J. Climaco Street, Cebu City
It is the street that intersects Magallanes, Dimasalang, Colon and Borromeo. It is parallel to the streets of Leon Kilat and Panganiban. It is situated at the back of Cebu Eastern College (formerly Cebu Chinese High School).
J. Climaco Street named after " Juan Faller Climaco" should be distinguished from A. Climaco Street. ( formerly Orchid St.) located in Capitol Site. A. ( Arsenio) Climaco Street is named after his grandson who like him also became Governor of Cebu.
Juan Climaco, also known as "Tan Hantoy", was called the " brains of the resistance". Before the outbreak of the Cebuano revolt against Spain in 1898 he was Capitan Municipal of Toledo. His family was one of the wealthiest in the entire province. He married Maria Regina Ramas.
He was appointed by Luis Flores, as Chief of Staff of War Preparations. He had the rank of general during the Spanish and American Revolt. Climaco, with Gen. Arcadio Maxilom, refused to surrender to the Americans when they arrived in Cebu on 1899.
On February 21, 1899 after the Spaniards left Cebu, he with Pablo Mejia, Julio Llorente, Segundo Sison, Fr. Pablo Singson, Bishop Juan Gorordo signed a protest against the American Occupation.
The KKK- Cebu surrendered to the Americans on September 26, 1901 and he joined the call for democratic reforms under the Americans.
He was the First Elected Governor of Cebu from March 1902. In the first elections in Cebu he defeated the incumbent (appointed by the Americans) Governor Julio Llorente. He was reelected as Governor on February 4, 1904 defeating Alejandro Ruiz of Argao, Cebu. Don Juan Faller Climaco died on July 16, 1907 at the age of 47.
Before the election of 1907, he was chosen as candidate representing the 6th District, but he was replaced by Casiano Causin after he died. Don Juan would have been the first elected congressman of the Old 6th District of Cebu had he not died.
But the imprint of his leadership still continues, as it was during his governorship that the Cebu- Toledo road was constructed.
"Juan Climaco, also known as 'Tan Hantoy', was called the 'brains of the resistance'. Before the outbreak of the Cebuano revolt against Spain in 1898 he was Capitan Municipal of Toledo. His family was one of the wealthiest in the entire province"