After exploring the town of Tayabas and the historical places in it, Pabz Reina and I took a tricycle to take us to the town’s famous bridge. I first read about the bridge about four years ago in front of the newspaper my grandfather was reading and from then on I never forgot about it. The bridge was not far from the town proper and we reached it about 5 to 10 minutes. It was still preserved being a new highway and bridge were built parallel to it. The tricycle stopped and we went down and look around. Here is the short history about it.
“The bridge was built between the years 1840 and 1850 under the direction of the Fray Antonio Mateos, a Franciscan priest who served as the Ministro del Pueblo of Tayabas. In an account of a Spanish traveler Juan Alvarez Guerra, the bridge was built in 1841 under Gobernadorcillo Don Joaquin Ortega’s term. The bridge was made by the people of Tayabas through forced labor. It is estimated that 100, 000 adobe blocks were used to build the bridge. An inscription on the bridge indicates that it was inaugurated in 1850 under the term of Gobernadorcillo Don Julian S. Francisco.”
We didn’t went close to it because we still have some places to go to but as I mentioned, it was in a newspaper because it was famous. Several local movies were filmed with this bridge as their background such as Eddie Romero’s “Ganito kami Noon, paano na Kayo Ngayon?” We looked down and it was high as Dumaca River passed underneath it. For the exact measurements here some valuable information.
“The stone arch bridge has a total length of 445 ft (136 m). The first arch has both height and width of 36 ft (11 m); the second arch also has a height and width of 33 ft (10 m); the fourth arch has a width of 30 ft (9.1 m) and the fifth arch has a width of 18 ft (5.5 m). The bridge has a carriageway of about 6 m (20 ft) and six small balconies where pedestrians can stop by.
The bridge was declared by the National Historical Institute (now National Historical Commission of the Philippines) as a marked historical structure by placing a historical marker. In 2010, the local government of the municipality of Tayabas declared the eleven historical bridges of Tayabas, including Malagonlong Bridge, a historical bridge for protection purposes. The eleven bridges of Tayabas are.”
After that short photo shoot, the tricycle driver took us back to the town proper were we will be heading to our next town. The town of supposedly one of my ancestors homeland; The town of Lucban, in the same province of Quezon.
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