Bridges of Miag-ao

britanico bridgeThere are many rivers that begin from the mountains of Miag-ao and empty its contents into Panay Gulf and the Sulu Sea. During the 19th century, a number of stone bridges were built by the Spanish government to connect the roads that connect the towns to Iloilo City. Over the last 200 years, typhoons, floods, earthquake and lack of maintenance had collapsed many of these classic stone bridges. Most of these stone bridges had been demolished or partially strengthened by modern construction designs and materials. Only two bridges remain: Tay-tay Boni in Barangay Guibongan and Britanico Brdige in Barangay Bulho. To learn more about our bridges (puentes in Spanish), please read here.

bridge in baririOutside the town center of Miag-ao are the hanging bridges of Miag-ao. These are built with a wide variety of materials, ranging from cement and metal wires/cable. Some are all bamboo construction. Some are artistic in design, while others are functional. The most interesting are found that connect travelers to the pottery village of Cagbang and the ‘pink’ bridge of Bariri. These bridges are the main artery that connect our farming communities to the main roads that take their produce to the markets. Without these hanging bridges, the villages become isolated during the rainy season. Here below are some examples of these wonderful bridges. More to follow as we gather more images as we go through the 119 villages of Miag-ao.


Tay-tay Boni (Puente de Boni)

Britanico Bridge (Puente de Britanico)

The Hanging Bridges of Miag-ao

Barangay Cagbang

Barangay Bariri

Barangay Naclub and beyond (Brgy. Igdalaquit, Cabangcalan and Tigbagacay)

Barangay Igbugo/ Igsoligue

Barangay Dalije

Photos from collections of Norman Posecion and Jonathan R. Matias)