Glowing in immaculate white, Cebu Provincial Capitol is an iconic edifice of the province. Dubbed as the White House of Asia, it is as delicately beautiful as the former.
Created by a Filipino genius architect Juan Arellano during the American colonial era. It embodies the Neo-classical architecture a style which features the ancient Roman and Greek style yet presented in a contemporary way. Cebu Provincial Capitol is one of the oldest of its kind in the province or the country that was built during the Commonwealth republic.
Since its creation in 1938, it has been the seat of power in Cebu. One lazy Sunday afternoon after a short chitchat over a cup of coffee at Bo’s coffee with a friend along Jones Avenue. We opted for a quick visit at Cebu’s Provincial Capitol which a stone throw away from the coffee shop.
Cebu Provincial Capitol : Cebu’s seat of Power
With years on the making, seeing it now all the waiting did not went into vain. Cebu’s Provincial Capitol ranks among the beautiful government edifices all across the Philippine archipelago that every true-blue Cebuano must be proud of!
Governor Sotero Cabahug played the most significant role in the creation of this wonderful piece of art, an icon of Cebu more importantly the seat of power in Cebu. Upon its completion under the administration of Gov. Buenaventura Rodriguez.
The Capitol as the Cebuano’s would fondly call this massive edifice houses the governors office, a gallery and museum of past governor, a social hall, some board rooms, offices and among others.
The captivating Cebu Provincial Capitol
At glance the Capitol is an eye candy at the bustling Jones Avenue either by day or night along the long stretch of congested road. Strategically located paralleled to another icon of the province that every true-blue Cebuano can easily recognize , the Fuente Osmena circle which is 1 kilometer from the Cebu’s Provincial Capitol.
Noticeable from a far is the intriguing dome and u-shape feature at the center of the creamy white edifice. The central concave inscribed with the following wordings: “The authority of the government emanates from the people. Erected in MCMXXXVII.” A constant reminder to every true-blue Cebuano. Sharing the capitol grounds are two proud sons of Cebu. Standing proudly on the right side of the Capitol is a golden statue of Sergio Osmeña, Sr. while a statue of Lapulapu stands on the left side .
Recently the Capitol Provincial Capitol got a national distinction being listed one of the Philippines historical site. In time of Cebu’s 439th founding anniversary, the National Historical Institute put a historical marker in the Capitol.
Getting to Cebu’s Provincial Capitol
Getting in to Cebu’s Provincial Capitol is just a piece of cake. Taking the local way, ride in a jeepney. If you are coming from the downtown of Cebu in Colon you ride a jeepney going to Guadalupe, Ayala, IT Park or Lahug with Capitol in the signage in front of the jeep glass window. As of this writing, the basic fare is only PHP 7.00 or USD 0.15 only for regular passengers while students and senior citizen is only PHP 6.00 or USD 0.12
Also you can reach this place by taxi, just tell the taxi driver to take you to the Capitol. While heading to the Capitol you can enjoy a glimpse of the Fuente Osmena circle fountain while circling the rotunda.
Thoughts about the Cebu’s Provincial Capitol
All these years living at the Queen city of the South , I can’t help but be mesmerize of this beautiful work of art. Significantly, this place is a site of rich place of Cebu’s history and political growth that shaped today’s society.
As a true-Blue Cebuano, I can proudly recommend a visit here to have a complete Cebu city tour. In you opinion, what is the best building you have seen in Cebu?
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