July 31, 2011

Quirino Bridge

Quirino Bridge crosses the Abra river connecting the rocky mountain slopes to the north of the town of Santa and the southern tail end of Bantay in the province of Ilocos Sur.  

The bridge is named after the former President Elpidio Qurino, the sixth president of the Philippines (1948-1953). He was born in this province in 1890. 
 
A super typhoon washed away one of its steel spans in 2001, destroying the bridge. This shot is taken from the new bridge to the old, more appealing, bridge.

Ilocos Sur, 2010

The bridge is also locally called Banaoang Bridge after the barangay it is located in. Barangay is a Filipino term for a village, district or ward or the smallest administrative division in the Philippines.

This bridge joins Sunday Bridges and Scenic Sunday.

25 comments:

Linnea said...

I wonder if you can walk across the old bridge or if it's blocked off. Too bad it got damaged. It still looks pretty functional. We still are building the Bay Bridge replacement for the span that got damaged in the 1989 quake in SF! It's going very slowly!!

VioletSky said...

The absent bit of the old bridge does open up the view a little!

Andy said...

Nice capture Francisca. The view is magnificent.

EG Wow said...

That must have been some typhoon!

This is such a gorgeous [lace to take photos.

cieldequimper said...

Lovely scenery and nice, unobtrusive bridge!

Tanya said...

beautiful and two very different sides of the bridge!

Lesley said...

The old bridge may be left as a memorial to nature's forces? It is a great view.

Martha Z said...

A beautiful view!

Birdman said...

Speaking of spans... your photos span the globe.

Jacob said...

Another testimonial to the fact that newer isn't always better. Lovely old bridge. But bridges, like so many things, are subject to the elements which can be hazardous to their and our health!

Nice to hear from you. Re the old train station - it is used now only to sell tickets on the "tourist" train and as a museum...the tracks are behind that station.

You're the only one who came up with the Freudian connection between man and bike...hmmm...now what do you suppose that doth mean? :-)

☆☆Mumsy said...

Beautiful view of the old bridge! Hope you're settling in our new home beautifully..

Pat said...

What beautiful scenery! Although the old bridge still looks usable, I supposed without the span it's probably dangerous to use.

Woody said...

It looks very odd without the other span. That must have been a remarkable typhoon!

Andrea said...

Hi Francisca, even in the country you are everywhere. I haven't been to this bridge yet! A lovely photo as usual.

Ann said...

Typhoon are horrible things, In Sarawak, we have monsoons, They are tame compared to Typhoons.

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

I'm glad the old one is still around, for photo purposes if nothing else.

I chuckled at this line:
This bridge joins Sunday Bridges and Scenic Sunday.

Bridges join, don't they? :)

Halcyon said...

A nice bridge. Looks so calm, not a car in sight!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Yup, the old bridge is more aesthetically pleasing, but the important thing is not to fall in! Always appreciate the information snippets -- such a beautiful way to learn.

Al said...

Nice shot - I love old bridges like that, and the scenery is wonderful.

You asked where I parked for my Lions Gate Bridge shots. It was in Stanley Park, there's a lookout (I think it was the Lighthouse Lookout or something similar). From there it's an easy walk down to the bridge, and provides good access for getting under it or walking across it.

Kaori said...

The old bridge is really unique. Love it! The scenery is fantastic too! Were you walking across it Francisca? Looks like a pretty long bridge :D

Hope you're having a fabulous week!

ladyfi said...

What a great view!

Evelyn said...

Gorgeous countryside.

Nancy said...

I would love to walk across that historic bridge.

Nancy said...

I would love to walk across that historic bridge.

Nancy said...

I would love to walk across that historic bridge.