Gabii Sa Kabilin 2010

 The Gabii Sa Kabilin 2010 was a huge success. I’m not sure exactly how many people joined the event but there were obviously more people this year. Last year, guests started leaving the museums after 10 pm. But this year, there were still guided tours in almost all participating museums a few minutes before midnight.

By the way, I would like to congratulate all the members of the working committee for a job well done. It was a blast,definitely. I hope this will be a yearly event. And hopefully, more people will join next year.

We need more activities like this so that modern Cebuanos will be able to understand our culture better and appreciate the colorful past of this beloved island of ours.


Gabii sa Kabilin 2010 – A night to remember.

For Php100, you get to visit 9 different museums. If you want to try the kalesa, you have to pay an additional Php50.

One of the highlights of the evening was the performance of some members of the association of Badjaos here in Cebu. Two groups danced a traditional Badjao wedding dance. Here’s the older generation performing the traditional Badjao wedding dance.

While they were dancing, I couldn’t help but stare at one of the dancers. She looked really familiar. It took me just five minutes to figure out where I last saw her. I remembered that I saw her at this year’ Fluvial parade. She is a real Badjao coin diver.

Taken during the Annual fluvial parade.

The second group (younger generation) performed next. They were all very pretty.

One of the dancers.

By the way, if you’re curious about the dance, please watch the short clip below. I really like the song.


If you’re thinking that they’re not giving it their all or something, please check other Badjao dances on youtube. Apparently, they is how they normally dance. Hehehe. The dance was beautiful, by the way. I thought it was very emotional and intimate.

My friend Harry and the dancers. Hehehe.

Another highlight was the ‘balak’ by this duo from Dumanjug. It was awesome!

Harry got himself a cute narra tree!

We went straight to the Yap-Sandiego House after. Here is a shot of the ‘banggera’. A banggera is an important part of the kitchen. It is where plates and glasses are stacked. The banggera can also serve as a sink.

A small coffee table with age-old glassware.

One of the many tables in the house. Indeed, food and eating are very imporant elements in Filipino culture.

Antique lamp and mirror with, well, me. Hehehe.

The Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House.

A carro outside the house.

The Ho Tong Hardware which keeps the Jesuit House of 1730 hidden from plain sight.

The house was built in 1730. Can you believe it?

Harry and his new-found friends in one of the many rooms of the house.

The main ‘sala’. Elegant and gorgeous.

One of the many images in the house.

One of the bedrooms. Lovely.

View of the Cathedral Museum.

I took many photos but Lacey decided to ruin most of them. They were either too dark or too blurry. Hehehe. Sorry guys! Hehe.