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The Golden Tribute to the History of Cebu

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Standing before the Insular Life Cebu Business Center stands a 40-foot sculpture created by Eduardo Castillo. “The Golden Tribute to the History of Cebu” was unveiled on the company’s 102nd anniversary, paying tribute to Cebu, as Insular Life CEO Vicente R. Ayllon said, “This will serve as an inescapable reminder to the Cebuanos about their cultural heritage.”

Crafted in a combination of brass and aluminum, the images of Lapu-Lapu, Ferdinand Magellan, Rajah Humabon and wife Hara Amihan, and the Sto. Niño are shown standing together in the center.

Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama was also in attendance at the 2012 unveiling.

Insular Life, founded on November 25, 1910, is known as the first life insurance company in the Philippines.

Insular Life, founded on November 25, 1910, is known as the first life insurance company in the Philippines.

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Written by Paulo Loreto

May 10, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Basílica Menor del Santo Niño

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Built in 1740, the Basílica Menor del Santo Niño (or Minor Basilica of the Holy Child) claims to be the oldest church in the Philippines. The church was built in place of the Church and Convent of Saint Augustine, which was originally built in 1565. The current church, ordered by then-Spanish Governor of the Philippines Fernando Valdés y Tamon, was constructed with stronger materials than preceding structures.

The church houses the image of the Santo Niño, the oldest religious relic in the country, dating back to the 1521, when Ferdinand Magellan arrived in Spain and handed Rajah Humabon and his wife the image of the Santo Niño after they were baptized under the Catholic faith.

In 1965, Pope Paul VI elevated the church to a minor basilica. Basílica Menor del Santo Niño is one of 37 minor basilicas in the East Asia and Oceania region; one of 12 in the Philippines.

The basilica suffered major damage from the 2013 Bohol earthquake. Currently, portions of the church are closed for renovation.

Cebu's annual Sinulog Festival celebrates the Santo Niño.

Cebu’s annual Sinulog Festival celebrates the Santo Niño.

Written by Paulo Loreto

May 6, 2014 at 9:48 AM

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.

Written by Paulo Loreto

May 3, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Velez College

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Established in 1966, Velez College was founded from the Cebu General Hospital School of Nursing. The original nursing curriculum was phased out after the 1968 academic year into a five-year program; a year after the College of Liberal Arts opened.

The first class of the Cebu General Hospital School of Nursing, the Class of 1955, boasted 26 graduates.

Recently, the school participated in National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week with a theme focusing on “Making the Rights for the Filipinos with disabilities.” Student participated in a parade, a Buddy Walk, along with Medical and Dental missions.

The school is located a short walk from the Fuente Osmeña Circle in Cebu City in the Philippines.

Velez College was named for Dr. Jacinto Velez, Sr., then-Chairman of the Board of the Trustees of Cebu General Hospital School of Nursing.

Velez College was named for Dr. Jacinto Velez, Sr., then-Chairman of the Board of the Trustees of Cebu General Hospital School of Nursing.

Written by Paulo Loreto

April 28, 2014 at 9:05 AM

The Terraces

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Located within the massive Ayala Center Cebu complex, the Terraces offers several dining establishment over multiple floors.

Completed in 2008, constructions costs came to around ₱600 million (roughly $13.5 million).

The options range from local fare to a range of multicultural selections. International chains like Red Mango and Bon Chon have also set up at The Terraces.

The Ayala Center Cebu also offers outdoor movie screenings at The Terraces.

The Ayala Center Cebu also offers outdoor movie screenings at The Terraces.

Written by Paulo Loreto

April 22, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Metro Gaisano – Colon

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The first department store opened by Victor Gaisano, Metro Colon still stands in the original location it was first established in 1982. The store was originally three stories, but after only two years, a supermarket was added, along with four more floors. Today, the top floor is home to an arcade and an expansive food court.

The area, on Colon Street, where the store stands, along P. Lopez Street and Osmeña streets is still one of the busiest areas in downtown Cebu City, and Metro Gaisano stands directly in the crossroads.

From one store in 1982, Gaisano now boasts stores in Cagayan de Oro City, Legazpi, Lucena, Butuan, Iloilo, Davao City, General Santos, Tacloban, Ormoc, and Tagum City.

Metro Gaisano, Gaisano Capital, and Gaisano Grand all operate under the same company but are managed by different members of the Gaisano family.

Metro Gaisano, Gaisano Capital, and Gaisano Grand all operate under the same company but are managed by different members of the Gaisano family.

Written by Paulo Loreto

April 16, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Malacañang sa Sugbo

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Built in 1910, during American occupation, the Malacañang sa Sugbo is the official residence of the President in the Visayas region.

Previously knows as the Aduana, a Customs Building, it was the first building constructed by William E. Parsons in his plan for developing the city of Cebu.

Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama is working to preserve the building to both promote history and tourism.

Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama is working to preserve the building to both promote history and tourism.

Written by Paulo Loreto

April 12, 2014 at 8:21 PM