Se-tenant Blocks of Four (35,000)
7p Pan-ay Bridge
Miniature Sheets of 16 (8.750)
Souvenir Sheets of
7p Quezon Bridge
7p Gov. Reynolds Bridge
Designer: Vic Serevo
Graphic Artist: Angelo Bunyi
Design Coordinators: Dr. Ngo Tiong
Tak, Corazon T. Loza
First Day Covers: Manila
COLONIAL BRIDGES BUILT DURING THE
Bridge building in the Philippines is
integral to the development of communities.
It helps in the opening up of
communities to various forms of land transport allowing thus the
development of trade and relations between once distant and detached
areas. The early history of bridge building was attributed to both
the Spanish missionaries and conquistadors. During the early period
of American rule, the Bureau of Public Works was created to initiate
further the task of linking the Philippines together with spans that
for some still serve the commuting public. The bridges highlight an
architectural and engineering form that has served nobly the
interest of the country.
Gasan Bridge, Gasan, Marinduque.
Though no date was gathered pertaining
to the building of the Gasan Bridge, it is known to be from the
mid-to-late American period. Built of concrete, the bridge spans the
Matandang Gasan River. The bridge stands on plain concrete piers and
is decked by concrete lattice work parapet walls. Recently, the
bridge has been converted into a promenade with decorative lampposts
installed and recent repainting.
Hinigaran Bridge, Hinigaran, Negros Occidental.
Situated along kilometer 53 south of
Bacolod in the town of Hinigaran is a 100.00 meters long Hinigaran
Bridge. Spanning the river with the same name, Hinigaran Bridge was
built in 1935 following a standard bridge design popularized during
the time. Composed of 14 graceful piers supporting beams, the
bridge, which is 6.00 meters wide, is designed with a protective
parapet wall with balusters lining its side. This design which
became standard for most bridges in the country still abounds
throughout the archipelago. Like most American period bridges whose
roadway is deemed narrow today, Hinigaran Bridge was decommissioned
when the new alternative concrete bridge was constructed alongside
it. Today, Hinigaran Bridge serves as a convenient platform and
recreational space for "Talaba" breeders and local promenaders.
Wahig Bridge, Dagohoy, Bohol.
Built in 1929, the Wahig Bridge in Dagohoy, Bohol links the inner
towns of Dagohoy with Carmen, Bilar and Loboc to the south. Crossing
the Wahig River, the bridge is of a single trussed span with a
concrete abutment on both sides of the bridge's approach. Unlike
other American era bridges which have been replaced in the past due
to increasing traffic load, the Wahig bridge, being located in the
interior road bisecting the island province experiences relatively
light to moderate traffic load resulting in its still constant use
and eventual survival.
Pan-ay Bridge, Pan-ay, Capiz.
Spanning the Pan-ay River, Pan-ay Bridge is a single spanned
segmented arched concrete bridge. Like most bridges built sometime
in the 1930's, the Bureau of Public Works followed standard designs
for most spans built around the country. Characteristic about these
bridges is the use of closely spaced balusters to adorn and protect
the edges of the bridge. Segmented arches were also popular in the
design of the Bureau for it allowed a wider gap to be spanned
compared to the rounded arch popularized by the Spanish builders
which would require the building of added support piers. The Pan-ay
Bridge is still much in use and connects the town proper of Pan-ay
with Western towns of Capiz and Iloilo.
Quezon Bridge, Quiapo, Manila.
in 1938, the Quezon Bridge, also referred to as the Quiapo Bridge,
replaced a much earlier narrow suspension bridge, the Puente
Colgante built in 1852. The bridge designed to mimic the famous
Sydney Harbor Bridge is in the Art Deco style with elegant approach
towers supporting the single metal trussed arched span. Unlike other
bridges that span the Pasig River, Quezon Bridge has a relatively
high clearance and a long northern approach which allows below its
numerous supporting arches shops and stalls to be located. This has
become famous for the cacophony of locally made products and
handicrafts sold underneath the bridge as well as a convenient
turn-around for vehicles plying the bridges access road, Quezon
Boulevard. Quezon Bridge was damaged during the Second World War,
and unlike other bridges that spanned the Pasig was reconstructed in
1946 following its original design.
Gov. Reynolds Bridge, Guinobatan, Albay.
Governor Reynold's Bridge was inaugurated in 1911 and is composed
of two reinforced arched spans. Traversing the Banao River, it links
the town of Guinobatan with that of Lig-ao and Camarines Sur further
north. When built it cost the American colonial government P40,000
pesos. Governor Reynold's Bridge replaced an earlier span built
during the Spanish colonial period in 1860 which itself was
subsequently destroyed by a powerful earthquake in 1864. The bridge
was designed with two reinforced concrete arch spans supporting
concrete piers holding the road deck. This design was utilized by
the American engineers for many similar spans found throughout the
country. Governor Reynold's Bridge, which amongst the locals is more
familiar as the Banao Bridge still facilitates all forms of road
traffic almost a hundred years since it was inaugurated.
Mauca Railway Bridge, Ragay, Camarines Sur.
Built in 1937 in time for the inauguration of the South line to
Bicol in 1938, the Mauca Railway Bridge is unique not for its length
but more for its uniqueness due to its construction, with box
girders along its approaches and an inverted truss designed like an
arch situated in the bottom of the deck crossing the river. The
bridge which spans the Mauca River still carries rolling stock, from
trains to the more frequent makeshift trolleys that serve most of
the railway communities along the track.
Balucuan Bridge, Dao, Capiz.
In the town of Dao spanning the
Balucuan River in the Province of Capiz stands a single spanned
bridge known as Balucuan Bridge. Though no year was gathered as to
its building, its design and construction is inimical to other
American period concrete arched spans such as the Governor Reynold's
Bridge in Albay. The bridge is composed of only one concrete arch
span that supports above its arch with small arches holding the road
deck. The deck itself is only 4.40 meters wide while the bridge is
roughly 20.00 meters long. Today built almost beside it, a new wider
span carries the growing traffic along the main national road that
links Capiz with Iloilo, Balucuan Bridge today has been sidelined
and has become for the town of Dao a sort of linear garden and
greeting station for those entering town.