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!”
- Photo by Todd, posted June 21, 2004 at myislandsphilippines.com