Jun 03 2015

Bishop Thomas Augustus Hendrick’s Speech

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Bishop Thomas Augustus Hendrick was the first American bishop of Cebu. He was appointed in 1903 and took possession of the diocese in March 1904. He died of cholera in 1909. The speech below was delivered by Bishop Hendrick on December 30, 1903 at the Lyceum Theater in Rochester, New York, during a farewell tribute that was tendered for him when he was about leave the United States for the Philippines upon his appointment as bishop. Credits go to the Diocese of Rochester who provided some brief information about this beloved bishop.

The inhabitants of the Philippines are as a body clean in their morals, strong in domestic virtues and ambitious for success. They are in intellectual capacity the equals of any people in the world. In all the islands of the Philippines there are many races speaking different languages, with different aspirations, with different degrees of civilization and natural intelligence, and it would be as incorrect to speak of them as one people as it would be to so speak of the races dwelling in Europe. To all these people raning from the aboriginal Negretoes and the Moros to the highly intellectual Visayans who dwell in that part to which I am to go, the Americans came all together unknown and altogether misunderstood. Click here for more photos and text »

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Apr 11 2015

How Much Has Cebu Changed since 1989?

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A lot has changed in Cebu. For those who have lived long enough to remember the things of the past, this video by Paolo dela Victoria which was originally posted in Facebook takes us down to memory lane. The video shows Metrobank Plaza nearing completion as it was being built and Robinsons without the Cebu Midtown Hotel. The hotel would be built within a year or two after Metrobank’s completion.

The video then takes us to General Maxilom Avenue which shows the Ludo and Luym building still being leased to Rustans, an upscale department store with a supermarket. Across was the famous Ding Qua Qua restaurant, a favorite for families right after attending Sunday Mass at nearby Redemptorist or Sacred Heart church.

How much has Cebu changed since 1989? Click on the video above to reminisce the quaint Cebu that we used to know. Enjoy!

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Apr 11 2015

Dante Guidetti: An Artist, A Soldier and A Teacher

Some of Professor Guidetti’s works were funerary monuments.

My deepest appreciation goes to Damian Danti, the great-grandson of Professor Dante Guidetti, for sending me copies of the professor’s military records, curriculum vitae, marriage certificate, and some photographs that in all enabled me to complete a picture of who this elusive artist really was. Prior to the information that was handed to this blog, all that we know of him was that he was simply just an artist in the 1930s who made a mark making various tombstones, sculptures, and monuments throughout Cebu.

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Apr 11 2015

Who was Dante Guidetti?

Professor Guidetti at his studio in Mabini street.

Somewhere near the corner of Colon and Mabini streets was the studio of an Italian sculptor named Professor Dante Guidetti. To a few Cebuanos today, he is better known as the artist who sculpted the revolutionizing figures at the frieze of the then San Miguel Hotel which later became known as Vision Theater. The final work of art was revolutionary in a sense that its nude depictions overturned, perhaps for the first time, the reservations of a devoutly Roman Catholic local populace.

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Apr 11 2015

A Walk to the Heart of Downtown Cebu

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A cyclist whisks his way into the wee hours of the morning while the streets are devoid of vehicular traffic.

Rundown buildings. Narrow roads. A red-light district. Horse-driven carriages. Crowded streets. Chinese drugstores. Hardware shops. An unsafe place. China phones and fake Rolexes. These are the summary of things that will come to mind if you ask a local about Downtown.

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Apr 08 2015

Luis Cabrera Ancestral House

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The interior of the lower-level of the house.

Amidst the hubbub of human traffic and motorized vehicles at the Mandaue centro is an old house that will capture your fancy. Known to have been built in 1909 it is one of the remaining early American-era houses in the city that has been remarkably well-preserved. Despite its monicker as the industrial hub of Cebu, Mandaue also has its own share of old houses and historical structures that add up to the bigger picture of Cebu as a heritage destination. Click here for more photos and text »

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Apr 07 2015

Delving the Obscured: An Afterthought on Argao’s La Muerte

La Muerte carved from ivory.

Macabre images occasionally have one purpose and that is to remind man of his mortality and the fate that comes when the appointed time arrives. In Europe, images of skeletons in a variety of poses in places like tombs and even churches are not uncommon. In one instance, according to a Roman Catholic priest who studied in Rome, antique crosses for missionaries have skulls in it to constantly remind them that death will strike anytime aside from it being a symbol of Golgotha. Click here for more photos and text »

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Apr 03 2015

Scenes from the Good Friday Procession in Danao

A typical street scene in Danao.

It was my first time to stay for a longer time here since I usually only pass by this place every time I go to my grandparents’ house in Bogo. Danao has always been etched in my mind as that charming little city with a spacious public square that contains tall trees and a playground for children. The layout of the city is in the form of a grid and the streets are well-lit. It was awarded as the cleanest and greenest city in the province many years ago.

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Mar 31 2015

A Passion of Ivory Images

San Pedro (left); Santa Veronica (right)

Somewhere in a quaint town in Cebu is a cast of ivory images that come out twice during Holy Week. Whereas other places in the province would have a procession of life size wooden images, this town could very well pride itself with having the largest collection of ivory images that depict the Passion of Jesus Christ.

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Oct 17 2014

Remembering Bohol: Maribojoc’s Pipe Organ

Maribojoc church’s pipe organ was due for restoration when this photo was shot in 2011. Bohol had the highest number of historic pipe organs in the Philippines prior to the earthquake.

Like Loon, Maribojoc church was completely leveled down to rubble during the earthquake of October 15, 2013.

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