MacArthur Bridge
MacArthur Bridge towards Santa Cruz, Manila
Coordinates14°35′41″N 120°58′53″E / 14.5947°N 120.9813°E / 14.5947; 120.9813
CarriesFour lanes of N150, pedestrians and vehicles
CrossesPasig River
LocaleManila, Philippines
Named forDouglas MacArthur
Maintained byDepartment of Public Works and Highways – North Manila District Engineering Office
Preceded byJones Bridge
Followed byQuezon Bridge
DesignBeam bridge
MaterialReinforced concrete
Total length116 m (381 ft)[1]
Width17.85 m (58.6 ft)[1]
No. of spans3
Piers in water2
Load limit20 t (20,000 kg)[2]
No. of lanes4 (2 per direction)
ReplacesSanta Cruz Bridge

The MacArthur Bridge is a road bridge crossing the Pasig River between Padre Burgos Avenue in Ermita and the intersection of Plaza Santa Cruz Road, Carriedo Street, Palanca Street, and Escolta Street in Santa Cruz. It replaced the Santa Cruz Bridge, which was destroyed during World War II. The bridge is named after General Douglas MacArthur, whose military operations led to the liberation of the Philippines during World War II.[3]


The MacArthur Bridge replaced the older Santa Cruz Bridge, which was bombed when the Japanese retreated on the Battle of Manila.[4][5] The bridge was constructed after the war and opened in 1952.

Use on the procession of the Black Nazarene

The bridge is originally used as part of the route of the procession during the Feast of the Black Nazarene every January 9 from 2007 to 2013. After the Department of Public Works and Highways called the bridge unstable to carry millions of devotees, processions are rerouted to the adjacent Jones Bridge.[6][7][8]

Douglas MacArthur monument

A monument for Douglas MacArthur stood on the foot of the south end of the bridge. The monument first stood in the facade of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, before it was moved into its present location after 1997.[9]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Detailed Bridge Inventory". Department of Public Works and Highways. Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  2. ^ "Nazarene procession to skip MacArthur Bridge". ABS-CBN News. January 6, 2014. Retrieved June 11, 2020.
  3. ^ "Joint Resolution No. 3". Official Gazette. July 4, 1945. Retrieved November 2, 2022.
  4. ^ Zurbano, Joel E. (January 9, 2013). "Public warned over 2 bridges". Manila Standard Today. Archived from the original on January 10, 2013. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  5. ^ Gopal, Lou (August 8, 2012). "Santa Cruz". Manila Nostalgia. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  6. ^ Sebastián, Raymond A. (January 7, 2014). "Jones bridge to receive Quiapo devotees anew". CBCP News. Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines. Archived from the original on January 14, 2015. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  7. ^ "NAZARENE WATCH | Bridge in procession route won't be able to carry devotees' weight, DPWH warns". Interaksyon. News5. January 6, 2014. Archived from the original on January 22, 2014. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  8. ^ "DPWH cautions use of MacArthur and Quezon bridges in Manila for Black Nazarene translacion activities" (Press release). Department of Public Works and Highways. January 7, 2013. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  9. ^ Betia, James (August 26, 2011). "6 Misplaced Landmarks in Manila". Journeying James. Archived from the original on September 25, 2011. Retrieved January 17, 2016.