Here are some photos of Cebu when she was very young. I’ve included some ‘current’ photos of some of these buildings/places. Take a good look at the photos and see how things have changed.
Some of these photos did not come with a title or description. So, if you know some information about them, please do share.
By the way, these amazing vintage photos were from the Cebu Heritage thread of SSC-Cebu. The forumers there always have exciting and very educational discussions about how things were in the olden days. Specials thanks to Salin sa Gubat for compiling these photos.
Young churchgoers. Look how neat and nice they looked. Covered from head to toe.
A proof that the railway system was once present in Cebu. It is said that Cebuanos preferred a cheaper means of transportation (similar to kalesa and traysikad) and eventually, the trains were sold to Negros.
A train station with passengers waiting in the platform. Cebu would have looked a lot different today with a train station.
A busy day at the train station.
A train station in Carcar.
St. John’s Day or San Juan. Cebuanos celebrate this day by going to the beach.
This was the old MCWD building near the city hall. Today, it’s a grocery store.
Portrait of the Aboitiz Family.
Another portrait of the famous family.
That’s the park right in front of the Cathedral Museum.
Magallanes Street. Look at those hats and suits. Really nice.
Calle Magallanes. Wow.
Sabong in Cebu. Sugarol na gyud diay sauna pa. Hehehe.
And the oldest street in the entire country – Colon Street. Wow!
Getting Tuba. Palahubog pud? Hehehe.
Making rope. Uso pud diay ang daster sauna sa? I thought Baro and Saya gyud.
Plaza Rizal. I’m not exactly sure where this is karon.
Wow. Hotel Cebu/Carl Petersen. I’m sure if that’s how you read it, though. But look at those ladies with umbrellas. Cool.
Tres de Abril Street. That river looks exactly the same today.
All right. Now let’s compare some of these shots. They may not be very accurate. But at least you get the picture.
Old Cebu – Then and Now.
The Port Area – Then and Now.
Fuente Osmeña – Then and Now.
Fuente and view of Osmeña Boulevard – Then and Now.
Aduana / Now Malacanan Sa Sugbu
Crossing somewhere in Danao
The Cebu Provincial Capitol – Then and Now.
Fort San Pedro – Then and Now.
Plaza Independencia – Then and Now (Subway construction)
Freedom Park (?) – Then and Now.
Magellan’s Cross – Then and Now.
The Kiosk – Then and Now.
Muelle Osmeña in Opon – Then and Now.
Carbon Market – Then and Now.
Also check out this entry – Young Cebu