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Sabin Resort Hotel of Ormoc City

 Sabin Resort Hotel is a family/business/leisure resort hotel located in Bantigue, Ormoc City, Leyte.  It is just around a km or 2 from the city proper. If you want a peaceful environment with a stunning view of Ormoc Bay and the beautiful mountainous terrain in Merida and Isabel Leyte, then choosing Sabin resort would be the only perfect option. The resort offers wide variety of services that could cater to different tourists. They offer good food and offers excellent accommodation that is comparable to top hotel resorts in the island.

Let me take you on a tour of this little kept paradise. Here are some photos below:

   A stunning view of Mt Magsanga in Isabel town, Leyte. That mountain always remind me of “Paramount Pictures.” 🙂

  Poolside image facing the restaurant

    The Restaurant/Lounge

 Poolside facing the hotel rooms and conference halls

 Skyline view of Ormoc city from the resort

   Panoramic view of the resort

Some photos of us enjoying the pool      

They also offer food for snacks or any meal.   Hawaiian pizza

 Sweet corn for only 50 pesos (just to cover miscellaneous fee)

 Yummy! C’est La Vie! 🙂

Sabin Resort Hotel is valuable to me personally because this is the place where me and my girlfriend spent our first few moments as official lovers. I made her say “yes” to my proposal for us to be officially “in a relationship.” The romantic ambiance of the place might have been very helpful. By the way, the photos above was during our second visit at the resort. We celebrated my girlfriend’s birthday there.

Anyways, if you happen to be visiting Ormoc or Leyte, then visit Sabin Resort Hotel. You would surely love your stay here.

 How to get here? Please refer to my previous entry about Ormoc City for more directions.

Tacloban City: The Eastern Metropolis

Tacloban City is the capital city of Leyte Province and the largest city and center for commerce in region 8 (Leyte and Samar).  It is home to the former first lady, Imelda Romualdez Marcos.  Up until now, the Romualdez family is one of the elite families in Tacloban.  It has various historical sites and ancestral houses.  The seat of Philippines was transferred for a short time in Tacloban during the Second World War.  It is also the location of the Largest Sea Battle during World War 2, the Battle of Leyte Gulf.  Visiting Tacloban will definitely give you a  lot of knowledge about the Second World War.

How To Get There:  From Manila:  There are several plane schedules daily for tacloban via Cebu Pacific, Zest Air, and PAL, please check out your desired airline’s website for schedules.  From Cebu:  You can also travel by air through Cebu Pacific and PAL, please check their scheds; you also have the option to travel by Land through Ceres Liner.  By Sea, you can take the fastcraft bound for Ormoc for 2 hours and then take the v-hire(duptours or grandtours) for 2 hours.  For around more or less 4 hours, you will already be in Tacloban.

Where To Stay:  

There are several hotels in Tacloban but I prefer that you takae GoHotels.  They offer good service at the same time very convenient because it is situated nearby Robinsons’ Mall, Tacloban’s largest as of the moment.

Transportation:  You can take a jeepney if you are just wandering within the city, or you can take a tricycle or pedicab when you go for shorter distances.  When travelling to and from another town/city, you must take a Bus (except Palo and other nearby towns)

Where To Go/Visit:  

Leyte Landing Memorial

San Juanico Bridge (photo courtesy of wikipedia)

Sto Nino Shrine(photo courtesy of http://callezaragosa.com/)

Sto Nino Church 

Astrodome (For Night Life)

Leyte Park (photo courtesy of www.taclobanhotels.com)

When you visit Tacloban, you should not also miss my favorite streetfood in Tacloban.  It is their Fried Isaw..

Ormoc City: The greener side of the Philippines

Ormoc City has been part of my life since before I got my knowledge about this world.  I haven’t reached a year of my life yet when my mom and “nanay” brought me to this place.  Up until today, I will always find time to visit this place.  Ormoc is a simple city with a simple form of living.  No BPOs that I know of (yet), but it has few coffee shops, and a bit of nightlife.  It offers world-class accomodation and could also cater to budget travelers.  It is really an ideal place to live in.  It is indeed, very peaceful.

How to get there:

From Manila:  You can ride a plane bound for Tacloban city and 2 hours van ride to Ormoc.  There is also daily bus trip from Cubao to Ormoc.

Above.  Ormoc City Bus Terminal with Daily bus trips bound for Luzon and Mindanao.

From Cebu:  There are daily 4-hour ferry trips that leaves at 11am and 10pm, and fastcrafts that has two trips throughout the day.

Above.  2Go Fastcraft en-route Ormoc-Cebu vice versa.

Where to stay:

There are plenty of hotels and pension houses to choose from but if you really want to relax and have fun, I suggest these resort/hotels:

Baybayon ni Agalon (Located in Albuera, a town around 10 km away from Ormoc)

Hotel Don Felipe (located at the heart of the City)

Sabin Resort (Brgy Bantigue, Ormoc City)

Where to go:

Bebidas – If you want to chill or have coffee.  This place is perfect for you.

Ikeas – This place is perfect for dessert.  They offer mouth-watering cakes and pastries.

Lake Danao – a guitar-shaped lake located above-sea level near the geothermal power plant that supplies visayas and parts of mindanao.

Never seen such scenery in my life.

Too bad I found some of these things in Lake Danao Park (ssiiiiggghhhss)

We sometimes tend to forget our responsibilities.  It goes back to us anyways.

Vivo – If you are in the mood for singing, then this place is just right for the whole barkada or family.

The Sts Peter and Paul Church

Gaisano Riverside  – Who says Ormoc aint updated with the current trend?

Public Market – Thrift way of spending.

Now tell me, isn’t this a good place to live?  Where food, clothing, and other expenses are lesser that you think and you might want to consider this place for retirement.  Visit your legal adviser now and your travel agent.  Visit the place and check it out for yourself.  It is very safe to stroll around this small but humble city.