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Getting to Know Bato, Leyte and the Famous Bato Baywalk

Updated on August 08, 2015
Municipality of Bato, Leyte Official Seal
Municipality of Bato, Leyte Official Seal | Source

Location: Province of Leyte

Neighboring Towns: Hilongos and Matalom

Region: VII, Eastern Visayas

Population: 35,610 (2010 census)

No. of Barangays (villages): 32

Land Area: 27.97 square miles

Zip Code: 6525

Province of Leyte

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Occupying the eastern portion of Visayas, the Province of Leyte has a total of 40 municipalities divided into five districts.

All About Bato, Leyte

One score and four years ago, (if I may borrow a few lines or quote from the great Abraham Lincoln’s famous speech, The Gettysburg Address), the local economy of Bato was once primarily based around marine and agriculture.

However, it has always been one of the bustling and lively municipalities in the Province of Leyte. Why? Well, because of the town's geographical location and mode of transport. Bato is the nearest route from Tacloban towards Southern Leyte (capital city: Maasin).

Significantly, the municipality has the most productive shipping, bus, and trucking industry in the 5th district of Leyte. It’s also worth highlighting that Bato is considered the gateway to the southern portion of the province.

For over the years, Bato, Leyte has remained to be the center of trade and commerce in the 5th district of Leyte.

And recently, the town launched the certified seaside promenade tourist attraction, Bato Baywalk, along with the discovery and promotion of a few natural wonders like the majestic and enchanting two-tiered Gunhuban Falls.

Today, Bato is becoming the most productive municipality in all of Leyte, with the development growth even higher and stronger compared to cities.

Passenger Vessel Name
Route
Departure Time
Medallion Transport
To and Fro Cebu City
9:00 pm Daily
Southern Pacific Shipping
To and Fro Cebu City
8:00 pm Daily
M/V Sr. San Isidro Banca
To and Fro Ubay, Bohol
9:30 am Daily
Usually, the tickets cost 250-300 pesos for adults and 150-200 pesos for kids. But of course, senior citizens, physically-challenged people, and students are given discounts.
Bus Company Name
Route
Departure Time
Super 5
To and Fro Manila
Between 10 - 12PM
CUL Transport
To and Fro Manila
Between 10 - 12PM
Mega Bus
To and Fro Manila
Between 10 - 12PM
DLTB
To and Fro Manila
Between 10 - 12PM
Ultrabus
To and Fro Manila
Between 10 - 12PM
Philtranco
To and Fro Manila
Between 10 - 12PM
The fare ranges from 1,000 to 1,500 pesos depending on the bus accommodation, air-con or non. Most of the ticketing offices are found in Maasin. The passengers are just picked up from their location, whether in Bato, Matalom, and other surrounding to

Bato Baywalk

How It All Came to Be

Bato Baywalk started its construction last September 3, 2012. It was intentionally built to serve as a breakwater, which is to be funded by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Rep. Jose Carlos L. Cari. However, looking at its tourist spot potential, the mayor converted the area into a baywalk. According to him, Bato Baywalk was built through donations from his relatives and friends here and abroad, envisioned to boost the town’s tourism and trade.

The construction of Bato baywalk.
The construction of Bato baywalk. | Source
Construction of Bato Baywalk Phase 2
Construction of Bato Baywalk Phase 2 | Source
Construction of Bato Baywalk Children's Playground 2.
Construction of Bato Baywalk Children's Playground 2. | Source
Bato Baywalk history signage.
Bato Baywalk history signage. | Source

Favorite Strolling Grounds

The baywalk serves as one of the favorite strolling areas of the locals. Residents from the neighboring towns will go here just to enjoy a leisurely walk overlooking the bay together with their friends and family too. They're able to take a breath of fresh air and feel refresh afterwards. Kids love running around and playing with others. After strolling, you can sit in the colorful benches and concrete cottages, then enjoy a magnificent and panoramic view of the bay plus its cool and uplifting atmosphere. You can also have your “groufie” with your friends and immediately upload it through their free wireless internet access.

Bato Baywalk morning stroll.
Bato Baywalk morning stroll. | Source
Strolling at Bato Baywalk in Bato, Leyte.
Strolling at Bato Baywalk in Bato, Leyte. | Source

Enjoying "Tugs Tugs" (Party! Party! People! Hahaha!) for your Nightlife

On weekend nights, the Batohanons enjoy free disco sponsored by the municipal government. So if you want to chill out, make friends or dance till you drop, you can add Bato Baywalk to your list for your night life escapade. If you also want to enjoy music, there are also gigs during weekdays.

For Young at Heart and Kiddos

What makes Bato Baywalk even more special is its newly built Children’s playground. There are seesaws, swings, monkey bars, and a whole lot more, which kids or even adults can truly enjoy. And mind you, it’s for free. Yes! No need to worry about entrance fee or what.

Kid's Playground Bato Baywalk.
Kid's Playground Bato Baywalk. | Source

Feeling Hungry? Need Not Worry

There are lots of stalls to choose from. If you want to have your snacks, you can enjoy buy one take one burger for as low as 45 pesos. If you are feeling hot and you want to eat something cold, there are fruit shakes and special halo-halo for only 40 pesos. If you’re drop dead hungry, well, you can have delicious barbeque and puso (steamed rice wrapped in banana leaves) to satisfy you.


Bato Baywalk snacks and barbecue stalls.
Bato Baywalk snacks and barbecue stalls. | Source

For The Religious

If you want to meditate and pray, you can also have it here with images of Sr. Sto. Niño, the town’s patron saint, and a life-sized statue of Our Lady of Miraculous Medal.

Bato Leyte’s Our Lady of Miraculous Medal elevated above Bato Bay Walk.
Bato Leyte’s Our Lady of Miraculous Medal elevated above Bato Bay Walk. | Source

Tara na sa Bato Baywalk!

Truly you can do a lot of things here. Whether you are a party chick, food lover or an adventurer, you can surely enjoy what Bato Bay Walk or Bato Baywalk has to offer.

Adto nata sa Bato Baywalk! (Let’s go to Bato Baywalk now!)


The Municipality of Bato was recognized as the:

  • ''2014 Most Progressive Municipality in Eastern Visayas''
  • "2014 Emergency Free Municipality in Visayas"

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      Ann Carr 19 months ago from SW England

      This is an interesting insight into places I'll probably never visit; great photos too.

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      Eva G 19 months ago

      Hi annart! Thank you for reading this hub :) This is actually written so as to help the tourism sector of Bato, Leyte here in the Philippines. Who knows you will be able to visit this place sooner :)

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      Syeda Akhtar 19 months ago from Shenynag, China

      A very handy and interesting hub for visitors..

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 19 months ago from The Caribbean

      I'd love to do my morning walk on the Baywalk. Might miss all the food or may return later. A beautiful place to be. Thanks for sharing it.

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      Eva G 19 months ago

      Hi tajoo! Yes, indeed. Thank you so much :) I hope this hub can help a lot of people who like to know more about Bato and visit the town.

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      Eva G 19 months ago

      Hi MsDora! Yeah, it's so much fun especially in the morning. You'll meet new friends as well :)

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      Nonqaba waka Msimang 19 months ago from Canada

      I'm ashamed to admit that i only know about Manila. Your hub tells me that you love Bato very much. Thanks for sharing that love in this hub.

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      Eva G 19 months ago

      Hi bonda! Thank you for taking the time to read this hub :) Actually, there are a lot of baywalks in the Philippines but the most popular is of course, that one in Manila - the Manila Bay. This one in Bato, Leyte is a newly built baywalk but it's gaining ground right now in the tourism sector of the province. So, if you visit the Visayas part of our country, go to Bato, Leyte and will be happy to tour you around :)

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      Charlyn June 19 months ago from Philippines

      Nice move, Kabayan.. you are advertising our place in the Philippines.. I am proud of you. Nice hub up there..

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      Eva G 19 months ago

      Hi charlynjune! Yeah, that's one of reasons why I have an account here at HubPages. :) It's a great feeling to be able to help or bring awareness through writing :) Social media and blogging platforms should be used in this sense :) Thank you, by the way, for taking the time to read this hub :) Been in Leyte?

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      athena 10 months ago

      i love the baywalk

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