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    Ilocos Sur: Santa Watchtower, Quirino (Banaoang) Bridge over Abra River

    On the way to Vigan where Tutubi wasn't able to find the missing watchtower in the town of Santa, a red brick structure caught his attention that made him stop to look around. What greeted him was a magnificent viewdeck with sweeping vista of the wide Abra River, the twin bridges of Banaoang Bridge (also called Quirino Bridge) and the newer bridge just beside it.

    The Banaoang Viewdeck in Santa, Ilocos Sur:

    the red brick "watchtower" with vandalisms visible on the national highway beside a high voltage power transmission tower

    abra rivergreat view of Abra River. imagine sunrises and sunsets here

    banaoang bridge santa ilocos sur bantay Banaoang Bridge with the mountain part of Ilocos Range

    quirino bridge santa ilocos sur bantaythe old and new bridge, side by side over Abra River

    Quirino Bridge, also called Banaoang Bridge as it's located in Barangay Banaoang, Santa, Ilocos Sur, is no longer used and replaced with a newer bridge. It connects the towns of Santa and Bantay and approximately fifteen minutes away from the heritage city of Vigan.


    GPS Coordinates of Banaoang Watchtower in Santa, Ilocos Sur
    N17 33 24.8 E120 27 43.1

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    posted by GingGoy @ 8:37 PM,


    At Feb 25, 2011, 8:04:00 AM, Anonymous Nonoy said...

    Interesting structure. I wonder where was the missing watchtower you had been looking for.

    Anyway, I'm just curious if your blog accepts guest writers or contributors. Because if you do, I would really love to guest post here about tourism in Cebu and Davao. Thanks and Kudos to your blog!

    At Feb 25, 2011, 9:47:00 PM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    nonoy, the santa watchtower should be near the santa poblacion but it's now in ruins and sorry state locals even are unaware of it. i should've visited santa catholic church and the beach there.

    on the guest post, you're not the first one to approach me on this, know fully well that i don't like sponsored posts. i'm striving for independence and unbiased, if you can be like that, i may consider

    At Feb 25, 2011, 11:15:00 PM, Anonymous Nonoy said...

    I'm also not into sponsored posts. I'm blogging based on my personal opinion. Ok well then perhaps in the future you will allow me to write. And by the time you approve my request I will have prepared a post about a certain place that I've visited..

    At Feb 26, 2011, 8:06:00 PM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    nonoy, well you can send me drafts if you want: tutubi AT backpackingphilippines DOT com as protocol, i'll mention it as a guest post with your name plus a link back to your own blog :P


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