Casa Gorordo Museum will celebrate the Pista ni San Juan this Saturday, June 24, 2017.
San Juan Bautista, one of the Philippines’ more popular religious icons, is the patron saint of the old Parian district of Cebu City which was founded in 1614, and where Casa Gorordo Museum is located. Today, the Parian community still celebrates the Feast of San Juan Bautista, as he remains the patron saint of the barangay.
As part of the celebration, there will be a procession of a carroza bearing the century-old image of San Juan Bautista baptizing Jesus Christ, which are all owned by the Casa Gorordo Museum. Upholding one of the four traditions of the house, people in the second floor of the museum will be throwing red petals to welcome the carroza as it passes by the house.
“The Gorordo family has always had this tradition of celebrating the pista. RAFI has continued this tradition after it had acquired the Casa Gorordo and turned it into a museum,” said museum curator Florencio Moreño.
“This is to ensure that the tradition of the Gorordos, which reflects much of old Parian society, lives on,” he said.
The Casa Gorordo Museum is a historic house museum owned and managed by RAFI through its Culture & Heritage Unit. Together with Pepit Revilles, grandniece of the late Bishop Juan Bautista Gorordo, the museum will prepare a feast for descendants of the Gorordo family and the partners and friends of the museum.
“Also, I believe it’s important to touch-base with our partners again to strengthen our ties with them,” Moreño said on the celebration.