The Colon by Night walking tour is joining hundreds of other walking tours in over 100 cities the world over in an annual global walk festival.
Organized locally by the Galleon San Pedro Tours, Colon by Night seeks to reacquaint participants to Cebu’s rich cinematic past along Colon Street, the first street established in the Philippines.
“We are participating in this year’s Jane’s Walk global festival to make heritage and cultural tours more accessible to the public,” said Galleon San Pedro Tours founder and President Doris Mongaya.
The global walk festival from May 2-4 is coordinated by Jane’s Walk, an international movement of free, locally-organized walking tours inspired by writer and activist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) who pushed for a fresh, community-based approach to urban living.
Set on May 3, Saturday, the Colon by Night walking tour around the downtown area will be led by renowned heritage tour guide Ka Bino Guerrero.
The international organizers hope that the global walk festival will encourage local residents to familiarize themselves with the places where they reside and work and instill the importance of grassroots participation in making cities more livable.
“Why downtown? If you spend too much time uptown, you’re missing the thrill of the sights and sounds downtown which remains Cebu City’s main commercial district for many Cebuanos,” said Ka Bino.
The Colon by Night assembly time is 5:30 PM at the meeting place in-front of Jollibee, 138 Mall in Colon Street. The walk with Ka Bino will begin in the direction of Gaisano Metro.
It will then take a turn to Tabo sa Banay where you will see mom-and-pop shops dishing up exotic dishes of lansiao (with horse testicles as main ingredient) and bakasi (saltwater eel).
Another turn will lead to a narrow passage to Manalili Street, haven for shoppers on the lookout for cheap ready-to-wear clothes.
A stone’s throw away is the Carbon Market, the oldest and largest farmer’s market in the city with its wide array of vegetables and neat line-up of containers showing the proud United Colors of Bagoong (shrimp paste).
Quite near is the Freedom Park, a witness to so many anti-martial law rallies during the Ferdinand Marcos dictatorship before it was turned into a market — complete with ingenious native kitchen wares made of recycled materials.
Under the stars, you will walk by some old downtown buildings whose walls reverberate with Cebu’s rich heritage. Then when you go home, you will come to appreciate the Queen City of the South.
The Colon by Night walking tour is for free. “We can only accommodate up to 50 guests on a first come first serve basis but anyone seeking to discover Cebu City’s hidden side can join the walk,” said Ka Bino.
Pre-registration for the walking tour can be arranged by calling Galleon San Pedro Tours Coordinator Tryscha Bautista at (032)412-2422.
For online registration click here