Tacloban’s official language is Lineyte-Samarnon. It is dominated by Waray speakers, who make up the city’s cultural and linguistic diversity. During the Spanish colonization, the place was made up of typical colonial communities, most of which either Iberian or a new generation of Spanish Filipino mix. Today’s totally different as a healthy variety of Spanish, American and Chinese mestizos, and the native Leyteños coexists in harmony. The city’s population as of 2007 is 217, 199.
Almost all of the people are Christians, 97% of which are Roman Catholic. The latter include Iglesia ni Kristo, Mormons and Protestant. 0.3% of the population or 600 people are Muslims. 90% of them are Maranao, The remainder consists of Waray-waray and the Tausug.
Here is a list of the Roman Catholic churches in Tacloban:
• Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
• Our Lady of Fatima Parish
• Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
• Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church
• Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish
• Sacred Heart Parish
• San Jose Parish
• Santo Nino Church
• St. Jose Ma. Escriva Church
• St. Jude Parish
• St. Rafael the Archangel Parish