Palico River Bridge on Batangas-Nasugbu Road c. 1919 - Batangas History, Culture and Folklore

Palico River Bridge on Batangas-Nasugbu Road c. 1919

Below is a picture of the Palico River Bridge along the Batangas-Nasugbu Road. The picture was taken during the American colonial era, likely during the visit of Clyde Howard Tavenner, from whose scrapbook1 the picture was extracted. Tavenner was an elected member of the United States House of Representatives2. He was a known advocate of Philippine Independence and was invited to the country in 1919.

In Tavenner’s scrapbook, the picture above was given this caption:
Image extracted from the scrapbook of Clyde H. Tavenner.
Image extracted from the scrapbook of Clyde H. Tavenner.
“Palico River Bridge on the Batangas-Nasugbu Road. This is one of the types of bridges in use in the Philippines. There are many bridges far more beautiful than this one, however. Note the road in this picture. The islands have 7,000 miles of the best macadamized roads in the world, and more were in the course of construction during our visit there in 1919.”
The picture has been treated with graphics editing software to improve quality. Below is a colorized version of the same picture courtesy of Algorithmia.
Palico Bridge colorized
Image colorized courtesy of Algorithmia.


Notes and references:
1Scrapbook of Clyde H. Tavenner,” online at the Internet Archive.
2Clyde Howard Tavenner,” Wikipedia.

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