Cebu City,November 24, 2012
It has been closed for several moths already, the huge structure of wood in the corner of Sancianco and Leon Kilat Streets in this City.
It houses the Luzon Lumber, which is very well remembered for selling custom-cut plywoods that were very useful for school project the require a small piece of wood. But they sell also among others of course Lumber Materials.
When i arrived in Cebu, some years back, (hmm let just leave the date secret lest you would some up my age) I live with my cousin who bake’s cake for a business. She does Cake for Wedding, which is multi-tier and made of plywood. Luzon Lumber was our supplier of those custom cut wood.
Lately I badly need a wood for my bed, so i went to Luzon lumber but it was close, I thought maybe it would open later, for in the recent year they had erratic schedule, but it never opened.
Then I read a Facebook post by Prof. Jojo Bersales of the University of San Carlos:
The Luzon Lumber building at the corner of Leon Kilat and Sanciangko Streets is now being slowly demolished. Presently, the outside walls facing the street are intact, the south wall has been removed. “
The Floodgate of Memories opens, and here are some of the comment:
they will renovate it or the Emall is buying the lot?
kabantay ko bitaw ana sir nga gihinay na nila ug guba.murag intact pa tan awn kung nag atubang ka bldg pero wa na diay sulod.
ayay! slowly nawala ang mga known sa area… 😦
I remember around 25 years ago mo anha mi og ako bro mopalit og mga pre cut wood panel para school project. I passed by 3 years ago and the grandeur is still there Walay nabag o except sa mga tapad . Maka recall jud sa HS life ig mo agi ko , hopefully b4 completely Ma demolished maka post og picture pa mo ” Karaan”
sayang noh. ngano kaha dili mo value ug treasure ang mga pinoy noh? dili kaau tig.preserve ug old buildings and the like ang mga pinoy. sayang. =/
Posting as Jobers: i already contacted relatives of the owner the other month pa and I was told that there were no plans yet to demolish and i was promised that the signage “Luzon Lumber Company” would be turned over to the museo sugbo for temporary safekeeping just in case this happens. there is also a carromata marked “Luzon Lumber” inside that I had asked to be preserved or kept at the Museo temporarily…will check this out again.
Posting as Harve: when I passed by earlier, wood panels of the west wall adjacent to Emall have been removed. The south wall is totally gone and the inside of the building can be viewed from Sanciangko St.,from the outside, one could see a hint of green paint on the second floor. Sections of the roof are also gone, leaving what remains of the structure open to the elements. While viewing the Cebu aerial photo after the September 1944 bomb run, one can clearly make out the roof as well as the outline of the building which was very close to the Cebu railway station.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! didto pud ko tig palit mga gagmayng plywood pang project nako sa City Central School.I really appreciate that building of all modern building in Cebu City, Every time maka kita ko anang balaya the faith of preserving of that house, abi nako protected na sa Cebu City.I can still imagine those Antique Stall Number nga naka lansang pa sa each door.
And the list goes on..
All of them are saddened for the demised of a structure that harbors collective memories.
Since its a private property, there is nothing much we can do about it.
So if you have a Camera, be it point and shot or DSLR, please take a picture of this building before its too late.