Colon Street is a crowded street in downtown Cebu City that is often called the oldest street in the Philippines. It is named after Christopher Columbus. It traces its origins to the town plan by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, the Spanish conquistador who arrived in the Philippines to establish a colony in 1565.
Colon, a bit run-down now, was the site of fashionable shops, offices and movie houses. It was once the heart of Cebu City’s shopping and business activity, but in recent years much of this activity has shifted inland to uptown areas.