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“Not a Must See”

Sto. Nino Shrine and Heritage Museum
Ranked #3 of 15 things to do in Tacloban
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Quezon City, Philippines
Level 6 Contributor
127 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Not a Must See”
Reviewed 16 October 2013

The museum was decaying and didn't seem to be maintained well. I also did not like the fact that we had to change into slippers which I wasn't sure was sanitized. The whole place was old and you could certainly smell the damp. Some parts that had wood work were broken.

Visited August 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“The Sto. Nino Shrine”
Reviewed 10 October 2013

This is one of the 29 presidential rest houses that the late Pres. Ferdinand Marcos has built. It boasts an Olympic size swimming pool behind the building. This place was built for Imelda Marcos who was born here, the "Rose of Leyte". This shrine and heritage museum is built where the Romualdez nipa hut used to be. While the museum is built like a house, not one of these rooms has ever been used...although the 20 seater dining table was used after Marcos inauguration year 1965. This was built to store Imelda's souvenirs from all get travels abroad. Excessively extravagant - unfortunately not well-maintained. Enough said. But still worth the visit. Pay for entrance and for camera.

Visited January 2013
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Hong Kong
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“Pay PHP200 to see the excesses of the Marcos era”
Reviewed 18 August 2013

For one, two or three people, the rate is the same. PHP200 Entrance fee. Although as a solo traveller, they did not charge me an extra PHP50 for using my camera. The tour is quick. This is because the guide will turn on the light in a room for you to see, and then he/she has to turn it off right after you leave to save on electricity bills.

The Sto Nino Shrine is the fusion of a decadent hotel, an equally opulent church, and the presidential palace. You just have to imagine what it looked like when it was new. In real terms it was a five star hotel/resort/church if there ever was one.

The ground floor was constructed for visitors and guests. The upper floor was made as a private domain of the first family. The bedrooms, specially that of First Lady Imelda Marcos is the pinnacle of excess.

The Museum is strangely run by the Presidential Commission of Good Government, and not the Department of Tourism. The small amount of funds generated by walk-in tourists may not even be able to maintain the salaries of the caretakers, much less the upkeep of this large vacation house.

If you have never seen the inside of Malacanang Palace, spend your P200, tour the place for 30 or 40 minutes, and close your gaping mouth because this is proof that what they said about the Marcos' is true. They lived unparalled lives when the rest of the country was starving.

Visited August 2013
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Morganton, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
24 attraction reviews
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“A surprise!”
Reviewed 13 August 2013

This was a surprise to find out that Imelda Marcos had this place built. All rooms were furnished and there was a grand ballroom and two dining rooms, one for 20 people and one for 30 people. The inside was a real surprise. BUT, there is very little upkeep of this property. Roms show the termite damage. Items were broken or missing because of termites. It was filled with beautiful items and gifts she received. AND, no one has ever lived here. Only some functions were held here. Such an expense for so little use....worth seeing.

Visited August 2013
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Boulder, Colorado
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12 reviews
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“Interesting but the Dirty sorrounding is a turn off.”
Reviewed 28 July 2013

My Family came to see this place.. yes they do charge a fee. But I am rather buffled they charge this fee but thsy could not find someone to clean the front of the church. The outside of this place is very dirty.. it is littered with trash. Is this what Philippines called tourism.. then we are really stupid. The people that works there seem cluelesss... really did not see the basura that is everywhere... otherwise if you can stand the filt the place have some interesting stuff.

Visited March 2013
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