Leyte Trip Day 4: Sto. Nino Shrine and Heritage Museum

Eric left the hotel early to catch his 6AM flight to Cebu. On the other hand, I chose to travel in Dreamland.

I woke up at 10AM to fix my things and get ready for check out. My goal for the day is to visit the Sto. Nino Shrine and Heritage Museum. At first, I thought this is different from the Romualdez Museum. Eric cleared that the Sto. Nino Shrine and the Romualdez Museum is just the same.

I went there on my own. I noticed that there were only Filipino tourists there. I smiled when I heard someone speak in Ilocano. The first family is from Cauayan, Isabela while the other is from Benguet.

Sto Nino Shrine (Romualdez Museum) in Tacloban City

Last January, I was able to visit the Malacanang of the North in Ilocos Norte. Imelda Romualdez-Marcos was born in Tacloban City. Up to this day, it is evident that Tacloban City is a Romualdez nation. I have to be honest though that I don’t really pay attention to Political family dynasties.

Sto Nino Shrine (Romualdez Museum) in Tacloban City

The entrance fee is Php200. I find it expensive, but some friends of mine encouraged me to pass by the Sto. Nino Shrine. To keep the cleanliness of the place, we were asked to remove our footwear and encouraged us to use the red slippers.

If you want to take a glimpse of the luxury life of the political family in the 70’s, I suggest that you visit this place. There are over 13 rooms with different themes mostly showcasing influences of Filipino arts and culture from the different parts of the Philippines. You can also find a lot of antique masterpieces here. What I really love about the place is the banig-inspired ceiling. How Pinoy is that?

Here are some of the pictures I took while inside the mansion turned museum. And no, there are no Imeldific shoe racks here.

Sto Nino Shrine (Romualdez Museum) in Tacloban City
Sto Nino Shrine (Romualdez Museum) in Tacloban City

Sto Nino Shrine (Romualdez Museum) in Tacloban City

Sto Nino Shrine (Romualdez Museum) in Tacloban City

Sto Nino Shrine (Romualdez Museum) in Tacloban City

Sto Nino Shrine (Romualdez Museum) in Tacloban City

Sto Nino Shrine (Romualdez Museum) in Tacloban City

Sto Nino Shrine (Romualdez Museum) in Tacloban City

Sto Nino Shrine (Romualdez Museum) in Tacloban City

Sto Nino Shrine (Romualdez Museum) in Tacloban City

Sto Nino Shrine (Romualdez Museum) in Tacloban City

Sto Nino Shrine (Romualdez Museum) in Tacloban City

Sto Nino Shrine (Romualdez Museum) in Tacloban City

Sto Nino Shrine (Romualdez Museum) in Tacloban City

Sto Nino Shrine (Romualdez Museum) in Tacloban City

Sto Nino Shrine (Romualdez Museum) in Tacloban City

My favorite part of the museum is the Ballroom. I can imagine well-dressed known personalities dancing and socializing. At one point, I pictured Borgy Manotoc and Georgina Wilson dancing in a romantic way with the spotlight on them. Wala lang haha 😛 

I am happy that I was able to visit the Sto. Nino Shrine (Romualdez Museum). I bought some souvenirs for my lola and my mom. Going to such museum makes me wonder how it feels like to live in such glamourous place.

Sto Nino Shrine (Romualdez Museum) in Tacloban City

Done with the tour by lunch time. I wanted to eat at Calle Zaragosa, but they’re closed. I end up eating at Dream Cafe – Tacloban. Bistek Tagalog is highly recommended!

After eating, I prepared my things and went straight to the airport to catch a plane trip to Cebu – another sweet escape.

2 Comments

  1. Ayngelina said:

    Yay Cebu, please take lots of photos!

    September 7, 2012
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  2. Gracie said:

    I lived in Tacloban for years pero di man lang ako nakapasok dito, whatta shame :/ I’ll put this on my list para next vacation ko mapuntahan ko na 🙂 Glad you liked the place and you appreciated the museum, the pride of Leyte.

    March 1, 2013
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