Frequently Asked Questions on Gabii sa Kabilin

When it comes to Gabii sa Kabilin, I’ve become the official spokesperson in the family, and yet there are still a couple of information I’m not fully familiar with. Perhaps you too also have lingering questions about it. The good thing is RAFI is kind enough to create FAQs:

Q: When and how did Gabii sa Kabilin start?


A: Gabii sa Kabilin started on May 25, 2007 with  three Cebu City museums—Casa Gorodo Museum, Cathedral Museum of Cebu, and Basilica del Santo Niño Museum—and one heritage site, Fort San Pedro. In the second Gabii sa Kabilin on May 30, 2008, the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House joined as a participating museum and Shangri-la Mactan Resort and Spa as a partner. The tartanilla, an icon of Cebu, was also added. In May 29, 2009, the third Gabii sa Kabilin welcomed Museo Sugbo. The fourth Gabii sa Kabilin on May 28 welcomed the 1730 Jesuit House, University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF)-Rizaliana Museum, and the Sacred Heart Parish Alternative Contemporary Arts Studio (ACAS). Mandaue City and its plaza is among the participating heritage sites in 2011.


Q: When is this year’s Gabii sa Kabilin?


A: The 6th Gabii sa Kabilin will be held on May 25, 2012, culminating the International Museum’s Day (May18) and National Heritage Month celebrations in May.


Q: What is the concept of Gabii sa Kabilin? What are its goals?

A: Inspired by the Lange Nacht der Museen, or Long Night of Museums, in           Germany and other European countries, the Gabii sa Kabilin initiated by the          Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.(RAFI), which is the only cultural event of its kind in         Philippines and Asia, encourages the public to visit museums and understand their   position as a venue for cultural understanding and fun and dynamic learning.        During the event, museums and cultural institutions remain open   until late night   for public viewing. Cultural presentations and activities are also offered.


Q: How many and what are the participating museums and heritage sites this year?


A: 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,       College Assurance Plan (CAP)    Theater, 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, and 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.


Like 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, 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, Plaza Hamabar, University of the Philippines Cebu College, and Yutivo Building.


Q: Who are RAFI’s partners/sponsors for this event this year?


A: 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 (SNAF).


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.


Q: What can people expect from this year’s Gabii sa Kabilin?


A: Gabii sa Kabilin guests will 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 routesaccording to specific themes applicable to the museums and heritage sites,            which             guests can choose from. These themes           include Museums; Art Galleries    andAlternative Spaces; Heritage Structures; Educational; Churches, Temples, and    Sacred Places; and Public Spaces.


With one ticket worth PhP150.00, local and foreign tourists will have the freedom to 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.


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.


Q: What are Gabii sa Kabilin’s impact to the Cebuano community?


Since Gabii sa Kabilin started, there has been an increased awareness of the public on Cebuano culture and heritage. What’s good is that the youth are also actively joining and even coming up with writeups and blogs about the event. More people are discovering the rich heritage that Cebuanos have. Places of cultural and historic significance that used to be unknown are beginning to be familiar among the Cebuanos. The collaboration among museums, the participation of the barangays, and the support of the public and private sectors have established Gabii sa Kabilin as a venue for strengthening community involvement and multisectoral partnerships.


Q: Where and how can people buy tickets? How can they get updates regarding the event?


A: Tickets will be sold starting May 10, 2012 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, 2012 at or

For more information about Gabii sa Kabilin and other programs of the RAFI-Culture and Heritage Unit, please call 418-7234 local 703 and look for May or Florencio.


Q: What advise are the dos and donts for those who are joining this year’s Gabii sa Kabilin?


A: Gabii sa Kabilin is not a race. Breathe in everything you see and slow down before you proceed to another. If you can’t finish all the sites, then there’s always the Gabii sa Kabilin the following year, another opportunity for you to visit the rest on your list. Besides, it’s not like the heritage sites will disappear after the Night of Heritage. They will be just where they are, begging for your attention and ready for your scrutiny on another day. Furthermore, dress comfortably, especially with your footwear; it’s best to wear rubber shoes or anything that’s lightweight as the tour requires a lot of movement.


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