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The Quezon Bridge, formerly the Claveria Bridge, is a suspension bridge that connects the Manila districts of Quiapo and Ermita across the Pasig River.

Known as Puente Colgante in it’s early years, it was the first suspension bridge in Asia. The bridge measured 110 meters long and 7 meters wide, and had two lanes that allowed passage of horses and carabao-drawn carriages. It was also opened for pedestrians traveling on foot between Quiapo and Intramuros and nearby areas.

Started in 1849 and completed in 1852, it was built and owned by Ynchausti y Compañia, the business headed by Jose Joaquin de Ynchausti and the largest company in the Philippines in the late 80s. Ynchausti commissioned the design of the bridge to Matias Mechacatorre, a Basque engineer. Historians dispute local traditions that say the bridge was designed by Gustave Eiffel, who designed the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

The 20th-century writer Nick Joaquin described the bridge as it was in the 1870s: “Across the city’s river now arched … the amazing Puente Colgante, suspended in the air, like a salute to the age of science and engineering. The Industrial Age found its expression in the Philippines in the form of a bridge unparalleled throughout Asia.”

During the 1930s, the suspension bridge was reconstructed and converted into a modern steel bridge. It was renamed Quezon Bridge, after Manuel L. Quezon, President of the Philippines at that time.

Reference: Wikipedia, http://laonlaan.blogspot.com/

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