The Malagonlong Bridge is located in Tayabas in Quezon Province. Sometimes misspelled as Malagunlong, the bridge was constructed during the Spanish colonial period using Spanish and indigenous engineering skills and materials. The Malagonlong Bridge is considered the oldest one in Tayabas. It was constructed around 1585, when the parish church was being built. Continue reading
The Roxas City Bridge is located in Capiz Province and connects the two islands that comprise Roxas City. This bridge, formerly known as the Capiz Bridge, overlooks the Panay River. The construction took place during terms of two governors, Antonio Habana and Jose Cortez Altavas, and during the administration of Capiz Town’s president, Pastor Alcazar (1908-1912). The country’s resident commissioner to the US House of Representatives that time was Manuel Luis M. Quezon, with the American-run Bureau of Public Works (the precursor of today’s DPWH) taking care of the construction of bridges and other public infrastructures across the country. The bridge is a silent witness of various changes that ushered in progress and development in the City. Like the old bridge, equally alluring is the huge stretch of Panay Continue reading
Malogonlong Bridge is said to be one of the oldest and longest stone arched bridges found in the town of Tayabas, province of Quezon. The bridge is reported to have been built between the years 1840 and 1850 under the direction of the “Ministro del Pueblo,” Fray Antonio Mattheos, a Franciscan priest. Even after over 150 years after its construction, the bridge remains a testimony to the excellent stone arch bridge craftsmanship that was its foundation. It joins other such bridges in the world that are worthy of preservation as it provides us a window to the past when natural materials such as stone, molasses, eggs and blood resulted in a structure that lasted through the ages. Continue reading
The Cantiasay-San Pedro bridge in Surigao is the Philippine’s longest wooden foot bridge. This bridge connects Hanigad Island to Nonoc Island. Surigao’s version of the famous San Juanico Bridge, this wooden footbridge is one of country’s longest at 391 meters. Originally conceived to ease movement and communication between two towns, the bridge through time has transformed itself into a resting and promenade area, giving one the exhilarating experience and thrill of crossing two islands on foot.
One of the popular bridges nationwide known as “San Juanico Bridge” has the distinction of being not only the longest bridge in the Philippines but also the longest in Southeast Asia. It has a total length of 2.162 kilometers or 2,162 linear meters, the equivalent of 7,092 feet and having a breadth of 10.62 meters. The highest point at the main span is 41 meters above the water level. It has 43 spans and 42 piers. The S-shaped structure on the Samar side had to be adopted to make use of the importance of the existing islet, the Cabalauan islet that lies in the middle of the San Juanico Strait between the two island provinces of Samar and Leyte. This islet serves as resting point and provides added support to the massive structure soaring over the swift currents of the strait.
The highest bridge in the Philippines, the new Agas-Agas bridge, crosses a deep ravine in the Eastern Visayas region of the country. Funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency as part of the Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway Rehabilitation Project, the huge prestressed concrete beam bridge has 246 foot (75 mtr) and 241 foot (73.5 mtr) high piers. The scenic location inspired the highway department to build a viewing deck on top of one of the piers in the middle of the bridge as well as parking areas on both sides with comfort rooms to rest. Future plans include the possibility of a bungee jump operation from the span.