History and Culture
LOOK: Have You Crossed Miagao's Old & Beautiful Bridges?
Belle Piccio | Nov 24, 2015
Bridges are built to connect 2 different destinations separated by a body of water and this is very apparent in Miagao, Iloilo. The first class municipality of Miagao is home to several tourist attractions and some of which are the old and historic bridges found in the area.
At present, Miagao Tourism is planning to create an ordinance to protect the historical bridges. These bridges do not only connect the municipality to the rest of the province; these bridges also share a piece of Iloilo's history.
Britanico bridge, which was built during the American-Spanish times, is located in Brgy. Bulho, Miagao, Iliolo. It is one of the few classic stone bridges left in Panay Island that is still intact. The bridge is said to be more than 300 years old since it was built-- older than the municipality. There’s a foot bridge which was constructed by the LGU of Miagao if you want to explore up-close what’s under the bridge.
A restaurant can be found a few feet away from the bridge. The property was bought by the owner in 1997 for the reason that he liked the sight of the bridge. The idea of having a restaurant nearby the area came in after.
Taytay Boni in Miagao is also one of the oldest bridges in the municipality. Located in Brgy. Guibongan, Miagao, Iloilo, the bridge was named after its foreman, Bonifacio Neular. Taytay is a Hiligaynon word for bridge.
Taytay Boni was built it in 1854 making it 161 years old this 2015. It was made with lime and coral stone slabs or tablea which were fitted one after another. After a strong earthquake in 1948 it went dry. The once used-to-be bridge is now a small park.
For the people of Miagao, Taytay Boni is the epitome of Spanish engineering executed by local craftsmanship. You’ll find the structure when you’re coming from Guimbal going to Miagao.
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How to Get There
From Manila, you can fly to Iloilo (estimated cost of Php3,000++, round trip, one hour).
The Iloilo Airport is 30 minutes (approximately 19 km) away from Iloilo City. From Iloilo City, you can take a “Miagao” or any southbound jeep from Mohon Terminal in Molo District or from the Iloilo Terminal Market.
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