Alejandro has metamorphosed
since it first
stood in 1932. With it's meaningful history backed up by the
owner's good name, untarnished over the years, Hotel Alejandro
definitely spells hospitality capped with the establishment's historic
along P. Paterno Street, Tacloban City, Hotel Alejandro is one hotel
that boasts of a storied past dating many decades of pre and post war
It's owners, Dr. and Mrs. Alejandro
the construction of their now ancestral edifice in 1931 towards its
completion in 1932.
Even before the early days of WWII, the
residence was already a popular venue for luncheons and dinner parties
attended by USAFFE military officers. When the war broke out
1942 during the Japanese invasion, the house served as quarters to
displaced families. Shortage of housing increased during the
early days of Leyte's liberation in 1944, and the Montejos were among
those who opened their doors to the evacuees mostly from Cebu and
Negros. The Montejo household eventually became a one family
room affair. Little did they know that in context, the path
opened towards a hotel business in the future. It was quite a
feat that despite the shortage of water and lack of electricity, the
tenants survived unscathed.
Happy years characterized the Montejo
during the growing up years of their 8 children.
relatives, and associates share a multitude of joyous memories with the
doctor and his family.
As a token of their heartfelt
gratitude to the late Dr. Alejandro Montejo, the heirs
have named the
hotel in his honor.
Hotel Alejandro stands as a 5-story structure
having a total of 4 executives suites, 25 standard and 36 deluxe rooms.
The 5th level is the roof deck where parties are mostly held
it can accommodate up to 200pax.
The Commonwealth Hall, that can seat
frequently chosen as the venue for wedding receptions, conferences, and
the like. For small parties, gathering or seminars for 50 -
persons, guests may opt for the Liberation Room located at the 2nd
floor of the hotel.
Conveniently located at the ground
level is Café Teresa, the popular café
that offers a mixture of Filipino, Spanish and American dishes.
At certain occasions torch singers perform to provide music
Teresa also houses a
function room that could sit 50 guests. This is mostly being
reserved for special functions and occasions.
Guests get to relax in the lap pool
the hotel's roofdeck or opt for a drink and unwind at the poolside bar
and cafe while enjoying a panoramic view of the city.
One of the hotel's attractions both for
local guests are some 450 photos in an exhibit that comes as a vivid
portrayal of the war in Leyte in October, 1944. The
essay covers Gen. Douglas MacArthur's Leyte landing in fulfillment of
his pledge, "I
the capital city of Leyte,
is a promising location for both living and tourism.
Tacloban City, was
formerly known as Kankabatok, named after the first
settler Kabatok who occupied the area around the present Sto.
Church. Other inhabitants who came later were Gumoda, Haranging and
Huraw who settled then in nearby areas. The Kanhuraw Hill where the
City Hall is presently situated was formerly Huraw`s domain. The whole
settlement area was called Kankabatok, meaning Kabatok`s property.
Kankabatok was formerly under the
administration of Palo but
under the parochial jurisdiction of Basey, Samar. The Augustinian
Mission discovered Kankabatok in 1770 and the Franciscans came later in
1813. During this period, Kankabatok was changed to `Tarakluban` which
means the place where the inhabitants used the `Taklub`, a bamboo
contraption, to catch crabs, shrimps and fish. Later, the name of the
place evolved from `Tarakluban` to its present name, Tacloban.
Although no official records
show, it is commonly believed that
Tacloban was officially proclaimed a municipality in 1770, after the
provinces in Leyte and Samar were separated in 1768. Since then
Tacloban became a trading point between the two provinces because of
its strategic location. On February 26, 1830, Tacloban became the
capital of Leyte because of the ideal location of its port which is
well sheltered and had adequate facilities.
arrived in Tacloban in 1901 and became the first Military Governor of
Leyte. He opened the Tacloban port to world commerce, especially for
copra and abaca, which were exported in large quantities. Before World
War II, Tacloban was the center of commerce, education, social and
cultural activities in Leyte. The educational institutions were: Leyte
Normal School now the Leyte Normal University, Leyte High School, now
the Leyte National High School, Leyte Trade School now Leyte Institute
of Technology, Holy Infant Academy now, Holy Infant College and the
Tacloban Catholic Institute.
On May 25, 1942, Japanese Forces
landed in Tacloban and started a three-year Japanese occupation of
Leyte. The Japanese forces fortified Tacloban, improved its airfield
and established San Pedro Bay as a port of call and entry for the
Japanese Imperial Naval Forces. During the Japanese occupation, many
guerilla forces were organized and the most famous was the group of
Colonel Ruperto Kangleon.
On October 20, 1944, General
Douglas MacArthur and his troops landed on the Tacloban-Palo beaches
(White Beach and Red Beach) and in the neighboring town of Dulag (Blue
Beach) and liberated Leyte from the Japanese Forces. October 23,1944,
General MacArthur, accompanied by President Sergio Osmeña
the temporary seat and temporary capital of the Commonwealth Government
until final liberation of the country. Famous landmarks during the
liberation were the Joseph Price Mansion where General MacArthur set up
his headquarters and the Redoña Residence. Then the
government of Leyte and the municipal government of Tacloban were
re-established.Atty. Paulo Jaro was the Liberation Mayor of Tacloban
and Mr. Epifanio Aguirre was the first mayor upon the inauguration of
the Philippine Republic.
On June 20, 1952, Tacloban was
proclaimed a chartered city by virtue of Republic Act No. 760 which was
effected on June 12, 1953. The charter was signed by President Elpidio
Quirino and witnessed by the incumbent Mayor, Ildefonso Cinco, who
apparently became the first City Mayor.
June 30, 1954, on
the Feast Day of Sr. Sto. Nino, the Patron Saint of Tacloban, Speaker
of the House of Representatives Jose B. Laurel did the honor of laying
the cornerstone for the Tacloban City Hall at Kanhuraw Hill. As a new
city, Tacloban attracted businessmen looking for sound investment
prospects while people from neighboring towns slowly began to look for
opportunities and laid roots in the city.
Ildefonso Cinco when he became Governor of Leyte was Artemio E. Mate
who became the second City Mayor of Tacloban City. The decade of the
60`s ushered in developments particularly so that Imelda Romualdez
Marcos, the new First Lady of the Philippines, a Leyteño
During the late 60`s and the
early 70`s Tacloban City
was gradually changing from a less obvious to a remarkable city.
Government institutions and cultural awareness were created and
established such as the National Maritime Polytechnic, UP Tacloban,
Sto. Niño Shrine and the People`s Center and Library in
and others which were established in the Province of Leyte. All these,
were in addition to the construction of the San Juanico Bridge, the
longest span of bridges in the Philippines that links Leyte and Samar,
the construction of the Maharlika Highway, the improvement of the DZR
Airport and the Tacloban Sea Port and many other infrastructure
projects that promoted Tacloban City to the business sector and to the
national and foreign investors.
On September 24, 1972,
Tacloban became a part of the of the Integrated Reorganization Plan by
virtue of Presidential Decree No. 1 of the New Society under
Proclamation 1081 declaring Martial Law in the Philippines. During the
time, Mayor Filomeno Arteche was the incumbent mayor.
12, 1976, President Marcos appointed Obdulia R. Cinco as Mayor of
Tacloban City and was returned to the seat when she won in the local
elections on January 30, 1980 becoming the first elected lady mayor of
In 1986, after Corazon Aquino was
the presidency by the EDSA Revolution, Mayor Cinco was replaced by
Emmanuel K. Veloso who stayed until the elections of 1988. This time,
another Mate was elected as Mayor. The younger brother of former mayor
Artemio E. Mate, Uldarico E. Mate won in the elections and he became
the first elected mayor after the EDSA Revolution. Mayor Mate was given
a mandate of three terms as mayor of Tacloban City. During his term,
Tacloban was now evolving in terms of economic, social and
infrastructure development as Tacloban was categorized as a First Class
City. The business sector`s confidence in the economic standing of the
city boosted its prospects and local and international entrepreneurs
became interested to put up business in the city.
In the mid
portion of the 90`s, Tacloban City worked out for the acquisition of
237 hectares for its Economic Zone, which was finally realized and
approved by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority, by virtue of
Presidential Proclamation No. 1210 on April 23, 1998. The Eastern
Visayas Agri-Industrial Growth Center (EVRGC) was then officially
registered as an Eco-Zone with the City Government of Tacloban as the
On June 12, 2003, Tacloban City
celebrated its Golden Anniversary with fitting rites and activities
with Mayor Alfredo T. Romualdez at its helm. Celebrating the 50th
anniversary of Tacloban`s cityhood showed the long trail of significant
activities leading to the present status of Tacloban by which economic,
infrastructural and social gains were achieved.
modest beginning, Tacloban City has grown to be the premier city of
Eastern Visayas, gateway of the region and the center of trade and
industry, culture, education, communication and tourism, keeping
abreast with the modern technology that would link Tacloban City to all
destinations in the world.
currently undergoing developments encouraged by the government and
mayor, is set to become a major player in the Visayan region of the
Philippines. With the new aerodrome completed, and the
redevelopment of the Tacloban airport (potentially turning it into an
international airport), the future for Tacloban is looking bright.
Tacloban City has also been granted HUC status by the
government which adds to the expansion that the city is seeing
Friendly people, warm inviting
celebrations and fiestas through out the city and the near by region
all leads to great examples of why so many tourists have found this
diamond in the rough.
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