ILOCOS NORTE: PATAPAT VIADUCT
We purposely drove to the farthest end of Ilocos to see a bridge. The Patapat Viaduct is the 4th longest bridge in the Philippines. It is elevated 31 meters over sea level, is 1.3 km concrete coastal bridge. It rises along the town’s coastal mountains, which is the starting point of the Cordillera Mountain Range that snakes through Northern Luzon. The Patapat Viaduct in the municipality of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte connects the Maharlika Highway from Laoag, Ilocos Norte to the Cagayan Valley Region.
I’ve seen photos of the viaduct in the internet as well as in our hotel, hanged along with photos of other attractions in Ilocos. Now, I understand why people were fascinated with this long stretch of highway. It was built to conform to the winding mountain side of the northern most section of Ilocos mainly to solve the problem of landslide that plagued motorists in this area which have caused vehicular accidents in the past. It also gives one a spectacular view of Pasaleng Bay and the lush green mountain on the other side.
There was another vehicle parked a few meters away from us when we arrived. There was no no doubt that they were travelers/tourists like us. They were busy taking photos as well. Part of the fun was dodging and watching out for other vehicles passing by. The place was perfect for photo ops. Syempre! Kanya kanya din kami ng pose at kuha! But you must keep in mind that it is a highway and you should steer clear to any fast driving vehicles to avoid from being side swept or hit.