Have you already heard or read something about the country’s longest wooden bridge? Yes, longest wooden bridge at 391 meters strip connecting the two island Barangays of Surigao City.
Tambay mode in a coffee shop in Manila updating this blog when a photograph of an old, long, and lovely wooden bridge caught my attention. Then I remember a fellow travel blogger talking about the longest wooden bridge in the country which is in Surigao City. I've said “hindi pwedeng hindi ko mapuntahan yang longest wooden bridge na yan, sayang ang moment na nasa Surigao na rin lang naman ako:)”.
Timing! Two days ahead at that time, I am scheduled to go back in Mindanao for the usual work itineraries and of course "sidetrips" hehehe.
So I've posted in my blog’s FB Fan Page wall that I am planning to explore the said wooden bridge on the second Saturday of November. Got some THUMBS UP and of course comments including from my fellow travel bloggers Nathalie of Wandering Soles (the Lady in long gown with zwarovsky crystals- tama ba spelling?:) and Dennis of Love Mindanao (the CONFI) hahaha PEACE PEACE. So wala na tong urungan:) as the “kaladkaring" Love Mindanao- his new tag :) already confirmed while Nathalie can’t make it because of her travel in Davao scheduled prior to this. Sir Nick Amores of Surigao City Tourism Council also commented and gave us some info./ guide on how to go to Barangay Cantiasay and suggested other places of interest in Surigao City.
So this is it! Saturday Morning, Love Mindanao and I meet in Surigao City Integrated Terminal Passengers' Area. He’s from long bus trip as his base is currently in Surigao del Sur. Had our breakfast in a famed food chain with cute, hug-gable jolly mascot:) and then proceed to the boulevard area. Unfortunately, the passenger boat going to Cantiasay will be leaving by 12:00 noon pa according to one of the boat's crews. We also asked if there are also scheduled trip going back to Surigao City from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm. "Wala na, kinabukasan pa ng maaga" he said. So it is not possible for us to go back to Surigao City in the afternoon if we will take the public transport. Considering my early morning activities on Sunday, we decided to find motorized banka for hire which will take us to the said island earlier and the boatman whose willing also to wait for us until we go back to Surigao City. One local advised us to go to Barangay Taft's Wharf Area. Rode in a tricycle, we reached the wharf and after the long search and negotiation for the cheapest motorized banka "for hire", Manong Eddie "the boatman" agreed for 1200 pesos (back and forth).
|View from Bo. San Pedro in Hanigad Island. Love Mindanao taking photographs|
On a wider view, if only given proper exposure and promotion this is one of the Philippine Eco-tourism's next BIG Spots- considering its classicality, uniqueness, and being "the country's longest wooden bridge" .
|"The Local Business"|
|The Sweetest Smiles in the Bridge|
|In between two Barangays.|
|Fish Cages. Raising Lapu-lapu for export and local consumption|
|Going home. Worker of a mining company kilometers away from Bo. Cantiasay.|
|View from Bo. Cantiasay in Nonoc Island|
|Edible Seaweed- "Lato". Still Abundant in the area.In fact just swim and harvest anywhere - walang bayad!:)|
According to Ate Elena, Barangay Kagawad in Cantiasay- our ever accommodating host, the name of their Barangay was derived from the name of her grandmother- “Asay” plus the words “Tiya” a local dialect similarly/closely means “Impo” that is pronounced before the first name or nickname as sign of respect and "Kang" which mean "Kay" in Tagalog or To in English. Tiya Asay is the only traditional doctor or albularyo during early times servicing locals of the two island Barangays. If there are people looking for traditional doctor or albularyo they will just say "Kang Tiya Asay" or Kay Tiya Asay in Tagalog. The construction of the said wooden bridge started in 1979 and presently under the maintenance of the city government .
There is no electric company or cooperative servicing the area but the locals are hopeful that the planned electrification project in their area by electric cooperative from Dinagat Province will turn into reality next year. They only have 1 mega-powered generator which is open from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm – time for watching news and teleserye’s hehehe. Anyway no worries you don’t need to use E-fans/air-con, natural cool sea breeze will surely pamper you while staying in the island.
I would like to express my warmest Thank You! to the Barangay Officials of Bo. Cantiasay special mention to Kagawad Elena, Sir Richard Nick Amores of Surigao City Tourism Council and also to Mt. Baragabon Resorts and Hotel plus Museum- SOON. I am going to explain why on the PART II of this One whole day Surigao City Tour:)
Plan your trip now going to “The City of Island Adventures” - Surigao City! Don’t forget to include Cantiasay-San Pedro Wooden Footbridge on your Itinerary.
How to Get There
- By Plane (Direct flight) : Airphil Express - Daily | Cebu Pacific - Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
- By Boat: 2Go Travel - Tuesday
- By Plane(Direct flight) : Airphil Express - Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday | Cebu Pacific - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
- By Boat : Cokaliong - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday | Cebu Ferries - Monday, Wednesday and Friday
- By Bus or Van - daily
For Package Tours|
Surigao Travel Activity Recreation Shop (STARS)
"your travel pal in Surigao"
Bay 8 City Arcade Borromeo Street, Surigao City