Ormoc City

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 tranquillity.

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 (LGPF) 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 is Ormoc’s most favored accommodation, boasting Filipino décor, a large pool, and a panoramic view.

Hang out at local watering holes like the cozy café Bebida’s — 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 Sen. 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.