When visiting Cebu via plane, the first attraction that will greet you perhaps is the Marcelo B. Fernan Bridge. Built in 1999, the Marcelo B. Fernan bridge connects two of the province’s most important hubs, Mactan Island and the island of Cebu. Mactan houses the different hotel-resorts, which attracts millions of tourists every year; the different export processing plants; and Cebu’s gateway to the world, the Mactan International Airport.
This 1.2 km cable stayed bridge was constructed to alleviate traffic on the old Mactan-Mandaue bridge. The entire bridge system, which was constructed by the Japanese, spans across the Mactan Channel. The bridge was named after one of Cebu’s political figures, the late Senator Marcelo Fernan.