The Waray people are known for being music lovers famously is the “Dandansoy” song which is ballad, and their patriotic song is “Iroy ng Tuna (Motherland). Famous dance that won’t be gone and always present in every dance occasion is “Tinikling” which became the Philippines national dance is a folkdance, originated from the region. But when we talk offiesta’s celebration and special gatherings in demand dance is the famed Curacha dance.
The University is a residence of top and highcaliber faculty and academic personnelachieving most of their local and internationalacknowledgement in research and development.A total of 92 are degree holders of Ph.D., 110MS degree holders and 72 BS degree holdersthat came from respectable colleges anduniversities here and abroad. VSU is well knownas a core for excellence in research andextension. It produced topnotch in bar examfrom early years until present.
Leyte is rich in historical significance, most notably for the site where General MacArthur made his triumphant return to the Philippines in October, 1944, as commemorated in MacArthur Park in Palo. Other World War 2 memorials include Hill 522or Guinhangdan Hill in Palo, Hill 120 in Dulag, Price Mansion in Tacloban, the Japanese WarMemorial Cemetery, Buga-Buga Hills in Villabe,and the Philippine-Japanese Peace Memorial inOrmoc City. Churches include Palos Cathedraland the La Purisima Shrine, and Taclobans Sto.Niño Church and the Madonna of Japan. Otherhistorical sites include the Hilongos Bell tower, and the Peoples Center and Library in Tacloban. Natural attractions include the San Juanico Strait, Lake Danao, Cuatros Islas, Hindang and Inopacan beaches.
Northern Samar Capital: Catarman Area Size: 3,498 km² Population: 549,759 Northern Samar has plenty of historical landmarks including Sumuroys Marker in Palapag, the former Spanish royal port, CapulChurch, and the San Bernardino andBatag Lighthouses. The most knownnatural site is the rocky landscape of Biri, which has been carved by the sea and wind. Other natural attractions include Onay Beach in Laoang Bay, Rosario Hot Springs, Pinipisacan Falls, and the twin falls of Victoria town.
Events/Celebration:Bagasumbol Festival – September, BiliranBuktay Festival – October 9,BiliranBuyogan Festival – August 19,Abuyog, LeyteTacloban Festival – Last weekof June.Pintados-Kasadyahan Festival– June 29, Tacloban CityBanigan-Kawayan Festival – September 28, Basey, SamarSarakiki Festival – September01-08, Calbayog City, WesternSamarBagolan Festival – June 29,Paranas, SamarLapay-Bantique dance Festival– No specific date
Name PROVINCE AREA(sq.km) POPULATION Baybay, City Of Leyte 459.34 4(92) Borongan, City Of Eastern Samar 475.06 7(130) Calbayog City Western Samar 880.74 3(54) Catbalogan, City Of Western Samar 274.22 5(103) Maasin, City Of Southern Leyte 211.71 6(118) Ormoc City Leyte 613.60 2(51) Tacloban City Leyte 201.72 1(45)
Region Provincial GovernorBiliran Naval Gerardo Espina Jr.Eastern Samar Borongan Conrado B. Nicart Jr.Leyte Tacloban Carlo PetillaNorthern Samar Catarman Paul DazaSamar Catbalogan Sharee TanSouthern Leyte Maasin Damian Mercado
“Peace and order is the key to a successful tourism industry as safety and security of visitors is a primary concern of tourists when travelling to tourist destinations”, SORIA said during the activation of Tacloban Tourist Police Unit this morning held at the Tacloban City Police Office Quadrangle. “It is the policy of the government to ensure the safety and security of tourists in the country. "citing provisions in the Tourism Act of 2009 which stipulated that “the Philippine National Police shall establish a Tourism Security Force to assist in maintaining peace and order within areas of high tourism traffic.” With this activation, the TOP COP or Tourist-Oriented Police for Community Order and Protection program is fully operational and will hopefully entice more tourists to visit the region with this added commitment to their safety and security.
AT LEAST 40 tourism attractions in Eastern Visayas were identified as priority destinations in the newly-drafted sectoral plan. In northeast Leyte, the destinations for conferences and events are Tacloban City, Palo and Babatngon; Mahagnao Volcano Natural Park in Burauen for nature; and Leyte Sab-a Basin Wetland Agri-Eco Park in Palo, Sta. Fe, Alangalang and San Miguel for agri-educational. In northwest Leyte are the Leyte Industrial Development Estate in Isabel, Energy Development Corporation Geothermal Steamfield in Ormoc City and Kananga, Pineapple Plantation in Ormoc City, Visayas State University in Baybay City, Lake Danao in Ormoc City, and Tabuk Marine Park in Palompon, Golf Course Urban Amenities in Ormoc and Albuera; Cuatro Islas Hindang and Inopacan for conferences and events; and Mount Pangasugan Nature Park in Baybay for nature, environment and educational tour. In Biliran, identified sites are Mainit Hot and Cold Springs in Caibiran for nature; Higatangan Island in Naval for diving; and Sambawan Island in Maripipi for marine sport. The Sogod Bay of Southern Leyte, Maasin Zoo in Maasin City, Agas Agas Adventure Park in Sogod, and closed canopy forest in Silago – all cater to adventure, educational and nature activities – are also priority destinations. In Samar are Sohoton Cave in Basey, seascape in Marabut, Ulot watershed ecotourism loop in Paranas, Agutay Island in Daram, Bangon Falls and Rapids in Calbayog City – all target visitors who are enthusiastic in caving, diving and adventure. Attraction in Eastern Samar are Calicoan Island in Guiuan for marine sports and cultural activities, Ando and Divinubo Islands in Borongan City for sun and beach, Amandaraga Falls in Lawaan for nature, closed canopy forest in Borongan City, Maydolong and Llorente for forest adventure.
The regions Leyte and Samar islands serve as main link between Luzon and Mindanao by land transport. A total of nine airports, are strategically located in different parts of the six provinces that comprise the region. Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport in Tacloban City is the main gateway by air to the region. There are seaports in Tacloban, Catbalogan, Calbayog, Borongan, Ormoc, Bato, Maasin, Sogod and Naval.