World War II Veterans, who witnessed on October 20, 1944 the landing of Gen. Douglas MacArthur during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, claim that he did not land in Palo, Leyte as history books have stated. But instead, he landed first in Dulag, Leyte. The veterans had several evidences to substantiate their claims, one of which is the “Hill 120”. — wikipedia ♥
Located in Barangay San Rafael, in Dulag, Leyte, 34 km. away from Tacloban City, Hill 120 or Catmon Hill is where the first American flag was raised by the Liberation Forces of the U.S. Army on October 20, 1944 after the Fall of Bataan.
Get to know more about this place. Aside from this post with a description, there are also some statues of soldiers holding guns.
This is how it looks from up there. ♥
It has about 120 steps that you’ll have to take, and which is why it’s called Hill 120. ♥
A small Japanese commemorative plaque memorial is located at the base of the hill. It is dedicated to the Filipinos, Japanese and Americans who died in the fighting, and for world peace and friendship forever afterwards. It was devoted on January 8, 2003 by Mr. Sasaki Tatsuo, Akita City and Mr. Nagamine Katsuro, Nagano Ken, Japan. Next to the this memorial, is a grave of an unknown American soldier.
A large helmet shaped monument is devoted to the 96th Infantry Division, and the other American units are at the top of the hill.
There is a lookout tower and a commanding view over the Leyte Gulf to the east.
To get here, if you come from Tacloban City, or somewhere from the south of Leyte, you can ride on a bus that goes along the national highway of Dulag, Leyte. Just tell them you’ll get off at Hill 120, in Brgy. San Rafael of the said town, and you’re good to go. ☺
*It was 2012 when I came here. And it’s how this place looked before the super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) which made a vast devastation in Leyte. I’m not sure how everything here looks now since I haven’t gone there again, but I believe it’s still worth visiting. (By the way, Dulag, Leyte is my hometown.☺) ♥♥♥