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July 4, 2012

The beauty of Baybay Leyte

Baybay, Leyte Plaza at sea side

   "Seaside" is the meaning of Baybay, which the name of this small town in Leyte was named merely because of its location beside the sea.

  The town plaza is clean and few bystanders can be seen in the area during daytime, people usually come around late in the afternoon until late at night because the weather is cooler and it's nice to see the glimmering lights when they are all switched on.

     It was the last week of May when we went here and the weather is sometimes rainy at any time of the day, that's why some portion of the pavement is wet from last night's heavy rains, but the sun showed up in the morning which showed the clear skies and the beauty of Baybay sparks again.


     There were quite a number of restaurants around, but we chose this floating restaurant to have our late lunch.

Floating restaurant at Baybay, Leyte

    A view of the mountains and clear skies can be seen at the far-flung side of the restaurant.


   Throw a coin and these kids will dive into the deep water, we were amazed how fast they could find it.

Kids swimming in the sea near Floating Restaurant at Baybay Leyte

   I am fascinated by the structure of this old church which was built centuries ago.

Old church of Baybay, Leyte

How we got to Baybay, Leyte:

  An hour and a half flight from Manila Airport via Cebu Pacific we landed in Tacloban airport, it could have been easier to get here if we got a booking to Ormoc airport, but due to limited air flight schedule we booked Tacloban instead, which took us 3 hours travel via FX van from the terminal.

Where we stayed in Baybay, Leyte: Palermo Hotel

Lobby of Palermo hotel Baybay, Leyte

Lounge area of Palermo Hotel in Baybay, Leyte

     This is where I stayed for 2 days, its homey ambiance doesn't make you feel you’re away from home, their big sofa set at the reception is so inviting, just like when you arrive at your own house and the first thing you’ll do is to slouch and relax yourself from a day’s hectic schedule and the colorful decor will set you into a good mood.

     Palermo Hotel is located at A. Mabini St., Baybay City, Leyte. Transportation is not a problem here because all public vehicles going to Southern Leyte like Maasin, Leyte passes by on the main street in front of them.

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