Category: Heritage

  • Rich symbolism in Argao’s St. Michael the Archangel Church

    Rich symbolism in Argao’s St. Michael the Archangel Church

    Like other Augustinian structures built in the late 18th century in the Philippines, the San Miguel Arcangel or St. Michael the Archangel Church of Argao is an edifice of impressive dimensions. This structure set in stone is 72 meters long, 16 meters wide, and 10 meters high. It is adjacent to the Argao town plaza […]

  • Top Bohol destinations included in Travel Village day tour

    Top Bohol destinations included in Travel Village day tour

    It took longer to reach some of Bohol’s popular tourist spots and attractions because of the damage to some roads and bridges but they are open and welcoming visitors again. The drive to the famous Bohol destination named Chocolate Hills took two hours because of road diversions and the viewing deck built atop one of […]

  • Bohol attractions reopen after 7.2-magnitude quake

    Bohol attractions reopen after 7.2-magnitude quake

    There’s no better proof that quake-stricken Bohol is slowly getting back on its feet than moves showing it is back to welcoming tourists to its many attractions. Although the viewing deck on top of one of the Chocolate Hills was destroyed, a recently opened tourist site provides a vantage view of the famous Bohol landmark, […]

  • State of Cebu, Bohol churches after the earthquake

    State of Cebu, Bohol churches after the earthquake

    Checked out the newest earthquake update and saw a long list of Bohol churches, chapels, and convent that were destroyed or have sustained varying degrees of damage. I counted 22 churches, seven chapels, and a convent. I’m not sure, though, which of these structures are heritage ones. It has been reported often enough that the […]

  • Sinulog 2014 mobile web guide now available

    Sinulog 2014 mobile web guide now available

    It’s less than three months to the Sinulog 2014 celebration in Cebu and accommodations along and near the procession and parade routes are fast filling up. (Update: We now have an Android app version) Have you made your reservations? Some Cebu hotels and pension houses require two-night, three-night, or four-night stays during the Sinulog Festival […]

  • Cebu-wide digital tourism project launched in Argao

    Cebu-wide digital tourism project launched in Argao

    When someone mentions torta, I usually and immediately think of Argao because I associate this popular Cebu delicacy with the town. I’m sure a lot of Cebuanos do the same. Our frequent visits to Argao however have made me realize that its indigenous industries of torta and tableya, another specialty, are just one of the […]

  • Around Argao in a day

    Around Argao in a day

    Argao’s pueblo was patterned after Spain’s blueprint for its settlements in the colonies, which specified a church-rectory-municipal hall-plaza-complex and with the natives living nearby or “bajo el sonido de la campana (under the sound of the bell).”

  • Matilda L. Bradford Memorial Church on Juan Luna St. now Osmeña Boulevard

    Matilda L. Bradford Memorial Church on Juan Luna St. now Osmeña Boulevard

    This photo taken in the 1920s shows at left the Matilda L. Bradford Memorial Church on what was then known as Juan Luna St. The street was later renamed to Jones Avenue and finally to Osmeña Boulevard, its official name today. Cebuanos, however, continue calling the street “Jones.” Osmeña Boulevard is the main thoroughfare that […]

  • Calle del Norte America, now D. Jakosalem St.

    Calle del Norte America, now D. Jakosalem St.

    A traffic man directs the flow of vehicles inside a traffic box on Calle del Norte America in Cebu City. The street is now known as D. Jakosalem St. To the left of the photo is the old Cebu City Hall, which is now the Legislative Building. The photo was taken by Galileo Medalle and […]

  • Bathalad, InnoPub Media launch free Bisaya poetry e-book

    Bathalad, InnoPub Media launch free Bisaya poetry e-book

    Literary group Bathalad Inc. and journalism start-up InnoPub Media have released an e-book anthology of Cebuano poems for smartphones, tablets and e-readers.

  • Cebu Journalism and Journalists Gallery

    Cebu Journalism and Journalists Gallery

    The Cebu Journalism and Journalists (CJJ) Gallery officially opened on September 24, 2010 to showcase the vibrant journalism in Cebu. It is the first community media museum gallery in the country. On June 25, 2009, Cebu Citizens-Press Council (CCPC) executive director Pachico Seares had obtained approval for the project from the CCPC en banc, following […]

  • Battle of Mactan: history and myth

    Battle of Mactan: history and myth

    This spot is revered by Mactan Island residents more than any other place. A marker says it was on that site that a man who had sought dominion over the island in the name of the Spanish king had died in the hands of the brave warrior chieftain Lapu-Lapu 485 years ago. Lapu-Lapu’s deed is […]

  • Cebuano musical heritage comes alive at Halad Museum

    Cebuano musical heritage comes alive at Halad Museum

    (Information for this article was provided by Halad Museum curator Audrey Tomada) Halad means “tribute” or “offering” in Cebuano and the Halad Museum of Jose “Dodong” R. Gullas in downtown Cebu City serves to immortalize Cebu’s musical heritage. The museum displays memorabilia of Cebuanos who contributed to the formation of Cebu’s musical culture with their […]

  • Bigger, more colorful Gabii sa Kabilin this May 25

    Bigger, more colorful Gabii sa Kabilin this May 25

    One event that should not be missed in Cebu this May is the annual Gabii sa Kabilin, which is bigger this year since it will involve 21 heritage sites and include children’s activities as well as an exhibit of Cebuano delicacies. Dr. Jocelyn Gerra, executive director of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI)-Culture and Heritage, […]

  • Centuries-old churches in southern Cebu

    Centuries-old churches in southern Cebu

    Centuries-old churches of various architectural influences that were built during the Spanish occupation of Cebu can be found along the entire stretch of the mainland and even in satellite islands. A trip down Cebu’s southern part is a glimpse into the religious aspect of Spain’s influence on Cebuano heritage. Spanish period churches in souther towns […]

  • San Juan Bautista Parish Church, once Cebu’s most opulent church

    San Juan Bautista Parish Church, once Cebu’s most opulent church

    DIONISIO Alo stood seething with anger as authorities tore down the magnificent San Juan Bautista Parish Church in Parian in the late 1870s. “His heart bled with every stone that was removed and all he could do was bite his lips causing them to also bleed,” said Ang Sugbo sa Karaang Panahon: An Annotated Translation […]

  • Casa Gorordo, home of Cebu’s first Filipino bishop

    Casa Gorordo, home of Cebu’s first Filipino bishop

    An authentic Spanish mansion with period furniture, the Casa Gorordo along Lopez Jaena St. in Cebu City showcases a lifestyle from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century. The stone and tile structure, restored and maintained as a museum by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI), is one of few remaining houses called “balay nga tisa,” […]

  • Yap-Sandiego ancestral home: Soul of old Cebu

    Yap-Sandiego ancestral home: Soul of old Cebu

    The house exudes the essence of a bygone era, a time already lived and long forgotten. You can feel it in the creaking of the wooden stairs and floorboards that sigh the burden of the years. You can see it in the second floor banggera–an extended windowsill that continues to hold a clay jar for […]

  • Fort San Pedro through the years

    Fort San Pedro through the years

    Some 45 years after Chieftain Lapu-Lapu killed Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan on the shores of Mactan, a Spanish group led by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi came back to Cebu and set up the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines known as Villa San Miguel. The nucleus of this settlement is Fort San Pedro, which was […]