LEYTE, 2017

This past week I flew back to my parent’s humble home province — and frankly, it’s a trip that’s been long overdue. After all, the last time I came home was around two years ago, and the circumstances surrounding that weren’t at all positive.

It’s a clichéd line, for sure but for all its beaches, lush mountain retreats and tasty seafood, the only thing I really love about Leyte is that it’s a place that’s always ready to welcome me whenever I need much-needed breaks from life in the urban jungle that is Manila.

Lest you think that it’s a paragon of perfection however, let me tell you this: it isn’t. Just like any other place, it has its cracks, its flaws, and its imperfections. But despite all that, it’s still beautiful — it’s still home.

I stayed for about a week in Leyte and during that time, I got to explore some of its newly minted tourist spots, Kalanggaman Island in Palompon, and Lake Danao in Ormoc City.

It’s only been a few days since I went back to Manila but man, I’m already missing Leyte. Looks like I’m going to book another flight home soon.

Here are some photos: