodile destroyed. They then used sturdier traps using steel cables, one of which finally caught the enormous reptile late Saturday, he said.

About 100 people had to pull the crocodile, which weighs about 2,370 pounds, from the creek to a clearing where a crane lifted it into a truck, he said.

The crocodile was placed in a fenced cage in an area where the town plans to build an ecotourism park for species found in a vast marshland in Agusan, an impoverished region about 515 miles (830 kilometers) southeast of Manila, Elorde said.

“It will be the biggest star of the park,” Elorde said, adding that villagers were happy that they would be able to turn the dangerous crocodile “from a threat into an asset.”
Despite the catch, villagers remain wary because several crocodiles still roam the outskirts of the farming town of about 37,000 people.

They have been told to avoid venturing into marshy areas alone at night, Elorde said.

The Road to Baybay

My wife and I travel from Mahaplag to Baybay Leyte to get something to eat. The beautiful and scenic 1 hour trip with a stop along the way at Mingay’s BBQ, Pantalan in Baybay.

Western Men & Filipina Spouses Age Difference

I originally posted this topic Western Men & Filipina Spouses Age Difference with a POLL on the Topix website hoping to get other FilAm couples to vote and comment on this unique topic. My goal was to learn something and encourage others regarding this topic.

Western Men & Filipina Spouses Age Difference

I have read that this phenomenon is fairly well documented and that the age difference is a common theme in most FilAm relationships. Not always but in allot of cases the Filipina women have historically looked for an older man for several reasons:

1. There is a larger population of available older men for her to choose from.

2. Older men are more likely to desire a committed relationship, they are done playing and chasing women and desire a permanent relationship.

3. Older men are more established which means financial stability and respect in their community.

4. Older men are relationship wise and appreciate a younger more beautiful woman as a cherished gift and a second chance at life and will treat her well.

Im also curious how long these relationships last, how long have you been married. If you are male and you were married before then you have a frame of reference, are you more or less happy now that you are married with a Filipina woman. Women can comment here too about their relationships to Western Men.

I believe there are cases where a Filipina woman is only marrying for money or a ticket out to a better life, but that is unusual compared to the success stories.(Good news doesn’t travel far but 1 bad story and everyone knows about it)

I believe if you are looking for a woman in the wrong place, you will find the wrong kind of woman for you. The same goes for Filipina women, if you are attracting the wrong kind of man, you will not be happy either.

I have read of situations where the Western Man is angry because his Filipina Wife left him and then in his conversation you can read that he was mistreating her and beating her and making her his slave!

This is unacceptable!

We can not treat Filipina women this way, eventually she will fight back and it is her right to leave that abusive situation.

I believe Filipina women want to be appreciated and cherished and treated with respect.

Just my thoughts on this matter, maybe a little heavy, but justified…

Famous People of Leyte Philippines

Besides people engaged in politics such as former First Lady Imelda Marcos and former speaker of the regular Batasang Pambansa (1984-1986) Nicanor Espina Yniguez (he filed the bill creating the province of Southern Leyte), there are also personalities in other fields such as media and entertainment who made their mark on the nation. Foremost among them is Tessie Tomas who has made a profession of imitating Imelda herself from her hairdo to the shoes to the way she speaks and carries herself. This quintessential comedienne pioneered the art of “stand up comedy” and has done some 100 impersonations with astounding effect.

In the field of science, agronomists and scientists from the Leyte State University (LSU) were able to isolate the cause of a disease affecting sweet potatoes (“kamote” in the vernacular) which had confounded people from other countries who also plant sweet potatoes. The identification of the virus greatly helped in mitigating the adverse effects on crop yields since this root crop is a lifesaver for many poor people.

Very few people outside of Leyte may have heard the name of Colonel Ruperto Kangleon. He was the famous guerilla leader during the Japanese occupation of the country during World War II. Although he had done a lot to help the American forces by organizing underground resistance and also providing valuable intelligence information, his career was not without the usual detractors who questioned his motives. He was once captured by the Japanese forces and imprisoned. However, many believed he was freed by his captors to become a double agent who also provided intelligence to the Japanese forces. In short, his military career is shrouded in controversy even to this day as historians have a hard time placing his whereabouts on certain important days and events during the war. Col. Kangleon is Leyte’s most famous son and he was posthumously given the rank of brigadier general 36 years after he died. He had previously served as the Secretary of National Defense and also ran and won as a senator of the republic.

The Beauty in Filipina Women is More than Skin Deep

Filipino women are gifted with beauty, intelligence, sensitivity and generosity of heart. They are reliable, protective, conscientious and committed as a friend, mother, wife and worker. While most Filipino women were taught at a young age to be good at domestic chores and housekeeping, they nevertheless grew up to value good education and care for the family.

They are socially well versed. They also can be creative in many ways, from coming up with a good home-cooked meal on a tight budget, to being able to present work-related innovations, or to being organizers of social events.

As an adult with incomes of her own, a Filipino woman never hesitates to extend assistance to other family members in need, like caring for parents with advancing age, sending a sibling to school, and sharing in the household expenses. She, too, can be trusted with family heirlooms, family livelihood or to carry family traditions onto the next generation when she begins her own family life.

As a wife, a Filipino woman excels as a housekeeper. She can be counted on to help her husband provide for family sustenance. And she remains the ever sensitive and responsible mother, keeping close watch over the upkeep of her children.

As professionals, Filipino women are well versed in a variety of disciplines such as education, social welfare, arts and culture, entertainment, medicine and, yes, even politics. You will find many customer service centers for American Companies use call centers in the Philippines as their english is very good and they are courteous and respectful and quick learners and the service is very cost effective. She can be as good or even better than her male counterpart in careers where sensitivity, creativity and charm are needed or useful. Truly, Filipino women have shown they can succeed not only as housekeepers but also as partners in nation-building.

The Value in Todays Filipino Family

The Filipino family is unique, most households in the Philippines differ considerably from what is considered normal to most westerners or anywhere else around the world. While most families elsewhere are composed of a father, a mother or the parents and their children, a Filipino family would normally go beyond this in one household.

The grandparents of one of the parents are sometimes part of the Filipino family. Even nieces and nephews of the parents or uncles or aunts of the children may live in one household apart from the “basic family”, that is, the parents and their children.

Further, it is not unusual especially in the rural areas for two or more Filipino families to share a common house and household chores. They may also be found working together in livelihood activities like farming, fishing or small family enterprises.

The father in the Filipino Family often takes the role of primary provider. He is the authority figure, the acknowledged counselor and disciplinarian. The mother or wife takes the key responsibility for homemaking or household management. She is the moral compass and the children’s first academic mentor. But there have been changes in the home front. Parents today seem more open-minded, having evolved from being more disciplinary to being an older type of friend for their children.

Although some parents these days still get a little uneasy with this “leveling-off” behavior towards their children, more and more of them have seen the positive impacts, like closer ties, better communication lines, higher levels of mutual trust and, more importantly, deeper respect and love for one another.

While some grandparents and other members of the “extended” Filipino family gets drawn to this relational unraveling, in some cases it is still on a much more conservative level. This is understandable since grandparents were born and reared in family traditions and culture steeped in more conservative and stringent manners.

Nevertheless, it is an amazing discovery how the Filipinos, with both their traditional “extended” family structure and continuing social evolution are able to survive in spite of these seeming incongruent characteristics of both the old and the new.

My video above demonstrates this unique home life where several generations live together sharing in the daily chores, caring for the children and providing the daily meals. The extended family lives next door and helps also. My wife father has passed away but the family still shares one household and her mother looks after the needs of her grandchildren with help of one daughter and another working on the big island sends money home monthly to feed her children. I learned from my first visit to bring candy treats the kids love gummy bears as you can see.

Traditional and Modern Filipino Wedding Customs

Filipino wedding customs combine both colonial influence and traditional beliefs. The more common Filipino wedding customs include choosing where to hold the wedding church and who the officiating minister will be. Couples who belong to prominent families usually prefer holding the wedding in an ancient Spanish-time church and enlist a well-known personality for an officiating pastor. Some say the ambiance generated by a Spanish-era church adds to the grandeur and solemnity of a wedding.

On the eve of a wedding, the bride-to-be is forbidden to see the groom-to-be. She likewise cannot try her wedding dress for fear that the wedding may not push through. On the wedding day itself, the bride usually wears a white-blue gown. There is preference for one that is borrowed. On exit from the church, the newlyweds go through the traditional throwing of coins, rice grains and flowers. This practice is said to induce abundance or wealth, as well as promote loyalty and abiding love between the couple.

There are sights of a wedding that make them distinctly Filipino. Example is the overflow of crowd witnessing the wedding rite, from the church to the reception. A Filipino wedding is never good enough if the crowd is not big enough. Filipinos after all are clannish people.

Post-wedding rites continue with undiminished festivity. The father of either bride or groom reads a wish list and toasts the wine, all in a gesture of ushering in a bright future for the new couple. The wedding dance brings the clan together, latching money bills of different denominations to various parts of the newlyweds’ clothes. It is a sign of sharing responsibilities among family members.

While some customs are unique to a certain province, the traditional Filipino wedding remains as one of the most valued occasions in the Philippines.