Leyte - The Neoclassical Leyte Provincial Capitol Building

Built in 1907, the imposing Leyte Provincial Capitol Building has a stunning neoclassical architecture typical of American-era government edifices. It played a significant part of Philippine history as it briefly became the seat of Philippine Commonwealth Government from October 23, 1944 to February 27, 1945.

The building features two bas relief depicting the First Christian Mass held in the island of Limasawa and the historical landing of Gen. Douglas MacArthur on Red Beach, Palo Leyte.

National Historical Institute marker reads:

"Capitol Building of the Philippines, 1944-1945

On the steps of this Capitol Building of Leyte was formally installed, 23 October 1944, Sergio OsmeΓ±a as president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines by Gen. Douglas MacArthur in the presence of cabinetmen, liberation forces and many other grateful people. Henceforth, until 27 February 1945, this edifice served as the Capitol Building of the Philippines."

Located at the corner of Sen. Enage Street and Magsaysay Boulevard, it now serves as the seat of the provincial government of the Province of Leyte.

This is the last spot that we visited in Leyte while we enjoyed "people watching" at the capitol complex.

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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  1. tnx for this very educational post.... galing isipin na leyte was once the center of the philippines!

  2. maganda makita ang mga capitol ng mga probinsiiya ng Pilipinas. sa dami na ng napuntahan mo baka pwede ka na magcompile ng mga kapitolyo.

  3. never been to leyte, hopefully next year. thanks for sharing

  4. @IamDP - nun ko lang din nalaman... hehehe! thanks po... :)

  5. @dong ho - oo nga eh... may category na nga ako for Capitol Buildings eh... hehehe! thanks Dom! :)

  6. oh! i didn't know the park fronting the capitol (libertad park) has been re-built and made clean! gosh, it was a horrible site years back then...that's good to know of the improvements...thanks for sharing. oh, how i miss my family & friends who work in that bldg. i used to work at the hospital fronting the other side of capitol. so nostalgic, these photos!

  7. love it. wish i could see this soon...

  8. akala ko kapitolyo ng dumaguete..ung first picture..kahawig na kahawig talaga..pati ung walkway....anyhoo ganda nga kapitolyo ah

  9. @Tara -oh yeah, Libertad park in fornt of the capitol building is really nice... thanks Tara! :)

  10. @Sendo - ah talaga? sayang di ako nakapunta sa capitol ng negros oriental... thanks sendo...

  11. cnung architect ?

  12. What is the meaning of the 3 kids in fountain?


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