The Leyte Island

The location of the Island of Leyte
Leyte Island is located in Philippines 

Leyte Island (Philippines)
Location South East Asia
Archipelago Visayas
Area 7,368 km2 (2,844.8 sq mi)
Province Leyte, Southern Leyte
Largest city Tacloban (pop. 178,639)
Population 1,950,000 (as of 2000)
Density 264.7 /km2 (685.6 /sq mi)
Ethnic groups Visayan (Cebuano, Waray)

Leyte (pronounced /ˈleɪtiː/ in English) is an island in the Visayas group of the Philippines.

The island measures about 180 km (110 mi) north-south and about 65 km (40 mi) at its widest point. In the north it nearly joins Samar, separated by theSan Juanico Strait, which becomes as narrow as 2 km (1.2 mi) in some places. The island province of Biliran is also to the north of Leyte and is joined to Leyte island by a bridge across the narrow Biliran Strait. To the south Leyte is separated from Mindanao by the Surigao Strait. To the east, Leyte is somewhat “set back” from the Philippine Sea of the Pacific Ocean, Samar to the northeast and Dinagat to the southeast forming the Leyte Gulf. To the west are Cebu and Bohol.

Leyte is mostly heavily forested and mountainous, but the Leyte Valley in the northeast has much agriculture.

Politically, the island is divided into two provinces: (Northern) Leyte and Southern Leyte. Territorially, Southern Leyte Province includes the island of Panaonto its south. Biliran Island, to the north of Leyte Island, was formerly a sub-province of Leyte, and is now a separate province, Biliran Province.

The chief cities of Leyte are Tacloban City, on the eastern shore at the northwest corner of Leyte Gulf, and Ormoc City, on the west coast.

Leyte today is notable for the geothermal electric power plants near Ormoc.

However, Leyte is most famous for its role in the reconquest of the Philippines in the World War II. On 20 October 1944, General Douglas MacArthur waded ashore on Leyte, saying “I have returned”. However, the Japanese did not give up so easily, as the ensuing Battle of Leyte proved, and convergence of naval forces resulted in the four-day Battle of Leyte Gulf, the largest naval battle in history.

Areas of Interest

The Leyte Provincial Capitol is the seat of the provincial government where historic viewing of a mural depicting the First Mass of Limasawa in the Orient and the landing of Gen. Douglas MacArthur can be done.

The Leyte Landing Memorial in Red Beach, Palo, marks the spot where American liberation forces landed it also has a lagoon where the life-size statues of Gen. McArthur and his fleet stands.

Lake Danao is a violin-shaped lake hemmed by cloud-capped mountain ranges. It is a hunter’s paradise where wild animals roam the surrounding forests. It is also said to be the home of a giant eel.

Calanggaman Island in Palompon, Leyte is a virgin island with pure white side. It has two long sandbars. The ecological atmosphere of the island had been preserved by the municipality.

The Sto. Nino Shrine and Heritage Museum boasts the painting of the 14 station of the cross done by Filipino artists and a bas-relief of the legend of the first Filipino man and woman (Malakas and Maganda).

The San Juanico Bridge is the longest and the most beautifully designed bridge in the Philippines. It features the picturesque San Juanico Strait with a thousand whirlpools, lovely islets and view.

Leyte Island is the birthplace of the “Tinikling” dance, which is very popular throughout the Philippines.


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Binagol, Moron, Pastillas, Suman. Which among these?

Among the said delicacies, which do you like best?

Vote and pick your choice. =)

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Best and Least

So far, my CampBlog experience is getting better and better. I am really enjoying every moment of it. Now that I am almost done with my blog, i could say that this would be the one of the best experience I’m having. Second is, the FOOD. 😀 I really loved the food being served here every mealtime. I can just remember my first day here, when we went to our respective villas, i really went to bed immediately right after fixing my things, because my tummy was so full. *haha* .. On the other hand, there are also experiences that I liked least, but this doesn’t mean that I hate it. The experience that I would consider as the least i liked is when we experienced slow internet access at the Plenary Hall during the  last two days of our stay. But everything’s going well now ’cause we’ve moved to the villa were the connection is fast. I am just now looking forward to the Fellowship Night and the Exhibit Day, and im kinda nervous. :p

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H-T-C: Pastillas


Let’s not forget the next sweet side of the dish, Pastillas. So now, it’ll be the recipe for the Yum 3: Pastillas. Just follow the ingredients and procedures and you’re sure to have a heavenly experience when you’ve made your very own pastillas.


The ingredients are:

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh milk
  • 3 Tbsps. sugar
  • 1 tsp. butter
  • 5 Tbsps. full-cream powdered milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar for rolling pastillas


  1. Boil milk and sugar into a paste.
  2. Add butter and powdered milk. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Let the paste rest until firm enough to handle.
  4. Divide into 20 pieces and roll into small cylinders.
  5. Roll in sugar.
  6. Wrap in colorful papel de japon (Japanese paper).


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H-T-C: Moron


Now we’ll go slurping and yum-yum .🙂 I’ll be showing here the procedures on how to make your own moron. Well this might sound funny huh? “Making a Moron” *hahaha* but just think of it how fun it is to know how to make this treat.


We just need the following:

  • 1/2 cup malagkit rice
  • 1 cup melted chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups ordinary rice
  • 1/3 cup latik
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • banana leaves
  • string


1. Soak overnight rice and malagkit. Grind both grains the following day.
2. Soak the ground rice and malagkit in coconut milk until soft.
3. Add the sugar and chocolate.
4. Cook over low fire. Stir constantly until thick. Cool.
5. Prepare the leaves for wrapping by heating over low fire. Brush the leaves with butter.
6. Put 2 tablespoons of the mixture in every wrap. Put latik on top of each before closing.
7. Tie with string and cook for half an hour in a double broiler container or a pan over a pot of boiling water.


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H-T-C: Binagol/Binagul


Did you wonder how binagol are being made? How the look of the binagol in the picture is very mouth-watering? Well, now to get your curiousity out into creativity, i’ll be showing you the recipe in cooking this divine treat.



All you need are:

  • 3/4 cups shredded raw gabi (Taro root)
  • 1 cup rich coconut milk (2 medium coconuts)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 4 clean medium coconut shells (4-1/2″ diameter and 2″ high)
  • 1/2 can (1 oz) full cream condensed milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • Wilted banana leaves
  • String for tying

How to make binagol:

  • Mix first three ingredients and cook over moderate heat for 6 minutes, constantly stirring. Lower heat and continue cooking for 10 minutes.
  • Add condensed milk and cook over low heat 20 minutes longer, stirring constantly. Fill each coconut shell with mixture. Make a well in center and drop raw egg yolk.
  • Cover top with tuber mixture and spread until smooth, very close to brim or shell. Cover whole shell with two layers banana leaves and tie securely with strings.
  • Steam half an hour 12 servings.


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Yum 3: Pastillas

Pastillas is a sure hit pasalubong for kiddies and even in adults.  These bite-sized, creamy and pure cow milk delicacy of Tacloban surely deserves a wide space in your pasalubong bags. This milk candy is really craved by everybody because of its tempting taste.

I guess, people who are first-timers of eating this treat would really get addicted of it. There’s just this simple warning I could share if you’ll be eating too much of this pastillas, “YOU CAN REALLY FORGET YOUR DIET!”😀

In the next blog posts of mine, i’ll be showing you the different steps on how to bake this tummy-rumbling treat, for you to be able to have a chance to make your home-made Pastillas.

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