Upon arriving in Carcar City, you will notice the Acacia Highway. It is a section of the Cebu South Road that streches from Tinaan, Naga City to Vialladolid, Carcar City. It is lined with Rain Tress, and Acacia Tress. These trees were planted in 1915 by the personnel of Bureau of Public Works, the DPWH’s predecessor.
It is a prominent landmark in the central district of Carcar. It is located in front of the city hall, museum, and the elementary school. It has Dr. Jose Rizal’s words translated into Cebuan.
I did not walk to see Mancao Residence, it’s quite far from downtown. Hired a tricycle for 10P going to Gaisano Mall. Mancao Residence is immediately before the Mall. The Residence is huge and it is marvellous! The caretaker toured me but unfortunately cameras are not allowed inside. It was alright.
Going uphill, there is the monument of LEON KILAT to the left. Leon Kilat was a native of Negros Oriental but became the revolutionary leader in Cebu against Spain. On top of the hill, the monument of JOSE RIZAL is the centerpiece. To the right is the CITY HALL and LEGISLATIVE BULDING. Next is the CARCAR MUSEUM [a.k.a. DISPENSARY], the ST, CATHERINE’S COLLEGE, the CARCAR CHURCH, and the UPHILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL rounding the Rizal Monument. The Plaza itself has a lot of heritage structures and if you have a very limited time, the Plaza is already a good stop to experience Carcar City.
From first sight, the Kiosk of the ROTUNDA is intricate and there are a lot to see! It has 4-stairs from all directions going up the platform. Its dome is donned with tiny complex details and design, topped with 2-women statues interpreted to be America guiding the Philippines. Noticeable is the ARCH design of the Kiosk [typical design on top of old houses’ windows] which I interpreted to be either “sunrise” or a “fan.” I have also observed that the design has somehow become the City’s “insignia.” It is evident in buildings and other public structures which I have noticed including that of the Dispensary [now Carcar Museum]. You can see the arch design in the Public Market, waiting sheds, the City Hall and few private buildings like that of Jolibee near the Rotunda. I have to ask why but I was not provided with an answer. The only thing I was told was that it’s called CALLAZO but google cannot provide what it means. As to why it is being incorporated in public buildings remains unanswered.
Going downhill, I walked straight to STA. CATALINA STREET where most heritage houses can be found. I enjoyed this walk and I suggest try the side streets. I may have missed other old houses but these were what I saw along the way and have greatly appreciated. As of my walk, there are old houses undergoing improvements and some still needs the same. Houses along Sta. Catalina Street below:
This city known for its heritage structures is also home to small shops that manufacture quality yet affordable shoes sold at a site in Barangay Valladolid called the Carcar Shoe Expo. When in Carcar, don’t forget to try out the delicacies and bring home a few pairs of those Carcar-made shoes.The area is just a tricycle ride from any point in Carcar’s central business district and drivers know where it is. If you get tired shopping for footwear, a restaurant within the expo area serves refreshments and meals.