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#124 San Juanico Bridge

The San Juanico Bridge that spans across the San Juanico Strait from Samar to Leyte islands in the Visayas, central Philippines, is considered the longest bridge in the Philippines, spanning across the waters of the strait with a length of 2.16 kilometers (from Wikipedia).

The bridge have been designed by renowned architects Arvin Valderamma and Juanito Balunbalunan. The bridge is supported by 43 spans rising 41 meters above the sea. It has a large arch beneath which allows boats to pass.

The bridge connects Tacloban City on the Leyte side and Santa Rita town on the Samar side. The bridge offers many picturesque views, especially of the San Juanico Strait with its whirlpools as well as the islets of the province. Construction on the 21.9 million-dollar bridge began in 1969 and was completed in 1973.

Mabuhay ang San Juanico Bridge!

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#15 Philippine Tarsier

Philippine Tarsier

The Philippine Tarsier (Tarsius syrichta), known in the Visayas region as the maumag is an endangered tarsier species native to the Philippines. The tarsier is found in the southeastern part of the archipelago, particularly in the islands of Bohol, Samar, Leyte, and Mindanao.

According to Wikipedia, the tarsier family is about 45 million years old and was only introduced to western biologists in the 18th century.  Since the tarsier’s eyes are fixed in its sockets, its neck can rotate 180 degrees (think of Linda Blair in The Exorcist) allowing this smallest primate to look out for danger.

In terms of appearance, perhaps this is the closest E.T we can have. But don’t get your hopes high to see or spot the tarsier if you happen to be in Bohol or in the Visayas Region. Like other endangered animals, this shy animal is difficult to find or see by coincidence  unless they are in captivity.

Mabuhay ang Philippine Tarsier!

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