Buntun Bridge is a bridge that crosses the Cagayan River, the longest and largest river in the Philippines. It is located in Tuguegarao City, the capital city of Cagayan Province, in the Cagayan Valley region of the Philippines. It is one of the longest bridges in the country, measuring 1.369 kilometers long. It has 14 spans and 11 piers.
The bridge was built in 1974 and was inaugurated by President Ferdinand Marcos in 1976. It was designed to connect Tuguegarao City and Solana town, as well as to provide access to other towns and provinces in the region. The bridge also serves as a flood control structure, as it regulates the flow of water from the river to the irrigation systems.
The bridge is a popular spot for sightseeing and photography, as it offers a view of the river and the surrounding landscape. You can also see the view of the Sierra Madre mountain range, which is the longest mountain range in the Philippines. The bridge is also a venue for some cultural and religious events, such as the fluvial procession of Our Lady of Piat during her feast day on July 2.
The bridge is easily accessible by car or by tricycle from Tuguegarao City or Solana town. You can also cross the bridge by foot or by bike and enjoy the breeze and the scenery. The best time to visit the bridge is during the summer season, from March to May, when there is less rainfall and more sunshine.
Buntun Bridge is not only a structure for transportation and irrigation, but also a symbol of the history and culture of Cagayan Province. It showcases the rich heritage and diversity of the people who live in this region, such as the Ibanags, Ilocanos, Itawes, Gaddangs, Malaues, Agtas, Atas, Yogads, Isnegs, Kalingas and Ibatans.