Each time I have a Leyte tour package in my capacity as a tour coordinator, I would see to it that this historical mark is a part of it. It is also known as MacArthur Park or Leyte Landing Memorial Park. This was declared a national park on July 12, 1977 through Letter of Instructions No. 572 signed by President Ferdinand Marcos. Prior to that, this was formerly Imelda Park. Imelda Marcos is the wife of former President Marcos and a native of Leyte.
Its mere location is already scenic by itself as its along the stretch of Red Beach of the Municipality of Palo which is a part of the province ...
This monument marks the spot where General Douglas MacArthur landed with the American Liberation Forces in 1944. This was declared a national historical landmark on 2004. True to his famous promise "I Shall Return", he did come back to redeem the Philippines from Japanese.
You might think that this larger-than-life monuments are situated on the shore of Red Beach, Palo, Leyte, but it's not.What you've seen in most of the pictures posted are just camera tricks making it look like it's actually on the shore. It stands in a man-made pool at the center of the park.
Former President Ferd ...
From the town proper of Palo, Leyte, I rode a jeepney bound for Tacloban City and told the driver to drop me off at Campitic Crossing. The fare is 8php. Once there at the crossing, tricycles and traysikads tried to made offers of a ride going to the MacArthur Landing Site which was around 2 kilometers away. Anyway, since I was fond of walking and was planning to make a stop at the Boy Scout Monument along the way, I decided to walk. Yup, under the heat of the sun at around 1:00PM.
The walk was not that bad though as there were some trees on the side for some parts of the road. Along the way ...