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LEYTE LANDING MEMORIAL: MacArthur Park in Palo, Leyte, Philippines

Many times, I consider the rain a friend. It helps me think. It makes me feel. It brings inspiration and brings back memories. But during our City Tour, the rain was a complete and utter b*tch. All it did was pour when we were exploring the great outdoors and stop when we were indoors. And then, when we were back outside it will be at it again. Friendship over, rain. Blame your unpredictability.

The rain was the hardest when we emerged from the Santo Nino Shrine (Romualdez Museum). As much as we would have loved  stay at the museum, we wanted to visit the other tourist spots in the Tacloban-Palo area very badly. That time, we braved the rain and found our way to the Leyte Landing Memorial.

Located at Red Beach, Palo, the Leyte Landing Memorial is a park reminding us of an important event in history — the return of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. This was the fulfillment of his promise to the Filipino people to come back an help free the Philippines from the Japanese. Remember his famous “I shall return” moment? The landing happened on October 20, 1944.

At the heart of the park, by the beach, is a manmade pool with bigger than life bronze statues of Gen. MacArthur, President Sergio Osmena, Jr. and more.

We were only at the park for a brief moment because of the rain, as you can see in the photos. After that, we went straight to the airport.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/aiydz.dimaapi Aiydz Abarca Dimaapi

    great i want to there too.. maybe this coming May..

  • http://www.facebook.com/traveltimephilippines Travel Time with Susan Calo Medina

    Nice reminder of the 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.

  • Shaine Feliciano

    I like this place,very historic…

  • http://www.facebook.com/rlen.ramos Rlen Espanto Ramos

    the place is a paradise…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/ladybraguda Lyza Mae Ariñas Beltran

    oi, malapit samen to ah..hihihi

  • Marlon Peñaflor

    i was there last january!!maganda ang place!!

  • Charlie Lola

    maraming kainan sa gilid. dko lang maalala kung ano yung karaniwang tinda? inihaw ba?

  • Connie Rhyz Arganosa

    i was there before very nice place…

  • http://www.facebook.com/dhon.dumdum Dhon Dumdum

    I like it here,,masayang mga memoirs when i was here last two years ago. I actually had a pic holding the hands of McArthur

  • Clarice Goc-ong

    Last time i was there for the Leyte Landing reinactment was ages ago… i think i was maybe 6 or 7 :( oh i miss tacloban / leyte… i’m gonna visit soon for sure :)

  • Maria Luz Operario Aung-Thwin

    I will have to visit this historical place, was born there but never been there as an adult, no memory of it.

  • Peri Winkle

    i love my province! had wonderful memories when i was there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lesley-Naylor-Peart/1441397925 Lesley Naylor Peart

    Was there last Feb. Loved Leyte.

  • Ako Ini Rose

    yeah love this place.. my hometown tacloban leyte…hope i can go there this coming summer vacation..

  • Asildo Janet

    .,Me too I miss my home town…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Allan-Jay-Jebulan-Jesalva/1301037118 Allan Jay Jebulan Jesalva

    i miss this place,ive been there once,way back 1996!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rosabel.malveda Rosabel Noblejas Malveda

    Will be there once again in about 6 days… :-) I shall return!!

    • The Poor Traveler

      Have a safe trip, Rosabel!

  • Rushe

    Visited Tacloban last week. The place is amazing. Took pictures in the Leyte Landing Memorial too :) Their morong delicacy is delicious!

    • The Poor Traveler

      Waaaah, i wasn’t able to try local food. :(