Colon Street was built by the conquering kastilas lead by Miguel Lopez de Legaspi. Considered the oldest street in the entire country, Colon Street was built in 1565 – more than 40 years after Magellan’s defeat in Mactan.
Colon Street is a very important part of Cebuano life, culture, and history. It is also an important force which pushed our small but thriving country towards progress and the modern age. The street has witnessed not only Cebu’s victories and defeats but also the country’s struggles in its quest for freedom, recognition, and acceptance.
At present, people have succeeded in trivializing the value of Colon Street by associating it with fear and annoyance. When people talk of Colon, the words ‘pickpocket,’ ‘criminal,’ and ‘beware’ almost always come up. In fact, some people even believe that Colon has become synonymous to its dirty sidestreets and dilapidated buildings.
Luckily, the city government has great big plans for downtown Cebu, specifically Colon Street. A massive rehabilitation program will soon be commenced (hopefully very very soon) to reestablish and revitalize the priceless treasure that only the island of Cebu can ever claim.
An age-old sketch of Colon Street
The Colon Street marker in Parian.
View of the obelisk from the side.
Age-old sketch of the oldest street in the country.
Daang Colon (Colon Street)
Marker of the location of a studio owned by Italian expatriate named Dante Guidetti.
The marker and the location of the studio.
Colon Street today.
Colon Street and Gaisano Main.
From another angle.