10 Things You Can Do During Gabii sa Kabilin 2014

Make way for the Rise of the Queen!
posted on: Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Lifestyle Geek

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!


1. Kids can be treated with good old storytelling


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 and this is what they will experience.


2. See how the Cebu train station looked like.

from RAFI.org.ph

If by now you still don’t know, yes, Cebu used to have a train station. According to , 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!


3. Take as many #selfies as you can!


As seen in the Facebook page of Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc., a ‘Selfie Photo Contest’ will be initiated. After all, ! Mechanics will be posted on the RAFI website or Facebook page.


4. Discover the significance of this Lapu-Lapu statue in Plaza Poblacion.

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…

photo owned by Jobers Bersales

…was eventually changed to this.

from jaydilan.weebly.com

Sorry guys! I won’t give any spoilers because I want you to discover the urban legend by yourself. It’ll be fun!


5. Discover the first building in Cebu City that was air-conditioned!


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!


6. Do museum hopping in just one night!


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.


7. Help revive weaving and hand-woven Filipino fabrics.


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.


8. Discover what museum in Cebu City used to be a prison!


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.


9. Fall in love with the Queen!


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?


10. Ride a tartanilla.


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!

Before I forget, use the hashtag #GabiiSaKabilin when you post your photos!