Cebu Provincial Capitol: Seat of Cebu's Provincial Government

The seat of the provincial government of the Central Visayas province of Cebu is the Cebu Provincial Capitol Building. It is where the governor of the province holds office. It was declared as a Philippine national landmark on 9 July 2008.





The Capitol Building is located right at the intersection of Escario Street and Osmena Boulevard (also popularly referred to as Jones Avenue, its former name) in barangay Capitol Site, Cebu City. While the Cebu Provincial Capitol is located in Cebu City, Cebu's provincial government does not administer or govern Cebu City. Cebu City is classified as a highly urbanized city (HUC). Still, Cebu City is considered by many as the capital of the central Visayan province. Lapulapu City also gained highly urbanized city status and is governed independently. Mandaue City is also classified as a highly urbanized city but is under the administration of Cebu province.

Cebu Provincial Capitol Building
Cebu Provincial Capitol


History of the Cebu Provincial Capitol

The original seat of the provincial government of Cebu was the Casa Provincial. The Casa Provincial was located right in front of Plaza Independencia in Cebu City's Spanish quarters. Plans to build the current structure started in 1910. Construction began in December 1936. The inauguration was done by President Manuel L. Quezon on 14 June 1938.

Information tablet at the Cebu Provincial Capitol
Information tablet



The Cebu Provincial Capitol was badly damaged in World War II. It was rehabilitated through the Philippine Rehabilitation Act of 1946.

Another information tablet at the Cebu Provincial Capitol
Another information tablet 



Design of the Cebu Provincial Capitol


The Cebu Provincial Capitol is designed by architect Juan Marcos Arellano. Arellano is a Filipino architect who also designed the Manila Metropolitan Theater (1935), the National Museum of the Philippines (1926), the Central United Methodist Church (1932), the Negros Oriental Provincial Capitol (1936), the Bank of the Philippine Islands Cebu Main Branch (1940), the Misamis Occidental Provincial Capitol Building (1935), the Jones Bridge, the Bulacan Provincial Capitol (1930), and the Manila Central Post Office (1926). 

The design of the Cebu Provincial Capitol is of neoclassical architecture with art deco influences. It has striking resemblances to the White House in Washington D.C., U.S.A. (specially when the U.S. White House is viewed from the North Lawn) and the U.S. Capitol Building.

Cebu Provincial Capitol Building
Cebu Provincial Capitol


Location

The Cebu Provincial Capitol is at the northern end of Osmeña Boulevard (or Jones Avenue as many would prefer to call it) at the corner of Escario Street. 

Osmeña Boulevard as viewed from the balcony of the Cebu Provincial Capitol
Osmeña Boulevard as viewed from the balcony


The surrounding barangay is called Capitol Site with obvious reference to the building. The exact location of the Cebu Provincial Capitol is indicated in the Google Maps screenshot below:

Location of Cebu Provincial Capitol
Cebu Provincial Capitol on Google Maps


Further Reading

If you wish to read more about the Cebu Provincial Capitol, we suggest you read the articles on the following links:
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