First of all, I would like to apologize for this very late post. I had to travel to Negros for a very important reason.
Anyway, here is my little coverage of the very successful Gabii Sa Kabilin 2011. I would like to congratulate the organizers of this event. Despite the torrential rain, I think it was still an astounding success. If I am not mistaken, this is their fifth year (and my third time) . And I must commend the organizers for keeping the participants interested by bringing in something new to the table every year. The Gabii Sa Kabilin 2011 was not only very educational, it was also very fun and exciting.
For this year’s Gabii Sa Kabilin, we joined, for the first time, a walking tour facilitated by none other than famous Cebuano tour guide KaBino. KaBino gives guided walking tours of the heritage sites of Cebu City. He is an expert in the rich and colorful history of Cebu.
Local and foreign tourists enjoying the heritage sites of Cebu City.
The courtyard of Casa Gorordo was expectedly very busy.
As soon as I arrived at the Casa Gorordo Museum, my friend introduced me to one of her heads. She told her that I maintain a blog and that I’ve been blogging about this event for two years now. Her head immediately gave me a Press Kit and told me that I was allowed to enjoy the food prepared for the press. Cool! 🙂
Participants enjoying the good weather.
Dining area for the press. Hehehe.
View of the back yard of the fabulous Casa.
Cute violinists entertaining the participants.
Installation of a Manila-based artist. This work is entitled Balete.
He also created this meaningful and kinda creepy installation.
The flashing neon lights say HISTORY.
Tour guide Mr. KaBino poses for the camera.
Checking his camera. Hehehe.
The Aboitiz Building right in front of Casa Gorordo. Nice.
The walking tour started at the Yap-Sandiego House. Then, we proceeded to the Heritage of Cebu Monument.
Then, we went to the house where the ‘Abat sa Parian’ lived. According to local stories, this was where the Anay Gabakya (swine on clogs) was frequently seen.
We also checked out the Rajah Humabon Park right in front of the USPF Campus.
Statue of Cebu’s Chieftain during Lapu-Lapu’s time.
The USPF Campus
The tour ended in front of the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. Here’s my friend Milay with KaBino.
After the tour, we went to the Cathedral Museum.
There, we saw one of Cebu’s most influential men – His Eminence Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal.
After a quick tour, we got on a kalesa and went to Fort San Pedro.
We spent a lot of time taking photos of the paintings of Cebuano Historian and Artist Manuel Pañares. Here is the artist’s rendition of Mainland Cebu’s chieftain Rajah Humabon.
A native Cebuana during the pre-colonial period.
Painting of a sleeping female musician.
Painting of a native and the Image of Cebu’s Holy Child.
Artist’s depiction of Mactan Island’s Chieftain Datu Lapu-Lapu.
The discovery of the Holy Image by Legaspi’s men 44 years after Magellan’s death.
The epic battle of Mactan which resulted to the death of Magalhaes/Magellan.
An artist’s depiction of Magalhaes/Magellan. Despite his death in Cebu, he is known as the first circumnavigator of the world.
All written records of the expedition were recorded by this man – Antonio Pigafetta.
Queen Juana and the Image of the Holy Child.
Blood Compact between Magellan and Rajah Humabon. This marked the beginning of the end of Magellan’s long journey. After deciding to dip his hands into local politics, Magellan ended up dead in the shallow waters of Mactan Island.
Painting of a church in Parian. This church can no longer be seen today.
If you observe the painting closely, you will see how diverse the population of old Cebu was.
The Chinese were important trade partners during the Spanish Period.
On our way out of the Fort, we saw this ethnic band playing. Very cool.
And then I noticed that one of them was my teacher in High School!
Photo op with new friends. (That’s Cathy with the black bag. She’s an MCPB reader. Hehe.)
Don’t miss next year’s Gabii Sa Kabilin!