Leyte is an island in the Eastern Visayas island group in the Philippines. It is divided into two provinces, Leyte Province and Southern Leyte. Each province includes some nearby smaller islands. Leyte is connected by bridges across narrow straits to the larger Samar Island and to the smaller Biliran island. The two largest cities are the capital, Tacloban, on the east coast near Samar Island, and Ormoc on the western coast.
Cities and municipalities
Eastern part of Leyte
- Tacloban City – capital of Leyte Province
- Tanauan - The Skimboarding Capital of the Philippines.
Western part of Leyte
Waray is spoken by people from the eastern part of Leyte, about 40% of the population of the province, including most of the people in the capital city, Tacloban.
Cebuano/Bisaya is the most common language in Southern Leyte and the western part of Leyte Province, with about 60% of the population of the province speaking it.
Tacloban's Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport is the main gateway to the island and the entire region of the Eastern Visayas including the provinces of Samar (Western) and Eastern Samar. The following airlines have daily flights:
- Cebu Pacific - Manila, Cebu and Davao.
- Philippine Airlines - Manila and Cebu.
- Air Asia - Manila and Clark
Ormoc also has an airport; there are flights on Cebu Pacific to/from Manila via Cebu.
- 1 San Juanico Bridge. At 2.16 km long, this is the longest bridge spanning a body of seawater in the Philippines. It spans the San Juanico Strait from Tacloban to Santa Rita on Samar Island.
- Agas-Agas Bridge, Sogod, Southern Leyte. The tallest bridge in the Philippines.
- McArthur Park. You can visit the historical landmark of Leyte, which is in municipality of Palo. This is where the Americans landed to begin retaking the Philippines from the Japanese during the Pacific War, making good on General McArthur's promise "I shall return".
- Festivals - every town have their own celebration of Fiesta or Festivals in honor to their patron saints like Pasaka Festival of Tanauan, Buyugan Festival in Abuyog and Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival usually held in Tacloban City.
- Cuatro Islas.
Leyte is famous for it delicacies like
Chocolate moron which is made of glutenous rice melted with cocoa or tablea, Binagol which is made of talyan plant (giant taro) being cooked with the hard shell of coconut and the sweetening syrup.
Leyte is famous for its beverages especially the tuba or what they called red wine. It is actually made of fermented Coconut Nectar they put something bark of a tree (they called it baruk) to make it red in color. Almost every houses have tuba stored. Usually they drink it during occasion or for past time.