Tacloban (/tækˈloʊbən/ tak-LOH-ban; Tagalog pronunciation: [tɐkˈloban]) Tacloban or Tacloban City, is a first class highly urbanized city in the whole of Eastern Visayas, Region 8, and the capital city of Leyte province. Tacloban is a port city in the Philippines. It is about 360 miles (580 kilometers) southeast of Manila. It is the capital of the province of Leyte. It is also the regional center of Eastern Visayas. It is geographically located at San Juanico Bridge, a famous longest bridg in the Philippines, stragecally in San Juanico Strait which divides in Leyte and Samar Province, Tacloban also known as the heart of Eastern Visayas, The city accessibility have made the city, commercial educational, government and political hub as well as the tourism service center of the region, Tacloban City is the first to be as highly urbanized city in Region next is to. Ormoc City, the Independent City of province. Tacloban was briefly the capital of the Philippines under the Commonwealth Government, from 20 October 1944 to 27 February 1945. In an extensive survey conducted by the Asian Institute of Management Policy Center and released in July 2010, Tacloban ranks as the fifth most competitive city in the Philippines, and second in the emerging cities category.On 8 November 2013, the city was largely destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan, having previously suffered similar destruction and loss of life in 1897 and 1912. On 17 January 2015, Pope Francis visited Tacloban during his Papal Visit to the Philippines and held a mass at Barangay San Jose, and later he led mass of 30,000 people in front of the airport.Culture The week-long celebrations peaks on 30 June, the Grand fiesta of Tacloban celebrated with the traditional turn-over ceremonies of the "Teniente" made by the immediate past Hermano Mayor to the incoming Hermano Mayor. This is accompanied by the ritual of giving the medallion containing the names of all Hermanos Pasados and the Standartes. Fireworks and grand parades mark the occasion. Every house in the city prepares a feast and opens its doors to guests and well wishers.
Tacloban is located on the northeastern tip of Leyte island, with its easternmost part facing Cancabato Bay. The bay is at the east mouth of San Juanico Strait. The Tacloban territory follows the length of the strait, along with Babatngon municipality north of the city. The strait divides the islands of Leyte and Samar.
The left side of the Balyuan Park arena looking northeastward towards Cancabato Bay and the San Juanico Strait beyond, backgrounded by Samar island on the horizon.
The eastern part of the city facing Cancabato Bay.
Fishing folks on outrigger canoes on Cancabato Bay, with the San Juanico Strait and Samar island in the background.
The City of Tacloban is subdivided into 138 barangays, each having its own council. Only some of the barangays have individual names. These include the following: