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Quirino/Banaoang Bridge, Ilocos Sur
Part 8 of a series
We weren’t able to stop, or rather, we couldn’t stop at the Banaoang View Deck as it was already 4 in the afternoon, and we were still a town away from our next stop, Vigan, Ilocos Sur, and ultimately, still far far away from where we would settle in for the night: Laoag, Ilocos Norte!
For that, we just proceeded and drove full speed so as to not miss any sights that we couldn’t enjoy after sunset.
A few meters after the Banaoang View Deck is the Banaoang/Quirino Bridge.
The approach to the bridge is as scenic as the bridge itself.
This scenic bridge is named after the late former President, Elpidio Qurino and it spreads across the Abra river connecting the rocky mountain slopes of the town of Santa and the tail end of Bantay, both in Ilocos Sur.
Otherwise referred to as ‘Banaoang bridge’, it majestically connects and separates two transcending mountains and is widely praised because of its marvelous engineering and grand architectural design as glorified by its splendid panoramic beauty, strength and durability when it survived the bombings of World War II.
It is considered as one of the most superior bridges built by men because of the utilization of natural endowments combined with fabricated materials.
On the bridge
And we’ve finally crossed the bridge.
The bridge, as viewed from the Bantay Side.
*as of this posting, a bridge parallel to the Quirino Bridge has been built and is already operational to accommodate the growing traffic in the Ilocos Region and to further promote trade and industry in the north.
(…to be continued)