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Since 2006, the Cebu City government, along with private institutions, have worked to enhance the appreciation for the city’s history by allowing one day within the month of May to commemorate the city’s rich history.

This day, aptly called Gabii sa Kabilin, translates to “Heritage Night”.

Twenty-one museums, iconic establishments and different churches are set to participate by being open for everyone to see the remnants of the past. With stationed volunteers and historians, they narrate the chronological timeline of events leading Cebu to where it is right now.

In order to truly experience Cebu, organizers have also set volunteers who dressed themselves the way our ancestors did—centuries back—and to spice things up, a specific theme is given annually for other partners to follow.

Furthermore, buses and kalesa, a horse-drawn calash, are stationed to complete the experience as they send people from one destination to the next. The festivities, which include cultural shows, movie screenings and a food bazaar (which usually showcases native Cebuano delicacies such as Puto and Cochinta), typically start at six in the evening and end at midnight. Residents from various barangays also contribute to the event by performing dance numbers which happen simultaneously in the different cities.

To those who are up for an adventure, the organizers have set out a contest among 20 teams that comprises 5 members each as they altogether hunt and complete five challenges in different locations within four hours. Registration fee is Php350 which includes a shirt, bag, pouch and passes to the places that they are to visit within the night.

Tickets usually start at Php 150, and includes passes to all museums and the transportation costs.

One may call at 411-1727 for more details. Too see photos from the event, you may click here.


Disclaimer: The photo used is taken from the wires.

The author: Eldawn Catalan

Eldawn is an avid fan of both spoken and written poetry. In her spare time, she writes anything that comes to mind and enjoys talking to people from different walks of life. You may follow her on instagram @ eldaaawn.
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