One Cebu bridge to name

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Monday, April 28, 2014


THE first bridge across Mactan Channel, spanning the cities of Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue and opened in 1972, wasn't officially named by any legislature, according to many people's knowledge, information and belief.

It was just known as Mandaue-Mactan Bridge or Mactan-Mandaue Bridge, depending upon who's being asked, a Mandauehanon or an Oponganon.

It's the second bridge that was formally named Marcelo B. Fernan Bridge by Congress soon after it opened in 1999, the same year the Cebuano Supreme Court chief justice and Senate president died.

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How to call the first bridge then? Cab drivers and commuters avoided confusion by calling it First Bridge, Old Bridge or even Bridge with No Name.

A Manila columnist Monday wrote about a dispute over the bill filed by the nine Cebu House members to name the first bridge Serging Osmeña Bridge.

But are there people raising hue and cry over the proposal? We in Cebu haven't heard the noise or seen the protest.

The first bridge doesn't have an official name and the word Mactan in its unofficial name is shared with Mandaue, a name that can mislead after the second bridge was built.

If opposers worry about Mactan's memory, it is already remembered and honored at the site of the Battle of Mactan and by the annual reenactment that commemorates the historic event.

If not Serging

Unidentified protesters reportedly don't want the bridge named after Serging Osmeña (whose wartime record as alleged seller of scrap metal to the Japanese was cited by the columnist). Well, name it after someone else then, maybe Lapu-Lapu but not Mactan.

(paseares@gmail.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 29, 2014.

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