BILIRAN BRIDGE. Linking Geographies, peoples, cultures, tradition and modernity.
The Biliran Bridge, constructed during the Marcos presidency, is the only access by land of the entire island-province to the island of Leyte, and practically, of the entire Philippines.
Completed around 1975, this bridge is about 150 meters long and its central span, held in place by an arched steel structure, hovers above a short and narrow channel of water measuring about 40 meters wide at low tide.
When facing north from my favorite spot, one can view Carigara Bay to the right and the Biliran Strait to the left. From this vantage point, the wind almost invariably blows from the east, from the direction of the Carigara Bay.
During stormy weather in the olden days, outrigger boats sailing along the strait would have to wait for the wind and the sea to calm down before attempting to pass through the narrow channel to the bay, where the waves were bigger and more dangerous to seacraft.
Prof. Rolando O. BorrinagaÂ (Published in theÂ Philippine Daily Inquirer, October 4, 2003.)