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Gabii Sa Kabilin 2013 Will Let You Experience An Amazing Night

Gabii Sa Kabilin 2013 yet again will be another night of wonder and mystique. This is the one night of the year when museums and tourist spots in Cebu City, Mandaue City, Talisay City and Lapu-Lapu City will be open for all the world to see!

Gabii Sa Kabilin 2013 is the 7th run of the annual heritage celebration. It started back in May 25, 2007 with only 3 museums and 1 heritage site: Casa Gorordo Museum, Cathedral Museum of Cebu, Basilica del Santo Niño Museum and Fort San Pedro. Fast forward to Gabii Sa Kabilin 2013, the participants are now a total of 33!

Gabii Sa Kabilin 2013 is the culmination of International Museum’s Day (May 18) and National Heritage Month celebrations for the whole month of May.

What Inspired Gabii Sa Kabilin 2013?


Gabii Sa Kabilin 2013 was inspired by the Lange Nacht der Museen (Long Night of Museums) of Germany and various European countries. Through the initiative of Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI), the annual celebration in Cebu, the very first of its kind in the Philippines and Asia, was started for the public. Its aim is to encourage the people to learn about their beautiful culture and heritage, with cultural presentations and activities for them to join.

2013 will feature a total of 33 attractions. With a long list of options, it will be very hard for you to choose which attraction you will visit. All of them are fantastic and oozing with history.

Cebu City

  1. Museo Sugbo
  2. Cathedral Museum of Cebu
  3. University of the Philippines Cebu College
  4. Cebu Cultural Center
  5. Colegio del Santo Niño
  6. Don Sergio Osmeña and CAP Art Gallery
  7. United Church of Christ in the Philippines – Bradford Memorial Chapel
  8. Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House
  9. Iglesia Filipina Independiente Cathedral of the Holy Child
  10. San Pedro Calungsod Chapel
  11. University of Southern Philippines – Rizaliana Museum
  12. Plaza Independencia
  13. Cebu City Museum
  14. Plaza Parian – Aboitizland Heritage Pocket
  15. Sacred Heart Parish Church – Alternative Contemporary Art Studio
  16. San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish Church
  17. Jose R. Gullas Halad Museum
  18. Sugbo Chinese Heritage Museum
  19. Fo Guang Shan Chu Un Temple
  20. Museo Parian sa Sugbo
  21. Casa Gorordo Museum
  22. Fort San Pedro

Lapu-Lapu City

  1. Plaza Poblacion
  2. Nuestra Señora Virgen de la Regla Parish Church
  3. Muelle Osmena
  4. Mactan Shrine

Mandaue City

  1. Bantayan sa Hari
  2. Mandaue City Presidencia
  3. National Shrine of St. Joseph Parish Church
  4. Plaza Complex

Talisay City

  1. Sta. Teresa de Aila Parish Church
  2. National Historic Shrine Liberation Monument
  3. Museo de Talisay

What can we expect on Gabii Sa Kabilin 2013?


Various activities await all.  There will be cultural shows, culinary wonders, art galleries, and amazing exhibits!

The Gabii Sa Kabilin 2013 ticket will give you an all-in-one pass for entrance to all 33 main attractions, all-you-can ride trips by the Gabii Sa Kabilin 2013 buses, as well as 1 tartanilla ride for you to enjoy in the old district of Cebu.

The Gabii Sa Kabilin 2013 ticket is only Php 150 while children 7 years old and below are free of charge!

Local thoroughfares will be closed to allow you safe and enjoyable  passage in all the attractions.

Gabii Sa Kabilin 2013 Guide

Gabii Sa Kabilin 2013 Guide is available for you to download. It will show you tour routes, maps, colorful photos and so much more! Visit the following sites to start downloading the final version of the e-form.

To get more info about Gabii Sa Kabilin 2013 and RAFI, you can dial 418-7234 local 703  and look for Karl Damayo or Florencio Moreño II or you can visit the Facebook page of RAFI and click LIKE, drop by RAFI official website,  or you can be a follower on Twitter @rafiorgph.



Gabii sa Kabilin 2012 features 21 Museums and Heritage Sites

Gabii sa Kabilin 2012 Postcard

Gabii sa Kabilin or Night of Heritage, which is inspired by the long night of the museums in Germany and other European countries, aims to encourage the public to visit museums and understand their position as a venue for cultural understanding. During the Gabii sa Kabilin, participating museums and heritage sites are open until midnight for public viewing. Each of these establishments prepares programs and activities that highlight their unique heritage agenda.

The event is slated every last Friday of May to culminate with the International Museums Day and National Heritage Month celebrations.

This year 21 museums and heritage sites will serve as main attractions, from last year’s 18. New participating sites are Ayala Center Cebu; 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 8:00 am t0 4:00 p.m. only.

This year’s Gabii sa Kabilin will highlight heritage routes by “themes” and will feature additional sites along the routes. Cultural performances, exhibits, art fairs, food markets, interactive demonstrations, as well as activities for children in selected sites are activities set, aside from the popular tartanilla (horse-drawn rig) rides.

Gabii sa Kabilin began on May 25, 2007 with four Cebu City museums. Every year the number of participating museums has been growing, as with the participants. In recent years, the Gabii sa Kabilin has drawn a growing number of tourists and locals alike, with the youth making up the bulk of visitors.


The Battle of Mactan

Datu Lapu-lapu of MactanIt was on April 7,1521 when the three remaining galleons under the command of Fernando de Magallanes dropped anchor in Sawang (now Suburban San Nicolas, Cebu) to stay in port for 20 historic days, the longest stop over in the navigator’s epic voyage that started in Spain 1519.

With a characteristic display of supremacy, Magellan did not only subjugate the native chieftain of Sugbu, Rajah Humabon, but befriended the entire community leading to their conversion to Christianity by having the royal couple baptized and gifted with a small icon of the Holy Child or the Sto. Niño.

At that time, there was bad blood between Humabon and Lapu-Lapu hence, the former saw the opportunity to conquer his hated rival with the aid of superior arms.

Hearing about the stubbornness of Lapu-Lapu, Magellan lost no time to send a messenger bearing threats and boastful taunts, declaring that defiance would mean death.

The conditions imposed among others were to swear allegiance to Spain, payment of tribute to the King, abandonment of pagan beliefs and acceptance of a new faith. Failure to comply will be answered by sword and fire.

It was said that in defying the treats of Magellan and in being made to choose between servitude and extinction, Lapu-Lapu return the message with extreme pride saying: “I bow to no King, I only owe allegiance to my people”. Thus was triggered the Battle of Mactan on April 27, 1521.

Magellan was vanquished but the faith of Lapu-Lapu afterwards was not exactly known while the remaining crew of the expedition returned to Spain with Juan Sebastian Elcano receiving a hero’s welcome and earning the title as the first circumnavigator of the world.



It was not until 1979, when Lapu-Lapu’s victory was resurrected from buried memory with the first re-enactment of the battle which was conceptualized and implemented by the Customs Collector and concurrent Regional Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, David “Boy” Odilao dubbed as Bahug-Bahug sa Mactan. It took less than a day to finish the entire event and there was nothing to expect before and after.

After six years the commemorative celebration took another name and since then it became Kadaugan Sa Mactan. Except for the name, however, it remained the same celebration year after year.

With the assumption of Mayor Arturo O. Radaza and the passage of an ordinance creating the Lapu-Lapu City Tourism Cultural, Historical and Affairs Commission, a new concept of celebration was introduced through the relentless efforts of the then newly appointed Commissioners headed by Co-Chairmen Paz C. Radaza and Damian T. Gomez, Jr.

The celebration was stretched through a weeklong observance that runs form April 20 and culminates on the 27th with actual re-enactment of the battle preceeded by a religious, civic and military program at the Liberty Shrine.

The weeklong activities include among others the much sought daily foodstreet festival, street dancing parade, drum and bugle corps , nightly live bands shows, , cross channel swimming competition, wood carving contest, baroto (small sail boats) race, painting exhibits, beauty pageants, oratorical contest, fireworks display, mini agri-fair, jobs fair, mobile passporting (DFA, NBI, NSO), medical & dental mission, blood letting, operation tuli, search for southern stars, photo contest, fun run, variety & cultural shows, golf tournament, ballroom dancing & exhibition, bartending competitions, beach clean up, inter hotel/resort basketball tournament, boxing, airsoft competition, nine ball tournament and the pre-battle ritual.

Pre- battle Ritual will happen on the evening of the 26th of April, complete with lights and sounds and the pagan practices that could have happened during Lapu-Lapu’s time in Mactan.


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