Friday, August 29, 2008

Toledo City: Home of the Miners

Toledo City, formerly known as Pueblo Hinulawan, is a 2nd class city in the province of Cebu, Philippines. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 152,960 people

On June 19, 1960, Toledo attained the status of a chartered city by virtue of Republic Act No. 2688, authored by the late Congressman Manuel A. Zosa representative of the Sixth District of Cebu.

It was made into a city in 1961 for a large part due to the Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corporation in Don Andres Soriano, Toledo City. Although not very much as progressive as Cebu's other cities, it is unique--and is therefore strategically located--in that it is the only city in the province which is on the western seaboard (Danao, Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu, and Talisay being on the east), facing Negros Oriental.
While walking a long the market, I was a bit curious about the stone in front of the city market. I know I saw it countless times, but at the back of my mind I was really wondering, what is the essence of that stone? Out of my curiosity, I asked some of the by passers in the market. Most of them said:

"Ang kana na bato, nag simbolo na siya kung ngano na city ang Toledo. Nakuha na siya sa usa sa mga yuta diri sa Toledo. Ug kana tungog sa Atlas Mining "

Needless to say, I was able to figure out why the stone was being treasured by the Toledanos. Moreover, the stone symbolizes the success of Toledo why it became a city.

Below: The Light house fronting the Toledo City Port Area, near the Public market.

Below: The Parish church: With the patron saint of the city St. John of Sahagun

Toledo city annual fiesta is every 12th of June in honor of the Patron Saint, St. John of Sahagun.

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