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Everything about Marcelo Fernan Bridge

Marcelo Fernan Bridge is one of the longest-operating bridges in Cebu. It was first constructed in 1996 and opened in August 1999 with the help of the Japanese government. The bridge was first named Consolacion Bridge after the Municipality of Consolacion. It was later renamed Marcelo Fernan in honor of the late Senator Marcelo Fernan in 1999. The senator is one of the only Cebuano to hold a Senate President position in the Philippine Government.

The Queen City of Cebu has been mirroring the growth of the capital and is growing exponentially. The Marcelo Fernan Bridge was constructed to address the rising demand for vehicular traffic. The bridge consists of two lanes on each side and features a pedestrian walkway on both sides of the bridge.

The bridge is also known as the “New Bridge” to the locals or the Second Cebu-Mactan Bridge. It is currently the longest operating cable-stayed bridge in the Philippines, at 1,237 meters long. The bridge crosses the Mactan Channel parallel with Osmeña Bridge to the west. Marcelo Fernan Bridge will soon lose the “new bridge” name and the longest bridge in Cebu to CCLEX. It is the third and soon to be the longest connecting the islands of Cebu and Lapu-Lapu.

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Marcelo Fernan Bridge. The gateway to Lapu-Lapu City.
Marcelo Fernan Bridge. The gateway to Lapu-Lapu City.
Marcelo Fernan Bridge at night.
Marcelo Fernan Bridge at night.
A busy night at Marcelo Fernan Bridge.
A busy night at Marcelo Fernan Bridge.
A drone shot of Marcelo Fernan Bridge.
A drone shot of Marcelo Fernan Bridge.

Tourists are always in awe of the photogenic long cables, an architectural feat. The bridge greets them as they go to Cebu City from the airport. The traffic may be awfully busy, but it is home to Cebuanos and tourists as one of Cebu’s symbolic icons.

Osmeña Bridge. Also known as the old bridge.
Osmeña Bridge. Cebu’s old bridge has only two lanes.

Other Information

The Filipino Seafarers Memorial Park is located at the foot of the bridge. The park was later renamed Millennium Park as a way to celebrate the bridge’s opening at the start of the new millennium. Entrance to the park is free of charge. Karaoke, snack bars, and cottages are available at the park.

Location Information

You can access Marcelo Fernan Bridge via United Nations Ave. in Mandaue City. It is the fastest route going to Mactan International Airport.

Conclusion

The Marcelo Fernan Bridge is not just an infrastructure project but a symbol of progress, connectivity, and cultural integration. Its impressive design and strategic significance make it an essential landmark in Cebu. Whether you are a local resident or a visitor, crossing the Marcelo Fernan Bridge offers a glimpse into Cebu and Mactan’s dynamic and vibrant life. Plan your visit and experience the marvel of this iconic bridge that stands as a gateway to the heart of the Visayas.

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