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Why Marcelo Fernan Bridge is special ?
Marcelo Fernan Bridge is an extradosed cable-stayed bridge located in Metro Cebu in the Philippines. It spans across Mactan Channel connecting Mandaue to Lapu-Lapu City in Mactan Island.
Marcelo Fernan Bridge was opened in August 1999 to decongest the traffic from the older Mactan-Mandaue Bridge. The bridge has a total length of 1237 meters (4058.40 feet) with a center span of 185 meters (606.96 feet). The bridge is one of the widest and longest bridge spans in the Philippines. The bridge was constructed with the help of the Japanese Government. It was named after Senator Marcelo Fernan, a political figure from Cebu City.
What to explore at Marcelo Fernan Bridge?
Today, the Marcelo Fernan Bridge is more than just a structure. It’s also a famous subject by a number of photographers. It’s really a stunning structure to behold especially during the sunset and nighttime. This is why a number of local sunset cruises have included this bridge in their itineraries.
Below the bridge, in the Mactan side, is a small park which is dedicated to the seafarers. This is a favorite destination of locals. It’s a good place to be in during sunset with the picturesque Mactan channel and Marcelo Fernan Bridge in view. There are also benches where people can stay and chitchat. A lot of students and families also gather in the mini park. Kids can freely run around the small park. There are even others who would take a plunge and dip in the cool waters of Mactan Channel. There are also frequent joggers in the area since the sea breeze lures them in. One can also get good pictures of the bridge and of the ports across the park.
How to get to Marcelo Fernan Bridge?
Marcelo Fernan Bridge is an extradosed cable-stayed bridge located in Metro Cebuin the Philippines. It spans across Mactan Channel connecting Mandaue to Lapu-Lapu City in Mactan Island. You can get there on the way to the airport
- The Gateway to Cebu's Rich Heritage
- A good place to jog
- Nice subject for photography
- Nice View From the Bridge
- Great view of both mactan and cebu
Metro Cebu,Cebu, Philippines
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This bridge connects the islands of Cebu and Mactan, and is listed as "The World's Longest Center Span Extra Dosed Cable Stayed Bridge" in the Guinness Book of World Records!
Did you know: The bridge has a total length of 1237 meters with a center span of 185 meters. Opened in August 1999, is considered one of the widest and longest bridge span in the country.
FYI: the suspension cables are actually made of real 24k gold! Gold is highly tolerant to extreme weather changes hence it stretches less on hot weather and coils less on cold weather making it stable
Perfect route for jogging!
Try jogging in the park under the bridge on an early morning or afternoon, you'll love the cool breeze.
Not much to see just one of the two bridges you have to use to go to the airport. Lots of traffic and slow drivers.
It is the second span that connects Cebu to Mactan island. You take it to avoid the traffic and congestion at the first bridge. Nothing really special or unique about it. It is just a bridge.
we were staying in hotel cesario/bellavista which was just on the border of mactan. the rooftop pool had a beautiful view of the marcelo fernan connecting mactan with cebu mainland. we had crossed this bridge many times during our stay and one fine morning when it was raining heavily, there was some accident on this bridge causing a terrible jam. so we had to go back and take the old bridge.
The sunset and sunrise are awesome! Ship watching is also great. Brought Rikkert here once, walked all the way from Mandaue to Mactan, and he never complained because of the awesome view.
This bridge connects the islands of Cebu and Mactan, and is listed as