|Address:||Palo, Leyte, about 5 km from downtown Tacloban. From Tacloban, take a jeepney to St. Paul/Campetic. The ride costs 8 pesos. Get off at Campetic Crossing, and then take a tricycle to the memorial. The ride costs 10 pesos. I hear the entire ride from Tacloban to the memorial is less than 30 minutes. Truth to tell, I took a taxi from Robinson as I was running out of time.|
MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park is located in Palo, a town very close to Tacloban. It was built to commemorate the historic landing of Gen Douglas MacArthur in Leyte in October 1944. Together with Gen MacArthur were President-in-exile Sergio Osmeña, Lieutenant General Richard Sutherland, Brigadier General Carlos P. Romulo, Major General Courtney Whitney, Sergeant Francisco Salveron and CBS Radio correspondent William J. Dunn. Can you tell which of the statues is Osmeña’s? Romulo’s? About 10 feet tall and cast in bronze, the statues were created by Filipino sculptor Anastacio Caedo (1907-1990). The landing at Leyte was significant because this marked the start of the campaign to liberate the Philippines from the Japanese in World War II. Tacloban was the first city to be liberated by U.S. and Filipino forces and became the temporary capital for several months.
The pictures below show my continued attempts at infrared photography.
In March 1942, President Roosevelt ordered Gen MacArthur to move to Australia when American and Filipino soldiers were being crushed by the Japanese military. MacArthur said the famous words, “I shall return.” In October 1944, MacArthur delivered a prepared speech, which started with the words: “People of the Philippines: I have returned. By the grace of Almighty God our forces stand again on Philippine soil…”
In 2013, Typhoon Haiyan wreaked havoc in the Philippines, knocking down one of the statues. The statue of Carlos Romulo was reportedly repaired in less than a month.