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The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) Culture and Heritage Unit and its partner organizations will hold the 11th run of the Gabii sa Kabilin on May 26, from 6 p.m. to midnight.

The heritage event features 27 cultural destinations in the cities of Cebu, Talisay, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu.

This year’s Gabii sa Kabilin is made possible through partnerships with the LGUs of Cebu City, Mandaue City, Lapu-lapu City and Talisay City. Other government agencies and offices supporting the event are PNP, CITOM, Parks and Play grounds Commission and the Cultural and Historical Affairs Office of Cebu City.

The Gold Sponsors for the event are Aboitizland and VECO. The silver sponsors are City Savings Bank and Department of Tourism – Central Visayas

Gabii sa Kabilin 2017 will highlight the best of what each heritage site has. The event is designed to be fun and wholesome.

“GSK 2017 will bring out Cebu’s identity as a unique Philippine destination for its cultural history and laid back lifestyle,” Florencio Moreno II, curator of Casa Gorordo Museum said.

“This is what we really want people to get out of GSK – enjoyment of Cebuano culture. We want them to go around and visit the participating sites in a relaxed pace, especially that it is held in the summer when the metropolis winds down,” he added.

Throughout the night, participants will be treated to cultural performances, culinary experience, art fairs, and special exhibits, among others, while select participating sites also offer children activities. Additional highlights for this year’s Gabii sa Kabilin is the “Heritage Hunt”, which is in partnership with RAFI – Kool Adventure Camp, and the Gabii sa Kabilin “Blogging Contest”.

The participating heritage sites are as follow:

Cebu City

  1. Archdiocesan Museum of Cebu
  2. Archdiocesan Shrine of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
  3. Basilica Minore del Santo Niño Museum
  4. Casa Gorordo Museum
  5. Cebu City Museum
  6. Democrito T. Mendoza Museum
  7. Don Sergio Osmeña Sr. Memorabilia and CAP Art Gallery
  8. Fo Guang Shan Chu Un Temple
  9. Fort San Pedro
  10. Iglesia Filipina Independiente Cathedral of Sto. Niño
  11. Jose R. Gullas Halad Museum
  12. Museo Parian sa Sugbo – 1730 Jesuit House
  13. Museo Sugbo
  14. Museum of Bicycling
  15. Museum of Heritage and Folk Art
  16. Museum of Naïve Art (MoNA) – West Gorordo Hotel
  17. Plaza Parian / Aboitizland
  18. San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish Church
  19. Theresa’s College – Folklife Museum
  20. Sugbo Chinese Heritage Museum
  21. United Church of Christ of the Philippines – Bradford Memorial Chapel
  22. University of the Philippines Cebu

Mandaue City

  1. Mandaue Presidencia

Lapu-lapu City

  1. Mactan Shrine

Talisay City

  1. Archdiocesan Shrine of Sta. Teresa de Avila Parish
  2. Talisay Beach Landing
  3. Collegium Societa Tis Angeli Pacis Museum

To join the Gabii sa Kabilin, guests must purchase a Gabii sa Kabilin ticket worth Php 150 only. It comes along with a Gabii sa Kabilin tour map and e-magazine.

The e-magazine can be downloaded from the internet starting May 22, 2017 through the following sites and pages:

  1. Official RAFI website: www.rafi.org.ph
  2. Official RAFI Facebook page: www.facebook.com/rafi.org.ph
  3. Official Gabii sa Kabilin Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gabiisakabilincebu/
  4. Official Casa Gorordo Museum website: www.casagorordomuseum.org

The ticket also entitles participants to a tartanilla (horse-drawn carriage) trip in the city’s old district, and unlimited rides in Gabii sa Kabilin-designated buses.

Admission is free for children ages seven and below. The tickets can be purchased and reserved in advance at any of the participating museums and heritage sites.

To allow participants to walk freely and safely in the historic downtown area of Cebu City, the following roads will be closed to traffic on May 26, 2017 from 5 pm to midnight:

  1. Mabini Street
  2. Burgos Street
  3. Aboitiz Street (formerly Lopez Jaena Street)

Drivers are encouraged to make detours away from these areas at least 2 hours before the road closure to avoid getting stuck in a traffic jam.

In 2012 the Cebu City Council passed Ordinance 2327 declaring the last Friday of May of every year as Gabii sa Kabilin or Night of Heritage.

Culture & Heritage is one of the focus areas of RAFI. It aims to help communities understand, value and share their cultural heritage with others. The foundation’s other focus areas are Integrated Development, Micro-finance & Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Citizenship, and Education.

For more information about Gabii sa Kabilin and other programs of the RAFI Culture & Heritage Unit, please call 411-1700/3431700 local 24537 and look for Junnale Castro, or visit www.rafi.org.ph or www.facebook.com/rafi.org.ph, or follow @rafiorgph on Twitter.

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