Siyudad in B/W

Downtown Cebu is one of the oldest commercial districts in the Visayas and probably the whole country. The downtown area, where the country’s oldest street can be found, is also considered one of the busiest areas in the whole City. For locals in the past (and even til this day,) the downtown area is lovingly referred to as the ‘siyudad’ (meaning: city.) I remember when I was little, my grandpa would take me to the ‘siyudad’ to buy stuff that he could use. In the sidewalks, he’d buy flashlights, old magazines, a pair of boots, and oftentimes for me, a nice wind-up toy.

Despite the emergence of air-conditioned malls in various parts of the island in recent years, the streets of the district are still teeming with life. This is one of the many reasons why Downtown Cebu is every photographer’s wetdream (I’m not saying I’m a photographer because I am not. Hahaha.) There are a lot of things to shoot in ‘Colon.’ The good, the bad, the interesting, and the not so cute – you can all find in Cebu’s beloved ‘siyudad.’ The next time you’re hitting the area, bring a camera and just shoot. It’ll be kick-ass!


Cebu’s ‘siyudad.’ Often called ‘downtown’ or Colon by locals.

Osmeña Boulevard – quiet during the weekday but riotous during the weekend.

At the center of it all – Metro Gaisano. One of the most enduring Cebuano brands ever.

Colon corner Osmeña Boulevard – probably the busiest crossing in the whole of Cebu.

Colon is awesome! Payt Bisdak!

24 thoughts on “Siyudad in B/W

  1. Hi Ley! akoa manang mama naa sa picture…. hehehhehe.. kanang nag gunit og payong na naay curve-curve ang sanina…. hehheheh…. mingaw hinoon ko sa ako mama.. heheh… thanks ley!

  2. I think you are a Photographer ( definition Oxford Dictionary a person who takes photographs)
    and more than two million people have seen these photographs!

  3. Wow! My Cebu.. my beloved Cebu.. I miss this City. These pictures remind me of my happy days. And believe me, Colon also nourishes every ordinary man’s wet dream… Thanks Leylander! As always, you’re the best!

  4. I’d be happy to share photos of the old Cebu back before martial law was declared, especially of Fuente Rotunda. It was then one of the most scenic places in the city. Ato ni bai!

  5. Nice photos Ley, makamingaw oi during university days, laroy laroy kon naay vacant hours, gikan sa USC maagian ang cosmo paingon sa gazini plaza atbang ana fairmart ug gaw…then kaon ug waffles sa atin supermarket sa manalili, tan-aw ug sine sa ultravistarama sa colon…..i miss the 1980’s good ol’days, wa pa tingali ka matawo atong panahuna hehe…

  6. Back then, Mom take us turn to go with her to Siyudad where kids love it.
    Yeah after school days strolling dayon sa Colon window shopping maapot pko sa Jakosalem can’t remember the shoppping centre there. @ Ako i stop also at Atin supermart for refreshment, affordable for me is only mamon and royal tru orange.

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