It’s not a stretch to say that San Juanico Bridge is one of the best-known infrastructures in the country. After all, it stands as the longest bridge in the Philippines at 2.16 kilometers.
The famed structure—located in Eastern Visayas—connects the islands of Leyte and Samar by linking the city of Tacloban to the town of Santa Rita. It’s been serving motorists in the area since the early 1970s.
However, did you know that there’s more to this bridge than just that? No worries though, we’ll help you unpack the lesser-known facts about this amazing Philippine infrastructure. Just scroll through our list below!
- It’s turning 49 this year.
San Juanico Bridge’s construction started in 1969 and finished four years after in 1973.
- It’s called “The Bridge of Love.”
Former President Ferdinand Marcos dedicated the bridge to his wife, then First Lady Imelda Marcos, who was known as the “Rose of Tacloban.”
- It cost $21.9 million to build.
San Juanico Bridge is considered one of the biggest and most expensive infrastructure projects in the country. It cost a total of $219 million to construct.
- It was opened on former First Lady Imelda Marcos’ birthday.
The bridge’s opening on July 2, 1973, coincides with First Lady Imelda Marcos’ 44th birthday.
- It’s part of the Pan-Philippine Highway.
San Juanico Bridge is included in the Pan-Philippine Highway, a network of roads, bridges, and sea routes that connect the islands of Luzon, Samar, Leyte, and Mindanao.
- It used to be called Marcos Bridge.
The San Juanico Bridge used to be called the Marcos Bridge, however, it underwent a name change after the former president’s administration.
- It’s the subject of urban legends.
For some unknown reason, the San Juanico Bridge became a favorite among occultists, specifically when it comes to scary tales. Among the most popular is one where the blood of children is mixed into the bridge’s foundation to strengthen it.
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