Thursday, July 5, 2018

Leyte: The Old Town Charm of Palompon


Palompon is situated on the west side of Leyte Province and neighbors the northern part of Cebu Island. This second class municipality is the jump-off to Kalanggaman Island, a white sand paradise fast becoming popular due to its long sandbar, sparkling clear waters and raw ambiance. But more than just a jump-off to Kalanggaman, Palompon town also boasts of some interesting spots worth visiting.

As we stayed in Palompon the day before cruising to Kalanggaman Island, we grabbed the chance to wander around the town proper. These are some of the things we discovered....


Casa Esperanza

The Municipality of Palompon was founded in 1620 and was formerly called Hinablayan. As it dates back to the Spanish Colonization Period, there are a number of old heritage houses around town which withstood the test of time. Casa Esperanza is situated at the corner of Washington and San Francisco streets.


Palomon Freedom Park

Palompon Freedom Park is where the locals hang out and interact with each other. It is also where some senior citizens do their morning exercise. The old cannon is a relic of the 9-day battle between Moro raiders and Palomponganons sometime in the late 17th century.

 Church of St. Francis Xavier

This Roman Catholic Church in Palompon was built for 44 years. It was formally founded on November 12, 1784 and is considered as the oldest church in Leyte. 


Potpot

Potpot is the the local term for trike, or bicycle with sidecar. It can fit two passengers and is the main mode of transportation around Palompon proper.  


Palompon Sunset

As Palompon is situated in the west coast of Leyte, it is an ideal place to catch the view of sunset. This photo was taken at the back of the public market where some local folks are hanging out and drinking beer while watching the sun slowly disappears in the horizon.  


1620 Bistro

Named after the year Palompon was founded, this small cafe is situated in the corner of Washington and Taft streets. We had our lunch here just before leaving for Ormoc City. We ordered shawarma rice, adobo toppings and refreshing fruit shakes which all tasted great. 1620 Bistro is probably the best cafe in town. 

How to Get There:

Image from wikipedia.org

Palompon is about 1 hour and 30 minutes by van from Ormoc City. Fare is Php110.00 per person.

1 comment :

  1. I would love to go here after reading your post. Thanks for some great tips on where to go

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