A Trip to Pagsanjan Falls (1920)

American Government in the Philippines focused on infrastructure, improving and constructing roadways, railways and seaports. With this came the introduction of more cars, modern buses and trains. Curiosity in exploring the islands wealth of natural beauty grew. The historic town of Pagsanjan and its nearby wild river and falls became a popular weekend destination. A 1920 yearbook article gives an enticing, descriptive account of what visitors could expect at “one of the prettiest and wildest spots in the Philippines”. To this day a banca boat adventure to the main waterfall and return, continues to attract. But nearby urban development has made Pagsanjan considerably less exotic. BB

(Source: American Historical Collection (AHC) at Ateneo University)


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