I've always wanted to explore Eastern Visayas ever since I was a child. Eastern Visayas is one region full of historical events. When I was still young, Philippine history had fascinated me and the notion to visit the region started.
Anyway, my tour started in Surigao City. Originally, the flight was bound to Butuan but for one reason or another, I was informed by my favorite airlines (Airphil) that there was a change in the flight and the flight was redirected to Surigao City.
Actually, Surigao City was the best spot to start the tour due to its proximity to Eastern Visayas.
My tour was slated to start from Southern Leyte, then to Leyte, then to Biliran, then Eastern Samar, then to Western Samar and ending in Northern Samar.
But first let's start in Surigao City!
Lake Mainit is the fourth largest lake in the Philippines. The surface area of the lake is shared between the provinces of Surigao Del Norte and Agusan Del Norte.
After two hours, I went back to Surigao City and spent the night in the city.
The following morning I went to the Port of Lipata, Surigao City. I chartered a tricycle for P200.00 from the city to the port.
I waited for about an hour before I was able to board a bus en route to Samar.
The sea trip was almost two hours. It was cloudy that day but the sea was calm.
At first I thought our destination was the Liloan Ferry Terminal. But we reached another ferry terminal, the Port of San Ricardo on the southern tip of Leyte.
|Our Lady of Assumption Shrine|
I alighted at Maasin City, the capital of Southern Leyte. Maasin City is the gateway to Southern Leyte's tourist destinations like the Maasin Cathedral and Our Lady of Assumption Shrine.
I climbed all the way to the top just to see the shrine. And it was worth it!
My destination - Ormoc City.
It took me one hour and 45 minutes to reach Ormoc City from Maasin City (99 kilometers).
And the first thing I did was to go Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Church! I was very religious that day..
One thing I like about Ormoc is the variety of ihaw-ihaw, street food and seafood they offer.
I enjoyed my dinner in Ormoc City!