With nothing to do right after riding the waters of Chico River, I and a few of the Lakbay Norte guys decided to visit the nearby Buntun Bridge for a sunset shoot. The sky was already turning some reds and oranges over as our tricycle roared into the roads of Tuguegarao.
There was almost nothing left of the beautiful colors we saw from the highway as we alighted from our ride. The sun was already out but there were still a few afterglows. Well, we were already on location, turning back’s a waste of time so we shoot with what we have.
Tuguegarao’s Buntun Bridge is the longest river-spanning bridge in the country. Its 15-section span crosses the Cagayan River and connects Tuguegarao to Solana Cagayan. It’s so long you can sing the full Philippine National Anthem from end to end.
With the sun gone, we made do with the blue hour; watching kids strolling on the bank, a fisherman checking his nets and a group of guys lighting a bonfire up. With cars passing overhead lighting the bridge, we planted our tripods and set our cameras; we got to know each other and watched the multitudes of stars come out as twilight arrived.
It was a quiet moment; all you hear is the soft roar of the wind, the gradual flow of the river, the sigh of the morning turning into evenings.
Our time below Cagayan’s Buntun Bridge may be short and it may not be on our official itinerary but it was one of my more memorable moments during the whole Lakbay Norte trip.