Whenever I travel, time constraint has always been my dilemma. If only I have all the time in the world to just sit at the beach and watch the sunset, I would love to do that. But I have a job in Manila and I need to be back. Please don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. I've been roaming around some parts of Leyte and Southern Leyte for two days already and it's just so hard to believe that it's about to end.
After wandering around Maasin City, we went back to Tacloban City. I will be spending the night in the city to catch my early morning flight to Manila the following day.
But before getting to my hotel, we went to San Juanico Bridge, a monumental landmark that stretches from Samar to Leyte across the San Juanico Strait. At a total length of 2.16 kilometers, it is considered the longest bridge in the Philippines crossing a body of seawater.
Completed in 1973, it was used to be called as Marcos Bridge as it was built during the regime of former president Ferdinand Marcos. It is said that this is a "Gift" and a "Testimonial of Love" by Marcos to his wife and a native of Leyte, Imelda Romualdez Marcos.
Just like the grandiose Maria Christina Falls, it is also my childhood dream to see this bridge. It's also been part of my grade school years where I only read and see it on text books. Now it's a reality.
From the city center, we hired a tricycle that will bring us to the bridge and back to the city. We were dropped at the foot of the bridge on the Leyte side and just told the driver to wait for us at the other end which is in the Samar side.
What's good about this bridge is that it has pedestrian sidewalks on both sides. So, people can walk through it and enjoy the scenic view of the San Juanico Strait as well as the tiny islets below the bridge.
I cannot contain my exhilaration the moment I set foot on the bridge. I was so excited and was one with the bridge, shaking. Hehehe! I am in high spirits that finally, another childhood dream of mine has been fulfilled. Crossing the San Juanico Bridge is truly an experience of a lifetime.
Here's a video I took on board a van on my trip from Marabut, Samar to Tacloban City, two weeks after this trip.
HOW TO GET THERE
From Tacloban City, ride any jeep or bus bound for Samar. These will pass by San Juanico Bridge. Fare is around 15 Pesos. Alternatively, you could hire a tricycle to take you to and from the bridge. Contract price is 200 pesos including the waiting time.
SEE ALSO: Kalanggaman Island, "Palompon's Island Paradise"
This is a part of my Leyte and Southern Leyte Adventure Getaway last October 1-2, 2011. This is my 2nd time to visit Leyte, the 36th province on my list. Kudos to my friend, JM, for accompanying me and for preparing everything on this trip. Join me as I unravel Leyte's rich history, culture and natural resources.
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