San Juanico Bridge

Satellite image of the San Juanico Bridge between Samar and Leyte.

The San Juanico Bridge is the country’s longest bridge, spanning the San Juanico Strait to connect Tacloban City in Leyte to the municipality of Sta. Rita, Samar. The 2.16-kilometer bridge was built in 1973 and contains 43 spans raising the roadway 41 meters above the water. A large arch under the bridge (along the straight portion) permits boats to pass underneath.

I’m not sure if the whole thing should be considered as one bridge (and hence retain its longest bridge title) since it clearly traverses the island in the middle of the strait. Then again, you can’t really go onto the island from the bridge since the roadway is elevated even there. In addition, one highly popular but questionable claim is that the San Juanico Strait is the world’s narrowest strait. I’m quite sure there are even narrower straits somewhere.

Anyway, go see some ground-level photos of the bridge from Google Images.

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March 4, 2006
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  1. shaina aman wrote on January 7, 2007 @ 08:14PM

    your bridge is prety but its to long but thats ok

  2. raissa wrote on June 22, 2007 @ 10:05PM

    It actually doesnt traverse any island in between. It only connects Leyte and Samar. The island that seemed to be traversed is one of the uninhabited islands that can be found all around the bridge. That island is directly below the bridge hence it looks like that.

  3. Yadj wrote on August 18, 2007 @ 01:00AM

    WHY it was called SAn JUanico Bridge???? WHy??

  4. Eugene wrote on August 20, 2007 @ 04:57AM

    Yadj, it’s named after the strait it traverses. As for why the strait was named San Juanico, I have no idea, but maybe it came from the San Juanico place in Baja California, Mexico. The Philippines was administered as a colony of Mexico (New Spain) back then.

  5. beenthere wrote on August 27, 2009 @ 11:56AM

    just an additional info: i don’t know if people who have crossed the bridge noticed it but the bridge’s shaped in an S and an L (after the two islands it connects Samar and Leyte)…=)

  6. grace samaniego wrote on September 20, 2009 @ 03:09AM

    i hope next time you will feature the eastern samar……pls!!!!!!!!!!!!!! tnx much

  7. michelle m. wrote on September 20, 2009 @ 06:42AM

    tnx 4 ur appreciation about san juanico bridge, 4 d info of many other’s der r stil many beautiful places in leyte & samar;but stil tnx…………….

  8. h wrote on January 14, 2010 @ 04:07AM

    i think the claim is that it is the “narrowest NAVIGABLE strait”.

  9. jo wrote on July 25, 2010 @ 10:33PM

    San Juanico Was VEry beautiful

  10. yingzy wrote on August 11, 2010 @ 05:52PM

    the bridge is amasing! but the idea of constructing a bridge in an unprogressive place is impractical! how many cars are crossing the bridge? the should’ve use barge or pumpboats as their transpo… the bridge costs the filipino money! it could’ve been used for some other projects that trully of benefits to the people….

  11. Eugene wrote on August 13, 2010 @ 01:33AM

    @yingzy, the bridge is part of a trunk highway network, and its construction is definitely worth it.

  12. rey wrote on August 17, 2010 @ 02:36PM

    @yingzy: and the bridge is the easiest travel by land from northern part of the Philippines to the southern… and besides, the city where san juanico bridge is located – tacloban city, is progressing already (newly proclaimed highly urbanized city, i think) with malls, entertainment hubs, bars and coffee shops and international schools (ex. CIE, with mother school based in cebu and top 9 international school in the philippines)…
    there’s nothing wrong in building the bridge in that location…
    amazing bridges are not built in progressive cities alone, it can also be a bridge to progress in developing areas…

  13. randskee wrote on January 26, 2012 @ 02:58AM


    hindi ka siguro taga dun kaya ganyan comment mo.
    dapat manahimik ka nalang…….

  14. m2m wrote on February 18, 2012 @ 08:01AM

    @yingzy: bat d kaya magsunog! you dont know what you are saying! unprogressive place? What you think was the progressive place since then? yes money of the people but not only came from those fucking people who live in your place but from the whole nation including SAMAR & LEYTE!! are concerning bout the money may naiambag ka ba?

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