Tell it to SunStar: Old Cebu

(The letter is addressed to SunStar Cebu columnist Bong Wenceslao)

THIS is a reaction to your column, “Cash-strapped world” that included memories of the old eatery Larsian, which sells pork and chicken barbecue at affordable prices designed, indeed, for the cash-strapped.

The early ‘80s was the best years of my life. I was in college at Southwestern University (SWU) and Larsian wa where we filled our empty stomach, especially after a drinking spree early in the evening. We the college “bugoy-bugoys” at that time linked up with Sambag II toughies like Junior Big Head, Maning (the known thief) etc. and converged late at night in Larsian. There was no shabu, Ecstacy or Nubain at that time. What was popular was cannabis and cough syrup in 60 or 120 ml.

Often, the late Police Lt. Douglas Gorres, then the vice chief of the old Fuente Police Station which was then located near the eatery, would eat there or have beer with some of his men.

I believe I was one of the lucky few who experienced the beauty of that time when few people roamed the Fuente Rotunda, Colon St. was enjoying its golden years and Jones Ave. (now Osmena Blvd.) was spacious. Don’t forget the beer house in that grassy lot across Bradford Church that also sells barbecue to the cash-strapped.

When you are an adult, it is good to look back and reminisce on our youthful years. Yet these cannot be recovered, although at least we something to tell.

And since you started it, why don’t we recall the programs on television like “Wild, Wild West,” “Tarzan,” “Rat Patrol,” “Bionic Man,” etc. or popular radio soaps like “Diego Salvador,” “Villa Lagrimas,” “Handumanan sa Usa ka Awit,” etc.? I believe many would also interact on this because what remains of those days are the memories that are embedded in our minds.--Sonny A. Rivera
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