Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Ruins and Old Structures in Cebu, as living witness of my early travel

G o t t a o c o   O l d  B u i l d i n g

Obviously, Gottaoco Building seemed  to be one of the old buildings I've seen in Cebu City. It is located in the Old Port Area of Cebu and just nearby from the Magellan's Cross and Basilica Minore del Sto Niño de Cebu. It looks like an abandoned building, imposing and daunting, standing right in front of Prince City Mall, along P. Burgos Street near the City Hall Lane. Located within the Old Parian District, the old commercial hub of this city. The old building is seen temporarily enclosed for safety reason.
The Ruins of Compania Maritima at the Old Port Area 
Fronting by the sea, you can see the  Ruins at the Old Port Area of Cebu. As far as I remember, this place during my grade school time, this old port area is used to be the docking area of passenger ship, or they called it Pier Dos or Pier Cuatro.
With my mother,  as former merchant, Cebu City is where we bought our textile merchandise in Manalili Street and in Minglanilla. We will then sell the merchandise in Carmen Public Market in Cagayan de Oro City. That was way back in late 1970s.

As eldest among the four siblings, my early childhood was exposed to selling dry goods in a public market, more so in traveling. Like peddling dry goods in some of the places in Misamis Oriental, like El Salvador, Laguindingan, Initao, Naawan and Manticao, every weekends.  Sometimes, I am with my father during peddling activities. Often times, I am with my mother when we will be buying textile merchandise in Cebu. We only went to the Queen City of the South by ship, overnight, during Fridays. Then back home by Sunday.

My father, being as a medical representative in 60s, used to be traveling entire Mindanao, before my existence. Maybe in this sense, I might say that by blood, I am a traveler.
This old port area used to be a busy port that time. Once the ship finally docked in her designated bay, my mother opted to walk from the port, we were traversing thru the Magellan's Cross and Basilica Minore del Sto Niño de Cebu, to Manalili Street. She also brought me to Carbon (their old Public Market), where I first drink the new launched Sprite softdrinks wherein I even brought an empty bottle back to CDO City. She also brought me to the Colon Street (now the old colon street).

That's my mom - born as merchant-
a pure Cebuana
I also recalled that every time that we were in Cebu, when the ship was nearing the docking area, she always advised me not to talk to strangers since there are lots of swindlers around near the port area. This was maybe because there were lots of illegal settlers thrived near the immediate vicinity of the port.

So whenever we were in Cebu with my merchant mother, the lesson that I've learned was we observed and exercised extreme measure not to become victims of swindlers in this area.

I learned also how to deal with the merchants people especially Chinese people in Manalili.  As raised and exposed in a market place, I also admired my mother of being well-versed in the field of retail merchandising where I learned also how to dance with the tune of life on how to live decently and righteously in selling.

As a child at the age of 12 years old, that impression of swindler thing stayed with me and slowly vanish when I came back for the Heritage Tour de Cebu. That is after 31 years.

These Ruins and Old Structures in Cebu are the living witness of my childhood and early travel with my merchant mother.


However, in the recent developments in early this year, there are efforts to promote development in the aspect of security and convenience within the jurisdiction of the Cebu Port areas. Furthermore, the Cebu Port Authority had already prepared its road map that geared towards improving port services as well as tourism in Cebu (pia).

Speaking of tourism. These ruins also served as good spots for tourists. Once I see these kind  of structures ?  They are awesome sites for me.
I would like also to take this chance to greet my Mom and my Wife 
a Happy Mother's Day

This is my entry to the Pinoy Travel Blogger's Blog Carnival (5th Entry so far) for May 2012 with the theme "Traveling with your Mom (A Mother's Day Special)", hosted by Alvin Sabay of the The World Behind My Wall.

Check out the previous blog carnival topics in Estan Cabigas' Pinoy Travel Bloggers Blog Carnival.

Heritage Tour de Cebu Series : 
Con Tour @ the Queen City of South 

The Con Tour's Trip was made possible 
to witness the Triennial Awards night 
held at Marco Polo Plaza, Cebu City, Philippines
last March 2012
as delegate, 
representing the Bukidnon Province, Mindanao as Blogger.


Hello dear readers, if you like this post, please do share this to your friends on FB. Thank you so much of your time in reading my blog article.

15 Con Tour Passers by:

  1. Do you mind if I re-post this on my blog?

  2. Sure Serrah. Please dont forget to recognize me as the author and please mentione also this blog in your blog and provide a link. Thanks for that. :-). Please give the URL of your blog. Thanks. :-).

  3. @epx body philippines

    Salamat bai.:-).

  4. weeeee!... luv to see the picture of your mom. I suddenly recall the time when we rode in a motorela together from somewhere.

    Also, still clear to me the 12-year old Bonzenti.

    What a nice feature!... Keep it up!

  5. @Anonymous.

    Thanks for this kind appreciation. Its nice to reminisce the past especially our childhood years. Carefree world.:-).

  6. Kuya Bonz love ko 'to kasi I am a chaser or old structures myself :) May mga naka-line-up na naman sa susunod na posts ko. Mostly unknown and old houses that people might not care at all. Pero whether readers will find it worthy to read or not, I must say I love old structures, lalo na yung mga century old until panahon ng Hapon :)

  7. Edmar. Parehas pala tayo na gustong gusto ang mga old structures. Yan kasi ang most neglected na site, especially in terms of tourism. Interesting ang mga sites nato at may blend ito sa photography. :-).

  8. Hindi ko napansin yang old building na yan sa port area...or perhaps, I was not a blogger back then kaya hindi ko napapansin...nice feature bro! It has always been nice to bring back those memories with our moms.

  9. @Ding

    During childhood days, I was exposed to the market place, much more in traveling with my father and my mother. When we traverse that route during our heritage tour last time, seemed that place so familiar to me. When I saw the Colon Street and the port area which is nearby from each other, I then recalled that route. Nice to see also old places that linked to your childhood days. And that's what I am doing right now. Revisiting those places. Thanks bro for visiting back to my site.

  10. Hi bon,reading this article and seeing your mom too pleased me.I admire your loving regard for your mom.I know your mom will always be dear to you.
    She has been strong for your most challenging days also.
    Stay affectionate,it is beyond cost.

    1. Thanks for that Anonymous. That's Filial Piety.:-).

  11. Since addict ako old buildings! Cebu should now be on my travel list!

    1. Punta ka na rin dito sa Bukidnon pao. :-).

  12. You are lucky because you could travel in your childhood. My parents did not have the money.


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