Thursday, November 01, 2012

Museo Parian sa Sugbo, 1730 Jesuit House, Con Tour discovered something

It was during the Heritage de Cebu when I visited this old and heritage site of Parian District, the Museo Parian sa Sugbo.

I don't have much stories to talk about this museum, aside for being an old one and existed there in almost three (3) centuries,  the museum has something that are interesting and worth remembering.

Before you reach the museum, you will pass through a hardware.

Curiosity followed when I saw the marker of the museum, "Museo Parian sa Sugbo", and the foreword with enclosed parenthesis, the (1730 Jesuit House).

I am a graduate of a Jesuit Run Institution in Cagayan de Oro. And when I saw the word "Jesuit", it made me felt eager to explore more.

After visited some of the heritage sites of Cebu in Parian District, like the Heritage of Cebu Monument and the Obelisk at Colon Street, the oldest street in Cebu, The Casa Gorordo Museum, my curiosity to see and explore  spanish colonial heritage sites made me so excited to see more. 

There are lots of centuries-old memorabilia inside the museum, but was more interesting to know on  the meaning of the word "Sugbo" and the word Parian or Pari-an

At first, in my own form of definition of the word of Parian, from the word PARI, means, Priest. 

My own definition proved me wrong, as I continued exploring the house, and one part of a frame there was answer about the word PARIAN in Sugbo, with the script that read as follows;

Museo Parian sa Sugbo.

It says that, the Spanish settlement in Cebu was established in 1565, when Spanish Conquestador (conqueror) Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, arrived on the Island.  This area (referring to Parian sa Sugbo), then called the Ciudad (City), was located at the Port Area, and was exclusively for the Spaniards. Legazpi also created a policy about ethnic segregation, which divided the port area into two,the other half being the Poblacion de Naturales, which is at present day, the San Nicolas.  Pari-an rose on the North Side of the Spanish Settlement around 1590, when Chinese traders and artisans occupied the area and considered it their home, market and trading center.

The Chinese traders came regularly to Cebu way before the Spaniards came.  But it was only in 1590s when Cebu briefly took part  in the Galleon trade that decided to settle in the City............................They would unload their products in what they now call as PARI-AN, a name that traces its roots to a mexican word for marketplace.
I continued my exploration inside the "Museo Parian sa Sugbo", until finally I've got a chance to ask the curator on what is the meaning of SUGBO.
I trusted and believe on what was the curator said about the meaning of the word SUGBO, and have no time to validate further. 

1730 - the marker
SUGBO means wading in the shallow water in going to the shoreline. I further asked him, on why were the Spaniards did that "SUGBO" thing. He said, that during this period, there was no structures yet to anchor the Spanish Galleons like ports, but instead, they have to anchor the Galleons on the sea bed and the Spaniards will just wade in the shallow sea water in going to the shore.

I guess, with what was said by the credible curator, it seemed that, that was the logical meaning of the word SUGBO----and that is to wade in the shallow sea water in going towards the shore

But today, once a citizen mentioned about the word SUGBO, they will directly referred it to CEBU. About the word PARIAN, it is the MARKETPLACE. The PARIAN DISTRICT, I can now call it as the old marketplace or trading center in Cebu.

Interesting, isn't it?

2 Con Tour Passers by:

  1. Informative post. Namiss ko bigla ang Cebu. Tagal ko sa Cebu pero hindi ko to napuntahan bro:(

    1. Thanks Jeff. Asan ka na ngayon pala? Sa Surigao ka pa rin?


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