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Savoring Cebu heritage in last night’s Gabii sa Kabilin left me blissfully tired, paltried and dusted, but more informed. I asked myself : “How do I get to see all these interesting sites for just a night?”
Initiated by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI) in 2007 and modelled after Germany’s Lange Nacht de Museen or Long Night of the Museums, it has now added 35 more (from the original 3) heritage sites, museums and pioneering institutions, bragging their best in Filipino traditions, cultural displays, food/culinary fairs, children’s events & contests, artistic displays and exhibits.
For 150 pesos worth of entry ticket, from 6 PM to 12 midnight, guests/ participants are offered unlimited bus and tartanilla (horse drawn) rides.
Guests may opt to take it slow by following the city walk segment at the downtown area along Colon – Parian or take the tartanillas traversing Sugbo Chinese Heritage Musem and Fort San Pedro, along Plaza Independencia.
This year, eight (8) routes were for the taking, viz:
Route 1 ==== Fort San Pedro – Shamrock – JRG Halad Museu – Sto. Nino Basilica – VECO Building – San Nicolas Church – Fo Guang Shan Chu Un Temple – San Nicolas Church – VECO – Sto Nino Church – Cebu City Hall – Sugbo Chinese Heritage Museum – Fort San Pedro.
Route 2 ==== Fort San Pedro – Sugbo Chinese Heritage Museum – Cebu City Hall – Sto. Nino Church – VECO Building – JRG Halad Museum – UV – UCCP Bradford Memorial Chapel – CAP – Cebu City Museum – Capitol Building – CAP – Bradford Chapel – Museo Sugbo – NSO – Fort San Pedro.
Route 3 ==== Fort San Pedro – NSO – Museo Sugbo – Corner Ballesteros – Sacred Heart Church – St. Theresa’s College – Sacred Heart Church – University of the Visayas – JRG Halad – Cebu Cathedral Museum – Fort San Pedro.
Route 4 ==== Fo Guan Shan Chu Un Temple – Fuente Osmena – Cebu City Museum – Capitol Building – Anthill Fabri Gallery – Staypi’s Souvenirs, Arts and Collectibles – University of the Philippines – Capitol Building – Cebu City Museum – Fuente Osmena – Fo Guang Shan Chu Un Temple.
Route 5 ==== Fort San Pedro – National Statistics Office – Museo Sugbo – Mandaue City Plaza and vice versa.
Route 6 ==== Mandaue City Plaza – Opon Poblacion Plaza, Lapulapu City and vice versa.
Route 7 ==== Fort San Pedro – Sugbo Chinese Heritage Museum – Cebu City Hall – San Pedro Calungsod Chapel and vice versa.
Route 8 ==== San Pedro Calungsod Chapel – Museo de Talisay – Alino Brothers Monument – National Historic Shrine Liberation Movement – Talisay City Hall -San Pedro Calungsod.
May I hasten to add Route 9 ! . . . I made my own map visiting only my chosen sites !
Held every last Friday of May, Gabii sa Kabilin commerates the Philippine Heritage Month and International Museum Day which falls on the 18th.
Mark your 2015 calendar !
And since, there will be lots of walking, wear comfy fits bringing only light gears. No fear walking around since security is transparent at designated areas.
For details, kindly peruse the e brochure as culled from the RAFI files.#