I grew up hearing my Mama’s stories about trains and sugar mills at Central Hawaiian. The way she described it was so beautiful that I had a very vivid picture of a small village like that in the movies. She, along with her siblings and parents lived at the back of the hospital and beside the church. Only a few steps away from their little home was the public market. The nurses, pastors, and some of the workers in the area were Americans then.
The way I imagined it was like a little town from Sim’s but I had the chance to visit the place just a week ago and it was already far from what my Mama described it to be.
I googled information about it and I knew what the little town really was back then. The laymen called it Central Hawaiian but the land is still part of Silay City, Negros Occidental. It was tagged as Central Hawaiian because in June 1918, the Hawaiian Philippine Company, a sugar mill, was established there. It was in the 1920s when the railroad was constructed and that’s what really interests me. To this day, the sugar mill still operates and the site is deemed as one of the landmarks of Silay City.