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Gotiaoco Building

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Built in 1914, Cebu’s historic Gotiaoco Building is said to be the first commercial structure in Cebu with an elevator and air conditioning. Located behind Cebu City Hall, just last year in 2013, National Musuems of the Philippines and the Sugbu Chinese Heritage Museum Foundation, Inc. entered an agreement to restore the building and convert it into the Sugbu Chinese Heritage Museum.

The original Gotiaoco Building was home to the Cebu branch of Heacock’s and also housed Cebu’s first AM radio station. During World War II, the building was bombed and was rebuilt in the image of the original 1914 structure with a few differences.

In 2012, the Cebu City Council declared the Gotiaoco building a local heritage site.

The building was built by Don Pedro Gotiaoco, a tycoon, philanthropist, and leader of the Chinese community in Cebu.

The building was built by Don Pedro Gotiaoco, a tycoon, philanthropist, and leader of the Chinese community in Cebu.

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Written by Paulo Loreto

May 3, 2014 at 12:05 PM

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  1. This is my first time visiting your blog, and it’s actually really helpful how you’re describing all these places in the city. A worthy project!

    • Thanks so much. Wandering and discovering random tidbits is always so much fun when travelling.

      You’ve got a lot of great shots and information on your blog. Good stuff!

      Paulo Loreto

      May 5, 2014 at 5:42 PM


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