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
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.
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.