San Juanico Bridge
Artist Rendering. Photo courtesy of the Samar Provincial Government via Philippine News Agency.
The San Juanico Bridge is set to be lit up by November 8, 2018, in time for the commemoration of the Fifth Anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda.
The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) Board approved last January 12, 2018 the Php 80 million – San Juanico Bridge Lighting Project, proposed by Samar Governor Sharee Ann Tan.
The San Juanico Bridge was constructed in 1969 and was inaugurated on July 2, 1973. Having a total length of 2.16 kilometers, it is considered as the longest bridge across a body of seawater in the Philippines. It connects the islands of Samar and Leyte. The bridge serves as the icon for Eastern Visayas, symbolizing the strength and resiliency of its people, history, and culture.
In the approved project, light-emitting diodes (LED) are shall be used. The San Juanico Bridge Lighting Project will feature nighttime lights and even timed lighting effects on special occasions. The design is patterned after some iconic bridges in the world.
This aesthetic enhancement is expected to further boost tourism and economic activities in both Samar and Leyte. Through this, other tourist destinations in nearby municipalities and cities will also be highlighted such as the MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park and the Sohoton Caves and Natural Bridge National Park.
“This will be the first time we’ll light up a bridge in the country. Not just any bridge, but the San Juanico Bridge. We are targeting to have the bridge lit up on the Fifth Anniversary of Yolanda. We hope this brings a message of hope to the resilient people of Eastern Visayas”, said TIEZA Chief Operating Officer / General Manager Pocholo Paragas.
TIEZA, the builder of tourism infrastructures, brings development to areas with high cultural, historical, religious, heritage and/or eco-tourism values.