Museo Sugbo joins Gabii sa Kabilin
Gabii sa Kabilin Na!
Jobers R. Bersales
Last night, six museums around the old Spanish period section of Cebu opened their doors from 6 o’clock in the evening up to midnight in celebration of the National Heritage Month and the observance of International Museum Day. Called “Gabii sa Kabilin”, this showcasing of museums in Cebu City in one night is the only one of its kind in Asia, after a similar practice among museums in Berlin.
This was the third time that Gabii sa Kabilin will unfold in Cebu but it was doubly significant because Museo Sugbo, the Cebu provincial museum, not only joined the event after just eight months in existence, but also served as the jump off point to open this annual event. And to make this night unforgettable, Capitol artistic director Junjet Primor prepared a program showcasing some of the best of the province’s festival dances, together with a rondalla.
At a cost of only P100 for all the six museums (the others are Casa Gorordo Museum, Cathedral Museum of Cebu, Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House, Fort San Pedro and the Basilica del Sto. Niño Museum), some 30 tartanillas also brought tourists around these repositories of heritage at P50 throughout the night. Visitors therefore went around these museums once, twice and even thrice via these horse-drawn conveyances but paid the fee only once.