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Manila's Jones Bridge: Bridging the past and present

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 26 2019 12:35 AM | Updated as of Nov 26 2019 12:36 AM

As part of beautification and heritage preservation efforts, the city government of Manila has rehabilitated the historic Jones Bridge in Binondo.

The project, which cost some P20 million, restored the bridge to its near-original design.

Once called the Queen of Bridges, the structure was originally commissioned by the city government in 1919 and was rebuilt once after falling victim to bombing during World War II.

Here are some photos of the rehabilitated bridge.

Jones Bridge was originally commissioned by the Manila city government in 1919 making this its centennial year. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Paris-inspired ornate lampposts line the bridge. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

The La Madre Filipina sculpture has been returned to its original location in Jones Bridge, after being previously relocated in Rizal Park. The La Madre Filipina originally consisted of four unique statues representing different aspects of the Philippine motherland and were placed at the four ends of the pre-war bridge designed by Juan Arellano. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Brightly lit trees and colorful plants spelling out Jones Bridge welcome commuters. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A woman takes photos of the bridge as the sun sets. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A woman stands by the lamp posts as the sun sets. Around 80 lamp posts line the bridge and provide light for commuters. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

The restoration, aside from preserving the cultural heritage of Manila, also aims to bring in more tourists to the city. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

The lower part of the bridge was painted gold to add to the effect of the lights. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A man shares an image of the bridge on his smartphone. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Aside from the lamp posts, solar road studs have been added to make the bridge safer for motorists. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

The lamp posts feature ornate designs. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A woman has her photo taken by the bridge. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News