The country has been preparing for the storm’s arrival with over 200,000 residents having been evacuated from coastal and mountainous areas due to fears of flooding, landslides and storm surges. Operations at Manila airport were suspended for 12 hours from 11:00 on Tuesday (03:00 GMT). The storm, is boasting winds of up to 155km/h (96mph), with gusts of up to 235km/h (146mph).
Huge storm surges are also expected of up to three metres (nearly 10ft), the weather service said.
Organisers of the Southeast Asian Games have suspended some competitions, including windsurfing, adding that other events would be delayed if necessary.
But there is no plan to extend the games, which are due to end on December 11.
The country is hit each year by an average of 20 typhoons and they can hit at any time of the year.
The Philippines has been labelled “the most exposed country in the world to tropical storms” in the past due the frequency of the weather events.
Storms most frequently make landfall on the islands of Eastern Visayas, Bicol region, and northern Luzon whereas the southern island and region of Mindanao is largely free of typhoons.
More than 100,000 people have been evacuated across the Albay province, according to the government-run Philippine News Agency (PNA)
Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara said: “We have to evacuate them and for those (residents) who are stubborn, I have directed the police to forcibly bring them to the nearest evacuation camps”.
As Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines at Guian, Eastern Samar, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) in Hawaii estimated the typhoon’s one-minute sustained winds at 315 km/h (195 mph).
Haiyan killed up to 18,000 people, affected about 11 million people and left thousands more homeless.
Six million workers lost their sources of income.
Major rice, corn and sugar-producing areas for the Philippines were destroyed affecting the country’s international trade.