Thursday, March 22, 2012

a night in the museum: 2012 Gabii sa Kabilin

11 Participating Museums and 7 Heritage Sites. One ticket. One Friday in May.

Museo Sugbu 1730 Jesuit House in Parian District, Cebu 

“Gabii sa Kabilin” is Cebuano for Night of Heritage, and patterned after the long night of museums in Germany and other European countries. The event is designed to daw foreign and local tourists, but most especially Cebuanos, to visit the museums. It aims to reinforce the belief that local museums are venues for the understanding and appreciation of Cebuano history and culture. But beyond that it also discounts the stereotype of museums as mere repositories of “dead objects”; rather, as venues for live cultural activities.

The award-winning Gabii sa Kabilin is a program of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. in partnership with the Visayas Association of Museums and Galleries Inc. It is also supported by the local government and private sectors. This year, the participating museums are Casa Gorordo Museum, Cathedral Museum of Cebu, Fort San Pedro, Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House, Museo Sugbo, University of Southern Philippines Foundation Rizal Museum, 1730 Jesuit House, Sacred Heart Alternative Gallery, Cebu Normal University Museum, Cebu City Museum, and Mandaue City Central Plaza, and featuring heritage sites—Plaza Independencia, Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, Basilica del Sto. NiƱo, Sacred Heart Church, Heritage of Cebu Monument, Plaza Hamabar, and Plaza Sugbo.

The only cultural event of its kind in the Philippines and Asia, the Gabii sa Kabilin opens the doors of participating museums beyond regular hours up to midnight on the last Friday of the Philippine National Heritage Month of May and culminating the International Museum Day.--PR

The event will start at 5:00pm on Friday, May 25, 2012. Ticket holders will be entitled to calesa rides within the Cebu City Museum belt. A service bus will also be provided for guests visiting member museums outside the belt. I've heard that Shangri-la Mactan Resort and Spa will provide five-star cuisine at street food price. 

For more information or ticket inquiries, please contact any of the 10 participating museums or call Casa Gorordo Museum at (63 32) 418-7234 loc. 703

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