Rizal Memorial Library and Museum

BUILT FROM CONTRIBUTIONS. During the war in the 1940s, the Rizal Memorial Library was used as Japanese headquarters while the books and all were dumped in a nook at the Capitol building. (Photo used with permission by the Cebuano Studies Center of the University of San Carlos)

Along the modern urbanscape of Osmena Blvd. stands the pre-World War II neo-classical building the Rizal Memorial Library and Museum or commonly known to Cebuanos as the Cebu City Public Library. The structure grew out of contributions from civic-minded residents way back in 1939 and is named after the country’s national hero and multi-talented scholar,… Continue reading Rizal Memorial Library and Museum

#TBT: Compañia Maritima or the Shamrock Hotel

AT WATER’S EDGE. This building was known as the Shamrock Hotel in the 1930s and was built on reclaimed land at water’s edge. (Lucy Urgello Miller collection, used with permission)

We know this building today to be Compañia Maritima, but in the 1930s it operated as the Shamrock Hotel. Built in 1910, this structure named the Fernandez Building had Shamrock at its sole occupant during the 1930s, said Lucy Urgello Miller in her book “Glimpses of Old Cebu: Images of the Colonial Era.” Compañia Maritima… Continue reading #TBT: Compañia Maritima or the Shamrock Hotel

TBT: Did you know the capitol was once located across Plaza Independencia?

Before the Cebu Provincial Government transferred to the current location of the Capitol, the provincial governor held office at the Casa de Gobierno or the Casa Provincial across the Plaza Independencia. Lucy Urgello Miller said in her book “Glimpses of Old Cebu: Images of the Colonial Era” that the location of the Casa de Gobierno… Continue reading TBT: Did you know the capitol was once located across Plaza Independencia?

#TBT Cebu Autobus Company

RIDING THE AUTOBUS. The Cebu Autobus Company was a pioneer transportation company in Cebu. (Photo from the Cebu Trade Directory, through Ben Chua)

When in Cebu, the full page advertisement in the Cebu Trade Directory of 1962 said, always take the “Autobus” for safe and comfortable travel. The company, the ad said, was operating buses throughout mainland Cebu. The Cebu Autobus Company was started on April 22, 1926 by W.C. Ogan along with Abdon Capobres, who already had… Continue reading #TBT Cebu Autobus Company

#TBT: Old Opon Church or the Nuestra Señora Virgen de Regla parish

OLD OPON CHURCH. This photo taken in 1910 shows the old Opon Church, which is known for its Virgen de Regla devotion. This church, however, was torn down in 1960 and replaced with what you see now in its location in Lapu-Lapu City. (Photo used with permission from the Cebuano Studies Center)

Since the devotion to her started in Africa, this church’s patron – the Patroness of the Rule of St. Augustine – has been depicted as dark-skinned. Lucy Urgello Miller, in “Glimpses of Old Cebu: Images of the Colonial Era,” wrote that this church’s first parish priest way back in 1735 brought with him an original… Continue reading #TBT: Old Opon Church or the Nuestra Señora Virgen de Regla parish

TBT: Fuente Scandal

Fuente Osmeña. This Cebu City landmark was built in 1912 to mark the opening of Osmeña Waterworks, now known as the Buhisan Dam. This photo was taken in 1915, close to the time of the murders discussed in this article. (Photo used with permission of the Cebuano Studies Center of the University of San Carlos)

It’s hard to imagine today but the Fuente Osmeña circle was considered dangerous in the 1900s because it was far from the city center. Fuelling the fear in that period was what author Lucy Urgello-Miller described in her book “Glimpses of Old Cebu” as a “scandalous, melodramatic case” that happened in the area. On the… Continue reading TBT: Fuente Scandal

#TBT: Traffic much? Colon traffic and the ‘Best Trafficman of the Year’

Photo by Jose Martinez. This image is part of the Cebuano Studies Center collection at the University of San Carlos and is used in this site with permission from the center.

This photo taken in about 1930 shows trafficman Pio Alo manning traffic on Colon Street. According to the information that accompanied this photograph at the Cebuano Studies Center archives, Alo was named “Best Trafficman of the Year” in the year this photo was taken. Alo is shown inside a traffic box that was in use… Continue reading #TBT: Traffic much? Colon traffic and the ‘Best Trafficman of the Year’

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