Father and son streets of Cebu City
CEBUPEDIA - Clarence Paul Oaminal (The Freeman) - February 18, 2019 - 12:00am

There are two streets named after fathers and their sons in Cebu City. Here they are:

Pres. Sergio Osmeña Boulevard and Sergio “Serging” Osmeña Boulevard

President Sergio Osmeña Boulevard is named after Don Sergio Suico Osmeña Sr., the Grand Old Man of Cebu. He also holds the distinction of being the first speaker of the Philippine Congress, having been elected by its peers during the First National Assembly in 1907. Don Sergio also became governor of Cebu in 1904 replacing Don Juan Climaco, the first elected governor of Cebu. Don Sergio was elected vice president of the country on September 16, 1935 with Don Manuel Quezon during the first presidential elections. Don Sergio then became president when Quezon died on August 1, 1944. The boulevard named after him stretches from the Provincial Capitol Building up to the Plaza Independencia.

Sergio “Serging” Osmeña Boulevard is named the son of Don Sergio, his namesake, Sergio Chiong Veloso Osmeña Jr. The Cebu City Council, on November 6, 1984, enacted City Ordinance No. 1178 renaming General Douglas MacArthur Boulevard at the North Reclamation Area after him. Serging was elected governor of Cebu, the first elected Cebu City mayor, congressman, and senator. A son of Serging by the name of Tomas became the first elected post-EDSA Cebu City mayor.

M.J. Cuenco and Gov. M. Cuenco

M.J. Cuenco is named after Don Mariano Jesus Cuenco, the first Cebuano senate president. He was a lawyer and longtime congressman of the old Fifth District of Cebu. M.J. Cuenco also became governor of Cebu from 1931 to 1933. It was on March 23, 1964 that the Cebu City Council enacted City Ordinance No. 562 renaming Martires Street in his honor. He died on February 25, 1964.

The son of Don M.J. Cuenco by the name of Manuel who became a doctor also followed in his footsteps, becoming governor of Cebu from 1946 to 1951. Doc Manuel became president of the League of Governors and City Mayors. He also served as secretary of health during the presidency of Diosdado Macapagal. His son, Antonio, who finished Bachelor of Laws at the Ateneo de Manila and became a lawyer, was elected as the first congressman of the Cebu City Second District and served the district for 25 years.

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