Casa Osmeña

Casa Osmena

Casa Osmena

I was surprised to find out that the house of President Sergio Osmena already belongs to a private group. Good thing was that the new owners have a good sense of history; they spared the old house and transformed it into a very remarkable museum with a huge Osmenia memorabilia’s. Although there were alterations made on the original structure (that I find ill advised) and the buildings were established around the lot, it’s still refreshing to know that there are still companies that care about preserving our heritage.

Young Sergio

Young Sergio

What’s even more impressive is that the museum is free! Now, I don’t understand why people here doesn’t visit this place, the security guard just told me that attendance lately is not really encouraging. The schools around here should be planning more trips to this historic house. I don’t think a lot of people know of this place existence.

I’m not sure if the Osmena’s are still involved in the preservation of the house since they already sold it to a private firm. One thing that I noticed is that most of the collections were donated by private individuals and collectors who have acquired President Osmenia’s personal effects.

The most impressive piece on display for me the Presiden’s khaki uniform, ala safari getup (displayed along with his other Presidential outfit) the one he wore when he landed in Leyte with Gen. MacArthur. The thought gave me goose bumps as I picture Osmena walking along with Basilio Valdez, Romulo, MacArthur and his aides during the momentous Leyte Landing.

There are other interesting pieces on display, I particularly like the pictures, and most are reprints but none the less rarephotographs (like this one photo of Osmena, Quezon & Roxas together in a parade), great photos of the former President with his close friend Gen. MacArthur taken after their later years. A painting of the handsome young Sergio would greet the museum visitors in the stairway; I wonder why his grandsons did not inherit his charming looks!

There is so much to see here, it feels like you’re visiting a living person because most of President Osmena’s personal stuff are still inside the house; pillows, dress, books, baston, socks, shoes, hats, leather bags, notebooks, pens, maletas, official mace and believe or not, his car!

Hands down to CAP (Cebu) for all their efforts, companies like them is hard to find these days. Seeing some of the objects on display though made me sad in a way, I took a look into the closet of the legendary President in one of the rooms and was surprised to see that some of his clothes and documents left to deteriorate. I doubt it if some of the priceless objects would be around for the next decade. Humidity, insects and temperature are slowly destroying the memorabilia’s, as can be seen in the photos and other things inside that are made of soft materials. As any experienced curator would suggest the key is maintaining a stable and moderate environment for the artifacts to be protected.

I’m happy that these rare items are sheltered and are put to good use, so still I’m happy – I want to see our government to help in conserving this wonderful museum. I hope the place would be around forever, for places like Casa Osmena offers us an extraordinary window where Filipinos can gaze into the past.

:They dont make them like they use to we once have principled politicos

They don't make them like they use to" we once have principled politicos - now, what we have are scammers in suits

Best buddies, these two guys is said to have first met in Letran when they were both students

Best buddies, these two guys is said to have first met in Letran when they were both students

The Leyte Landing get up

The Leyte Landing get up

The Presidents car

The Presidents car

Books, baston and some other stuff

Books, baston and some other stuff

A hat, a pair of shoes and a leather bag

A hat, a pair of shoes and a leather bag

I think this box belong to you Mr. President

I think this box belongs to you Mr. President

Some of the stuff of President Osmena left to deteriote in his cabinet

Some of the President's perosnal belongings left to deteriorate in his cabinet

Casa Osmena also serves as an art gallery for aspiring Cebuano artist

Casa Osmena also serves as an art gallery for aspiring Cebuano artist

This historic house where President Osmena retired after his defeat in his remarkable political career against Presidente Roxas is located near the Fuente and Robinsons (less than 500 m from Robinsons). Its in Jones fronting Jollibee.

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8 responses to “Casa Osmeña

  • nold

    @ Showroom Manager – Quezon and Roxas are in a league of their own, our finest orators – and lets not forget about Marcos. We don’t see these eloquent speeches anymore, I think our leaders of today no longer believes that what you say can move and inspire people.

    I’ve seen Malacanan several times, and every time its a new experience.

    BTW, thanks for sending me the file. I appreciate it!

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  • Pepe Alas

    If I’d be FORCED to choose, I’d go for the lesser evil (Erap) than today’s current usurper (Arroyo).

  • the showroom manager

    @nold– have you heard quezon’s speech? i’ll send you an MP3. boy, he’s really good.

    i’ve had at least four tours so far. last week, we went to malacañang museum to include it in our repertoire. i recommend that you visit it when you drop by manila.

  • nold

    @Showroom Manager – They would’ve not succeeded, both of them, if they did not supported each other. True Filipino patriots. I’m prouder to be Filipino because of these men. BTW how’s the tours?

    @SMaranon – Osmena is a class act, when he conceded defeat he informed Roxas that he wanted to be in the parade for his inauguration! and he did exactly that! This only goes to show this man’s greatness, his humility and his love for his country – ngayon lahat ng natatalo sa halalan dinugas!

    @Pepe – I don’t think we’ll ever see another Quezon, Osmena, Roxas, Magsaysay in our lifetime – chances are the likes of Erap and Arroyo would rule our politics for some time.

  • Pepe Alas

    Osmeña was one of the best and most scrupulous presidents we ever had.

  • SG Marañon

    This is true. Osmeña lost the Presidency because he did not campaign. His contributions in our Independence against the Americans is perhaps his greatest legacy, as he toil tirelessly to gain it even when he was with the Americans fighting the Japanese. His character is best manifested while he was with Quezon, he was content to play the second man even at a time when his popularity could challenge Quezon (against Aguinaldo, Osmeña got more votes than the two presidentiables), I suspect that his decision to be Vice was because of his friendship with Quezon, whom he met when they were both in Letran, being provinciano’s they built a strong bond during their years in college (this would continue in UST). I have reason to believe that when he run for the Presidency he no longer had the desire to be President and I can’t blame him having serve his country since he was in his 20’s. When he lost he retired to his home, the one featured here.

    And yes, they dont make them like they used to :)

  • the showroom manager

    hi nold–

    thanks for the posts about cebu. in my readings, i think osmeña was a better leader than quezon. quezon was a better politician.

    the elections held after the war showed osmeña more busy in restoring order while roxas was more inclined to campaign. macarthur supported the young and ambitious roxas and it proved to be a deciding factor in his victory and the rest is history :D

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