On the evening of May 27, let us all join a night of celebrating the Cebuano heritage and participate in Gabii sa Kabilin 2011.
The award-winning event is a Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. program. It is in partnership with the Visayas Association of Museums and Galleries Inc. and supported by both the local government and private sectors.
The event follows the European tradition of celebrating long nights of museum and is designed to enhance both foreign and local tourism. Our museums are the venues to better understand and appreciate our history and the Cebuano culture.
Cebu’s Gabii sa Kabilin is the only event of its kind in the country and in the whole of Asia. This annual event opens the participating museums beyond their regular hours on the last Friday of May, which is also the Philippine’s National Heritage Month. It also culminates the celebration of the International Museum Day.
This 2011, 11 museums will be participating and 7 heritage sites will be featured. Specifically, the museums participants will be visiting are the Casa Gorordo Museum, Cathedral Museum of Cebu, Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House, Fort San Pedro, Museo Sugbo, University of Southern Philippines Foundation Rizal Museum, 1730 Jesuit House, Sacred Heart Alternative Gallery, Cebu Normal University Museum, Cebu City Museum, and Mandaue City Central Plaza. The featured heritage sites are Plaza Independencia, Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, Basilica del Sto. Niño, Sacred Heart Church, Heritage of Cebu Monument, Plaza Hamabar, and Plaza Sugbo.
A mass will be held at 4 p.m., at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral to commence the “Gabii sa Kabilin.” At 5 p.m., the tartanilla and buses that will bring the participants to the various museums will be blessed and they will witness the “Santacruzan sa Parian.” At 5:30 p.m., an opening program will take place at Cebu Normal University. The museum tours will officially start at 6 p.m.
The Gabii sa Kabilin will take place this Friday, May 27, and it will last until Saturday, May 28, at 12 midnight. For further information, check out the Facebook event created by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. at Gabii sa Kabilin