Samar and Leyte in One Day

Yes, it’s possible! And I did it by crossing a very long bridge.

Samar to Leyte



Yes, I’m talking about the San Juanico Bridge that connects the provinces of Samar and Leyte in the Visayas Region of the Philippines.  With a total length of 2.16 kilometers (1.34 mi), it is the longest bridge in the Philippines spanning a body of seawater, the San Juanico Strait. Construction of the bridge commenced in 1969, while it was completed in 1973 with its inauguration held in July 2 of the same year, which was the birthday of then-First Lady and wife of then-President Marcos, Imelda Marcos. It was said that the bridge was constructed by the administration of President Marcos as a gift to his wife.

From Samar to Leyte
From Leyte to Samar
Sunset view while driving along the bridge

I’ve been wanting to see and experience crossing this historical bridge myself, so I’m so fortunate to be able to do just that in one of my business travels to Leyte.  We drove to it on our way to the Tacloban airport before going back to Manila. It’s a pretty nice way to kill three hours of waiting time for our flight.

Aside from that, we also did a side trip to Gen. Douglas McArthur’s Landing Memorial in Palo, Leyte.  Remember that famous line from him – “I shall return”?  This was the memorial that signified his actual return to the Philippines when they landed in Leyte.

In Palo, Leyte
There’s water to show how they walked on the beach upon disembarking from their ship
I thought I can pose walking beside them. Best efforts!

I really thought there was no water there.  I thought I can a pose as if walking beside them.  Anyway, this is the closest shot I could get. Perhaps a selfie is also better?


Have you been to Leyte or Samar? You should definitely include as bucket list crossing the San Juanico Bridge!

Have a wonderful week!



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