Yellow, Blue, Violet & Orange Beaches

When the Allied Forces led by returning Gen. Douglas MacArthur landed in Leyte on October 20, 1944, they assigned code names to the beaches of the province facing Leyte Gulf where the huge liberating forces were going to land – from San Jose, Tacloban City all the way down the coast to the town of Dulag.

What are commonly known are White Beach in Tacloban, Red Beach in Palo and Blue Beach in Dulag. What most do not know is that in Dulag alone, the liberation planners code-named four beach areas, namely: Yellow, Blue, Violet & Orange Beaches.

I am not definitely sure whether or not the beach in the photo shown below is the area codenamed “Blue Beach” but this seems to be what it’s popularly called nowadays. The scenic beach located at Brgy. San Jose, Dulag can be seen on the zigzag portion of the highway as one travels south from Tacloban City, approaching Dulag right after Tolosa, Leyte.

In 2004 when sending SMS or text messages was just catching on, cellphone signals were not that wide and strong yet compared to today. Hence, teeners would converge on some spots where signal strength was good and fire away their “Gud AM/PM” & “k” messages. One spot where cellphone signal was good (most likely emanating from Tacloban where the first cell phone towers were built) was at this specific juncture!

A photo colleague of mine, Todd, was able to shoot these youngsters, posted the photo at MyIslandsPhilippines and aptly entitled it, “Texting!”

~ by gerryruiz on 27 May 2008.

9 Responses to “Yellow, Blue, Violet & Orange Beaches”

  1. Hello, Gerry, thank you for posting this. Every time I read your blog or look at your pictures, I feel like flying home (to Manila).

    Do you know where the Allies landed in Negros? My dad was from Bacolod . . .

  2. Hi Marianne! Thanks for dropping by. I am sorry but my knowledge about WWII is mostly limited to what my parents and teachers told us about MacArthur’s Leyte Landing, not much about how the other islands and the whole republic was liberated from the Japanese.

  3. Uy, pero at least Gerry additional na liwat na knowledge for me about hito nga mga ngaran. Kun kay ano may white ngan red beach ha aton. Thnx 🙂

  4. Nakatuwa naman yung mga taong inuupuan yung mga poste.. Hahaha! Ang ganda gawing wallpaper..

  5. Beautiful photos! Does anybody know who the artist/sculptor is of the Leyte Landing memorial statue? The one that depicts Gen MacArthur on the beach? Please send me the info, need it for a school report.

  6. Sir, this place is located in our barangay, Brgy. San Jose, Dulag; not in Luan, Dulag. And this is known as Bil-at. I don’t know where that name comes from but it is popularly known as Bil-at. It is a surfing spot. For us surfers, we call it the DMC (dead man’s curve) for this place is an accident-prone area, and many “salvage” victims have been found here.

    I grew up near this area – we skim, we surf here. I miss this “tambayan” of mine. Thanks for posting.

  7. Sir, it’s my first time to be in Tacloban, I’ll be visiting my inlaws in Palompon. Kindly guide me & give directions on how to get to Palompon from Tacloban airport using public transport and how much it costs. Is the public transport 24/7? Kindly email me your answer. Thanks a lot.

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