Downtown Cebu has always been a bit daunting, especially for an “island girl” like me. The streets are unfamiliar, possibly dangerous and there are a million “incidents” waiting to happen (or so I was told). So why does the idea of a photowalk sound so appealing?
It was exactly a day before my 26th birthday when I decided to just do it. Camera, strapped. Afternoon sun, perfect. Krisha, a bit scared. I didn’t want to end up as SuperBalita’s headline for the next day. But I swallowed my fear and did it.
And boy, I got what I wanted and more.
Downtown is daunting, yes, but underneath the smog and noise is the beating heart of the city itself. This is Cebu before the high-rise buildings and fancy malls, before hashtags and smartphones were invented. These streets raised the best of us. Its nook and crannies taught Cebuanos to be as tough and unrelenting as the buildings surrounding it. It was Cebu, complicated and old— but with a certain charm.
By the end of the walk I was sweaty and tired, but happy. The wimpy island girl finally conquered her fear of Downtown, and she’d gladly do it again.