The Cebu Provincial Capitol Building is the seat of government of the province of Cebu. The Capitol houses the offices of the governor, the legislative hall of the provincial board and other provincial and national government offices. It is located in Osmena Boulevard at the corner of Escario Street.
At the back of the Capitol is the Marcelo B. Fernan Hall of Justice Building, which houses the courthouses and offices of the metropolitan trial courts and regional trial courts, and other government offices attached to the national government’s Department of Justice.
The provincial government of then Governor Sotero B. Cabahug in 1937 started the construction of the Capitol during that year and then inaugurated in 1938. The Capitol building is styled after the neo-classical style of architecture that was the typical style of public buildings in the Philippines during the American colonial era.
The exterior of the Capitol has white paint all over and its most attention getting part is the massive white dome in the center and the concave façade of the building. The white dome somehow reminds me of the dome of the United States’ Capitol building in Washington D.C.
Below the concave façade is the main entrance with a green color marble background and three large doors. On top of the concave façade is an inscription that says, “The authority of the government emanates from the people.” The two columns on both sides of the façade each have a gold color painted statue in Roman costumes. The female statue stands on the right side while the male statue stands on the left side.
Since the National Historical Institute put a historical marker in the Capitol in celebration of the 439th founding anniversary of Cebu, tourist buses have regularly passed by the building as part of a showcase of Cebu’s history.
(Upadated 7/15/11) For more information, visit the official site of the province of cebu at http://www.cebu.gov.ph/.