Wednesday, October 24, 2018

When you have passed by along South Road Proerties, Cebu you have most likely seen the ruins of Compania Maritima. It is that abandoned building you can see upon entering SRP. If you are like me who is fascinated with heritage sites and it's stories, you probably also look forward to being able to get into the building or at least take a photo of it.

History of Maritima Ruins (Compania Maritima)

Before this building became known as the Maritima Ruins, it was known as the Fernandez Building. It was built in 1910 and was owned by Fernandez Hermanos Inc. It was later on, occupied by Shamrock Hotel in the 1930's.  It was prominent for being the flagship hotel of Shamrock. It was also reported that Shamrock Hotel utilizes the upper floors while the ground floor is occupied by Manila Steamship Company.

  Today, the Maritima Ruins is left abandoned, occupied by the homeless and the facade surrounded with parked cars
Today, the Maritima Ruins is left abandoned, occupied by the homeless and the facade surrounded with parked cars
In 1945, during the World War II, this building wasn't spared from the bombing and havoc of war. It was dilapidated until an international shipping lines offered to have it restored. That was Compania Maritima.

Compania Maritima was the biggest shipping company in the Philippines. They have also put up the Philippine's first international port in Cebu. Their dominant routes were going to Southern Mindanao. Their ships are bigger and able to carry more cargoes than the competitors.

Abandoning the Building

In 1976, fast cruiser liners came. Sulpicio Lines and William Lines has introduced a faster ships which travels 50% less time than Compania Maritima currently have and only have one intermediate stop compared to the Compania Maritima that has up to six intermediate stops.  The company tried to take care of things and reduce their sailing time to 4 days however, they were still unable to compete. As competetors acquire faster and better ships, Compania Maritima got stuck to their old ships and way of sailing. Together with the political and financial crisis in the 80s and their losing operations. They had to file bankruptcy and in 1988 non of their ships exist.

Owners of the company left and went back to Spain, while the building was left abandoned since then.

Truly, this heritage building has gone through the test of time. It has witnessed Cebu from pre-war up until now. It's beautiful structure and facade shows the rich history of the Philippines. My only wish for this building is for this to be restored like in its glory days and become a historical museum. I would definitely be the first to go.

A view of the Maritima ruins

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Wasn't able to make to the 1:45 PM trip of 2Go Supercat to Cebu. I arrived a little too late. I did not realize the ticketing office cut off issuing of tickets 10 minutes before the departure time.

So what a freelancer do when she gets stuck in a city away from home? 

She finds the most convenient place to work. Luckily, I know just the right person to ask for a recommendation in Ormoc. I asked Nikka of Discover Ormoc City for a coffee shop recommendation to pass the time with and to work and she recommended Bo's Coffee in Rizal St.

I don't know where Rizal St. is but I took a tricycle and told the driver I'm going to Bo's coffee. The fare is only 7 php.  Going around Ormoc City is very easy with tricycle as main transportation. 

Bo's Coffee
Bo's Coffee Ormoc Menu Board
Bo's Coffee Ormoc Menu Board

Bo's coffee is a Filipino coffee house chain owned by a Cebuano. It started in Cebu and now has grown to have around 91 outlets all over the Philippines.  They have a variety of beverages, snacks and breakfast meals.

Bo's Coffee Bean Sources and its Flavor
I love that their coffees are homegrown. The company aim to highlight Philippine grown coffee and support local coffee farmers.

Sagada - Sweet, nutty, and well-balanced, with hints of chocolate and fresh tobacco.

Benguet - Well-balanced, with herbal notes and a winey taste.

Mt. Kitanglad - Light and Nutty

Mt. Apo -  Sweet and earthy

Mt. Matumtum - Berrylike and spicy, with notes of cardamom and camphor

Bo's Coffee Ormoc Situation
On my way there, I expected that it will be packed with students but I was wrong. There were only a few people when I arrive. I guess that's the good thing about having limited internet, people don't overstay. Bo's coffee Ormoc only allow up to 1 hr of internet usage while other outlets allow up to 2. The trick here is to ask for another network key once you have used up yours. Of course, don't abuse it. It's still a coffee shop and not a free internet hub.

Anyway, their internet connection is fast. I was able to work while I ate my tuna sandwich and sip my Caramelo Froccino. The Barista and Staff are also polite and friendly. It's a good thing I went there.

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