Apr 07 2015

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

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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. Continue Reading »

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Jan 15 2012

Scenes from the 2012 Fiesta Procession of the Santo Niño de Cebu


Almost 3 million faithful devotees joined the procession this year.

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Oct 29 2010

Exploring the Walled Town of Oslob

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A wall and a bastion at the eastern side which faces the highway and the coast.

I just got back home from an almost 300-kilometer trip starting from the eastern side of southern Cebu going all the way to the southernmost tip and looping up back north via the western side. As usual, I made several stopovers to a handful of old stone churches and watchtowers. What stirred up my interest was the sight of what appeared to be a citadel in the municipality of Oslob while we were on our way to another town.

Oslob’s Daanglungsod, a Cebuano term compounded from the words “daan lungsod” which literally means old town, is the site of the former Spanish-colonial era settlement of Oslob before it was transferred to its present-day location two kilometers to the north. The settlement was fortified with defensive walls and bastions to protect it from the usual threat of Moro slave raids from the south. It was in effect a walled town or settlement. Think about Manila’s famed Intramuros, the old walled city, and you will get an idea of what Daanglungsod is all about. Continue Reading »

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Aug 26 2009

Cebu, 1945 Liberation

I found these vintage photos of Cebu during the 1945 liberation. These are from the United States National Archives and were uploaded in Flickr, a popular photo uploading website. I am hoping that through these photos, locals will learn more about what happened to the city during that fateful day.

Below: American soldiers landing in a beach in Talisay. This event is commemorated annually by the city.

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Nov 14 2008

1950s Aerial Shots of Cebu City


The main urban area of Cebu City in the 1950s was then confined to a small area that Cebuanos today refer to as “downtown.”

Alvin Chiong-Osmeña, a forumer of Cebu City Forums, was kind enough to share these vintage aerial photos of Cebu City which were shot by his father, the late Tomas Chiong-Osmeña, who was an avid photographer and pilot. He also gave permission to this blog (The Heritage of Cebu) to be the sole keeper of these photos.

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Oct 05 2008

Cebu City After World War II

I found some photos in Flickr more than a year ago showing Cebu City right after World War II. I tried to search for the account of the person who uploaded these photos so that I can credit him but it seems like he deleted his account already. Like most World War II photos of Cebu, I think these photos came from the archives of an academic institution in the United States. Continue Reading »

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