As I was on my way to the City of Oroquieta, I was exchanging SMS with my dear friend Jeffrey Almonte, the son of then Oroquieta City Mayor George Almonte who now sits as Congressman in the Philippine House of Representatives. I was asking for directions where to sightsee while I am in their home city and he mentioned to me about the hanging bridge.
It was a lazy Sunday and while I was uploading some videos on my Youtube channel, I left the place where I stayed for the night and heads for the City Plaza and then eventually to the hanging footbridge. It was market day so I saw the usual convergence of cityfolks trying to buy after hearing Sunday Mass nearby. When I came across the footbridge, it was only then that I knew it is called the Ceriaco Pastrano Hanging bridge.
The Pastrano Hanging Bridge is one of the scenic tourist destination among visitors in Oroquieta and it crosses the Layawan River that opens up to the sea. It connects Barangay Taboc Norte and Poblacion II in the city.
People use the Pastrano Hanging Bridge for their daily lives. I saw a boy who bought around 5 kilos of rice to bring for his family and I asked him that I will take his photo and he just simply smiled and I saw the most hopeful face of a boy who might be the next leader in their city.
Pastrano Hanging Bridge is 75 m long and 20 m high over the Layawan River. I was asking when this hanging footbridge built and how old was it, I unfortunately was not able to get the right answer from those locals whom I asked.