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…

Cebu City’s heritage of churches

Devotees light candles at the Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino.

Cebu is an architectural feast of Spanish period churches in the styles of late Baroque, neoclassical, Greco-Roman, and Gothic or a combination of their elements. The Augustinians came with Spanish conqueror Miguel Lopez de Legazpi to the Philippines through Cebu in 1565 and zealously went about converting people to Christianity. Proof of their fervour is…