First of all, if you want to visit the Jones Bridge Manila, please watch my vlog for the directions on how to get there, here: https://youtu.be/5hxeIjJbUs4
The Jones Bridge Manila is located in Chinatown.
I was born and raised in Manila. I had a chance to explore the new Jones Bridge all over again with my “tourist” friends from Alabang.
The rehabilitation of the Jones Bridge was initiated by Manila Mayor Isko Moreno. The new lamps looked great and have a rustic feel to it. Four months in as mayor, he was able to restore its beauty in that little amount of time.
My friends from the south were so amazed by how the Jones Bridge looks like right now. I was also impressed that on a holiday, November 2, the people of Manila were still hard at work as the renovation was still on-going. Mad props to everyone who’s working for the beautification of the Jones Bridge Manila!
I gotta hand it to Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, he has only been in the office for 4 months and he has been doing great things already.
Let’s talk a little bit of history about the Jones Bridge. The construction of the bridge was initiated by then-US Legislator William Atkinson Jones. It was intended to replace the old bridge: Puente de Espana. The said bridge used to connect Nueva St. to Sta. Cruz side of Manila. In the 1600s, there’s another grand bridge called Puente Grande, which was the first bridge to connect Intramuros and Binondo.
As most of you may know, Intramuros was a walled city and was the seat of the Spanish government. On the other hand, Binondo was the Central Business District. Binondo was the place for Chinese settlers; it was set up so that to bar them from Intramuros. At that time, Chinoys weren’t allowed to live in Intramuros.
You can learn more about its history on my YouTube channel! Watch it here: https://youtu.be/lxgZg-frLEc
I truly enjoyed our little trip to the new Jones Bridge. I highly recommend you check it out. As always, let me know what you think!