Most of us were introduced to the San Juanico Bridge during our Sibika classes. It is one of the landmarks of the country, along with the Taal Lake, Mayon Volcano, Banaue Rice Terraces, and Chocolate Hills.
Once called the Marcos Bridge, the San Juanico Bridge was built in August 1969 over the San Juanico Strait, the narrowest navigational strait in the world. It separates Samar and Leyte Islands.
New Look For the Iconic Bridge
The Philippines’ longest bridge will be the first in the country to have a new nighttime face after it received the approval of a P80-million budget to illuminate the whole 2.16-kilometer structure this year. By giving the 45-year-old bridge a new face, it can draw more visitors to travel to Samar and Leyte. This can also attract tourism-related businesses in the area and improve the appearance of the iconic national bridge.
As soon as the design is approved by the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority, the government will start the project. They are eyeing to complete it on November 8, in time for the fifth anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda.
What Will Be the Changes?
The project will use light-emitting diode, one of today’s most energy-efficient and rapidly-developing lighting technologies. These diodes are specifically manufactured lights for bridges. There will also be a five-minute feature of the spectacular lighting effects.
The colors will be in support of the various events throughout the year. The lighting will be programmed to celebrate different occasions in the country.
For people to enjoy the show, Samar’s Provincial Government will build a boardwalk for a perfect view. There will also be music for more excitement and fun. They are now encouraging investors to put up shops nearby.
Before the bridge’s transformation, for the meantime, tourists can still enjoy daytime activities at the San Juanico Bridge offered by private operator Aquamomentum.
Do you think this is an exciting addition to the iconic bridge?