I love history. I always love to look back through time and see how the people in the past live and work. When I found out that Cebu is very active in promoting cultural and historical awareness, I was very happy.
Having Gabii sa Kabilin here in Cebu for 9 years now is a manifestation that many are eager and passionate to appreciate Philippine culture and history. That’s a very good thing for us specially that we are now under neocolonialism.
Gabii sa Kabilin or Night of Heritage is a 6pm to 12am activity that is held every last friday of May every year where participants tour from one historical site to another. For one night, you get to tour around Cebu City and get to know the past of the Cebuanos! How amazing is that?
If you haven’t attended Gabii sa Kabilin yet, I think you will not know how awesome this activity is. Well, that’s the purpose of this article. Let me show you how worthwhile it is to get to know our history outside the four walls of our classrooms while having fun!
Gabii sa Kabilin 2016 is my first ever attendance to this event. My busy schedule finally permitted me to attend it. The event features many historical sites and you are the one to customize your itinerary for the night. As for me, I just decided my itinerary right there, right then. Here’s where I went:
Alright! Let me start telling you about my tour.
Put up last 2000, this monument continues to show to people some of the important events that happened in the history of our country. During the Gabii sa Kabilin 2016, the organizers also held an event near the monument, showcasing cultural performances.
Since I was already in Parian, I decided to just go to the closest historical sites in the place.
This ancestral house of the Filipino-Chinese mestizos is said to be the first Chinese household built outside China. This was built in the late 1600s and it is just located near the Heritage of Cebu Monument. This old house still has its complete collection of fine dining porcelains and vintage saint statues. Such a treasure to Cebu.
I walked from Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House to Casa Gorordo Museum. This was said to be the home of the first Filipino Bishop. It still houses many vintage possessions of the four generations of the Gorordo clan who lived there before the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) acquired it last 1983.
From Casa Gorordo Museum, I walked to the downtown area and there I found the Caththedral Museum of Cebu. It is located right across the Rajah Humabon park and beside the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. This museum houses old possessions of priests and bishops, which include song books, statues of Saints, and clothes.
At their backyard lies their collection of bells. . .
And of course, since this museum will not exist without the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, let me include a picture of it.
Once a military base and a stronghold under Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, Fort San Pedro is now a museum. It is very attractive and aptly situated inside Plaza Independencia. It was built t in 1565.
After Fort San Pedro, I rode a bus and passed the . . . .
and the . . .
After that, I arrived to my next target destination.
This library and museum is named after the Philippine National Hero, Jose Rizal. This is located near the Cebu Capitol Building.
My next and final stop was . . .
The great Carcel de Cebu is now called Museo Sugbo and is now the Cebu Provincial Museum. This is the biggest museum I’ve been to with 6 galleries that feature artifacts from the pre-colonial times to the early times of the Republic of the Philippines.
And sadly, my tour ended. It was 11pm that night when I went home.
Gabii sa Kabilin 2016 was a very successful event. I am very happy that I attended this event not just because I learned a lot from it but also because I witnessed that a huge number of people attended it as well and these people are from all ages! I hope this event will be continued and improved in the years to come. I would like to thank all those people who spend time and effort in getting to know our history and culture. I would also like to thank those individuals and organizations who are very active in promoting cultural and historical awareness. This contributes a lot towards nation building.
In this generation, cultural and historical awareness are no longer included in many people’s priority list. Don’t you think there is something wrong with that? Well for me, it is a pressing problem that people today do not even know why Apolinario Mabini always sits down on a chair. Knowing our past will help us learn our culture and identity. It will also guide us in facing our future as a country. Perhaps we should also include studying our history to our list if we have one.
Before I end this blog, let me give you some tips if you want to attend Gabii sa Kabilin:
- Book your ticket ahead!
Ticket is usually at Php 150.00
Tickets are available at all the participating establishments. You may also reserve it online and drop by RAFI to collect it.
- Be updated!
This is their Facebook page.
- Get to know the event.
Check out RAFI’s Gabii sa Kabilin website page.
Check out their fact sheet and brochures!
- Create your itinerary ahead so that you would know which routes to go. Check out the routes to be used by the transpos in their brochure.
- Bring water and snacks. It’s gonna be a long night.
- Bring extra shirt. You will get all sweaty because you will be walking around.
And you are all set!
Be sure to share your Gabii sa Kabilin adventure, too!