20 Stunning ‘Past and Present’ Photos of Cebu

I’ve read all your comments and I’m glad that you loved 12 Throwback Photos of Cebu You Need to See Today (Part 2, Part 3) series.  So, this week, I’m giving you guys another treat. But I figured that you’d love a little twist. So, for this post, I’ve also included the present photos to let you see how things have changed (or remained the same) over the years. Although some photos are not really accurate recreations, I’m pretty sure that you’ll love them just the same. Enjoy!

The Beaches of Talisay City

Did You Know? During the Battle of the Visayas, American soldiers landed in Talisay and, with the help of Cebuano guerillas, succeeded in taking back Cebu from Japanese forces.

Magellan’s Cross

Did You Know? The famous kiosk of Magellan’s Cross right next to the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the city of Cebu.

The Port of Cebu

Did You Know? The Port of Cebu is the busiest seaport in the Philippines in terms of annual passenger count.

Plaza Independencia

Did You Know? The South Road Properties or SRP tunnel (subway) passes directly underneath Plaza Independencia.

The Parish of Virgen de la Regla

Did You Know? Opon, the name locals often use to refer to the island, actually comes from the word opong which means cogon grass.

Muelle Osmeña

Did You Know? The word muelle in the name Muelle Osmeña means wharf, dock, or pier.

The Old Customs House

Did You Know? The old customs house survived World War 2 and is now called Malacañan sa Sugbo.

Magellan’s Cross Kiosk

Did You Know? The Magellan’s Cross kiosk suffered minor damage during the earthquake of 2013.

Jones Avenue

Did You Know? The 3.2-KM long Jones Avenue, now known as Osmeña Boulevard, was named after the third president of the Philippines Sergio Osmeña.

Plaza Humabon

Did You Know? Plaza Humabon, the park fronting the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, was built in honor of Cebu’s early leader and protector Rajah Humabon.

Fuente Osmeña

Did You Know? The famous Fuente Osmena turned 100 years old in 2012.

Fort San Pedro

Did You Know? Fort San Pedro, a military defense structure, is also called Fuerza San Pedro.

Calle Colon or Colon Street

Did You Know? Colon Street is the oldest street in the Philippines.

Osmeña Boulevard

Did You Know? Osmeña Boulevard was previously named Jones Avenue after U.S. Congressman William Atkinson Jones.

The Port of Cebu

Did You Know? The Port of Cebu is now home to about 80% of the domestic shipping companies in the Philippines.

Cebu Harbor

Did You Know? Japanese-occupied Cebu was heavily bombed during the Battle for Cebu City.

Cebu City

Did You Know? According to various history books, Cebu was also once called Zubu, Sibu, Subu and Sibo.

Carbon Market

Did You Know? The blocks-wide Carbon Market is the biggest wet market in Cebu City.

Cebu Provincial Capitol

Did You Know? Damaged during the second world war, the Cebu Provincial Capitol was brought back to life through the Tydings War Damage Act of 1946.

Freedom Park

Did You Know? The Freedom Park in Carbon, Cebu City, is the flower trading center in Metro Cebu.

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