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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.


Portion of a map of Manila and Suburbs from 1898 - Courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin (http://www.lib.utexas.edu/)

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.


Santa Cruz Bridge in 1900 - Photo courtesy of the University of Michigan Library (http://www.lib.umich.edu/)

Present-day Santa Cruz Bridge, or MacArthur Bridge as it is known today (Photo taken on October 4, 2008)

Present-day Santa Cruz Bridge, or MacArthur Bridge as it is known today (Photo taken on October 4, 2008)

Note on the use of the old photograph:

From the University of Texas Libraries website (source of map):

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2 Responses to “Then and Now – Santa Cruz Bridge”

  1. So this was how the original bridge looked like before it was destroyed during the war.

    I didn’t know there was another bridge that led directly into the middle of Echague Street from the other side of the Pasig River.

  2. BCS said

    Hi Señor Enrique, by the looks of the map, the layout of Quiapo seems to have been modified quite drastically over the years. But I think the site of the bridge leading to Calle Echague (Puente Colgante, the subject of my post after this) may very well be the same site where Quezon bridge is standing today, except that Quezon bridge’s northern end (leading to Quiapo) is now curved and is directed towards Quezon Boulevard (which, judging from the map, was formerly known as Calle Santa Rosa). 🙂

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