October 23, 2008

Music Shop

Filed under: Doodles, Blabs and Rants — Tags: , , , , — didee @ 3:24 pm

The Music Shop

If there is one store back in Cebu that I miss the most, it’s the 2nd-hand store called Music Shop.

Why it’s called that, I have no idea. I’m not even sure if that is it’s official name. My friend’s aunt who is a book addict used to bring me along with her if she’s into her one “I-Need-a-doze-of-bookies” moods. This was way back when I was still in grade school. She was one of the reasons of my early awakening on this love affair with printed pages. I am such a slut when it comes to books. I got to have more than one!

The Music Shop, as what she said it was called, was located beside Gaisano Main, just across Rosita‘s Department Store in Downtown Cebu. It’s housed in an old 19th Century building,one of Colon’s, Cebu’s oldest Street, jewel amongst the mob.

They sell all types of second hand stuff. From books, magazines, Reader’s Digest, Encyclopedias, Clothes, Vinyl Records, and keyboards and Guitar. One time I even saw something like a grand piano. It’s a piece of heaven really, with all these old school stuff as your angels. Dusty Angels which reeks of mute words.

Your mind would blow up if you drown yourself with possible reasons of why their owners choose to part with them. Orphaned possessions waiting for the next hand to strum the old strings to life.

If you know where to look, and have the patience for it, for sure you will go home with a handful of stuff that will last you for quiet awhile.

The nice thing also there, is that you can exchange books with them. You bring along your old books and exchange it with some of their own. They will put a value on your books, depending on how old and it’s current condition. Who would want to buy books with missing pages right? 🙂

With a piece of paper stating the total amount you can use, you can then immerse your self upon their shelves upon shelves of paper haven. I love the smell of books. Minus the dust of course. And I would spend hours just running my fingers on the piles arranged by Authors, and flipping through pages of all of these wonders.

For a grade school kid with limited allowance, that place is a treasure.

After some years, the old place caught on fire. Those old pages are like sweet candies once licked by fire. It was just no match!

I lost my small treasure house. Or so I thought.

Late in high school and I found out that they opened a different shop. This time it is in Manalili Street. At the back portion of Gaisano Main. Unlike some people who abhors going to Colon, I am a street rat. (I’d pick Tabo sa Banay over Ayala anytime, If I really want to shop for clothes)

I shared this little treasure nook with my sister, and like me, she appreciated the value of hand me downs (but she’s more into ukay-ukay, which I am not so into). Who knows what stories lies behind their owners. People leave an imprint of themselves on that things that they let go of. (Isn’t this just like how our relationships with people go?)

(Now this gives me an idea of writing a post about phone numbers, quotes, dates, names and all those things written by previous owners, who like me, marks our books.)

Yes. Next time I’m home, I’ll pay that old Colon Street a visit. And check if my old Music Shop is still standing, and I’ll let it take me to many unknown journeys.



  1. Hi Dee,

    I am a booklover too. Please let me know if the Music Shop operates and where is it located in Cebu. I’m interested in exchanging my old books with new titles.

    Interesting blog….

    Comment by Ruth Perdigon — October 24, 2008 @ 3:25 pm

  2. Ruth : “Please let me know if the Music Shop operates and where is it located in Cebu”

    Hi Ruth , ehehe i’ll try to ask my sis or friends to check if the place is still up. Hopefully it is. 🙂 Do share what good finds you’ll discover. Happy treasure hunting !

    Thanks for droppin’ by

    Comment by didee — October 24, 2008 @ 4:00 pm

  3. oh, i also love those used book shops! sarap tumambay 😀 dito they meron ding exchange books pero in resorts lang pero sempre, it is not always easy to find english ones!

    Comment by kengkay — October 28, 2008 @ 1:40 am

  4. Kengkay : oh, i also love those used book shops! sarap tumambay 😀 dito they meron ding exchange books pero in resorts lang pero sempre, it is not always easy to find english ones!

    Hi Kengkay , happy hunting for english books then hehe 🙂 where are you located pala?

    salamat sa pagbisita 🙂

    Comment by didee — October 29, 2008 @ 2:21 pm

  5. haaaayyyy… when will i ever get a chance to go visit cebu again… curious gyud ko about that colon street kay that’s being mentioned by kaith too…

    Comment by ifoundme — October 30, 2008 @ 8:35 am

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