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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

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

Customs House

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In the 19th Century, all of Australia’s port cities were outfitted with customs houses. In 1884, a customs house was built in Brisbane. Situated on the Brisbane River, Charles McLay designed the building.

According to the Customs House Brisbane website: “The Brisbane Customs House is a fine example of Victorian Free Classical style, with its grand colonnades and portico, and a dome which still manages to be a major feature on the landscape, despite being overlooked by adjacent high rise office and apartment blocks.”

The customs house is open to the public and provides free guided tours; it can also play host to concerts and weddings.

In 2005, the customs house was added to the Queensland Heritage Register.

In 2005, the customs house was added to the Queensland Heritage Register.

Written by Paulo Loreto

July 16, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Sallet (Italy, approx. 1460)

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City, is such a HUGE place, no matter how many times one visits, there always seems to be something new to discover.

While aimlessly wandering around, this Sallet was on display in the Arms and Armor wing.

According to the description:

“The helmet represents the head of the Nemean Lion, whose pelt was worn as a headdress and cloak by the mythological hero Hercules.”

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Written by Paulo Loreto

July 19, 2011 at 10:19 PM