Pop quiz: What’s the tallest bridge in the Philippines? Nope, not the San Juanico Bridge. Just because the San Juanico bridge is featured here, doesn’t mean it’s the tallest bridge. That distinction belongs to another bridge in Southern Leyte, the Agas-Agas bridge. San Juanico bridge, on the other hand, holds the distinction of being the longest bridge in the Philippines, 2.16 kilometers in length, traversing the San Juanico Strait and connecting the big islands of Samar and Leyte. It’s part of the Pan-Philippine Highway (also known as the Maharlika Highway), the one you use to travel by RoRo (Roll-On, Roll-Off ships) from any point of Luzon to Mindanao, via Visayas. That’s a route that cuts across the entire Philippines. Photo courtesy of Jhe Rizada (check his Instragram acount, @jheography, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge.
The rain, I thought, would ruin my chance of finally witnessing the whispered beauty of a bridge down in Southern Leyte. The province of Southern Leyte, a one-hour flight from Metro Manila, is the lower half of the Leyte Island. (And if you think that the other half is called Northern Leyte, which is but logical considering that the lower half is Southern Leyte, you’re wrong. The northern province is simply called Leyte, which is unique, I believe.) The province is a vital link between Luzon and Mindanao, part of the national road network in an archipelagic country composed of more than 7,100 islands. It’s also accessible by ship from many points, including direct trips from Metro Manila or Metro Cebu. Continue reading New Year Mist at Agas-Agas Bridge