Then and Now – Santa Cruz Bridge
Posted by BCS on October 16, 2008
Prior to the building of the Sta. Cruz Bridge (called the MacArthur Bridge today), one of the shortest ways to the district of Sta. Cruz when coming from the old Manila (Intramuros) would be to go over the Puente de España, pass through Calle de la Escolta, and over the small/short span of the then Puente Sta. Cruz (which, I believe, translates to “Sta. Cruz Bridge”… not to be confused by the bridge being discussed here). The other would be over the Puente Colgante and through Calle Echague.
The Sta. Cruz Bridge (the subject of this post, which connects the opposing banks of the Pasig River) was built in 1905. That bridge, however, was destroyed during World War II. It was rebuilt in 1950-1951 and was renamed the MacArthur Bridge, a name which it holds up to this day.
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