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Eastern Visayas, Region VIII, Philippines​


The Philippine Republic's Region VIII, Eastern Visayas, comprises six provinces on three principal islands (each province includes nearby islets).

* Biliran
* Leyte
o Tacloban City
o Ormoc City
* Southern Leyte
* Samar
o Calbayog City
* Northern Samar
* Eastern Samar[/I][/B]



Ormoc City is a 1st class city in the province of Leyte, Philippines. The city got its name from ogmok, an old Visayan term for lowland or depressed plain. It is the first non-provincial city of the Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 154,297 people in 31,542 households. Ormoc is the economic, cultural, commercial and transportation hub of western Leyte.

Ormoc City is an independent component city, not subject to regulation from the Provincial Government of Leyte. However, the city is part of the congressional district IV of Leyte together with Albuera, Kananga, Merida, and Isabel towns.

In November 1991, the Ormoc region was inundated by Tropical Storm Thelma (local name: Uring). Flash floods and landslides killed approximately 5,000 people, mostly in Ormoc itself.

Geography

Ormoc City is a port city and is the largest city by land area in Leyte and second largest in Eastern Visayas after Calbayog City in Samar. Fronting Ormoc Bay, the city's terrain is mostly of gently rolling plains. It is bounded on the northwest by the towns of Matag-ob and Merida, in the north by Kananga, in the northeast by the towns of Jaro, Pastrana and Dagami, and in the south by the town of Albuera. High mountain ranges separate Ormoc from the eastern portion of Leyte. Numerous rivers and streams traverse Ormoc. Among them are the Bao River in the north, Pagsangahan River in the east, the Bagong-bong River in the south, the Panilahan River also in the south and the Anilao and Malbasag Rivers which border the eastern and western flanks of Ormoc City Proper.

Tourism Highlights

* The Leyte Mountain Trail treking area starts at Lake Danao and goes to the Mahagnao Volcano Natural Park—a distance of 40 km.

* Rainforest tour lakes (Mahagnao, Malagsum, Casudsu-Ran and Danao), the Guinaban falls, forests, plains and views of the island of Samar from the central Amandiwing mountain range, the profusion of tropical flora and fauna, including colourful insects, butterflies, deer, wildboar, monkeys, birds, orchids and giant fern.

* Lake Danao is a violin shaped lake 3 km long at an elevation of 2,100 feet (640 m) above sea level. The lake is said to house a giant eel. Boats are available for hire. There is a floating restaurant.

* Tongonan Hotsprings National Park is a valley of geothermal power source, that can supply electricity to the whole region. The first geothermal plant to operate in the Philippines.

People and Culture

The people of Ormoc are called Ormocanons. Ormocanons are predominantly Cebuano-speaking (or Kana, as Cebuano-speakers in Leyte and Southern Leyte are often called) together with the whole western part of Leyte island. The people relate more to neighboring towns and Cebu than to eastern Leyte itself.

Like most Filipinos, Ormocanons, being predominantly Roman Catholic, celebrate the annual city fiesta for the patron saints Peter and Paul on June 28 and 29. Catholic religious festivals are observed thorughout the year.

Economy, Commerce, and Industry

Ormoc City's economic base is a good mix of agriculture, aquaculture, power industries, tourism, and commercial services. It enjoys economic growth because it supplies the whole country of its power needs due to the abundant geothermal power resources in Tongonan. Ormoc is also the gateway to the Leyte Industrial Development Estate in the nearby town of Isabel, home of the Philippine Phosphate Fertilizer Plant, the largest fertilizer factory in Asia, and the Philippine Associated Smelter and Refining Company, the country's biggest copper processing plant, among other industries.

Malls and Department Stores

* Gaisano Department Store
* A Mall
* Centrum

Banks

* Bank of the Philippine Islands
* Metrobank
* Equitable Bank
* Green Bank
* Philippine National bank
* Development Bank of the Philippines
* Landbank
* Maybank
* China Bank
* Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation
* Allied Bank

Hotels and Resorts

* Hotel Don Felipe
* Bantigue Beach Resort
* Sabin Resort
* Ormoc Villa Hotel

Transportation and Communications

Land, sea and air transport are available year-round. TV and radio networks broadcasting from Cebu reach the city. Internet connection are served by local and national ISPs.

TV Networks

* GMA Network: Channel 12
* ABS-CBN: Channel 3

Education

Private colleges in the city are the St. Peter's College, Western Leyte College, Sto. Niño College, San Lorenzo Ruiz College and STI College.

Awards

Ormoc City is a consistent winner of the Cleanest and Greenest City program of the DILG from 1995 to the present. The Asian Institute of Management's study titled The Philippine Cities Competitiveness Ranking Project 2005 ranked the city first in 'infrastructure' and tenth in 'dynamism of local economy' among small cities of the Philippines. The city also garnered the 2005 Most Business-Friendly City award in the Visayas by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Barangays

Ormoc City is politically subdivided into 110 barangays.


External links

* Ormoc City official website : http://www.ormoc.gov.ph/

* Ormoc News from the West Leyte Weekly Express
 

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Ormoc City official websites

http://www.ormoc.gov.ph/








Ormoc beauties




Ormoc City was Awarded by The Philippine Chambers of Commerce as the Most Business friendly City in the Visayas
 

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History of Ormoc City

http://www.ormoc.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=161&Itemid=306






The City of Ormoc, the center of commerce and industry on the western part of Leyte, is the first non-provincial capital city of the Philippines. It is a showcase of progress and modernity even as its history is a saga of sacrifices, toils and privations of its founders.

Before the Portuguese navigator, Ferdinand Magellan, reached Leyte in 1521, a handful of Malayan families lived in a small settlement called “OGMOK” - an old Visayan term for lowland or depressed plain. “OGMOK” was also the name of a spring located between the present barangays of Donghol and Mahayag. The name ORMOC, evidently, is the variation of the original name and came into use with the coming of the Spanish Conquistadores and the migration of people from the neighboring towns and islands to settle in its fertile plains.

The primitive Malayans had some well-developed trade and commerce with the Chinese, Javans and Indonesians who frequented the islands in their junks, vintas and sailboats. Pigafetta, the Spanish historian, mentioned “OGMOK” in his chronicles as one place in Leyte where Magellan touched in search of food and water in March 1521.

On July 16, 1595, Father Chirino and the other Jesuit missionaries arrived in Leyte. In May 1597, Fathers Alonso Rodriguez and Leonardo Scelsi founded the mission of Ormoc. This date marked the conversion of the Ogmokanons to Christianity.

Ormoc, being a seacoast village, was always raided and constantly harassed by Moro pirates every now and then. Piracy and brigandage were fought by the Malayans of Ogmok, Baybay and Palompon (mother town of Ogmok). These towns established a “grapevine” communication system- “runners” from watch towers built to inform and warn the inhabitants of the presence of Moro vintas sighted far out to sea.

Early in 1634, Raja Bungsu, ruler of Sulu, captured 300 natives from Ormoc after a successful attack in Camarines. To protect the people, the Jesuit Juan del Carpio constructed fortifications, which were attacked by the Maguindanaos before its completion. On December 3, 1634, the notorious pirate Katsil Kunalat (Kudarat) invaded Ogmok fresh from its invasion, pillage and plunder of the towns of Sogod, Kabalian, Kanamokan (now Inopacan) and Baybay. Fifty brave Ogmokanons fought the invaders furiously but were annihilated by sheer superiority of arms and number of the enemy. The defenders were massacred up to the last man inside the fort that defended the town and Carpio was killed.

In 1768, the Augustinians took over the missions in Leyte after the Jesuits were expelled. On February 26, 1834, Ormoc was separated from her mother town Palompon and created into a separate and distinct municipality. The following month, March 1834, saw the formal inauguration of the Ormoc Catholic Parish with Rev. Fr. Bibiano Luciano as first curate.

The line of chief executives of the Ormoc civil government is equally impressive. Immediately after the creation of Ormoc as a municipio in 1834, one Sofronio Cabiling was appointed Capitan to head the gobierno municipal. His successor capitanes were Gregorio Sacay, Epifanio Ortiz, Agaton Aparis, Inocentes Eamiguel, Rosendo Daffon, Fernando Bañez, Nicolas Torres, Mateo Solidor and Leon Aviles.

During the Philippine Revolution, Leyte became involved only several months after its outbreak in August 1896. The Revolutionary Government represented by General Vicente Lukban took possession of Leyte.

Shortly after the Americans defeated the Spaniards and later the Filipinos, a civil government was established in Leyte in April 22, 1901. However, an Ormocanon by the name of Faustino Ablen organized the pulahanes movement, a resistance group, which was eventually defeated by the American forces; but the heroism of Faustino Ablen became the symbol of the Ormocanons courage and bravery.

With the establishment of the American controlled civil government following the termination of the Spanish-American War at the turn of the century, Ormoc’s town executives assumed the title of Municipal President with Dr. Fernando Calderon acting as the first and last appointed official to this post. Atty. Victorio Laurente was the last elected Municipal President.
During the first term of Atty. Victorio Laurente, the Commonwealth Government came into existence on November 15, 1935. The town executive sported the title Alcalde Municipal or Municipal Mayor. Under this category the following mayors served the Municipality of Ormoc: Victorio Laurente, second term, 1938-1941; Catalino Hermosilla, 1941-1943 (replaced on the third year of his term by the Japanese Government appointing in his place Jose Codilla, 1943-1944. The Resistance Government appointed Potenciano Larrazabal, 1944-1945 ratified and confirmed later by the American Liberation Army.

When World War II broke out, Japanese Imperial forces occupied the province of Leyte on May 25, 1942. Consequently, resistance units were organized, among them was the Western Leyte Warfare Forces. On November 6, 1944, the decisive and historic battle of Ormoc "Corridor", a three-pronged attack by the combined forces of the Americans and Filipinos encircled and placed the Yamashita Line completely under control. The American 77th Division landed at Deposito, about 3 miles south of Ormoc, on the 7th of December; captured Camp Downer on the 9th; and entered Ormoc the next day despite enemy opposition.

Ormoc became a city through Republic Act No. 179 fathered by Congressman Dominador Tan, which was approved on June 21, 1947. The late first President of the Philippine Republic Manuel A. Roxas proclaimed Ormoc a city on September 4, 1947. By virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 42, Ormoc was formally inaugurated as a city on October 20, 1947, exactly three years after the famous Leyte Landing.

From a small town of dirt roads and a few asphalt streets of the 1950s, Ormoc has metamorphosed into an expanding jungle of concrete and infrastructures. Wide concrete roads and bridges, well-equipped government and private hospitals and clinics, airport facilities, banking and financing institutions, commercial and trade establishments, housing projects, factories and industrial plants…all are eloquent evidences of modern development and progress thrusts.

Prominent mayors who are instrumental in directing Ormoc City on the road to progress from the ravages of war during this period were the late Mayor Marcelo Bandalan, the first appointed mayor of the City of Ormoc. Then, Esteban Conejos Sr., the last appointed mayor (1957-1959) and the first elected mayor (1959-1963), followed by Iñaki A. Larrazabal, Sr. who was appointed as mayor on 1948-1949 and 1953-1954; elected as mayor from 1967-1971 and re-elected 1971-1984.

A flashflood on November 5, 1991 brought death, destruction of crops and damage in properties. The severity of the damage was found to be due to massive deforestation/rapid forest denudation. In response, the government and the private sector embarked on a concerted effort directed towards full-scale reforestation of the denuded areas. Mayor Eufrocino M. Codilla, Sr. (elected 1992-1995, re-elected 1995-1998 and 1998-2001) leads the drive towards the reconstruction of Ormoc City after this calamity. Under his term, reconstruction of infrastructure support facilities, reforestation projects, construction of resettlement facilities, drainage system, water system, lighting system and provision for social services for Ormoc's constituents were undertaken. In addition he was instrumental in the construction of the Ormoc Superdome and the establishment of shopping malls in the city. Through his effort, Ormoc with the assistance of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) implemented a Flood Mitigation Project that addresses the threat of flooding of the city center during typhoons and heavy downpour.
Ormoc is now fast becoming the hub of development in the region. With its strategic geographical location in which it serves as a gateway to the Eastern Visayas, more economic activities have taken place evident in the rapid growth of business establishments, financial institutions and infrastructures. Although fast development was largely attributed to the activities spawned by the PNOC geothermal power production project in Tongonan, many attest the development as necessary to accommodate the rising number of people and businesses in the area.

Today, Ormoc City is a picture of steady progress and stability. With its continuous modernization program, more investors are coming into the city, which contributed to it being adjudged as the 2005 Most Business-Friendly City in the Visayas by the prestigious Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry. And though the city has embarked on modernization, it has also keep attuned to its environmental protection programs as evident in being a consistent Cleanest and Greenest City awardee in Region VIII and one of the Cleanest and Greenest City in the country. This prestigious award is a leading tribute to visualize Ormoc as a "beauty by the bay", a wonderful place to visit whether for business or pleasure.




 

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Hi to all,
My late father came from Ormoc and he migrated to Manila during the American era just before the Japanese invaded the Philippine. Then he lost his way in Bulacan where he met my mother. :)

Please post your photos and anything about Ormoc City and Eastern Visayas
 

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any SSC forum members here based in tacloban? and how far is ormoc from TAC? im scheduled to go to tacloban on jun 29-jul1 for the [pintados kasadyaan festival

leyte is going to be the 30th province na mapupuntahan ko...
 

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any SSC forum members here based in tacloban? and how far is ormoc from TAC? im scheduled to go to tacloban on jun 29-jul1 for the [pintados kasadyaan festival

leyte is going to be the 30th province na mapupuntahan ko...
Ormoc is about 109 KM from Tacloban City. The last time I travelled to Ormoc from Tacloban is in the year 1980 where I became the godfather of the first son of my ex Singaporean Eurasian GF who married a Filam related to a rich clan in Tacloban. The road that time is quite okey so I guess the road now from Tacloban to Ormoc is much better.

Pls browse the below weblink for more info :

http://www.tourism.gov.ph/explore_phil/place_details.asp?content=thingstodo&province=44
 

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ormoc to tacloban and vice versa is about 2hours bus or van.

there are some people from tacloban here unfortunately there might be no one who is tacloban-based because many folks from tacloban had to migrate to bigger cities in search of jobs or because their job are outside tacloban. the city is quite small, tagbilaran and ormoc i think is even bigger, just compare its downtown area to tagbilaran and ormoc, it's too small, you can even tour the whole city center/downtown area in 10minutes on foot just watch your belongings because there are some pickpocketers and snatchers. :)
 

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if any forumers will travel to Samar or Leyte via Bus and ferry you may pass Allen Samar.
I am recommending the Villa Conchita Beach Resort at Calarayan, Allen Northern Samar.
It is owned and managed by my Fil-Am cousins from Westbury, New York.
 

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if any forumers will travel to Samar or Leyte via Bus and ferry you may pass Allen Samar.
I am recommending the Villa Conchita Beach Resort at Calarayan, Allen Northern Samar.
It is owned and managed by my Fil-Am cousins from Westbury, New York.
Have stayed there. nice place, masarap ang sea foods. puede pang maligo on a good day.:) :) :)
 

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The town of Allen Samar

Municipality of Allen

Allen was once under the pueblo of Capul where the early Spanish Missionaries to the country settled. In 1867, the residents of Manipa-a, which was later renamed as La Granja, petitioned the Spanish Governor General for the creation of their place into a pueblo.Thus, the place was named Allen, taken from the surname of an American Governor General in the Philippines. The name Allen has been retained up to the present.Allen is strategically located and its nearness to the island of Luzon (barely 12.5 miles stretch of one hour ferry trip) through the completed Daang Maharlika (Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway) via the San Juanico Bridge to Eastern Visayas, and its accessibility to the Balicuatro towns, made the municipality the center of trade, commerce and industry, as well as the center of political, cultural, medical, athletics, judicial and tourism activities in the Balicuatro area (towns of Capul, San Antonio, San Vicente, San Isidro, Victoria, Allen and Lavezares).
http://elgu.ncc.gov.ph/ecommunity/allen-nsamar/











View from Allen














Photos of Villa Conchita Beach Resort at Bgy Calarayan, Allen Samar











































































































The Fil-Am couple and the owner of the Resort Clarita Tonog-Santos and Alfredo Santos.























































On the horizon is the mountain of Sorsogon acrosss the San Bernardino Street.

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Websites mentioning Allen Samar

http://www.bootsnall.com/articles/01-07/the-village-the-highway-forgot.html


http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Philippines/Province_of_Northern_Samar/Transportation-Province_of_Northern_Samar-BR-1.html


Philtranco Bus to Dalupiri Island, Northern Samar

Philtranco Bus Lines –


6:00 PM bus to Tacloban, Cagayan de Oro or Davao; Bus brings you all the way to your ultimate drop off point, Allen, Northern Samar. Bus route will pass by: Sto. Tomas, Batangas, Tiaong, Lucena City, Quezon, Naga, Iriga, Camarines Sur; Legaspi City, Albay, and will exit Luzon Island via Matnog, Sorsogon. From Matnog, the bus will be boarded on a ferry going across the San Bernardino Strait to get to Allen, Samar. Total Ferry travel time is 45 minutes. Upon reaching Allen, Samar, the bus will continue on to Victoria, Northern Samar, about 2 towns after Allen. From Victoria, a coastal town, boatmen will be available to cross to Dalupiri Island and eventually arrive at San Antonio town. Boat ride from Victoria to Dalupiri island is about 20 minutes.


Roro Barge From Sorsogon (Luzon)

Connecting Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao by road, the Phil. Maharlika Highway has 2 ferry connections to bridge the islands. One is the Matnog,Sorsogon-Allen, Samar connection. Roro barges leave the ports every hour 24/7, making the route as one of the busiest in the country. Travelling by road and island-hopping the Visayas, crossing our van at this point cost us P900 only. Very encouraging to take the road and see the beautiful islands in the Visayas and Mindanao..




Roro vessel plying the route of Matnog Sorsogon - Allen Samar























Inside the roro ferry vessel.


















The ferry vessel at the of Port of Matnog Sorsogon.











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my mum is from ormoc... i'd love to come back one day for a holiday...

i don't remember much, tha last time i came was when i was 16... i'd imagine it would have changed so much!
 

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my late father is also from Ormoc however I was born in Manila.


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Pls note that I have posted about 150 photos of the June 12th – Independence Day celebration at Rizal Park in the Thread :


Luzon MANILA, My MANILA - Tradition and Modernity - T10

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?p=13696990#post13696990
 

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I went to Tacloban 2 years ago, is it true its imelda country? Tac city is not that big but I saw a goodlooking university or something, I wonder what its name is, I also toured the place where the statue of mcarthur is located.
I saw a small gaisano and there was a jollibee and a mcdo near the pier... it has a small town feel, nothing snotty...

we then went to this town named danang-danang? or something like that... all I can say that the females are BEAUTIFUL!!! there were a lot of beautiful people I saw.
 

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Mas marami ang pic na hindi Ormoc. I want to see more from Ormoc.
 

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I went to Tacloban 2 years ago, is it true its imelda country? Tac city is not that big but I saw a goodlooking university or something, I wonder what its name is, I also toured the place where the statue of mcarthur is located.
I saw a small gaisano and there was a jollibee and a mcdo near the pier... it has a small town feel, nothing snotty...

we then went to this town named danang-danang? or something like that... all I can say that the females are BEAUTIFUL!!! there were a lot of beautiful people I saw.
there is a town near tacloban, alang-alang... baka yun yun...

anyways, baka UP tacloban ang nakita mo or, DWU or EVSU ung nakita mong "goodlooking" university..

yah, tacloban is not too big of a city....

about the imelda country... maybe, marami din kasi siyang nagawa para sa tacloban so, that may be one of the reasons why people would like her... and besides, our past mayor is her brother, and our current mayor is his nephew...
 

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there is a town near tacloban, alang-alang... baka yun yun...

anyways, baka UP tacloban ang nakita mo or, DWU or EVSU ung nakita mong "goodlooking" university..

yah, tacloban is not too big of a city....

about the imelda country... maybe, marami din kasi siyang nagawa para sa tacloban so, that may be one of the reasons why people would like her... and besides, our past mayor is her brother, and our current mayor is his nephew...
Yeah! alang-alang nga yun! thanks @carlos
gaano kalayo ba ang alang2 sa tacloban?

WOW! meron palang UP tacloban! astig talaga, i hope that since the 2 years I was there, marami nang nag improve, dun ako tumira sa tita ko sa sa isang subdivsion, maganda naman dun. :D
 

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Yeah! alang-alang nga yun! thanks @carlos
gaano kalayo ba ang alang2 sa tacloban?

WOW! meron palang UP tacloban! astig talaga, i hope that since the 2 years I was there, marami nang nag improve, dun ako tumira sa tita ko sa sa isang subdivsion, maganda naman dun. :D
about 30 mins away... parang ganun....

yup, i think meron namang developments in the past two years... and new developments are in the drawing board like rehabilitating the airport(pretty much like iloilo) robinsons mall and hotel and some of tourism-related projects..

yup meron ngang UP tacloban.. in fact, almost 100% ang passing rate nila sa Accounting board exam..
 

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wow! galing may mall na pala. :D

kung totoo yung gagawing parang iloilo airport ang tacloban, eh di pangworld class na yan

congrats to UP tacloban :D
 

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about 30 mins away... parang ganun....

yup, i think meron namang developments in the past two years... and new developments are in the drawing board like rehabilitating the airport(pretty much like iloilo) robinsons mall and hotel and some of tourism-related projects..

yup meron ngang UP tacloban.. in fact, almost 100% ang passing rate nila sa Accounting board exam..

hay sana naman mapaganda ang airport ng tacloban. Mas maganda pa ang seaport ng Hilongos kay sa airport ng tacloban eh
 
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