May 16. Colonial Bridges Built During the Spanish Regime.
Amstar Company, Inc. Perf. 14
Se-tenant Blocks of 4, Miniature Sheets of
(4 x 4);
Souvenir Sheets of 4
Se-tenant Blocks of Four (35,000)
Puente de Isabel II (Cavite)
Puente Dampol (Nueva Vizcaya)
Puente de Barit (Ilocos Norte)
Puente de Blanco (Binondo)
Miniature Sheets of 16 (8,750)
Souvenir Sheets of
Puente de Malagonlong (Quezon)
Puente del Fuerza Santiago (Intramuros)
Puente de Mabacao (Maragondon)
Puente de Busay (Albay)
Designer: Toti Cerda
(Courtesy of Filipino Heritage Festival, Inc.)
Graphic Designer: Richard Allen
Design Coordinator: Corazon T.
First Day Covers: Manila
COLONIAL BRIDGES BUILT DURING THE SPANISH REGIME
The early history of bridge building in
the country is attributed to both the Spanish missionaries and
conquistadors, who along with their task of converting, pacifying
and subjugating souls were also responsible for building
Puente de Isabel II (Province of Cavite). The bridge was
built by Brother Matias Carbonell OSRA in 1857 and situated along
Calle Liko and spans the Rio de Imus linking the town of Imus to
Puente Dampol (Province of Nueva Vizcaya). The bridge was
built by the Spanish conquistadors in 1739 and situated in the
southernmost portion of the Cagayan Valley.
Puente de Barit (Province of (locos Norte). The bridge is
situated along the Laoag-Bacarra Nacional Road. Nothing much is
known about its heritage, but it is a beautiful piece of civic
infrastructure that serves as a very important link to towns of
north of Laoag.
Puente de Blanco (Binondo). The bridge is also known as
Puente de Binondo, built in 1796. The bridges traverses Calle San
Fernando linking Plaza Calderon de la Barca now known as Plaza San
Lorenzo Ruiz to San Nicholas district. The Maestro de obras was
Policarpio Faxardo with Phelipe de Mesa as sobrestante or foreman.
Puente de Malagonlong (Province of Quezon). It is the most
spectacular bridge from the Spanish Colonial era. The construction
was started in 1841 and finished in 1850. It links Tayabas with the
coastal town of Pagbilao, then an important link to the coast.
Puente del Fuerza Santiago (Intramuros). The construction of
the bridge started in 1591 and was completed in 1634 under the
direction of Leonardo Iturrino. The bridge was built west of the
gate leading to Fuerza Santiago. Today both the moat and the bridge
have been fully restored to give visitors a partial glimpse of the
history of Fuerza Santiago.
Puente de Mabacao (Maragondon). The date of construction and
the name of the builders remains unknown. It spans a rather wide
gorge and is supported by three masonry piers resting on solid
Puente de Busay (Province of Albay). The bridge is located
along the Guinobatan-Camalig national road which straddles the
border of the two towns overlooking either the majestic Mount Mayon
on its eastern side or the spectaculars Busay Waterfalls.