Have you ever heard or read something about the Philippines' longest wooden bridge? Yes, longest wooden bridge at 391 meters strip connecting the two islands in 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 sharing about the longest wooden bridge in the country located in Surigao City, my new area of work assignment this year.
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 he's joining me, 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 interesting spots in Surigao City.
So this is it! Saturday Morning, Love Mindanao and I meet in Surigao City Integrated Terminal Passengers' Area. He’s from a long bus trip - from Surigao del Sur. We just have had our breakfast in the famous food chain with cute, hug-gable jolly mascot then proceed to the boulevard area.
Unfortunately, we found out that the passenger boat going to Cantiasay will be leaving by 12:00NOON pa - according to one of the crews. We also asked if there are also scheduled trip going back to Surigao City from 12:00NOON to 4:00PM. "Wala na, kinabukasan pa ng maaga" he replied. 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 a fisherman with motorized banka for hire whose willing to service us going back and forth to Cantiasay. A local vendor advised us to go to Barangay Taft's Wharf Area, where some fishermen are usually resting in the morning and willing to service tourists for island hopping and other island activities. The wharf is a tricycle ride from the boulevard area. After a good negotiation (and haggling), Manong Eddie, a local fisherman from Barangay Taft, agreed for 1200 pesos rate - that's already good for back and forth trip to Cantiasay.
|View from Bo. San Pedro in Hanigad Island. Love Mindanao taking photographs|
It took us almost an hour to cross the 391 meters wooden bridge. We enjoyed taking shots of never-ending subjects and sceneries. The clear sky and beautiful clouds is a perfect view; the backdrop mountains and greens is a refreshing sight; the calm sea mesmerized my soul - this place is a hidden paradise!
If only given proper exposure and promotion, this side of Surigao City is a potential ecotourism site
|"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 and 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. Currently, the maintenance of the said wooden bridge is under the responsibility of the city government of Surigao.
There is no electric company or cooperative servicing the area. The locals are hopeful that the planned electrification project in the area by an electric cooperative from Dinagat Province would be turned into reality next year. They only have one (1) big generator set servicing the 2 islands but, only running from 6:00PM to 10:00PM – in time for watching news and teleserye’s according to Ate Elena.
I would like to express my warmest "Thank You!" to the Barangay officials and locals of Barangay Cantiasay for accommodating us during our short stay in the island. Special mention to Kagawad Elena! Thank you also to Sir Richard Nick Amores of Surigao City Tourism Council and Mt. Baragabon Resort and Hotel for the support!
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