Cebu’s most prominent person is President Sergio Osmeña, the fourth president of the Philippines after the Japanese-sponsored presidency of Jose P. Laurel but succeeding Manuel L. Quezon’s term in the Commonwealth of the Philippines. He is also the patriarch of the powerful Osmeña clan which counts in its roster several politicians including three Senators. In his honor, the Fuente Osmeña Circle, a fountain contained in a rotunda park in Cebu City was named after him. The circle is a centerpiece landmark of the city and the site of numerous festivals and rallies.
In recent years, Fuente Osmeña Circle has become a focal point of politicking between the Cebu Provincial Government and the Cebu City Government. Despite being the capital of the province of Cebu and seat of its government (the Cebu Provincial Capitol is in Cebu City), Cebu City is classified as a Highly Urbanized City and is therefore independent of any province (i.e., Cebu, the province, has no jurisdiction over Cebu City aside from its properties like the Capitol building). Anyway, the Cebu Provincial Government is asserting that Fuente Osmeña Circle is the property of the province and urges the Cebu City Government to turn it over. (Read one of the Cebu Daily News article about the sordid affair.)
Whatever the outcome and whoever owns the Circle, what matters most is the preservation of this important historical monument. Candido Ortega Wenceslao of Sun.Star Cebu, has written an article about the state of disrepair of the park (though the fountain is still working) and hopes that it gets “the attention it deserves.”