• A Perfect Summer Ender: Gabii sa Kabilin

      Gabii sa Kabilin or Night of Heritage is a special event where people visit museums and heritage spots in one night. From 6 in the evening to midnight, guests enjoy cultural shows, exhibits, children’s activities, contests, food fairs, and other activities. Guests can walk or ride buses and tartanillas (horse-drawn carriages) to get to the participating places.

      Photo Credits: RAFI

      The annual event aims to promote and highlight Cebu’s cultural, historical, and religious heritage. It is held every last Friday of May to celebrate the Philippine’s National Heritage Month and International Museum Day. It is an adaptation of Germany’s Lange Nacht der Museen or Long Night of the Museums, an anticipated event in more than 120 cities in Europe and South America.

      Gabii sa Kabilin is running on its ninth year which started off in 2007 with only three participating museums and now the event had expanded to more than thirty participating museums and heritage spots across Cebu’s four major cities. Cebu has remained the only metropolis in the Asia-Pacific region to hold such event. And in 2012, through an ordinance, the Cebu City Council designated every last Friday of May as Gabii sa Kabilin.

      The ticket costs 150php which provides entry to all venues listed in the tour. Guests get free unlimited use of bus and tartanilla rides. The ticket is only valid for use on May 29, 2015 from 6 P.M. to 12 midnight. Children aged seven and under, accompanied by adults, get free admission and rides.

      CITY WALK – The venues in the city’s downtown area: Mabini Street, Burgos Street, Lopez Jaena Street and Colon Street (between Mabini and Jakosalem Streets) are closedduring the event so guests can freely walk and visit these sites.
      TARTANILLAS – The guests can enjoy the calesa ride between the Sugbo Chinese Heritage Museum and Fort San Pedro.
      BUSES – There will be eight bus routes to take the guests to the participating museums and heritage sites. Different routes are all provided in a booklet which will be given to all the guests as guide for their tour.

      Photo Credits: RAFI

      EDUCATION – University of the Philippines Cebu, University of the Visayas, University of Southern Philippines Foundation, St. Theresa’s College, Talisay City College, Museo de Talisay. Two featured sites are University of San Carlos and Cebu Normal University.
      ARTS AND CULTURE – ANTHILL Fabric Gallery (Textiles), Casa Gorordo Museum (Music), Cebu City Hall (Photography), Cebu City Museum (Dance), Fo Guang Shan Chu Un Temple (Calligraphy), Fort San Pedro (Theater), JRG Halad Museum (Music), Museo Sugbo (Dance), Plaza Parian (Photography), Sacred Heart Parish – ACAS (Visual Arts), San Nicolas de Tolentino Church (Martial Arts), STC Folklife Museum (Zarzuela), UCCP – Bradford Memorial Chapel (Music), UP Cebu (Serenata), USPF – Rizaliana Museum (Music), Lapu-lapu City (Performing Arts), Mandaue City (Performing Arts). Three featured sites are Provincial Capitol Building, Oriente Theatre and Vision Theatre.

      THE PORT AND COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENTS – Fort San Pedro and five featured sites namely: Magallanes Street, Malacanang sa Sugbo (Aduana), Port Warehouses (La Nueva, Prince Warehouse, etc.), Shamrock Hotel (popularly known as Compania Maritima Building), Sugbu Chinese Heritage Museum and VECO Building.

      PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND SPACES – Bantayan sa Hari (Mandaue), Cebu City Museum, Mactan Shrine, Magellan’s Cross, Mandaue City Presidencia, National Historic Shrine Liberation Monument, New Talisay City Hall and Plaza Parian. There fourteen featured sites namely: Calamba Cemetery, Cebu City Hall, Colon Street and Obelisk, Fuente Osmena, Heritage of Cebu Monument, Mandaue City Hall, Muelle Osmena, Plaza Complex at Mandaue Centro, Plaza Hamabar, Plaza Independencia, Poblacion Plaza at Opon, Provincial Capitol Building, Senior Citizen’s Park, Tres de Abril Street and Monument.

      RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS – Archdiocesan Shrine of the Sacred Heart Parish – Alternative Contemporary Arts Studio (Roman Catholicism), Fo Guang Shan Chu Un Temple (Buddhism), IFI – Cathedral of the Sto. Nino (IFI Church), National Shrine of Saint Joseph Parish Church (Roman Catholicism), Nuestra Senora Virgen de la Regla Parish Church (Roman Catholicism), San Nicolas de Tolentino Church (Roman Catholicism), San Pedro Calungsod Chapel (Roman Catholicism), Santa Teresa de Avila Parish Church (Roman Catholicism), The Archdiocesan Museum of Cebu (Roman Catholicism), UCCP – Bradford Memorial Chapel (UCCP). Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral is the featured site.

      CULINARY – Casa Gorordo Museum, Fo Guang Shan Chu Un Temple, Mandaue Plaza Complex, Museo Parian – 1730 Jesuit House, Museo Sugbo, Plaza Parian, San Nicolas de Tolentino Church and Talisay City Hall.

      There will be programs and activities for kids and adults in the different participating sites. The following activities include: craft fair, photo exhibit, food fair, documentary film screening, storytelling, games, powerpoint and video presentation, Chinese cultural ceremony, buddha bathing, tea ceremony, Chinese calligraphy, painting exhibit, butterly art workshop, mini-concert, balak/balitaw contest, etc.

      Tickets are available at the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc (RAFI) Office or any participating museum and heritage sites. For more information, just visit their website, www.rafi.org/culture-heritage/gabii-sa-kabilin/ or their Facebook page www.facebook.com/gabiisakabilin or you may call them at (032) 418-7234 local 703.

      See you on May 29, Friday and know more of our culture and heritage from these historical places. As John Henrik Clarke would say, “A people’s relationship to their heritage is the same as the relationship of a child to its mother.” Let this heritage tour be a “homecoming” as we come to terms of who we are as a Filipino as we pay visit to all the museums and other participating heritage sites right in the heart of Cebu. Now that’s a perfect way to end your summer! ☺
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