One of the most popular spots in Eastern Visayas in the MacArthur Landing Memorial is Palo, Leyte. Situated just a few kilometers from Tacloban City, the spot commemorates the famous landing of American general Douglas MacArthur and his entourage in Leyte Gulf.
The MacArthur Landing Park sits on Red Beach in Barangay Candahug, Leyte.
The double-life-sized statues represent the 7 people who arrived in the Philippines at the start of America’s campaign to win back the islands and defeat the Japanese forces.
In front of the statues are two markers (in Cebuano and in English) explaining the importance of the event to the history of the country.
During the landing, MacArthur was accompanied by President Sergio Osmeña, Lieutenant General Richard Sutherland, Brigadier General Carlos P. Romulo, Major General Courtney Whitney, Sergeant Francisco Salveron, and radio correspondent William J. Dunn
The Red Beach in Palo, Leyte was given this peculiar name due to the amount of blood spilled on it during the World War!
Today, the Red Beach has been transformed into a a sea-side park which features big open spaces for recreation and relaxation.