Colon Street

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Colon Street, Cebu City. May 2011.

Colon Street is a crowded street in downtown Cebu City that is often called the oldest and the shortest national road in the Philippines. It is named after Cristobal Colon (Christopher Columbus). It traces its origins to the town plan by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, the Spanish conquistador who arrived in the Philippines to establish a colony in 1565.

Colon Street Historical Marker in Cebuano

Colon, a bit run-down now, was the site of fashionable shops, offices and movie houses. It was once the heart of Cebu City's shopping and business activity, but in recent years (specifically during the early 1990s), much of this activity has shifted inland to the more modern, bigger and diverse commercial and business districts now spread in almost all of the urban areas of the city in what used to be considered residential and leisure settlements.[1]

Colon Street Historical Marker

In 2006, the Cebu City Council proposed a plan to close parts of Colon street from vehicular traffic and convert it to a tourism zone.[2] However, this was met with much opposition from businessmen and motorists due to concerns regarding security and parking spaces.[3]


Coordinates: 10°17′48.28″N 123°53′56.45″E / 10.2967444°N 123.8990139°E / 10.2967444; 123.8990139