Especially in the early years of the American colonial period, the Bureau of Public works was kept busy building infrastructures which by and large the previous colonial power – i.e. Spain – failed to give much attention to. These included roads, markets, administrative and school buildings, hospitals and even public markets, to name a few.
Below, a photograph of a busy market scene in the then-town of Lipa, circa 1913. To the left of the picture, only partially visible, were “tiendas” (presumably more market stalls) that were still under construction.
Below, meanwhile, is a photograph of the newly-completed “standard design” market in the Municipality of Balayan taken around the same time.
Notes and references:
Both the images above are from the October 1913 edition of the Bureau of Public Works Quarterly Bulletin.