On its 10th year salvo, Gabii SaKabilin 2016 focuses on forging people, ultimately led to the year’s theme “Forging Peoples” as well. Acting Mayor Margot Osmeña – author of Gabii Sa kabilin Ordinance 2327 – gave a warm welcome message and shared how Cebu captured her heart for 30 years now (and counting). An opening number in a form of a cultural dance was performed along with the opening remarks given by Exec. Dir. of Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. Dr. Jocelyn Gerra. Reputable poet, a prolific contemporary Cebuano language scholar and a promoter of the language Dr. Erlinda K. Alburo graced the show with Balak: Forging Peoples poem that sh wrote for this year’s celebration. The opening ceremony was held at Casa Gorordo Museum ground and was hosted by Ron Heri Tan.
Background: Gabii Sa Kabilin began in the backyard of Casa Gorordo Museum. Starting with three museums in 2007, it has now reached to 41 participating and featured sites in four key cities – Cebu, Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu and Talisay. Gabii Sa Kabilin has now bagged awards for the promotion of local and cultural heritage. It is now being recognized as an important cultural event of Cebu City during the last Friday in the month of May, which the National Heritage Month is also being celebrated. Read More »