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Placid and provincial: that is city of Ormoc.

It is most famous for three things.

First is the guitar-shaped Lake Danao, a pristine 148-hectare inland lake surrounded by verdant mountains and invigorating cool air, just a 30-minute drive from the city. Enjoy a picnic and banca (boat) ride or go biking and examine local flora and fauna, all the while soaking up the area’s hard-to-beat tranquility. In addition, Lakes Kasudsuran and Janagdan completes the three beautiful lakes of Ormoc. It is located at Brgy. Gaas, Ormoc City in Leyte. The 5-hectare Lake Kasudsuran is located 27 kms. (a 45-hr. drive) northeast of Ormoc City on the virgin forest of Brgy. Ga-as and Mt. Janagdan, a plateau 1,000 m. above sea level. The lake is only accessible by foot. Lake Kasudsuran is also a place to explore in Ormoc City. The lake is a beauty to behold with surrounding fresh green trees and vegetation, and a calm and serene atmosphere.

The second is the Queen Pineapple, Ormoc’s most famous produce and a top pick for pasalubong (gifts for friends at home). Savor its unparalleled sweetness with juicy slices fresh from the pineapple plantations north of the city in Kananga.

Third is the Leyte Geothermal Production Field – EDC Geothermal Plant View Deck in Tongonan, east of the city. It is the country’s biggest geothermal complex, supplying energy even to parts of Luzon and Mindanao.

In the city, some leisurely meandering uncovers little gems. The seaside Sabin Resort Hotel is Ormoc’s most favored accommodation, boasting Filipino décor, a large pool, and a panoramic view.

Hang out at local watering holes like cozy cafés, restobars, snackbars, and restaurants at the Ormoc City Plaza near Ormoc City Superdome and the old Executive Building — or head to the public market and try native fare like pacdol (a clear broth with carabao knee meat) at Doro’s carinderia (eatery).

Spot the Philippine-Japanese Peace Memorial, a friendship token from Nagoya and Gifu after World War II.

Check out the Puente De La Reina, a cobblestone bridge built in the 1800s that was used as a docking area for traders from around Asia; and the Cong. Dominador Tan Ruins, once one of the city’s most extravagant houses before World War II.

You can also tee off at the 18-hole Leyte Golf and Country Club for games against a backdrop of rolling terrain and the Ormoc Bay.

Other Attractions:

  • WWII Veterans’ & Centennial Park
  • Ormoc City Superdome
  • Sts. Peter & Paul Parish Church
  • Old City Hall
  • Agua Dulce
  • Tulay de Perdon
  • Flash Flood Memorial Park
  • Camp Downes
  • JICA Riverwalk
  • New Ormoc City Hall
  • Naungan Mangroves/ Bird Sanctuary
  • Lao Hanging Bridge
  • Visto Monastery
  • Claretian Retreat House
  • Underground Caving – Nueva Sociedad/RM Tan/Kan Idon Cave
  • Pineapple Plantation
  • Tongonan Hot Springs National Park
  •  Beach Resorts
  • Ormoc Mangroves

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