I can now tick off San Juanico Bridge from my bucket list. Finally, I was able to walk through most of its 2.16 kilometer length with my friends for almost two hours. The weather was crazy that Sunday (November 20) but excitement ruled more as only from the books did I previously see the famous bridge. Rain and sunshine showed off several times the entire two hours that we were there but we were determined to enjoy the view that this majestic bridge could offer. Cameras clicked almost non-stop even if it was raining. Our hired multicab driver drove by us three times going from Tacloban to Samar and back twice before we decided to finish our San Juanico Bridge adventure.
For those who haven't been there, it is a must-visit! The bridge is truly beautiful, rain or shine. Not surprising because it was supposed to be a gift from then President Marcos to his First Lady, Imelda Marcos, who is a native from Leyte.
Here are some facts about San Juanico Bridge from wikipedia:
The San Juanico Bridge, part of the Pan-Philippine Highway, stretches from Samar to Leyte across the San Juanico Strait in the Philippines. Its longest length is a steel girder viaduct built on reinforced concrete piers, and its main span is of an arch-shaped truss design. With a total length of 2.16 kilometers (1.34 mi), it is the longest bridge in the Philippines spanning a body of seawater. It is considered one of the most beautifully-designed bridges in Philippines. The bridge has 43 spans and medium size boats can pass beneath its large main arch the top of which rises 41 meters above the sea. Construction commenced in 1969 over San Juanico Strait from Cabalawan, Tacloban City to the municipality of Santa Rita, Samar, with completion in 1973