Thursday, August 30, 2007

Tangkaan Beach in Padre Burgos

         Tangkaan Beach in Padre Burgos, S. Leyte is the only white sand beach that can be found in the whole mainland of Leyte. The beach in the eastern part of Leyte is made of black sand, while in the western part it is mostly of pebbles and stone and rocks. However, Tangkaan beach proves to be different. Not only has it white sand for the beach but it also has some beautiful rock formations. The sea is clear and surprisingly it has beautiful corals teeming with small fishes just two or three meters from the shore during low tides. The name itself has a story. 'Tangka" means to attempt. In the past, there have been several attempts by the Moros to raid the place, but they could not get to land their boats because of the strong currents. Hence, the name Tangkaan. This strong current, I found out when I went on snorkeling. I did not even have to exert any effort to swim as the current was fast. The good thing was that the current was not going out into the open sea but just along the island.
The people of Padre Burgos mostly belong to the Philippine Independent Church (Aglipayan). In fact, they have the Cathedral of the Aglipayans in town. When we went to Tangkaan, it happened to be their fiesta, so there were plenty of people by the beach eating and drinking. There is a marker and a monument of St. James the Apostle on top of a rock by the beach. The marker says that when the townspeople of Tamalayag, now known as Padre Burgos gathered together to choose a patron saint, a stranger appeared before them instructing them to pick up the icon of their patron saint, St. James the Apostle. The site marks the exact place where the found the icon.

         Tangkaan Beach is 2.5 kilometers from the town of Padre Burgos. At the town proper, just before entering the small port which is the jump off point for the island of Limasawa, you make a right turn and just follow it until you reach the end of the road and you have already reached Tangkaan Beach. There are a few steps going down to the beach.






The island of Limasawa is just across the Tangkaan beach.

















13 comments:

Nerissa said...

Interesting to know.

Anonymous said...

all i can say to the tangkaan beach is very gorgeous beach very unique only the road going there is hard because rap road and there is cement but only one way thats all i can say

Anonymous said...

this is supposed to be our next destination...im still searching the net on how to get there & where to stay.but its a blessing in disguise coz i get across this blog of msgr. bernie w/c is very informative for a nature lover like me.even in this simple way you still manage to touch other people's lives.

Anonymous said...

This is a hidden gem. Next time I'm in Southern Leyte- I'll make a point of visiting Tangkaan beach.

Anonymous said...

Finally was able to go to this place.Thanks to this blog for the infos. I can say that this is a very nice place, the water is great and for those who doesnt want to cross an island just to get to a beach with white sand & clear waters, this one is for you....

Anonymous said...

your place is quite a nice and admirable one. one thing I cant forget in my visit to your place last September 6, 2009 is my samsung cellphone which was unnoticeably fallen in the beach. with this blog, I am hoping for a confirmation from the on duty barangay councilor of barangay tangcaan, if there's a folding samsung cellphone deposited to you on this day (Sunday, September 6, 2009). please email your confirmation to rosel427@yahoo.com. thank you very much.

Anonymous said...

is there any cottage where i can lodge for a few days close to the beach? thanks

Edso said...

very very nice

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I would like to live in a similar place because I love the beach and the sea , I would like to snorkeling there!

Anonymous said...

I love tangkaan beach very beautiful..sana makabalik uli kami doon...

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Anonymous said...

My boyfriend lives in Brgy Tangkaan yahoooo!

Anonymous said...

nice place..its look like boracay..