Sidetrip: Bantay’s Banaoang Bridge
Spreading across the Abra River, connecting the town of Santa and Bantay, considered as an iconic symbol of Ilocandia, the Banaoang Bridge, also known as Quirino Bridge, named in commemoration of the late former president Elpidio Quirino, is highly praised and famous for its grand architectural design, marvelous engineering, and magnificent views. Although it’s no longer used because of the damage caused by typhoon Fenia in 2001, it was reconstructed and remained as a tourist attraction and landmark. It was replaced by a parallel bridge two years after but the old Parker-Type Bridge is still one of the country’s most beautiful bridges.
We’ve been crossing this scenic bridge for years and each year we never fail to stop and be mesmerized by this splendid construction. We’ve taken hundreds of pictures as well as scores of videos in and about this bridge. But this time it’s extra special. We were also able to capture its unique splendor as we let Buknoy (Our Drone) flew above, below and around the bridge.
You can get a picturesque view of the bridge with the Abra mountain backdrop that you would not dare stop to capture this on camera, or video, to immortalize the memory.
There is also the Ilocos Sur Adventure Zone which is one of the newest attraction in this side of the province that caters mostly to adrenaline junkies and adventure freaks with its climbing and rappelling walls, kayak center and of course, its 400-meter zip line.
About fifteen minutes away by car from Vigan City, Ilocos Sur Adventure Zone is perfect for tourists wanting a bit more than visiting museums and cobbled streets.
- Bridge: Free
- Zipline: P250 (one-way)
- Rappeling: P150 (2 Attempts)
DASH OF HISTORY
On August 24, 1763, Gabriela Silang, the wife of Diego Silang with the help of her uncle, Nicolas Cariño, continued her husband’s fight and defeated the Spaniards and their soldiers in the battle of Banaoang, Santa. Gabriela, who was born in the old barrio of Caniogan in Santa on March 19, 1731 and is regarded as the first heroine of Ilocos.