Cebuanos and heritage lovers alike have a lot to look forward to as Gabii sa Kabilin returns to its original schedule in May.
The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. Culture and Heritage Unit, local museums, cultural organizations, and local government are proud to bring back Gabii sa Kabilin (GSK), Cebu’s most awaited heritage event on May 12, 2023.
From 6 p.m. to 12 midnight, guests can access all 22 participating museum heritage sites located in the cities of Cebu, Lapu-Lapu, and Talisay, and enjoy fun and interactive performances, and children’s activities.
Guests are treated to new experiences this year as Gabii sa Kabilin brings food bazaars, allowing hungry GSK goers to experience culture and heritage through local delicacies and food.
Guests can likewise look forward to enjoying the event earlier as select museums and heritage sites are set to open earlier in the day.
Tickets to the Gabii sa Kabilin are priced at Php. 300 inclusive of free shuttle service across sites and a complimentary tartanilla ride and Php. 200 exclusive of shuttle service and tartanilla ride. Senior citizens, PWDs and students can avail of a Php. 20 discount upon presentation of a valid ID at any ticketing site. Children ages seven and under, accompanied by adults, get free admission and rides. Tickets are on sale at any of the GSK partner sites starting March 24, 2023, until tickets last. GSK tickets are only valid during the heritage night.
Those interested in joining this year’s Gabii sa Kabilin, can purchase their tickets at any of the following participating museums and heritage sites:
Archdiocesan Museum of Cebu
Archdiocesan Shrine of San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish
Archdiocesan Shrine of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Basilica Minore del Santo Niño Museum
Casa Gorordo Museum
Cebu City Museum
Fort San Pedro
Museo Parian sa Sugbo - 1730 Jesuit House
Palm Grass Cebu The Heritage Hotel
RAFI – The Kabilin Center
St. Theresa’s College- Sr. Ma Delia Coronel Folklife Museum
Sugbu Chinese Heritage Museum
University of the Philippines Cebu
University of San Carlos Museum
The University of Southern Philippines Foundation – Rizaliana Museum
Fo Guang Shan Chu-Un Temple
University of San Jose – Recoletos
Museo De Talisay
Cebu Archdiocesan Shrine of Jesus Nazareno Heritage of Faith Museum
GSK ticketholders can also join the Heritage Hunt where teams will complete a series of challenges in select museums and sites. Vlogging, phone photography, and photo story contests are also open to all ticketholders—details of the contests will be found on the GSK Facebook page.
This year’s Gabii sa Kabilin theme Pagpanag-iya: Owning Our Story commemorates the 125th anniversary of Philippine Independence to showcase how our ancestors asserted their independence, their identity and sense of community, while bearing the weight of Spanish colonization.
Initiated in 2007 by RAFI, Gabii sa Kabilin aims to celebrate Cebu’s rich heritage, cultivate a sense of identity and pride of place among Cebuanos, and help preserve local culture and heritage by encouraging Cebuanos to visit museums.
Gabii sa Kabilin also launched its monthly online activities during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to continue educating Cebuanos about various topics related to local culture and heritage and make cultural education more accessible to the public. Last year, on October 21, 2022, Gabii sa Kabilin officially returned as a face-to-face event with over 9,000 participating guests.
For more information and updates, visit the official Gabii sa Kabilin | Cebu City | Facebook.
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