We sent out after lunch at the South Park Grill to explore Tubungan, Iloilo. We took the road in Guimbal with the prominent “Tubungan” sign. We travelled through beautiful countryside but our journey came to a screeching halt when we came to a large concrete bridge which had been swept away by Typhoon Frank. Doubtless this is the Camangahan Bridge which Philippine President Arroyo recently visited, pledging P60 million to rebuild the bridge. In this photo you can see a mother and daughter about to use the bamboo bridge (below) to cross from the Tubungan side to the Guimbal side of the river.
Residents were using a jury-rigged footbridge they had built to cross the river. According to press reports, 2,000 residents and 600 high school students use this bridge each day. Note that a light has been installed on the bridge. This is the typical rural Philippine outdoor light, a plastic bottle (bleach, vinegar etc.) with the bottom cut out and a compact fluorescent bulb inside – exactly what we have as a “security” light at our property in Tigbauan.
There are other routes to Tubungan and we’ll explore them in future trips.