San Juanico Bridge, Tacloban City, Leyte-July 10, 2010

San Juanico Bridge, Tacloban City, Leyte-July 10, 2010

One of the many landmarks which I have always wanted to see is the San Juanico Bridge which links Samar in the north with Leyte in the south. On occasion, I have seen pictures of the bridge in magazines and more recently in blogs. While I was randomly trying to decide where to go for this weekend, I opened up Google Maps and decided to head to Tacloban City. In conjunction with browsing the PAL and Cebu Pacific websites, I found the right flights.

This particular Lakwatsa would be one of my shortest by-air trips I have ever made. This had me coming and going in one afternoon. I landed in Tacloban at 1:10pm and left at 6:00pm giving me roughly 4 hours to go around the Tacloban City area. I also just booked my flight day before… so this would now be my most impulsive trip to date (even more impulsive than my day trip to Zamboanga City earlier this year).


View San Juanico Bridge in a larger map

I arrived at Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport at around 1:10pm.  When I got out, my pre-arranged transportation, Mang Pat was waiting for me. From the airport we headed directly to the bridge which was around 17 km north of the airport.

The bridge has an interesting history. Construction of the bridge happened during the presidency of Ferdinand Marcos. Construction began in 1969 and was completed in 1973. According to lore, the birdge was a symbol of Ferdinand Marcos’ love to First Lady Imelda Marcos. Tacloban20100711 021

The bridge is is considered one of the most beautiful bridges in the Philippines. It definitely is quite a majestic bridge. Measuring a length of 2.16 kilometers it is the longest over-the-water bridge in the Philippines (Pampangas Candaba Viaduct is technically longer, but it is a land-bridge).

With a big “hump” on one end and a flatter opposite end, it kinda reminds me of the San Francisco Bay Area’s Bay Bridge or Dumbarton Bridge… except this one is curved into an “S”.


Standing at the high point of the bridge, it is actually quite disconcerting at first. You feel the bridge moving. I wasn’t sure if it was bouncing up and down or swaying left to right, but it was moving.

The bridge is actually quite narrow. It’s just a two lane road. However unlike most other northern Luzon thoroughfares, the traffic was very… very light.

The “S”-ness of the bridge.

We got to the Samar side then made a U-turn at a round-a-bout and headed back to Leyte. At least for a few minutes… I crossed into another province Smile.

The view of the bridge from the Samar side is definitely more majestic because you the big hump at the end.

Welcome back to Leyte…

One thing is for sure, the bridge itself is a marvel to see. It’s a long bridge… shaped as an “S”… crossing the San Juanico straight over Islets… with lush greeneries on both sides.

While the pictures above are ok… I made two panoramic stitches to give you an idea of the full majesty of the bride.

Leyte to Samar (click on the picture to load the bigger picture)

Samar to Leyte (click on the picture to load the bigger picture)

Here’s a PhotoSynth of the bridge…

From the bridge… we proceeded to the center of Tacloban City. One the Bucket List Item fulfilled!

9 Comments

    • Hi Sir, I just used my point-and-shoot Sony Cybershot. After all the bruhaha about my DSLR, I was able to pick it up before the weekend. Then when I got to the airport, I realized that I left the battery charging in my house. So I left the DSLR in the car and I was armed only with my little camera.

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      • its baeitiful

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  1. not bad, for the little camera.

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  2. Hi sir,

    we are visiting Leyte for a short trip.. Do you happen to know how to get to San Juanico Bridge from Tacloban Airport via jeepney or bus ride, and how much it cost? and from San Juanico Bridge to Catbalogan city?

    I appreciate your kind advice. thanks!

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    • The bridge is just north from the airport on the main road. I am sure the locals would be able to help you in the right direction. I wouldn’t know how it would cost via jeeep on bus.

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  3. Hi Lakwatsero,

    I’m one of your avid fans and I have read almost all of your blogs and gone to places with ease because of your substantial information. Thanks for this blog, it somehow makes another dream of mine to come true. :)

    I’ll be visiting Tacloban this September for a business trip but I still have enough time to roam around the city. All I wanted to do is to set foot on the San Juanico Bridge! The insfrastructure I long-dreamed of seeing.

    Can you share with me your contacts there? I might as well get the service of MANG PAT for a pre-arrange transportation to San Juanico Bridge. Or can you please tell us how you got your pre-arranged transportation?

    Thank you in advance and more power to you! :)

    GBU…

    Thanks,
    Kent

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    • Hi Kent,

      Thank you so much for your comment. It’s nice to people actually do read my blog :) and get something out of it.

      I apologize, I do not recall Mang Pat’s number. But I can tell you that it is one of the numbers listed here: http://www.discover-tacloban.com/tourist-services… I just did a Google Search back then when I came across this page. I remember texting all of the cellphones listed. I think it was only Mang Pat who replied. There might be a few more options these days if you search.

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  4. beautiful documentation…thanks bringing the best sites closer to our hearts..gbu!

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