Category Archives: History

Classical Edifice for Commerce

The Prudential Bank and Trust Company building stands behind the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino, at the corner of D. Jakosalem and Magallanes Sts. It was built in the early 1900’s in the middle of what was still the city’s main business district.

A vintage photo from the Internet showed the building occupied by Singer before being utilized as a bank. In that photo, the canopy with the Greek bas-reliefs and ionic-style columns were not part of the building yet. Continue reading Classical Edifice for Commerce

A nuns’ convent

THE Metropolitan Cathedral Convent is a product of a typical construction from the Spanish Colonial period, that of the bahay na bato.

The two-storey building, which stands just beside the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, is made of limestone (for its walls on the ground floor) and timber (for the second floor).
Originally, the convent was home to the nuns of the Imaculada Concepcion. In the compound, one could find a garden with a well from where the nuns used to get their water supply. Continue reading A nuns’ convent

Creature feature: Short-beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus)

The Short-beaked Echidna is covered in fur and spines and has a distinctive snout and a specialized tongue, which it uses to catch its prey at a great speed. This animal is also known as the Spiny Anteater because of its diet of ants and termites.  Part of the “monotremes”, the Short-beaked echidna lays eggs! One of the VERY FEW mammals that do so. (Luis A. Quibranza III, USJR Masscom Intern)

Celebrating our independence


THE Philippine Declaration of Independence was proclaimed in the presence of a huge crowd on June 12, 1898 at the ancestral home of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo in Cavite el Viejo (now Kawit), Cavite. The event saw the unfurling of the national flag, made in Hong Kong by Mrs. Marcela Agoncillo, Lorenza Agoncillo and Delfina Herboza, and the performance of the Marcha Filipina Magdalo, as the country’s national anthem. Today, it is known as Lupang Hinirang, composed by Julian Felipe.

The Act of the Declaration of Independence was prepared and written by Ambrosio Rianzares Bautista in Spanish, who also read the declaration. The Philippine Declaration was signed by ninety-eight persons, among them an American army officer who witnessed the proclamation. (Wikipedia)