Youth Heritage Event on Its 4th Run

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI), in partnership with the University of San Carlos (USC)-Department of Anthropology, Sociology and History and the Cebu City Government, will hold the 4th Kabataan, Kultura ug Kabilin (KKK) on Sept. 29 from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

During the activity, students from USC are going to tour museums and heritage sites.

Patterned after Gabii sa Kabilin, participants go to museums and heritage sites and avail of rides with one ticket.

Volunteers from USC and barangays and other stakeholders from the community will serve as the event’s tour guides.

Museums and heritage sites that will open are Casa Gorordo Museum, Cathedral Museum of Cebu, Cebu City Museum, Cebu Normal University Museum, Jose R. Gullas Halad Museum, Fort San Pedro, Museo Sugbo, Museo Parian sa Sugbo, Sacred Heart Church–Alternative Contemporary Arts Studio, University of Southern Philippines Foundation–Rizaliana Museum, Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño, Cebu Heritage Monument, Colon Obelisk, Magellan’s Cross, Plaza Hamabar, Plaza Independencia, Plaza Sugbo, and San Nicholas Church.

Streets in the downtown area will be temporarily closed during the activity. Between 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., the streets of Lopez Jaena, Ballesteros, and Mabini, stretching from corner Bonifacio Street. to Colon Street, will be closed. One lane will be closed in Mabini Street, between Colon and Urdaneta Streets.

The event is aimed to connect theoretical lectures on history, society, culture and heritage through visiting museums and heritage sites, demonstrate the value of museum and heritage sites or institutions as tools for education, encourage a dynamic dialogue between heritage groups, host communities and young people in the promotion and protection of the sites, and develop a sense of pride.

Kabataan, Kultura ug Kabilin is supported by Cebu City Parks and Playgrounds Commission, Cebu City Police Office, Cebu City Traffic Operations Management, Department of Tourism–Region 7, and the Philippine Navy–Naval Forces Central.

Kabataan, Kultura ug Kabilin is a program under Culture & Heritage, one of the focus areas of RAFI, which aims to help communities understand, value, and share their cultural identity with others. RAFI’s other focus areas are Integrated Development, Micro-finance & Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Citizenship, and Education.

For more information about Kabataan, Kultura ug Kabilin, please call 418-7234 local 703 and look for Karl Hegel Damayo, or visit www.rafi.org.ph or www.facebook.com/rafi.org.ph.

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What’s Up: September 28-30, 2012

This week, expect a lot of food, party, shopping and social good!

September 28, Friday

Tomorrow is your last chance to shop till you drop and enjoy fabulous prizes. There’s no way you can’t miss it since, hey, it’s payday and it all starts at 8:00 p.m., when you’re completely (hopefully) done with work.

Who will say no to good food? Better yet, you’ll surely give this Chinese feast a huge nod of approval. Dine on the sumptuous Chinese buffet prepared by no other than culinary geniuses Chefs Gene and Gino Gonzales.

Want unlimited roasted calf, lechon, and drinks the entire day? Then don’t miss the relaunching of Port Restaurant, one of the best buffet restaurants in the metro. Lunch (11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) is Php 229+, dinner (6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) is Php 299+, and late-night fare (10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.) is Php 149+.

 

September 29, Saturday

Be a “professional chef” for a day. Attend the Open house of American International Culinary and Hospitality Institute this Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Make your Saturday night one that you’ll never forget. Party like it’s now or never with the hottest tunes, awesome DJs, and cool people. This is open to all BBM, Android, and iPhone users.

SM Consolacion will make your one-hour trip all worth it. Win the latest gadgets, be treated by awesome entertainment, and enjoy up to 50 percent off when you shop.

 

September 30, Sunday

 

All the ladies out there, learn how to love yourself more through early detection of breast cancer. Usher Pink October by having your breasts checked for free.

 


Plants vs Zombies Musical

Catch the entertaining musical of Plants vs Zombies on August 17 to 19, 2012, at Ayala Center-Cebu.

Yes, you read it right! There’s a Plant vs Zombies Musical, and it’s going to be held in Ayala Center-Cebu this August 17 to 19, 2012.

This fun show is open to everyone, even to those who don’t know anything about the game from which this is based (like me!). I am super-duper excited to find out how everything is going to work out, and I think you should too!

To get an ENTRY PASS, please make sure you can call 232-0380 or drop by Privileges Desk in Ayala Center-Cebu. If you’re an A-card or VIPinoy card holder, there’s an additional treat for you.

Don’t you ever miss this out!


Join Money Summit and Wealth Expo 2012

The Money Summit and Wealth Expo 2012 will be on August 2 to 3, 2012, at Waterfront Hotel and Casino-Lahug.

Do you want to be the next Henry Sy?

Set up a mega business like Tony Tan Caktiong?

Or make the most of your savings, investments, and money?

 

If you want to save early, invest wisely, and retire happy, sign up for Money Summit and Wealth Expo 2012.

 

What Can You Expect?

It’s going to be a 2-day event, from August 2 to 3, 2012, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Several finance experts are definitely sharing their success stories and provide heaps of handy, easy-to-follow, and useful tips in different areas of wealth creation and investments.
  • You’ll learn the best forms of savings, which so many are finding hard to do.
  • It doesn’t discriminate. It’s open even for the most clueless about investing.
  • You’ll walk away more inspired and motivated to treat money more responsibly and respectfully.
  • You can meet great mentors and form new friendships. (The journey to better finance isn’t going t be easy. You’ll need help and support from like-minded individuals.)
  • You don’t need to go to Manila just to attend the conference and expo.

Here are some more.

The Money Summit and Wealth Expo 2012 needs some investment from you, but with all the benefits mentioned above, it’s surely worth it. So go ahead and sign up today.

 

For updates, like their Facebook Page or join their Events Page.


Celebrate Social Media Day Cebu Tomorrow

When Twitter and Facebook, to name a few, became household names (because they definitely conquered the offline world too), it’s as if the floodgates of golden opportunities opened.

Many people have obtained jobs, met their partners, reunited with their long-lost friends and even family, built a name or a business, and explored and established professional and personal relationships.

But more than anything else, they were instruments of empowerment.

At least for the past two years, I can no longer count with my fingers the number of times these social media tools have played a critical role not only in information dissemination but also in decision-making processes.

When an old ordinance of Pasig was revisited, it caused a wild uproar among netizens, eventually compelling the council to put it on the back burner.

The love story of Lola Aurelia and Lolo Luis got a modern twist when Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube told of their tale and the grandmother’s search for the love of her life.

More people have become more aware, vigilant, and participative in the recently concluded Corona trial, the Scarborough Shoal standoff, and almost every issue the country is facing.

It fostered compassion, as thousands upon thousands volunteered, donated, and simply opened their hearts to millions of people, Filipinos especially, who became victims of tragedies and natural calamities.

Social media has definitely changed the way we live, think, and feel. It has made the world smaller and the people a lot closer.

I am not surprised that many also abused social media, using it as a very lame excuse to hurt, malign, destroy, and render their supposed opponents (usually unwilling and unknowing) desperate and helpless. In fact, I expect there will be more.

But social media has also provided me a whole new perspective–it shows me that there are still worthy eggs in the basket. As long as proof of man’s kindness, generosity, love, humanity, conviction, and strength resonates in social media through images, stories, videos, and even music, the world still remains a very beautiful place and that every challenge can be conquered and won.

Cebu Bloggers Society is one with the world in celebrating Social Media Day tomorrow, June 30, at 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., in Mactan Isla Resort. You can register here.  Fee for non-CBSi members is Php 500.00.

For more information, visit Cebu Bloggers Society website.

 

Social Media Day Cebu  is made possible by the following organizations, sponsors and partners: Mactan Isla ResortCebu Tech Jobs , Pinoy Great DealsMozilla PhilippinesSun CellularGlobe Tatt Awards , SMART Communications, PRWorks, Diamond Suites and Residences. iTRAVEL iEXPLORE Tours and Services, Marc Louie Photography, Krispy Kreme, Lenddo and  JYGonzales and Partners.

The organizers would also like to acknowledge its online media partners: TekWorx Mobile and Web ServicesThird Team Media, and RLCOMM International.

Its offline media campaign is made possible through Cebu Daily News, Freeman, and Sunstar Cebu.


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 www.rafi.org.ph or www.facebook.com/rafi.org.ph.

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.


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  www.rafi.org.ph or www.facebook.com/rafi.org.ph.

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.