Sunrise Walk-for-a-Cause at San Juanico Bridge
Break of dawn on top of the San Juanico Bridge.
Just another daybreak at the famous bridge? Well, not quite it.
Witnessing daybreak from atop the San Juanico Bridge is really something else. The panoramic view the vantage point provides as the initial ray of sunlight breaks through the mountains on the horizon gives a broader sense of scale to one’s earthly existence.
Sunrise of November 29, 2009 atop the San Juanico Bridge. All is quiet and peaceful in the world.
This gets shattered suddenly by the screaming sirens of mobile police escorts. It was signaling the start of the walkathon.
For it was also the 6th Annual San Juanico Bridge Walk, dubbed as “Sumpay Sangkay 2009” – a walkathon across the 2.16-kilometer graceful bridge from the Samar side to Leyte side.
Some 300 participants, mostly students from UP in the Visayas Tacloban College, Eastern Visayas State University and the Leyte Normal University crossed the bridge as the gentle sunlight lent a golden tinge around the tranquil and picturesque scene.
Spearheaded by the Runggiyan Social Development Foundation and the UP Runggiyan, the annual walk-for-a-cause was held in commemoration of the international 18-day Campaign Against Violence Against Women.
Its sponsors included various government agencies such as the DPWH Regional Office 8, the Provincial Government of Leyte, the City Government of Tacloban and the Regional Inter-Agency Committee Against Trafficking of Persons of Region 8 (RIACAT 8). Other government agencies which participated in the walk were the Commission on Human Rights, DSWD and the Department of Health.
A prayer was said in memory of the women victims of the recent Maguindanao massacre. Doves bearing the walkers’ inspirational messages of peace and justice for women victims of violence were released to freedom.
I had had my chance at capturing the swift sunrise and the changing of the light. Also snapped a few of the walk-for-a-cause.
I then felt the urge for a hearty breakfast.
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