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Things to Do and See in Baybay, Leyte, Philippines (Part 1)

by Rhodora Bande on 05/11/10 at 5:05 am

Are you thinking of visiting Baybay, Leyte, Philippines? Do you have an idea on what to do and where to go while in Baybay? You may check this out and include the list in your itinerary.

1. Visit Visayas State University

Visayas State University is located approximately 8 kilometers from Baybay town proper. Aside from its being the Center of Excellence in Agriculture, in Agricultural Engineering and in Forestry in the Visayas region, the university is famous for having a clean and beautiful campus.  It has become the destination for cross-visits and field trips of students from other institutions.

If you are planning to have a longer visit in Baybay, Leyte, you may see and check the university’s Apartelle, Hostel and Balay Alumni for your accomodation.  Staying inside the campus might be an excellent choice for you, for there are various activities that you can do within the campus (I will talk about it in a separate article).

For more information about the university, here is a link to the university’s webpage.

Here is also a link to the university’s Facebook page.

2. Visit Franciscan College of the Immaculate Conception (FCIC) and check out their organic products and food items


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The Franciscan College of the Immaculate Conception or FCIC is located at A. Bonifacio Street in Baybay, Leyte.  Aside from its clean and green surroundings, the school is famous for its organic products and food items.  You should try their herbal medicines and their malunggay (Moringa oleifera Lam.) juice and polvoron.

For more information about FCIC, here’s a link to their offical website.

3. Visit a Rainforestation farm

This Rainforestation farm in Barangay Marcos, Baybay, Leyte was established in 1995.  Top photo shows the area prior to planting of native tree species, a concept that is being promoted by Rainforestation. By following a planting scheme, a cogonal area is turned into a mirror-image of a natural forest. Photos by Marlito M. Bande.

The oldest Rainforestation farms throughout the Philippines are found in Baybay, Leyte. It is because the concept of Rainforestation started in the early 1990s right in Baybay, specifically Visayas State University. It is now being adopted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through Memorandum Circular 2004-06 as an official reforestation strategy. Haribon Foundation and other non-government organizations are likewise implementing Rainforestation in their respective communities all over the Philippines.

You may visit the Rainforestation Information Portal for more info about Rainforestation.

4.  Go to the town market and treat yourself to a variety of local food and delicacies

These are available in the market everyday of the week. Do not forget to try Baybay’s specialty – this is the combination of puto-maya plus sikwate (local chococate drink) plus mangoes (check top right photo)By trying these local delicacies, you are not only treating your taste buds to a new kind of adventure but you are helping as well the small vendors of Baybay, Leyte.


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5. Experience the “Pot-pot” ride

Photos by Mayang Gudes Auza Sopa

Explore the town and take pictures while enjoying your pot-pot ride.  You can hire one pot-pot for that entire trip of yours since the fee is relatively cheap. You may take a look at Baybay’s old houses or you may just relax while sitting inside this unique transportation mode of Baybay, Leyte.


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Liked it


Nov 5th, 2010

beautiful pictures! wow!


Nov 5th, 2010

I’ve been to Baybay Leyte years ago and everything comes to fresh with your pictures, thanks for posting this !


Nov 5th, 2010

I wish I can go to leyte also. One of the greatest in the Philippines.

K Kristie

Nov 5th, 2010

I’ve been to VSU then called VISCA during one of our field trips during my college days. That huge, clean campus brings back wonderful memories. ;)


Nov 5th, 2010

Great sis! You are doing you province a lot of good with this entry. I’ve toured Luzon and Mindanao but not much of the Visayas (only Cebu, Iloilo, Bohol and Aklan). Looks like a fun place to visit. Good work.


Nov 5th, 2010

Great sis! You are doing you province a lot of good with this entry. I\’ve toured Luzon and Mindanao but not much of the Visayas (only Cebu, Iloilo, Bohol and Aklan). Looks like a fun place to visit. Good work.


Nov 5th, 2010

Kabayan, sarap sumakay sa Potpot.. good info here.

Why is it I always gravitate to the food.

Man it looked good.

I take it you are working for the tourist board now eh?

Great article.

Rhodora Bande

Nov 5th, 2010

Thanks friends for reading and for leaving a comment.

Jerry: No, I am not working for the tourist board. I am just an ordinary resident of Baybay. I wrote this hoping that this could help the visitors as well as the town.

Brewed Coffee

Nov 5th, 2010

Sis, gusto ko yung mango pero kape ang iinumin ko hehehe! Ang ganda naman. I like the pot-pot ride ha! I hope I could visit someday…and hope to see you too. You might want to take me for grand tour :-)


Nov 6th, 2010

Wow Leyte looks so clean and beautiful from the pictures far better than Metro Manila. Sana maka visit din ako dun. Nice one RB..

LCM Linda

Nov 6th, 2010

A beautiful place to visit. I often choose hostel to stay in when I am travelling alone. Great share.

Sharif Ishnin

Nov 7th, 2010

Lovely home and very interesting places to visit. I understand why you are sharing all this with the world. Great presentation of your hometown.:)

Ruby Hawk

Nov 7th, 2010

wish I could afford to visit.

AJ Garcia

Nov 8th, 2010

Wow again. I wish I could go there someday. I would love to see the rainforestation farm. :) Thanks for the share. :)


Nov 8th, 2010

your article has toured me already to Baybay, Leyte. Thanks for sharing.


Nov 10th, 2010

Naalala ko yung mga times na sumasakay ako sa pot-pot kakamiss din tapos piso lang pamasahe, yun din pala tawag sa baybay. Moron ba yung nasa pic, sarap nun. Nga pala ito ba yung article na sinabi mo sa PM mo sa kin? Very nice naman ang mga pictures ah. Inggit lang yun never mind that kind of person. Basta ko I give you two thumbs up kng pwede nga lang apat eh kasama yung sa paa LOL

Rhodora Bande

Nov 10th, 2010

Brewed Coffee, if indeed you are thinking of visiting Baybay, that will be a great honor for me. You know where and how to reach me, sis.

Rhodora Bande

Nov 10th, 2010

AJ, there are other Rainforestation farms all over the Philippines that you can visit. But if you want to see the oldest and the most established Rainforestation farms, come to Baybay then. Thanks for the interest, sis.

Rhodora Bande

Nov 10th, 2010

Diwa, thanks for the support. Yes, this is it. As I’ve said on my FB wall, this was and still is a “test article” (Fornis’ words). I must admit that the pictures are poorly edited. I’m still learning how to group pictures and this is the result of my exploration. I’m willing to learn and I’m not giving up.

Rhodora Bande

Nov 10th, 2010

Sa mga taga Baybay, salamat sa inyong suporta. Salamat sa inyong pag “Like” … Daghan pa ang kulang ani. Mosuroy pa ko sa uban nga suok-suok sa Baybay ug sa Baybay mismo.

Kung maabtan pa ni ninyo karon (kadiyot ra ni.. mga 1 week ra siguro), naa ni apil sa Popular Posts. Naa sa right side ani nga page.

Dili puyde dagkoon ang pics ug dili pod puyde daghanon kay ako ni gi-target nga one page ra – mao man ideal.

Again thanks a lot, my FB friends and friends of my friends.

Rhodora Bande

Nov 10th, 2010

*mao man ang ideal*

Dee Gold

Nov 13th, 2010

di pa ako naka-visit diyan.


Nov 14th, 2010

Wow, so short an article but it makes me want to visit Leyte at once! Love the food and the pot pot.

I totally agree with Likha. Great job in featuring your hometown with this article. I have not visited Visayas that much too, I’ve only been to Palawan and Ilo-Ilo .Palagay ko mauunahan ako ni Brewed and Likha sa pagdalaw sa ‘yo, LOL.

Patrick Regoniel

Nov 14th, 2010

This is one of the places I want to visit. I’m waiting for the ro-ro to connect in our island.

nobert soloria bermosa

Nov 16th, 2010

i’ll be there soon,watch out..hehehe,ipaghanda m ako friend ha,hehehehe

joe the manggo

Nov 28th, 2010

come on folks, let\’s make Baybay a clean and peaceful place to live in.

Rhodora Bande

Nov 28th, 2010

Joe, thank you for leaving a comment. Baybay is one of the most beautiful towns in Leyte. It’s just proper that we maintain its cleanliness. Thank you for your concern.

andy moore

Jan 18th, 2011

hello, i went to baybay in oct 2010 and will be going back sometime this year, all i can say is this, wonderful place and even more wonderful are the people, although i was staying in barangay kilim, i went into baybay every day, pantalan is wow!! cannot wait to go back!!!!

John Alexander

Oct 8th, 2012

I am building a pot pot for my wife. She used to live across from the fish market; we got married at The Captain’s Grill, May 26, 2012. We’ll visit there again in a few years. Nice article and pictures. I love the Church and Veterans Plaza especially.

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