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COLON STREET, CEBU CITY PHILIPPINES
This article provides you an essential information about Colon Street, Cebu City. This is very useful especially for the foreigners or tourists who are going to live or visit Cebu. This will provide them the idea on how Colon used to be in the past and in the present. How it looks like right now. What should be done and what should be avoided when they are walking in Colon Street.
Colon Street in the Past
A Picture of Old Colon Street, Cebu - in the Past. Kalesa or horse-driven "chariot" was the usual vehicle used.
A Picture of Colon in the past. Notice the wooden type structures. They are now being replaced by concrete buildings and majority are being commercialized because of the high foot traffic in Colon.
During the 19th century, Colon was first and foremost a street full of residential houses built in rows. For every store, shop and office on the ground floor, there was a family or two living upstairs. Some came from the most prominent families of their time and ours, others from once-prominent families now long forgotten, having moved out of Cebu, their descendants scattered all over the archipelago and abroad.
Early People Who Lived in Colon Street Cebu in the Past
From the Colon section of Parian lived the Gantuangcos, whose descendant, Concepcion Gantuangco-Briones, wrote in 1980 an important first-person account of life in the old Parian district. The Gantuangcos lived on No. 66 Colon Street. Across the house lived the Lu. Do Family, whose children Paterno and Cayetano, would later make a name in the coconut oil manufacturing industry in Asia. It was here that Lu Do (or Oya Owa), who came from Amoy, China, built a copra-buying station on property leased from Fr. Venerado Reynes in 1896.
On this same row lived the Rallos family led by patriarch Florentino Rallos, who became Cebu's Municipal President (Mayor) in 1907-08. The Rallos property was said to straddle the Parian Estero up to Manalili Street. Up until World War II, the family had kept an old caruaje, an heirloom piece at their Colon residence.
A Picture of Don Sergio Osmena
On the same row also lived the Osmeñas and the Singsons. The shipping office of Don Victoriano Osmeña was on the ground floor of this big stone house, which had two main doors – one opening to Colon, the other to the dark and narrow Sudlon Street. At the corner of Colon and Norte America (now D. Jakosalem) was the stone camarin and bodega of Don Tomas Osmeña, with a yard so big that it occupied an entire block. Don Sergio Osmeña, meanwhile, lived still farther, along the corner of Colon and Pelaez streets, where he had his law office on the ground floor. It was also here that Cebu's first daily, El Nueva Dia, which he published, had transferred from Calle Comerio (later M.C. Briones).
A Picture of Don Mariano Albao Cuenco and Family
A picture of Dr. Mamerto and Mina Escano
At the corner of the Junquera and Colon lived Don Mamerto Escaño whose family originally hailed from Leyte. Increasing investment exposures in Cebu forced the Escaños to establish a foothold in Cebu. Like all the rest, the family made the most logical choice – Colon.
Colon Street in the Present
Colon is aslo known as the busiest street in Cebu. Every second and every minute, people never stop walking from here and there. It is the center of commerce. It is the traffic center point of all vehicles and people from other places in Cebu.
What Should be Avoided When Walking in Colon?
Do not wear jewelries. There are lot of snatchers waiting for a victim wearing jewelries such as gold or silver necklace, bracelet, jewelries, branded or expensive watches. Pickpocketing is also rampant. So avoid exposing your wallet or your bag with very useful stuff inside. Keep it safe. Thieves and snatchers are usually teenagers below 18 years old. There's nothing to be afraid with them. Just keep an eye with those suspicious person you encounter.
A recent picture of Colon Street near Eden Theatre.
Colon Street TransporationA recent picture of a Taxi in Colon. They are easily identified as color white.
People usually ride "jeepneys" or the "Multicab" type of vehicles for transporation. Colon "Jeepneys" regular fare rate is 7 pesos. If you want a quick ride, there's a taxi which has a fare rate of 30 pesos with an increasing 2.50 pesos after every 300 meters. If you are riding a taxi from Colon to Robinson's Mall which is located in Fuente-Osmena, the total cost of the fare would be approximately about 50pesos based on my estimate and experience. Correct me if I'm wrong. If you are riding a taxi from Colon to SM Cebu, the total cost of the fare would be approximately about 80pesos. Note: fare varies due to traffic.
Colon St. at Night Time
Colon St. during night. There are lots of sidewalk vendors selling foods and refreshment in the street. Some of the food they are selling are mangoes, oranges, lanzones, apples, and other fruits. Others are selling "balot" which is a cooked "quail egg". "Balot" eggs are Filipinos favorite. Other vendors are selling refreshments such as "buko juice" or "Coconut juice", "fruit shake", "fruit juice" and softdrinks.
The language that is used by the people in Cebu is Cebuano or Bisaya. To learn more about Bisaya or Cebuano language, go to my other article, "What is Bisaya".
Map of Colon Street, Cebu City, Philippines
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