June 4, 2023


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Cemeteries have a significant connection to the community especially as a resting place for departed loved ones and spaces for reflection. In a cultural and historical context, they also represent and symbolize evangelization and colonization. 

On November 26, 3 p.m., learn more about the historical background and significance of local burials and graveyards in a Gabii sa Kabilin webinar entitled, “Eternal Rest, Enduring Heritage: Exploring the Past in Cebu’s Cemeteries” with Cebuano anthropologist and historian Dr. Jose Eleazar “Jobers” Bersales.

In this webinar, Dr. Bersales will discuss old cemeteries in Cebu, the symbols found in these burial grounds and their meanings. He will also talk about burial practices and other interesting facts about cemeteries in Cebu.

Dr. Bersales is also a writer and professor at the University of San Carlos. He serves as the director of the University of San Carlos Museum and the provincial consultant on Museum Affairs.

The webinar is free of charge and will be streamed on Gabii sa Kabilin’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. It can also be viewed on the National Quincentennial Committee Facebook page. Those who wish to participate may register at https://forms.gle/zbsAv1U9cCHT452q7.

Initiated in 2007 by RAFI, Gabii sa Kabilin aims to help preserve local culture and heritage by encouraging Cebuanos to visit museums. It launched its online activities last year at the onset of the pandemic to help make Cebuano culture and heritage more accessible to the public.

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