Tacloban City: Overview

Tacloban is the largest city and regional center of the Eastern Visayas Region of the Philippines. It is also the capital city of Leyte. It is the center of commerce, tourism, education, culture, and government in the region.

Tacloban is a "Waray" speaking city. The dialect is officially called "Leyte-Samarnon". Majority speaks English and Tagalog.

Getting There:
Philippine Airlines, Air Philippines, and Cebu Pacific Air
serve Tacloban with daily 1-hour flights from Manila and half-an-hour flight from Cebu.

Several bus companies ply between the city and Manila. Travel time is 22 hours. Tacloban is also connected to Davao via a 16-hour land trip.

The busy sea lanes between Tacloban and Manila is dominated by WG&A Super Ferry and Sulpicio Lines. The Cebu-Tacloban sea route is serviced by K&T Shipping Lines. Adventurous travelers can pass through Ormoc City via a 2-hour Super Cat or Water Jet cruise from Cebu and then take another 2-hour trip to Tacloban via Ormoc.

Public utility jeepneys (PUJs) or Jeep ply the major thoroughfares of the city and to its suburbs.

Another available transportation is Motorcabs or Tricycle. Minimum fare is P5.00 (in 2007). Car rental companies have offices at strategic locations in the city.

Climate: In Leyte, heavy rains occur between November and February while March to April and August to September are the driest months.

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  1. Hello,

    I LOVED your section on Tacloban city. I am currently trying, very hard I might add, to get a job there. My wife and I were recently married (Santo Nino church), and have just about completed building a house.
    I have been posting a "HELP" type of comment on a few other blog sites besides this one to ask if you have any knowledge on American Companies in Tacloban. I have just about exhausted the ways I know, and have only come up with two. I'm hoping to contact these companies in the hopes of soliciting a job with them so that I can return permanently to the Philippines while awaiting for my wife's paperwork to clear. We are going to live there in Tacloban as soon as I get her registered here in the U.S. Anyway, thanks for any help and again, great article...makes me homesick


    Steve Borowski
    Suisun City, CA


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