A Blast from the Past in Cebu


Casa Gorordo grounds

In this time of modern technology and way of lifestyle, society has changed for the past decades and the only way to understand more of our culture and society is to preserve our cultural heritage and use them to educate,inspire and motivate us to take care of own heritage spots.

A yearly event was organized by Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) Culture and Heritage Unit, the β€œGabii sa Kabilinβ€œ (Night of Heritage) . A showcase of 22 Museums/Churches/Heritage of Cebu/Mandaue to be opened to the public from 6pm to 12 midnight.

It was just a moments ago before the event that these were busy streets filled with vehicles and people doing normal everyday activities and just like that.. a blast from the past scene.

The β€œCasa Gorordo Museum” which was my 1st museum I visited showcased different historical sites and artifacts from the place itself. There is also a cultural show where children listened infront of the stage to listen to story telling from the presenter. Not only kids are listening but the other people as well.

Next is the Iglesia Filipina Independente Cathedral, it is one of the new churches who joined the event. Though I never expected that I found so much historical information about the place, especially with the preserved skull of one of the priest there, it is said that they display the skull during burial service.. educational and creepy at the same time.

Then we went to the Fo Guang Shan Chu Un Temple ,it was my first time there and I never expected that these kind of place exists here in heart of the Cebu city. Just by seeing temple and environment made me feel like I was in mainland China, the temple also featured their tradition, culture, their statues and mini Budhas. But the most interesting of them was the Calligraphy writing, I have the opportunity to try it myself and it was more difficult than I expected.

For Improvements:
The event really went well as expected, I really had a great time during the tour and also learned to appreciate our culture and our historical roots. Though there are only few minor things that needs to be addressed, one is to improved synchronization of service vehicles to minimize waiting and maximize the time to visit as many museums as possible. A tour guide will also be a good addition who will join the entire trip for groups of people.

Overall the event is a successful one, we had fun with the tour and learned a lot about the cultural heritage. Peace and order was implemented as well. I will surely comeback for more next year.


This is an official entry to the 2012 Gabii sa Kabilin Blogging Contest.

29 Comments on "A Blast from the Past in Cebu"

  1. oh, what an interesting post. this is really educational.

  2. i’ve never thought that gabii sa kabilin was this interesting. i should definitely give this a try next year πŸ˜€ its good that you’ve put up a gallery for the pics. thanks! its really worth sharing πŸ™‚

  3. it reminds of our visit to Vigan, so nice to see the houses that were well-preserved, very educational for the kids.

  4. You’re right. We should be proud of our own heritage and history. I think this is what keeps people grounded. I used to always hate these kind of things but as I got older I realized its part of who I am as Filipino.

    Nice post! πŸ™‚

  5. IT must be great walking down memory lane and looking at the old historical stuff.

  6. It’s wonderful that there are events like this that allow our youth to discover how rich our culture and history are.

  7. Waahhhh…I want to visit Cebu in my free time. Cebu has a diverse and rich history.

  8. That skull was a little creepy. πŸ˜›

  9. haven’t been to cebu, hope i can visit this place πŸ™‚

  10. I missed going to museums it is my love after arts and kids, besides I’m a graduate of History course. I just hope I could do visits to museums in other provinces as well.

  11. Wow! this is such a nice activity. I was in Cebu during the first week of May; I wish I was able to come here as well. I envy your calligraphy trial! hahaha!

  12. Museums are really nice. I lost that interest in them as an adult but when my family and I recently went to the Ilocos museum it triggered that awe again for seeing historical stuff. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Our cultural heritage is indeed interesting and something that we should be proud of.

  14. i haven’t been here though i included this in my cebu itinerary. hindi kasi ok weather so half day lang kami nakapagtour. maganda pala, sayang!

  15. Preserving our rich heritage is one of the ways to let our posterity to know how the past lived and survived and maintained their culture. This “Night of Heritage” has played a great historical and cultural influence to every Cebuano and even the rest of the Filipino.

  16. love this! this is our our forebear’s legacy its just right to preserve and be proud of these historical places and artifacts
    by the way, hoping for your win in this 2012 Gabii sa Kabilin Blogging Contest…goodluck!

  17. I missed this street! Used to live somewhere near here back when I had my reviews for the board in Cebu

  18. Is that the real skull? So creepy naman to patong on the table just like that. hehe

  19. Wow 22 museums! But 6 hours is surely not enough to visit all of them. I’d love to join in such a tour πŸ™‚

  20. i was in Cebu but i wasn’t able to see it sayang but the Skull is a bit creepy…

  21. Visiting places that brings back the yesteryears like this ancestral house gives me the opportunity to be part of the era even just by viewing the photos. This is so much fun as one immerses the life, culture and it’s people in the past πŸ™‚

  22. i really want to visit cebu. πŸ™‚ someday..

  23. i’ll save up money to visit cebu! πŸ™‚

  24. looking back is one way of preserving our history and the best place to keep it is within our hearts… I am proud to be Pinoy!

  25. It really makes you feel proud every time you learn about history of a place that’s near your heart. Galeng naman! May blogging contest pa πŸ™‚ hope you win!

  26. Now I know the meaning of Gabii sa Kabilin, a night of heritage.They really preserved the skull of the first priest.

  27. It was a very nice event. I want you to plan a few times a year such an event.

  28. Melanie Reed | June 18, 2012 at 9:20 am | Reply

    Thanks a lot for the picture gallery. Gabii sa kabilin sounds so interesting. I will make a point of visiting it next year.

  29. Drew Robinson | July 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Reply

    I will definitely visit gabii sa kabilin sometime. It looks a really awesome place. The events there are interesting.

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