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Hey there, my fellow Happy Trippers! Let’s dive into the intriguing history of Ormoc City together. Situated in the Western part of Leyte, this vibrant city serves as a bustling transportation hub in the area. It’s fascinating to note that Ormoc City operates independently from the regulations imposed by the province, while still being a part of the Congressional District of Leyte.

Originally known as “Ogmok,” this place has a rich past that dates back to the Spanish colonization era. It provided a safe haven for many people and its fertile plains proved advantageous for cultivating various crops. The early settlers, mostly Malayans, engaged in trade with Chinese, Indonesian, and Javanese merchants, establishing a thriving trading system. However, their peaceful existence was disrupted by the attacks of the notorious Moro pirates. To protect themselves, the settlers developed a warning system using lookout towers to safeguard against potential invasions.

In 1595, Jesuit missionaries arrived, embarking on a mission to introduce Christianity to the settlers. But the city faced turmoil once again in 1634 when Raja Bungsu of Sulu captured 300 Ogmok settlers, following the pirate invasion. Despite their valiant efforts to resist, the settlers tragically fell victim to a devastating massacre due to their limited resources and manpower.

Fast forward to 1950, Ormoc experienced a remarkable resurgence, marked by the construction of various infrastructures. The city witnessed the establishment of hospitals, an airport, factories, and more, setting the stage for its progressive development.

So there you have it, the captivating story behind the growth and resilience of Ormoc City. Stay tuned for more fascinating insights into this wonderful destination. Happy exploring, fellow Happy Trippers!


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Area, Population, and Language

With a vast land area spanning 613.6 square kilometers (236.9 square miles), this place is home to a population of around 191,200 people as per the 2010 census. The locals primarily speak Cebuano, or as they affectionately call it, Kana, as their native language.

One of the things that makes Ormoc City truly special is its strategic location. Serving as a bustling transportation hub, it provides convenient access to the neighboring provinces, allowing you to explore and enjoy the beauty and attractions of the surrounding areas. Whether you’re planning to embark on exciting adventures or simply seeking to soak up the local culture, Ormoc City offers an ideal starting point for your journey.

Products and Services

The booming industry of geothermal energy, sugar-based alcohol, as well as industrial gases, continues to flourish in the city. More so, the fertile land allows them to venture into farming as well as fishing. As for the products that they can produce, they have furniture, handicrafts, and all other locally-made products.

Ormoc City Tourists Spots | Things to Do

Leyte Golf Country Club

The 80—hectares of land surrounded by mountains and different trees is indeed a place to visit. Whether you are a golf enthusiast, if you would want to enjoy the area, this will be possible. Plus, you won’t have to go very far since it is just about 7 kilometers from the city center.

Pineapple Plantation

The 210-hectare plantation will not only allow you to be a visitor of the place and see how pineapple is made and processed. This will also give you the opportunity to buy pineapple-based products as a giveaway for your loved ones back home!

Tongonan Hot Springs National Park

Camping, picnicking, swimming, and trekking is possible in this park. Yes, at times, the place is also used as a venue for research enthusiasts since it is also the place near the geothermal power plant. The relaxing and serene environment here is what others are looking for.


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Lake Danao

This Ormoc City tourist spot was formerly known as Lake Imelda, but it was declared and renamed Lake Danao National Park on February 3, 1998.  

Lake Kasudsuran

Ormoc City has three beautiful lakes. One of these lakes is Lake Kasudsuran in Barangay Gaas. The lake spans 5 hectares. Get ready for trekking if you wish to see the place as it is accessible only by foot.

One of the newest tourist spots in Ormoc City is the Sayahan Falls in Sitio Maglahug, Barangay Gaas.  

Puente de la Reina 

The oldest bridge in Ormoc City. The bridge that is still functional as of this date is made of cobblestones. It was constructed in the early 1800s and completed in 1861. The bridge area was the docking spot for the Chinese Vintas, Indonesian, and Javans who would visit the place for trading.  

Ruins of Cong. Dominador Tan Residence 

Another tourist spot in Ormoc City, built-in 1930 and became a Japanese garrison during world war II. Before the liberation, the mansion was damaged during the bombing of Ormoc. The attack was known as the “Battle of Ormoc Bay.” 


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Ormoc City, Leyte Festivals and Celebrations

Buyogan Festival

This event happens every month of August, and the main attractions include the vibrant and colorful costumes of the resident in Buyogan, a barangay, or a small town within the City of Ormoc. Derived from the word “buyog,” which means bees, participants in the dance competition then imitate the movement of bees as they dance.

Sunduan ha Carigara

This event happens during Holy Week, and the peak of it takes place on Easter Sunday. The primary focus of this festivity is the risen Lord, celebrating His resurrection. Each family should provide one representative to join different activities. Thus, collaboration and entertainment into one make a fantastic event at one.


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Hotels in Ormoc City

There are various places to stay when visiting the city. Just click any properties below and it will you to the booking sites. You can compare prices and book right away.

Ormoc Villa Hotel 

Oriental Pension Plaza 

GV Hotel

Sugarland Suites

Asia Novo Boutique Hotel

Rosetta Guest House

Hotel Don Felipe

Pina Suites

How to Get to Ormoc

To reach Ormoc City, there are several convenient options available. If you prefer air travel, you can book a flight to Ormoc Airport from major cities in the Philippines. From the airport, you can take a taxi or a tricycle to your destination in the city.

Another popular choice is to travel by sea. Ormoc has a seaport that serves as a gateway for ferries coming from Cebu City. There are regular ferry services operating between Cebu and Ormoc, making it a convenient and scenic option.

If you prefer overland travel, you can take a bus or a van from various cities in Leyte or other nearby provinces. The road networks are well-developed, ensuring a smooth and comfortable journey to Ormoc.

No matter which mode of transportation you choose, it’s important to plan your trip in advance and check the schedules and availability of transportation options. Enjoy your journey to Ormoc City and have a fantastic time exploring all that this vibrant destination has to offer!

Travel Tips 

For first-time visitors to Ormoc City, here are some helpful tips to make the most of your experience:

  1. Research and Plan: Before your trip, take some time to research the top attractions, local customs, and weather conditions in Ormoc City. This will help you plan your itinerary and make informed decisions during your visit.
  2. Pack Accordingly: Ormoc City has a tropical climate, so pack lightweight and breathable clothing suitable for warm weather. Don’t forget essentials like sunscreen, hats, and comfortable walking shoes for exploring the city.
  3. Stay Hydrated: With the warm weather, it’s important to stay hydrated. Carry a water bottle with you and drink plenty of fluids throughout the day, especially if you’re out and about exploring the city.
  4. Respect Local Customs: Familiarize yourself with the local customs and traditions of Ormoc City. Show respect for the local culture, religious sites, and traditions. Modest attire is appreciated when visiting religious or sacred places.
  5. Engage with the Locals: The people of Ormoc City are known for their warm hospitality. Don’t hesitate to strike up conversations, ask for recommendations, and engage with the locals. They can offer valuable insights and make your experience more enriching.
  6. Try Local Cuisine: Indulge in the local cuisine of Ormoc City. From seafood delicacies to traditional Filipino dishes, there are plenty of flavors to explore. Don’t miss the chance to savor regional specialties and street food offerings.
  7. Practice Safety Precautions: Like any other travel destination, it’s important to prioritize safety. Take necessary precautions, such as securing your belongings, being aware of your surroundings, and using licensed transportation services.
  8. Embrace the Natural Beauty: Ormoc City is surrounded by stunning natural landscapes, including waterfalls, hot springs, and beaches. Take the time to explore these natural wonders and immerse yourself in the beauty of the region.
  9. Capture Memories: Bring a camera or use your smartphone to capture the unforgettable moments and breathtaking scenery in Ormoc City. Share your experiences with friends and family, and cherish the memories for years to come.
  10. Enjoy and Relax: Finally, take the opportunity to unwind and enjoy your time in Ormoc City. Embrace the laid-back atmosphere, embrace the local culture, and make the most of your trip to this beautiful destination.

Remember to be open-minded, flexible, and respectful during your visit to Ormoc City. Enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors of this vibrant city, and create unforgettable memories as a first-time traveler.

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