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Calbayog City Travel Guide, Philippines

Calbayog lies in the western portion of Samar Island.  It is composed of 157 barangays which makes it the third largest city in the Philippines.  It has a very huge land area which covers 90,300 hectares.  The primary sources of living for its people are fishing, farming and forestry.  Here are other facts about this Samar city.


Aside from the two seasons experienced by Calbayog which are wet and dry, the place is known for different seasonal winds.  These winds are known as Amihan or the north wind, Timog or the south wind, Habagat or the west wind, Canaway or the northwest wind, Cabunghan or the northeast wind, Dumagsa or the southeast wind and Salatan or the southwest wind.  The city also experiences rainfall distribution except for the dry months of February to May.  Since the climate is evenly distributed throughout the year, typhoon and thunderstorms seldom affect the area.


Calbayog’s seaport is located 810 meters from the city proper.  The ports are utilized to reach Cebu and other nearby municipalities, cities and provinces.  It has two alternative seaports which are the Manguino-o and Samar Coco ports.  If you want to ride an airplane to go to the city, you could book for travels through the Asian Spirit Airlines which has flights to and from Manila four times a week. 

The link of Calbayog thorough other main islands of the country which are Luzon and Mindanao are made possible by the Maharlika Highway.  Through this route, you will be able to take buses.  The city proper is also very accessible to distant barangays with its so-called farm-to-market road provisions.

Sarakiki Festival

The people of Calbayog are known for their love of the arts and culture.  Its history is depicted in the so-called Sarakiki Festival.  This is a week-long celebration held every September 1 to 8 which showcases the Filipino’s passion for cockfighting.  If you think that the said leisure activity is the main event, well there is much more to that.  The appearance and the movements of the birds are represented by the costumes and dances performed by the locals.

Popular Tourist Spots

Calbayog is famous for a lot of natural sceneries like the Guinogo-an Cave.  Its door size is compared to that of a cathedral which leads tourists to exploring the very cool water.  This will then take you to a natural tunnel with torches lighting the dark cave.

Another famous spot in the area is the Malopalo Stone Marble Mountain.  It houses several caves underneath its breathtaking mountains.  These caves were said to be a century old now.  Other tourist attractions are the Mapaso Spring, Malajog Beach, Pan-as Falls, Bugtong Falls, Hibatang River and the Caybago Hanging Bridge.

Calbayog is indeed one of the cities in the Philippines which have a lot of treasures to unfold.  You will definitely be astounded with how nature has been tapped by its inhabitants.  The pleasant sights will bring you to a breathtaking pleasure as you travel the area.

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