Palo Cathedral, Palo, Leyte Island, Philippines, Dec. 1944

Palo Cathedral, near the capital of Leyte Island survived the American landing and was captured by the Americans that used it as a temporary hospital for injured Filipinos. A 13th AF combat photographer took this picture as citizens of Palo City were being gathered for medical examination.


This photograph is from the National Archives and Records Administration of the USA.

  • manuel noche 4y

    What a waste, this was such a beautiful church and it survived the 2nd world war, sadly not its conversion into a cathedral in the 1960's. Now instead of this beautiful baroque building, we have a modern monstrosity in its place, only the retablo remains from the colonial past.

  • John Tewell 4y

    manolonoche. I have not seen a picture of how it is today. If you are correct then I agree with you. It is a shame not to keep it the way the original followers intended it to be. The old is handmade art where too much of today’s buildings are factory pop outs.
  • gard777us 4y

    Here's a link to the present church:
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