One of the last stops before I flew back to Manila was the MacArthur Landing Memorial just south of Tacloban City in Palo, Leyte. While on the plane before landing at the Tacloban Airport, I did catch a glimpse of the memorial from my windows seat. It was definitely very noticeable from the air.
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The memorial is located in Red Beach, Palo, Leyte. This spot marks where Douglas MacArthur fulfilled his promise to return to liberate the Philippines from the Japanese Occupation. The American Liberation Forces landed in October 1944 and engaged in the Battle of Leyte.
Along with MacArthur is Sergio Osmena who takes over as President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines as President Manuel L. Quezon passes away while in exile.
We had just come from the Sto. Nino Shrine where it started to rain. By the time we got to the memorial, it was raining. Not too strong, but raining nonetheless. Armed with an umbrella, I proceeded to walk up to the memorial.
When one thinks of Leyte, most photos represent Leyte with a picture of this memorial, and only second is the San Juanico Bridge. Raining or not, I could not miss this place. Sadly though due to the clouds, I was stuck with a white background.
The statues are around 150% regular size, making them literally larger than life. And of course the most impressive of all the figures, the figure of Douglas MacArthur himself…
Definitely a must-visit destination if ever you drop by the Tacloban City area.