Monday, February 20, 2012

CROSSING THE SAN JUANICO BRIDGE

towards Leyte- view from Samar
I started the year 2011 with a blog post of my homecoming to Tacloban City, which included my visit to the San Juanico Bridge.  As a reiteration of that childhood dream of mine, one of those is to be able to cross that longest bridge in the Philippines and take a lot of photos of it.  Unexpectedly, what was supposed to be a single visit for the year became more than twice, so every visit pays a photo shoot and the bridge never fails to be captured effortlessly boasting of its unique architectural and concrete structure.



Important facts we should know about the bridge (where some facts were only recently discovered by me, although I am from Tacloban City):

a.  This is the longest bridge in the Philippines connecting two provinces: Samar and Leyte, that spans a body of seawater;

b.  This is one of the gifts that the former President Marcos gave to the people of Tacloban and to the former first lady, Imelda Romualdez, who is a resident of Tacloban City, Leyte;

c.   The bridge is designed with the letter S coming from Samar and converts itself to the letter L, upon entering Leyte, commencing from the signage which welcomes you to Leyte;

d.  It took almost four years to construct the bridge (1969-1973) and

e.  It is considered as one of the most beautifully designed bridges in the Philippines.

The third fact is something which is new for me.  Truly, the mere crossing of this bridge can be an educational trip as well!


 

with friends/colleagues from the legal profession

a view of the islets surrounding and below the bridge

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