Gabii sa Kabilin (Night of Heritage): An invitation to rediscover Cebu

Cebuanos and tourists are invited to rediscover Cebu’s rich culture and history on the Night of Heritage or Gabii sa Kabilin. Bring along your family and friends and take a tour to nine museums/heritage structure in Cebu City that are open from 6 PM to midnight on Gabii sa Kabilin, Friday, May 28, 2010. To give you unique experience, you can even ride a tartanilla and experience Cebu’s colourful past!

9 museums/heritage structures on a special Friday night

This year’s Gabii sa Kabilin is expected to bring more colors and valuable experience to visitors as nine Cebu museums/heritage structures join. These are: Casa Gorordo Museum along 35 Lopez Jaena Street, the Cathedral Museum of Cebu and Basilica del Santo Niño Museum on P. Burgos Street, Fort San Pedro in Plaza Independencia, the Yap-Sandiego ancestral house on the corner of Mabini and Lopez Jaena Streets, Museo Sugbo on M.J. Cuenco Street, 1730 Jesuit House along Zulueta Street, University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) – Rizal Museum on Mabini Street, and Sacred Heart Parish along Jakosalem Street.

What to experience?

You can revisit Cebu’s past by going on a walking tour to the museums. To take a glimpse of religious relics and old statues and images, visit the Cathedral Museum of Cebu and the Basilica del Santo Niño Museum.

In Casa Gorordo Museum, you can learn how Cebuanos live during the Spaniard’s long stay in the Philippines. The Yap Sandiego House and the 1730 Jesuit House in the old Parian district take you back to the unique colonial architecture.

The USPF-Rizal Museum rich Rizaliana collection offers you with interesting things about Dr. Jose Rizal, our national hero. Beautiful contemporary paintings of Cebu’s artists are showcased at Sacred Heart Parish museum.

Another interesting highlights on Gabii sa Kabilin is your opportunity to listen to traditional Cebuano love poetry and music by local performers or watch dance performances by the Sandiego Dance Company and other dance troupes. You can also watch reenactments of Rizal’s last moments as well as award-winning indie films.

Parada or tartanilla rides are offered at between Fort San Pedro and Basilica del Sto. Nino Museum. Mini-buses are offered from Museo Sugbo, Fort San Pedro and Sacred Heart Parish.

We would also like to offer our guests a chance to ride the calesa or tartanilla (parada), a mode of transportation at the turn of 19th century as they move around from museum to museum. We also encourage people to dress in period costumes for the event, said Dr. Joy Gerra, Executive Director of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI)-Cultural Heritage Program.

Cebuano food and delicacies as well as Cebuano arts and crafts will be showcased and sold at certain venues.

To give you a quick view on Gabii sa Kabilin, visit Leylander’s My Cebu Photo Blog (MCPB) for the Gabii sa Kabilin 2009 pictures.

How to take part on this unique heritage tour

To be a part of this one-of-a-kind experience, get your Gabii sa Kabilin tickets at the respective participating museums for P100 per person (please see contact information on the list of participating museum below). Ask any of the tartanillas to bring you to Fort San Pedro and Basilica del Sto. Nino Museum for only P50.00 per person.

Quick facts on 9 participating museum/heritage structure

Casa Gorordo Museum
35 Lopez Jaena Street, Cebu City
(032) 418-7234 loc. 532
Description/Collection: Lifestyle Museum

Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House
Corner Mabini & Lopez Jaena Streets
(032) 515-9000
Description/Collection: Lifestyle Museum/Private Residence

Cathedral Museum of Cebu
P. Burgos Street
(032) 412-3455
Description/Collection: Ecclesiastical Museum

Basilica del Santo Niño Museum
P. Burgos Street
(032) 255-6699 loc. 602
Description/Collection: Ecclesiastical Museum

Fort San Pedro
Plaza Independencia
(032) 256-2284, 416-7080
Description/Collection: Heritage Structure

Museo Sugbo
M.J. Cuenco Street, Cebu City
(032) 516-2128
Description/Collection: History of Cebu Province, National Museum, National Historical Institute Museum

1730 Jesuit House
Zulueta Street, Cebu City
(032) 255-5408, 255-5409
Description/Collection: Heritage Structure

University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF)-Rizal Museum
Mabini Street, Cebu City
Description/Collection: Rizaliana Collection

Sacred Heart Parish
Jakosalem Street, Cebu City
(032) 253-6479 local 114
Description/Collection: Art Gallery

Gabii sa Kabilin takes its inspiration from the long night of the museum in Germany and other European countries. It is also the culmination of the International Museum Day (May 18) and the Philippine National Heritage Month (May) celebrations.

Organized by RAFI in partnership with the Visayas Association of Museums and Galleries Inc. (VAMGI), Gabii sa Kabilin is the only museum and cultural event of its kind in the Philippines and Asia.

This annual summer activity began on May 25, 2007 with four Cebu City museums/heritage structure—Casa Gorordo Museum, Cathedral Museum of Cebu, Basilica del Santo Niño Museum, and Fort San Pedro.