Hotel Alejandro; Proud of Its Historic Past

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Hotel Alejandro; Proud of Its Historic Past


Byline: LOUIE GUARIN

No other hotel in the Philippines can be compared to Hotel Alejandro located along P. Paterno Street, Tacloban City, province of Leyte.

One of its attractions both for foreign and local guests are some 450 photos in an exhibit that comes as a vivid portrayal of the war in Leyte in October 1944. The photographic essay covers General Douglas MacArthuras famous landing in Leyte with his famous words of promise: "I Shall Return!".

Mr. and Mrs. Alejandro Montejo are the famous owners of Hotel Alejandro. This ancestral edifice was constructed for almost a year, from 1831 to 1832.

When war broke up in 1942 during the Japanese invasion, the house served as quarters to displaced families. The Montejoas were among those who opened their doors to the evacuees mostly from Cebu and Negros, because there was an increase in housing shortage. Soon, the Montejo household became a one family per room affair and both owners realized later that in doing so, the household would turn eventually into a booming hotel business. Despite the shortage of water and lack of electricity during the time, the tenants survived unscathed.

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