Gabi-i Sa Kabilin (Night of Heritage) is a special project organized by five heritage museums in Cebu to celebrate the World Museum Day. During this special night, five museums – Sto. Niño Museum, Cathedral Museum, Casa Gorordo, Fort San Pedro, and the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral Home – will remain open until midnight to accommodate as many visitors as possible. Ticket fee is only Php 100 for all 5 museums. And if you want to visit the museums in style – on a Calesa – you just have to pay Php 50.00. Ain’t it cool?
The event was organized to give both local and foreign tourists a ‘personal experience’ of the rich Cebuano heritage and encourage locals to visit the museums and learn more about their colorful past.
And what an awesome experience it was! I hope the organizers would do this again! 🙂
(We were only able to visit 3 museums because we had to do something very important 🙁 )
An age-old bust of Hesu Kristo at the Cathedral Museum.
Fiesta mood in Casa Gorordo.
Our first stop was the Casa Gorordo.
When we got there, a cebuano artist was reading a Cebuano poem. It was really cool. I wasn’t able to take photos, though. LOL. And I learned from my friend (Milay who works there) that Inday Titang, the original Sinug dancer of Cebu, already performed with her troupe. Dang!
Here are some photos I took.
The performance was really intimate. The dancers performed right in front of us.
All together now!
This was a really fun courtship dance. The two guys were trying to win the girl’s heart. The foreign guests were all laughing and clapping their hands during this number.
Now, there are three guys trying to win her heart. LOL.
A mindanaoan dance.
This kid sang a beautiful Cebuano song about a child longing for his father. Nice one!
After the performance, we went straight to the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral Home. The place rocks!
The ancestral home.
You can’t come in with your shoes on. You have to take them off and wear this special pair of slippers. 🙂
The ancestral home has an awesome collection of age-old pieces.
Mom with Mrs. Sandiego in full Filipiniana outfit.
Mom with two senioritas sitting by the window.
Portrait of the Sandiego family.
These figures are very old, I was told.
An old image of the Niño.
The well outside the house.
Outside, dancers were dancing traditional dances.
Kalesas picking visitors up.
Then, it was time to check out the Cathedral Museum.
The main door.
Cebu is Cuna Del Cristianismo – Cradle of Christianity
The victorious Archangel San Miguel (correct me if im wrong ha. hehe)
Photograph of the old Parian District.
Vestments of His Emminence.
I’m not exactly sure what these pieces are. 🙂 Nold, need some help here! LOL
Book of Expenses and Accounts
Another very old statue.