I missed the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival but it does not mean I will not enjoy my visit in Tacloban City. Not a butt-numbing bus ride nor a typhoon can ruin my vacation.
I arrived in Palo, Leyte with Nathalie and her doctor friend at around 6AM. It was still early and since we are already in Palo, we decided to visit the Leyte Landing site.
My travel blogger friends are still in the city so I was still able to meet them. They all stayed at Go Hotels Tacloban so I visited and chatted with them before we head to Calle Z.
We had our sumptuous lunch at Calle Z Cafe in Tacloban. It was the city’s fiesta so the owner has prepared food for invited guests.
A Visit to the Santo Niño Shrine
Majority of the travel bloggers were already heading to the airport to catch their flights and so five of us decided to pay a visit to the Sto. Niño Shrine which is just a walking distance from Calle Z Cafe.
The entrance fee is quite expensive not to mention you have to pay an amount to bring a camera. The lighting inside was not good and the tour guide was in a hurry to finish the whole tour. I asked the tour guide why is the light limited and he answered that there is no enough budget to maintain the place. This place is under the PCGG. I think it is high time that this will be turned over to the national museum or NCCA so they can better maintain this place. This is one of Tacloban’s prime tourist destination so this should be taken cared of. A better guide and lighting will be very appreciated by tourist/travelers like myself.
Paru-Parong Bukid Nature Conservation Center
We met the owner of the Paru-Parong Bukid at Calle Z and she offered to show us around the place in Babatngon, Leyte. Paru-Parong Bukid was suposed to be one of my sponsors during PHL50 but I was not able to visit them. So, I was really glad I was able to see the place this time.
Paru-Parong Bukid is a farm resort that offers a lot of fun-filled and exciting activities such as butterfly watching, kayaking fishing, mangrove trekking, picnics, swimming and a lot more. The center also offers wellness programs for health conscious individuals. Back to the City After the nature trip, we went back to witness the Sangyaw Festival. About Calle Z Cafe Calle Z café offers a unique concept of bistro-bar entertainment. They serve some of the best local food & drinks at affordable prices. Contact Number : (053) 325 8582 Website : http://www.callezaragosa.com About Paru-Parong Bukid Nature Conservation Center PPBNCC is located approximately 3 kilometers from Rafael’s Farm or 25-30 kilometers from Tacloban City in Barangay Lukay, Babatngon, Leyte. Contact Number : 09209296880 / 09297780053 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org Website : http://www.paruparongbukid.com How to get there? The center is accessible by both private and public transportation. The road network is good. If you are commuting going there, take a van or jeep from the Tacloban Central Terminal going to Babatngon. Ask the driver to drop you off at Paru Parong Bukid. The center is just along the highway.