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.
Tour Mechanics: A ticket worth Php 150.00 provides entry to all venues listed in a magazine guide given on the day itself during the opening program. Guests get free and unlimited use of identified bus and tartanilla rides. The ticket is valid for use from 6:00 PM to midnight of May 27, 2016. Children aged 7 years old and below get free admission and rides as long as accompanied by adults.
Museo Parian – 1730 Jesuit House
Museo Parian is an 18th century architectural marvel of coral stone house that fuses Chinese, Spanish, Filipino and American cultural designs and architectural techniques. It became an operation base of the Jesuit missionaries in converting the natives to Christianity. Now, it is a time capsule of 18th century Cebu and houses relics of the past.
The museo continues to forge people through education and sciences by revisiting the past and paving the present in the ways of appreciating art, aesthetics and architecture of the times. It also showcases the intermingling of the different cultures of Cebu.
Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House
The ancestral house is one of the oldest houses in the entire country. Built during the 17th century by Chinese merchants in the old barangay of Parian, the house is a picture of Philippine architecture during the Spanish occupation. Today, the house is under the stewardship of Mr. And Mrs. Val Sandiego.
Address: 155 Mabini St., Parian Cebu City
Phone #: (+63 32) 514-3003
Plaza Parian – AboitizLand
Spearheaded in 1996 by former Mayor Alvin Garcia and National Artist Edgardo Castrillo, the plaza shows significant events from the time of Rajah Humabon to the recent canonization of Pedro Calungsod. The plaza is located at Mabini St., Parian Cebu City.
Sugbo Chinese Heritage Museum
The Sugbo Chinese Heritage Museum memorialize the history and culture of the Chinese settlement in Cebu 600 years ago. The early Chinese settlers left a great impact on the culture and livelihood of the Cebuanos up to this very day.
Iglesia Filipina Independiente Cathedral of the Sto. Niño
The Cathedral was constructed in 1903 and was able to save important documents dating back to the 1920s. Life-size religious images dating over 100 years old of Mater Dolorosa and the crucified Christ are being well-preserved inside even after a fire broke out.
Casa Gorordo Museum
Casa Gorordo houses four generations of the Gorordo family, including Juan Gorordo, the first Filipino bishop in Cebu. It gives us a glimpse into the life of the Filipino family between the 1860’s and 1920’s.
Address: Lopez Jaena St., Tinago, Cebu City
Phone #: (+63 32) 255-5630
Archidocesan Museum of Cebu
Considered as a museum piece itself as it is a fine example of the architectural structure called “bahay na bato”. It survived the World War II and has gone through several transformations before it became the museum that we know today. It holds the tradition and practices of
The Roma Catholic Church. Catholic memorabilia and important artifacts are also being showcased in the museum.
Address: Mabini St., cor Urdaneta St., Senor Sto. Nino, Cebu City
Phone #: (+63 32) 412-3455
Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
It is the ecclesiastical seat of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cebu and was constructed in 1689. Completed in 1909 and was rebuilt in 1950 after the WW II. Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral is at Mabini St., Cebu City.
There are a lot of places in Cebu City that encompass the rich culture, heritage and history of the city. Nurture your soul and fill your minds with wonder of how the past shaped our present time. Follow the map for an awesome trip down to memory lane.