Catbalogan City is located in the Eastern Visayas region and is also the capital of Samar Province. Catbalogan’s Patron Saint is St. Bartholomew the Apostle and celebrates its fiesta on August 24, so be sure to visit the city during its festive times so you can enjoy the celebrations of the locals. The city has a nice tropical weather and the rains are evenly distributed throughout the year. There are a lot of things to do and places to see in the city that you have to experience for yourself when you visit Catbalogan.
Here are five places you could visit in Catbalogan City:
1. St. Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church – The church was built prior to 1760 but did not assume its present form until 1814. The church is really beautiful and has a modern feel to it, a good place to say a prayer or two, and also behind the church you can see are the remains of the fort traced to Jesuit times.
2. The Rizal Monument at Catbalogan City Plaza – The plaza is located just in front of the Catbalogan City Hall, and once you’re there you can see a small park with a sculpture of the country’s national hero Dr. Jose Rizal and his two novels Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo serving as the base. The sculptor is named Miguel Alcazar, a native of Catbalogan City.
3. Buri Baras Cove Beach Resort – the resort is located located on Buri Island and is 12 km away from the city. The beach is very nice and has a long coastal stretch that is good ideal for both swimming and diving. A good place to spend your time under the sun and get away from your troubles.
4. Pieta Park – The place is located adjacent to St. Bartholomew Church. The park has a memorial honoring the people of Catbalogan and four thousand-plus others who perished in the tragic collision of the passenger ship MV Doña Paz and the oil tanker MT Vector in the December 1987. A good place to visit if you want to pay your respect to the people of the city who died in that god-awful tragedy.
5. The Obelisk – It is located in Catbalogan City’s Samar Provincial Capitol Park and it depicts four major events in Samar’s history – the 1901Balangiga Encounter, 1649 Agustin Sumoroy Rebellion in Palapag against Spain, October 15, 1596 arrival of the first Jesuit missionaries to Samar, and Queen Isabella II of Spain declaring Samar as an independent province in August 11, 1841.
These are just a few of the many interesting places that you can find in Catbalogan and in the surrounding towns in Samar. There are also so many natural attractions that are waiting to be explored and visited in Samar.
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Photo Credits (Wikimedia Commons): Fresh Oysters from Catbalogan by Urville86