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The bridge was built between the years 1840 and 1850 under the direction of the Fray Antonio Mateos, a Franciscan priest who served as the Ministro del Pueblo of Tayabas. In an account of a Spanish traveler Juan Alvarez Guerra, the bridge was built in 1841 under Gobernadorcillo Don Joaquin Ortega's term. The bridge was made by the people of Tayabas through forced labor. It is estimated that 100, 000 adobe blocks was used to build the bridge. An inscription on the bridge indicates that it was inaugurated in 1850 under the term of Gobernadorcillo Don Julian S. Francisco.
The bridge was declared by the National Historical Institute (now National Historical Commission of the Philippines) as a marked historical structure by placing a historical marker. In 2010, the local government of the municipality of Tayabas declared the eleven historical bridges of Tayabas, including Malagonlong Bridge, a historical bridge for protection purposes.
The eleven bridges of Tayabas are:
Bridge LocationYear Finished
Puente de AlitaoAlitao River, Poblacion1793Puente de Isabel IIIyam River, Brgy. Baguio1853Puente de UrbiztondoMalao-a River, Barangay Malao-a1854Puente de Don Francisco de AsisDomoit River, Brgy. Domoit1854Puente de BaiBai Creek, Brgy. Dapdapn.dPuente de las DespedidasMalaking Ibiya, Brgy. Lalon.dPuente de la EseIbiyang Munti, Brgy. Camaysaon.dPuente de la PrincesaIlayang Dumacaa (Upper Dumacaa), Brgy. Matuenan.dPuente del MalogonlongDumacaa River, Brgy Matuena1850Puente del LakawanLakawan River, Brgy. Lakawann.dPuente del MateMate River, Brgy. Maten.dLegend: n.d means No date
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