Leyte - Reliving Gen. Douglas MacArthur's Historic Return to the Philippines

Considered as one of the most historical towns of Leyte, Palo is the the site where Gen. Douglas MacArthur landed when he returned to the Philippines together with hundreds of military forces on October 20, 1944. A landing memorial was erected at the Red Beach to mark the spot where MacArthur and his troops landed. The "red" in Red Beach is not because the sand here is color red; rather, it refers to the color of the beach after being drenched in blood during the war.

The larger than life bronze statues stand on a lagoon depicting the historical return of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, together with President Sergio OsmeƱa as a fulfillment of his promise to the Filipinos to come back and help liberate the Philippines from the Japanese.

This is the first site that we visited on my 2-day adventure trip in Leyte and Southern Leyte with my friend, JM. It's my 2nd time to visit this province, but I wasn't able to see this landing memorial when I was here few weeks ago. So I told my friend that we should visit it and relive Gen. MacArthur's historic return.

From the airport, we took a downtown-bound jeepney and alighted at the Coca-Cola Plant at the turn around in Brgy. San Jose. Fare is is 7 pesos, travel time is around 5 minutes. From there, we took a multicab bound for St. Paul's and get off at Campetic Crossing (7 pesos). You can walk or take a pedicab for 7 pesos each in going to the Landing Memorial.

This is a part of my Leyte and Southern Leyte Adventure Getaway last October 1-2, 2011. This is my 2nd time to visit Leyte, the 36th province on my list. Kudos to my friend, JM, for accompanying me and for preparing everything on this trip. Join me as I unravel Leyte's rich history, culture and natural resources.
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killerfillers said...

Grabe!After Marawi, Iligan and Ozamis..Leyte naman. Parang every week may lakad.Kakainggit.haha

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@killerfillers - di naman... it happened po 2 weeks after... hehehe! :)

Journeys and Travels said...

Never been here so this makes this post my priority when I get to Leyte! I love the article and the photos Mervz! See you in the future ha.

Chyng said...

wala ka pang surigao entries? =)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Journeys and Travels - Thank you Doc Wends... it's a must see when visiting Leyte...

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Chyng - unfortunately, di pa ako nakakapunta ng Surigao... hirap makakuha ng promo tickets going there eh... hehehe!

Glenn said...

The figures from the tableau looks well-made. Would you know who did sculpture?

Ding said...

I have been here ages ago, and napadaan lang kasi hindi pa available ang ka-meeting namin. So we had a side trip for about 1 hour and then picture-picture...hindi pa uso ang digital noon. LOL! But I would like to revisit this place.

Anonymous said...

You have showed great perseverance behind the blog. It’s been enriched since the beginning. I love to share to with my friends. Carry on.

Anonymous said...

This is a good blog message, I will keep the post in my mind. If you can add more video and pictures can be much better. Because they help much clear understanding. :) thanks Cavalieri.

PinasBackpackers said...

wowwww naka2 inggit naman super dami moh nah travel sir... keep on showing the beautiful Philippines... :)

Conway said...

Hi! You have a very nice and informative blog. It makes me want to make an "I shall return" trip to the landing site... Anyway, I think the red in "red beach" does not allude to the blood spilled there during WWII. If my memory (of what I read in history books) serves me right, red was a codename used by Americans to refer to the beach in Palo; white to the beach in Tacloban; and blue to the beach in Dagami town. :)

Anonymous said...

I am happy that you are passionate on exploring Philippines... wag muna abroad sir ;)

Paula O said...

Don Mervs, have you seen Palo's Old Houses?

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