Many of us have watched the movie of Fernando Poe, Jr. (FPJ). We know him so much that we almost made him our President of the Philippines. I happened to visit Vigan, Ilocos Sur and found out the shooting places of some of the movies of FPJ. In fact, Ilocos Sur was tag as FPJ county as he was often stayed there for long because of the movie Ang Panday. This movie was shoot several times because there were several continuation role into one movie after another. The movies were Ang Pagbabalik ng Panday in 1981, Ang Panday Ikatlong Yugto 1982, and Ang Panday Ika-apat na Aklat in 1984. So FPJ had stayed a lot in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. One of the shooting places of FPJ was the Bantay Bell Tower. This tower is named Bantay which means “to guard” because this was used as the observatory during the time of the Spaniards. Look at below how beautiful the Bantay Bell Tower which I posted in Instagram. This tower is already a tourist spot in Vigan. This is located beside the Church of Saint Agustin. This was visited by many people as the church is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines built in the 18th century during the Spanish time. So, when you come to this place you can visit the Bantay Bell Tower and the Saint Agustin Church, one of the oldest churches in the Philippines.
Travelling to a place where you haven’t gone before could be perceived to be so far. We came from the southern portion of Philippines and we went to the northern part just to see the beautiful sceneries of the Philippines. We attended a conference in Manila and we decided to take a side trip to Ilocos provinces. We went up to the north and see the snaking bridge along the side of the beach and beside the mountainous area of the Municipality of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. I thought that the bridge is a typical bridge connecting two islands but such bridge is just constructed beside the mountain. Such is the reason it is also called a viaduct.
Patapat Bridge or Patapat Viaduct carries a two-lane traffic. One lane for each direction. It crosses the Pasaleng Bay in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. Its Official name is Patapat Viaduct but it is also popularly known as Patapat Bridge. It is being maintained by the Department of Public Works and Highways of the Philippines and designed as a concrete viaduct with 13oo-meter long and elevated with only 31 meters above the sea level.
See the picture below. I took this picture with my Samsung Galaxy S5 and posted it in my Instagram account. I also shoot the bridge with my Nikon D90, so, if you want to get a copy of the bridge with HD quality, please email me. I hope you will enjoy looking at the picture of the Patapat Bridge.