Gabii sa Kabilin 2012

One of the activities I look forward to every year is Gabii sa Kabilin. How could I not when also, every year, new sites join in the festivity? Today the number has grown immensely–21, in fact.

I’m also doubly excited to know more people are planning to be part of Gabii sa Kabilin, including my gang of 5.

I know you’re just as thrilled too, so I’ll be publishing a couple of articles about it in the next few days, beginning with this press release:


Gabii sa Kabilin 2012 is going to be grander, more festive, and thematic.


RAFI, partners to hold bigger Gabii Sa Kabilin

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) Culture and Heritage Unit and its partners will hold the sixth run of Gabii sa Kabilin on May 25, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 12 midnight.

This year the heritage event will feature 21 main attractions composed of museums and cultural sites in the cities of Cebu and Mandaue. These are

  • Aboitizland Heritage Pocket
  • Ayala Center Cebu Cinema and The Terraces
  • Fo Guang Shan Chu Un Temple
  • Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Museum
  • Don Sergio Osmeña Memorabilia and Art Gallery
  • Cathedral Museum
  • Casa Gorordo Museum
  • Cebu City Museum
  • Cebu Normal University (CNU)
  • Fort San Pedro
  • Jose R. Gullas Halad Museum
  • Mandaue City Plaza
  • Museo Parian sa Sugbo
  • Museo Sugbo Complex
  • Plaza Independencia
  • Sacred Heart Parish Church and Alternative Contemporary Arts Studio (ACAS)
  • Basilica Minore del Santo Niño through the Santo Niño de Cebu Augustinian Social Development Foundation (SNAF)
  • University of San Carlos Museum
  • University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Rizaliana Museum
  • Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House

Gabii sa Kabilin’s new participating sites this year are Ayala Center Cebu Cinema and The Terraces, Fo Guang Shan Chu Un Temple, BPI Museum, CAP Theater, JRG Halad Museum, and University of San Carlos Museum. The BPI Museum will be available for viewing to Gabii sa Kabilin guests from 8 a.m. t0 4 p.m. only.

Tourists are treated to cultural performances, exhibits, art fairs, food markets, and interactive demonstrations in the 20 main sites.

For this year’s Gabii sa Kabilin, there are various suggested routes according to specific themes applicable to the museums and heritage sites, which guests can choose from. These themes include Museums; Art Galleries and Alternative Spaces; Heritage Structures; Educational; Churches, Temples, and Sacred Places; and Public Spaces. There’ll also be a walking tour along heritage sites that are within walking distance from each other.

With one ticket worth PhP150.00, local and foreign tourists may go to as many participating museums and cultural heritage sites within the six hours of the heritage event. The ticket also allows them to take as many rides as they want in Gabii sa Kabilin-designated buses and one tartanilla (horse-drawn carriage) trip in Cebu City’s old district.

Tickets will be sold starting May 10 at the 22 participating museums and cultural sites, including the concierge at Ayala Center Cebu.

Detailed information about the participating sites and their presentations as well as tour routes of Gabii sa Kabilin will be available for download also on May 10 at or

In previous Gabii sa Kabilin runs, places of historic and cultural significance within walking distance or along the tour routes are also earmarked. These have also grown in number this year. Some of them are the

  • 1938 VECO Buiding
  • Asilo de la Milagrosa
  • Matilda Bradford Church
  • Cebu Provincial Capitol Building
  • Cebu Puericulture and Maternity House
  • Compania Maritima
  • early 1900s warehouses along M.C. Briones Street
  • Fuente Osmeña
  • Gotiaoco Building
  • Iglesia Filipina Independiente Cathedral
  • Malacañang sa Sugbo
  • Mother of Perpetual Help Parish Church
  • old Southern Islands Hospital
  • Plaza Hamabar
  • the old bridges of Sikatuna and Zulueta Streets
  • Oriente and Vision Theaters
  • Plaza Sugbo
  • University of the Philippines-Cebu College
  • Yutivo Building

An added attraction to Gabii sa Kabilin 2012 is a set of children’s activities that will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in six participating sites, namely, Ayala Center Cebu, Casa Gorordo Museum, Cathedral Museum, Cebu City Museum, Cebu Normal University, and Fort San Pedro.

Implementation of Gabii sa Kabilin is made possible through partnerships with the local government units of Cebu City and Mandaue, Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (CITOM), Philippine National Police–Cebu City (PNP), Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission (CHAC) of Cebu City, Province of Cebu, Department of Tourism–Region VII and Santo Niño de Cebu Augustinian Social Development Foundation.

RAFI and its partners are also assisted by tanods, officials and residents of 26 barangays in Cebu City.

Major sponsorship is provided by Smart Communications.

Dr. Jocelyn Gerra, executive director of RAFI-Culture and Heritage, said that the expansion of Gabii sa Kabilin in terms of participating museums and activities is a breakthrough as it means that more organizations and individuals are becoming aware of the beauty and importance of local heritage.

She also said that this indicates a positive trend in efforts to promote and protect Cebuano-Filipino culture.

The diversity of presentations and activities that participating museums and cultural sites are offering this year, she added, shows the cosmopolitan character of Metro Cebu. It is fitting therefore, Gerra noted, that Gabii sa Kabilin is tagged as a highlight event in the year-long celebration of the selection of Cebu City as an ASEAN City of Culture.

On May 18, Gabii sa Kabilin  in Argao and Sibonga will be launched in partnership with RAFI and the local government units of the two towns.

Culture & Heritage is one of the focus areas of RAFI. It aims to help communities understand, value and share their culture and 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 and Heritage, please call 418-7234 local 703 and look for May or Florencio.


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