The capital of the province of Eastern Samar of Philippines, Borongan is situated in the heart of Eastern Samar, 196 kilometres from the City of Tacloban. It is bounded on three sides by the Municipality of San Julian on the north, the Municipality of Maydolong on south and the Municipalities of Hinabangan and Calbiga on its west and the vast stretch of the Pacific Ocean lies on its east. This important city of Philippines is named after the much prevalent fog or "borong", in the native language. Once a colony of Spain, Borongan was the seat of the Philippine revolution in 1898, which was led by the pulahanes. Maybe this is why they call the City of Borongan as The Sunshine City. The Spanish armada in early 1590s had gathered the Borongan natives from their small hamlets on the banks of the river Guiborongani and the Loom River and established them in small colonies that were called reduccion. They were the ones who introduced Christianity to this part of the world. They also started educating these people and industrialising this city.
On 28th October, 1960, Borongan was made the seat of a new Diocese that was a subsidiary of the Diocese of Calbayog. The Bishop of Manila, Most Rev. Vicente P. Reyes, D.D., took the chair of the first Bishop of the Diocese of Borongan. Five years later in 1965 Borongan was declared the capital of the infant Eastern Samar province, when the Samar Island was split into three parts. One of those was the Easter Samar. And further on 20th June 2007, it was finally given the status of a city. It has been given the status of a component city according to which the citizens of this city have the democratic right to vote and elect the provincial officers.
For over 20 years the Water Festival has been one of the largest tourist attractions of this City. This City amasses a huge crowd during in September every year that includes visitors and tourists from all around the world. This Borongan festival is the festival of water which is the life of this City.
The Hamorawon Spring is another popular exotic tourist spot in this city. Under the shade of a huge Hamorawon tree this spring was almost religious to the people of this region. Wild pigs and deer gathered around it during the dry season made it the favourite hunting spot for the hunters. And during the floods this was the only source of clean drinking water. Its water is cleaner and sweeter than the rivers and people believe it has medicinal qualities as well as it had been filtered by the fine mesh roots of the trees.
The Virgin Mary is the Patron Saint and protector of this land and she imbibes in the citizens of this city the virtue of hospitality. For a long time the Borongans have played host to an exodus of completely unacquainted strangers whom they welcomed in their house and provided free lodging and fooding. Hospitality in this part of the world is not a burden but a privilege that everyone enjoys as a favour.