Taytay Boni, Miagao
Taytay Boni, is a stone bridge built in 1854. Taytay Boni lies just off the Miagao – Guimbal road on the junction to Bgy.Guibongan. It took its name from the Illongo word, Taytay, meaning bridge and Boni taken from the name of its Spanish construction foreman Bonifacio Neular.
Taytay Boni was built using large yellow coral stone slabs called tablea , which came from the mountains of Igbaras. They were transported the 6 km there using filipino forced labour on bamboo sleds pulled by carabao. The blocks were held together using lime.
It is a small narrow bridge and originally only meant to be used by horse drawn carriages. The bridge was still passable before and after the Second World War and was partly damaged during an earthquake in 1948. The creek it crossed has disappeared since then.
The route of the old Spanish road can be seen disappearing into distance at the end of the bridge, across fields of green.
Although in a state of disrepair it is still worth stopping and taking a look at some Spanish era history. If you visit on a rainy day like i did, then there is a shelter on the junction near the main road where you can sort of keep dry.
Once you finish looking at the bridge you can make a side trip and continue down the road to Guibongan and visit the Budbud – traditional Miag-ao Salt farms that are found on the beach there. If you are walking it is an easy 15 minute stroll.
Getting to Taytay Boni
From Miagao – Take any tricycle beside the Cultural Hall. Ask the driver to take you to Taytay Boni or junction to Brgy.Guibongan which is really the same thing.
You could also take a jeepney or bus going to Iloilo and ask to be dropped off at Taytay Boni or junction to Brgy.Guibongan