Buntun Bridge is a river bridge that stretches from Tuguegarao City to Solana in Cagayan. It is
the second longest bridge in the Philippines next to San Juanico Bridge and the longest river
bridge in the country.
With a total length of 1,369 meters and a height of 37 meters, this bridge made of concrete,
steel and asphalt crosses Cagayan River, the country’s largest river basin.
History and Construction
Buntun Bridge took three administrations to build. Its groundbreaking ceremony took place on
December 11, 1960 and was attended by then President Carlos Garcia, who released the initial
budget to start its construction.
When President Diosdado Macapagal took over the presidency in 1962, he continued the
project. Despite a number of challenges encountered, the construction carried on.
After Macapagal’s term, President Ferdinand Marcos ordered then Highways Secretary Antonio
Raquiza to assign the bureau’s construction team to finish the project. So in May 1969, the
construction went in full swing.
Buntun Bridge was officially opened to the public on June 1, 1969 with a ceremony led by then
First Lady Imelda Marcos.
The bridge was constructed by the Philippine National Corporation and is maintained by the
Department of Public Works and Highways.
What to See
Passing through the bridge affords motorists to have an unobstructed view of the beautiful
Tourists also get a good shot of the picturesque mountains of Sierra Madre and Cordillera.
The bridge offers an enthralling view of the sunset.
Did You Know
Buntun Bridge has never been flooded by the Cagayan River. Even during one of the worst
typhoons in 2009 when Ondoy hit the country, Buntun Bridge was almost flooded but it
It is believed that Buntun Bridge is long enough that a person can finish reciting the entire
Philippine National Anthem while walking on the bridge.