Tacloban continues to rise from the devastation that was wrought by Yolanda in 2013. Rebuilding efforts have been spearheaded by different communities and organizations—both government and non-government.
Thanks to these rebuilding efforts, Tacloban has weathered succeeding storms and is slowly returning to its vibrant past, a place of flourishing flora and fauna, a haven for adventure-seekers and casual travelers.
Four years after the damage wrought by typhoon "Yolanda", tourism in Tacloban has started to bounce back. Local and international travelers are once again returning to the province, to rediscover the beauty that no calamity can fully obliterate.
The Tacloban edition of ABS-CBN's upcoming "Lakwatsero Vlogs," in partnership with OPPO, remembers happy memories, rediscovers the beauty of Tacloban, and shows the things locals and visitors love, from culinary finds to picturesque views.
Here are some must-see spots in Tacloban and its neighboring towns, where visitors are sure to want to spend more time capturing every moment, and taking selfies and groufies to mark their visit to these gorgeous places.
1. Langun-Gobingob Caves in Calbiga, Samar
The Langun-Gobingob Cave system is largest in in the Philippines. It takes about four hours for spelunkers to go from one end to the other.
According to a caving guide from the Department of Tourism, this 12-cave system is the second largest cathedral cave in the world. Moreover, the size of the main chamber can fit three football fields.
Visitors can take photographs of the cave mouth, which countless bloggers have praised for its amazing formations and massive size.
2. Lulugayan Falls in Calbiga, Samar
Dubbed the mini "Niagara Falls of the Philippines," the Lulugayan Falls is said to have originated from Calidongan Lake, to which the water goes down the Calbiga River.
Not far from Lulugayan Falls is another breathtaking natural wonder, the Lusungan Falls. These are just two of the many waterfalls that one can explore in the town of Calbiga.
Any spot at this famous falls is photogenic—the curtain of white, frothy water flowing down smooth rocks is a perfect subject in itself, and makes for a beautiful backdrop for any person’s photo.
3. Sohoton National Park in Basey, Samar
Situated in Sitio Rawis, this national park features a number of virgin caves, underground rivers, natural pools, and limestone boulders, among others. That's why the most recommended way to explore this natural wonder is by kayaking.
According to the local tourism website of Samar, the park approximately covers 840 hectares of untouched beauty. It also houses a few limestone cliffs and cathedral caves, such as the Panhulugan I and II, making it an excellent place to photograph for nature lovers who want to discover the allure of the local landscape.
4. Weavers of Basey, Samar
Apart from its beautiful landscapes, the town of Basey is also the home of independent women weavers, who played key roles in the recovery efforts undertaken by the province after the disastrous typhoon in 2013.
The women of Basey are known for weaving colorful handicrafts and mats made of Tikog leaves. Some of them work inside the Saob Cave, which is slowly becoming one of the major eco-tourism centers in the province—perfect for those who aim to chronicle in photographs the country’s rich visual culture.
5. Tacloban City, Leyte
It might have been bludgeoned by a storm, but Tacloban City's recovery continues. It is currently becoming a foodie hot spot, filled with under-the-radar, Instagram-ready restaurants that feature exciting gastronomic adventures.
Some distance from the city proper meanwhile lies a mass grave of almost 3,000 Yolanda victims. People come here to whisper prayers to the men, women, and children who lost their lives at the height of typhoon Yolanda. Here, people will want to visit to pay their respects and pray that such an event will not be repeated.
To watch the full episode of "Lakwatsero Vlogs," tune in to news.abs-cbn.com on January 29, 2018.
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