This is the only time of the year when you can discover everything about old Cebu in just one night.
This is the one day when you can see for yourself a glimpse of how Cebuanos used to live in the past and this is definitely the one day of the year when we should feel the proudest (as Cebuanos).
Thanks to Gabii sa Kabilin, locals and tourists alike will be able to visit our glorious past.
As for things you can do during this night, the possibilities are endless but if you don’t mind, I’d like to give you 10 tips to enhance your Gabii sa Kabilin 2014 experience.
Are you up for it?
Here ‘ya go!
Would it be nice if kids knew how the Chinese used to sell goodies like siomai, siopao, taho, and noodle soup in the past? If that’s not enough, how about people wearing Chinese costumes while the story is being told? Bring your kids to the Jesuit House and this is what they will experience.
If by now you still don’t know, yes, Cebu used to have a train station. According to RAFI, the train station connected Danao and Argao while facilitating the transport of commodities like coal and sugar in the entire island of Cebu and other islands from the region. Unfortunately, the damages it has incurred during the World War II made it impossible to repair the train and its tracks. Wanna see an awesome video about this train? Head on to Museo Sugbo on May 30!
As seen in the Facebook page of Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc., a ‘Selfie Photo Contest’ will be initiated. After all, Cebuanos weren’t dubbed as the ninth selfiest city in the world for nothing! Mechanics will be posted on the RAFI website or Facebook page.
This is an awesome urban legend you shouldn’t miss. Visit Plaza Poblacion in Lapu-Lapu City and discover how the statue which originally looked like this…
…was eventually changed to this.
Sorry guys! I won’t give any spoilers because I want you to discover the urban legend by yourself. It’ll be fun!
Let me give you a clue: G_t_ _ _c_ Building.
Where to find the answer: Somewhere near Magellan’s Cross, Cebu City Hall and Carbon Public Market.
Disclaimer: The photo of the aircon was not the type of aircon used in the old building. Have fun in discovering the answer!
If you keep on complaining that you can’t go to the museums because it’s already closed by the time you’re done with school or work then May 30 is definitely the day for you. It is the only day in 2014 when participating museums are open from 6 PM to 12 midnight! Over 30 heritage sites and museums will be open.
If there’s a side of Cebu that I know very little of, weaving would be part of it. To help us awaken our appreciation for the art of weaving, ANTHILL or Alternative Nest and Trading/Training Hub for Indigenous/Ingenious Little (a first timer in Gabii sa Kabilin) is going to offer guests with a guided tour, fabric exhibits and even some freebies! Visit them at Gorordo Ave. corner Acacia Street (Near Kia Motors). I’ll be putting Anthill as part of my itinerary for GSK.
Clue: M_s__ S_gb_
Fact: The museum is now home to an extensive amount of heritage collection like old documents, statues, artifacts and etc.
Yep! Fall in love with the rise of Cebu City as the Queen City of the South. Realize that part of its rise is the cooperation of many sectors of society, which will be retold as you visit the participating museums and heritage sites in Gabii sa Kabilin. What’s not to love about Cebu anyway?
Last night, I had a chat with the taxi driver. He mentioned to me that back when Camp Lapu-Lapu was still like a jungle and the large area across my home was still a corn field, one of the main mode of transportation of old Cebu was the tartanilla. For the benefit of those who don’t know what a tartanilla is, it’s a horse-drawn carriage.
Have a taste of how Cebuanos did commuting back then.
Riding the tartanilla will surely give you nostalgia!
To join Gabii sa Kabilin, you can contact Florencio Moreño II or Karl Damayo at 418-7234 local 703 and grab your tickets (only Php 150) or visit the following websites to get more information:
See you there!