Learn about the rich history of Eastern Samar as you go sightseeing to the famous Balangiga Bells. If you’re a history enthusiast, this popular attraction should be on your next travel list when you go to Eastern Visayas.
Your driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Leyte and take you to San Lorenzo de Martir Church in the town of Balangiga. Also known as the St. Lawrence the Martyr Church, this newly repaired place of worship was extremely hit by the super typhoon Yolanda (Typhoon Haiyan) in 2013, completely destroying the exterior facade of the church. The church is home to the famous Balangiga Bells.
Considered as a national treasure that symbolizes the freedom and resistance of Filipinos, the Balangiga Bells became a resounding topic in 2018 when it finally returned to its hometown in Balangiga, Eastern Samar after 117 years. The bells were taken by American soldiers as their war trophies during the Philippine-American war in 1901. Before its return to the country, two of the bells were previously installed in a US military base in Wyoming, a western state in America; and the other one is in a US military base in South Korea. Now, the return of the historical relics symbolizes the strong bilateral relations between the two countries.
Upon arrival at the church, you will be greeted by the three metal bells, each between 23 inches and 30 inches tall. As you pace around the church, you will learn about the story behind these artifacts and how these were used as instruments of war. Pay a tribute to the Samarenos who fought bravely during the war and feel free to explore the insides of the church, as well.
Apart from the bells, the church also hosts one of the sculptures made by the Father of Modern Philippine Sculpture and National Artist, Napoleon Abueva. Take a photo with the sculpture before heading back home.
Appreciate one of the national treasures of the Philippines with this day tour to Balangiga Bells in Samar. Check availability by choosing a date.
- All our guides speak English.
- Not all establishments accept credit or debit cards, and ATMs can be limited.