It’s More Fun in the Philippines – Samar and Leyte

For my second installment of the series, “It’s More Fun in the Philippines”, let me introduce you to the provinces of Samar and Leyte, known to be the Twin Islands of the Pacific.

Both provinces have great history but there’s very few written about it online.

John and I was given the chance to see both during our Philippine Road Trip. Yes, we did this on our own, with John driving. Of course, we slept in hotels at nights and start again after breakfast. Never have we felt unsafe on the road despite the fact that the place had a lot of undeveloped area. Honestly, that’s what gave Samar and Leyte its mystique. Their untouched beauty.

I saw beautiful sea and mountain landscapes that makes the Philippines a great place for a vacation, specially if one’s purpose is to enjoy nature at its best.

More than that, both provinces like I said have rich history. In fact, artifacts like ceramics, gold jewelries, large earthware jars have been found there. It is believed to be coming from traders in Siam , Vietnam and China which dates back to as far as the 13th century.

Landmarks such as Mc Arthur’s Landing and San Juanico bridge are the most famous among the many destinations you can choose from. Both of those places were discussed in our history books in elementary. So it was a great experience for me when I saw both. Infact I felt so blessed that I was given the chance to see them in my lifetime. 🙂

To The People of the Philippines, “I have returned” , by the grace of the Almighty, was the start of Gen. Douglas Mc Arthur’s speech at the historic site in Leyte.

With a total length of 2.16 kilometers (1.34 mi), it is the longest bridge in the Philippines spanning a body of seawater.

It was said to have been presented as a Gift and “Testimonial of Love” by the Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos to the first lady, Imelda, a native of Leyte.


I took this picture on July , 2010. I loved it then and now. It just looked so peaceful and beautiful to me.

Beautiful landscape in Samar, Leyte.

The Sto. Nino church in Tacloban, Leyte.

The market beside the beach in Tacloban, Leyte.


The website,, has a lot of featured articles on what you can do in Samar and Leyte.


Cebu Pacific, , has several flights from Manila to Tacloban, Leyte. From there, you can take a bus or jeepneys to your point of destination.

Lea C. Walker


About leawalkerblog

Businesswoman. Realtor. Photographer. Traveler. Blogger.
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4 Responses to It’s More Fun in the Philippines – Samar and Leyte

  1. RandyL says:

    Hi Lea, like you I am a real estate broker only I’m in Mississippi. Soon though, I will be moving to Samar for the exact same reasons you described in this article. I hope to Discover Samar before others to (Samar Tourism Slogan). I too have been building a blog about Samar but until I get my boots on the ground I have to put things together from afar. Maybe soon I will get there.


    • Hello Randy,

      Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

      Good luck on your move. Samar is such a beautiful place. Hopefully, we will be able to visit and stay longer next time.

      My husband is from MS too. 🙂




  2. ben gacud says:

    Samar and Leyte is my home sweetest home!


  3. Thank you for dropping by my blog @ Ben Gacud. 🙂 I like both Samar and Leyte. Had fun during our roadtrip. Hopefully, we will be able to come back someday. Thank you po.


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