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Guide to Museums, Galleries and Heritage Sites

Gabii sa Kabilin About the event Gabii sa Kabilin (Night of Heritage) is an adaptation of Germany’s Lange Nacht der Museen (Long Night of Museums), which has become an anticipated event in more than 120 cities in Europe and in South America. As its name suggests, Gabii sa Kabilin does not only feature museums but also heritage sites where guests can enjoy and participate in cultural shows, exhibits, art fairs, food markets, and children’s activities. In 2007, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI), with its partner museums, staged the first Gabii sa Kabilin in Cebu City, making it the first, and until today, the only metropolis in the Asia-Pacific Region to hold such an event. Mandaue City joined the cultural heritage event in 2010. From four museums in its first run, Gabii sa Kabilin has expanded to 22 participating museums and cultural heritage sites this year. A Cebuano tradition in the making, Gabii sa Kabilin is held every last Friday of May in celebration of the Philippines’ National Heritage Month and the International Museums Day (IMD), which falls on May 18. Gabii sa Kabilin 2012 takes on the challenge of IMD’s and the National Heritage Month’s themes this year: “Museums in a changing world, new inspirations and challenges” and “Taoid: crossing, caring and carrying on,” respectively. Gabii sa Kabilin will take place on May 25, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 12 midnight.

Tour Mechanics One ticket worth PhP150 gives participants the freedom to go to as many museums and heritage sites included in the Gabii sa Kabilin circuit as they want and enjoy their cultural shows and exhibits from 6 p.m. to 12 midnight. They may also use the ticket to take unlimited rides in Gabii sa Kabilin dedicated buses and tartanillas (horse drawn carriages) in Cebu City’s old district. Participants get to join several activities and savor local cuisine at affordable prices. They can also shop for souvenirs and other merchandise as they tour museums and heritage sites throughout the night.


GABII SA KABILIN TOUR ROUTES Legend: • Bus Stops at UV-Colon Street, Tres de Abril Monument, Fo Guang Shan Chu Un Temple, Provincial Capitol Building. • Bus Stops at Colon Street cor. Junquera Street, USC Main, CNU, Abellana National High School, Bradford United Church of Christ, CAP Center, Cebu City Museum, Provincial Capitol Building, UP Cebu, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Temple • Bus Stops at Fort San Pedro, Zulueta Street cor. MJ Cuenco Ave.(to Museo Parian sa Sugbo), Lopez Jaena Street cor. MJ Cuenco (to Casa Gorordo) Museo Sugbo, Ayala Center Cebu, UP Cebu, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Temple


• Bus Stops at Museo Sugbo, Ballesteros Street cor. Bonifacio Street (to Casa Gorordo Museum), Mabini Street cor. Bonifacio Street (to Parian) Sacred Heart Church, Ayala Center Cebu, Sikatuna Street cor. T. Padilla Street (to Parian) • Bus Stops at Fort San Pedro, Zulueta Street cor. MJ Cuenco Avenue (to Museo Parian sa Sugbo), Lopez Jaena Street cor. MJ Cuenco (to Casa Gorordo Museum) Museo Sugbo, Mandaue City Plaza


• Walking Tour at Lopez Jaena Street, Mabini Street, Padre Burgos Street and Colon Street up to cor. D.Jakosalem Street


• Tartanilla Rides from Gotiaoco Building to Plaza Independencia passing by Compania Maritima and Aduana

P Bus and Tartanilla Stops

Mandaue City


Parking Area





1. Don Sergio Osmeña Memorabilia and Art Gallery College Assurance Plan Center – Former residence of President Sergio Osmeña Memorabilia exhibit on late Filipino president Sergio Osmeña, Sr.; cultural show; cooking demonstration Address: Osmeña Blvd., Cebu City; Tel. No.: 418-7378

2. Museo Sugbo - Cebu’s largest museum showcasing two millennia of the province’s heritage and history Thirteen galleries in three museums in a six-building complex; One Town, One Product Fair; cultural shows Address: M.J. Cuenco Ave., Cebu City; Tel. No.: 239-5626,

3. Casa Gorordo Museum - Museum of 19th to early 20th century lifestyle of a Cebuano family and Parian community maintained by RAFI and recognized as a National Historical Landmark by NHI. Cultural presentation of dance and music by Bajau women, Izarzuri Vidal, and other young talents; Sugbuanong balak and balitaw; Tito Cuevas Retrospective Art Exhibit; Ateneo Art Awards Exhibit; Interactive carroza decoration/ bugsay making/ storytelling for children. Address: Lopez Jaena St., Cebu City Tel. Nos.: 418-7234 loc. 703, 255-5630

5. Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House - One of Cebu’s oldest Balay nga Tisa built in the Spanish Period Display of family’s collection of antiques; cultural presentation of Filipiniana dances by famed Sandiego Dance Troupe Address: Mabini St., Cebu City; Tel. Nos.: 4143002, 0920-9610583 (Val Sandiego), 0923-6759435 (Chilet Hermosa)

4. University of San Carlos (USC) Museum USC’s museum in its historic main campus building Exhibits on archaeology and ethnography of the Visayas and Mindanao; book launching; trade fair by USC School of Business students; Ka Pamilya Negosyo booths; cultural show by USC Dance Troupe at university lobby (7 p.m.) Address: P. del Rosario Street, Cebu City Tel. Nos.: 253-1000 local 191, 0933-3314048 (Malou Samson)



6. Museo Parian sa Sugbo - 1730 Parian residence-turned-Jesuit mission station Performances of old Cebuano songs; exhibits on history of Parian, history of Jesuits in Cebu, artifacts unearthed during the rehabilitation of the residence Address: Zulueta St., Cebu City; Tel. No.: 345-8792

8. Cathedral Museum of Cebu Repository of the Archdiocese of Cebu’s sacred treasures.

7. University of Southern Philippines Foundation - Rizaliana MuseumLargest Rizaliana Museum in the Visayas Reading of Rizal’s poetry in Spanish; documentaries on Rizal’s life and works; display of Rizaliana memorabilia; cultural presentations Address: Mabini St., Cebu City

Beato Pedro Calungsod exhibit; cultural show; interactive beadwork demonstration for children Address: Mabini St. cor. Zamora St., Cebu City; Tel. No. 412-3455

9. Bank of the Philippine Islands Museum - the Country’s first bank museum in the country. Exhibit of history of BPI and banking in the Philippines – available for viewing for ticket holders from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. only Address: Burgos St., Cebu City; Tel. Nos.: 253-1755, 318-2495

10. Mandaue City Plaza - Urban landscape of a Spanish-era pueblo-turned-industrial city


Cultural presentations; interactive demonstration and tasting of Mandaue’s popular food heritage; viewing of Mandaue City landmarks National Shrine of Saint Joseph the Worker, life-size figures of the last supper, Presidencia de Mandaue and side trip to Bantayan sa Hari




1. Cebu City Museum - Housed in the 1937 neo-classical building of Rizal Library and Museum. Presentations by Cebu City Children Performance Artists, Knapsack Dancers, Project Anakatira members; Tito Cuevas Retrospective Art Exhibit; AVP of Cebu City history; story-telling at the library and interactive Tai Chi demonstration for children Address: Osmeña Blvd., Cebu City; Tel. Nos: 255-4997, 254-1109

2. Ayala Center Cebu-Terraces and Activity Center - Popular shopping destination showcasing contemporary trends in Cebuano culture and arts. Performances of contemporary dances and songs, food fair, interactive hat and basket weaving demonstration for children, and documentary films at the Terraces; cultural show and album launch at Activity Center Address: Cebu Business Park, Cebu City; Tel. No.: 231-5342 loc. 336

4. Jose R. Gullas Halad Museum A homage to musical heritage of Cebu and Visayas Performances by the award-winning UV chorale

3. Sacred Heart Parish Church and Alternative Contemporary Art Studio - Cebu City’s first modern church and gallery of contemporary Cebuano art. Cultural show; Ateneo Art Awards Exhibit; Tito Cuevas Retrospective Art Exhibit; interactive visual arts demonstration for children

Address: V. Gullas St. corner D. Jakosalem St. Cebu City; Tel. No.: 268-2579, 09152245528 (Audrey Tomada)

Address: D. Jakosalem St., Cebu City; Tel. No.: 253-6479 loc. 119

5. Art Fair at Plaza Independencia - Historic public space in the country’s oldest city


Art in the Park featuring works by Cebu’s leading artists at popular prices (from May 25 to 27)

6. Don Sergio Osmeña Memorabilia and Art Gallery College Assurance Plan Center – Former residence of President Sergio Osmeña - Memorabilia exhibit on late Filipino president Sergio Osmeña, Sr.; cultural show; cooking demonstration




2. Sacred Heart Parish Church - First modern church in the city celebrating its first 60 years Address: D. Jakosalem St., Cebu City; Tel. No.: 253-6479 loc. 119

1. Basilica Minore del Santo Niño - Colonial Baroque Church home to iconic Santo Niño de Cebu Outdoor exhibit and video presentation of Sto. Niño Association Developmet Foundation’s ecological advocacies in partnership with the Philippine Navy - Naval Forces Central

3. Fo Guang Shan Chu Un Temple Serene Buddhist temple complex in the heart of the city Presentation of excerpts from Siddharta, the Musical; Kuan Yin Boddhisatva Exhibit; History of Fo Guang Shan Philippines presentation; Bathing of the Buddha; Buddhist calligraphy demonstration

4. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Newly-built iconic sacred space celebrating half-a-century of Mormon presence in the Visayas and Mindanao Discovering your roots activity


Address: V. Rama Avenue, Cebu City; Tel. Nos.: 253 – 8144, 254-026, 09189594339 ( Boboi Costas), 09274640380 (Ben Chua)


5. Bradford United Church of Christ - Cebu City’s oldest Presbyterian church in the eve of its centennial

8. Carreta Cemetery - Spanish-era cemetery and burial ground of many Cebuano revolutionaries

6. Iglesia Filipina Independente Cathedral -Site that offers interesting glimpse into the religious history of Cebu

9. Calamba Cemetery - Old cemetery housing exceptional Spanish-era structures

7. Metropolitan Cathedral of Cebu -Ecclesiastical seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cebu

10. Saint Joseph the Worker Shrine National Roman Catholic Shrine that is part of the Mandaue City Plaza urbanscape

11. Sto. Rosario Parish Church - Popular Cebu City religious landmark originating from the 1930s





1. Cebu Normal University - Splendid example of an American era school campus

Other featured sites

2. University of San Carlos - Prestigious academic institution with historical roots from the first school established in the Philippines, Colegio de San Ildefonso

3. Cebu City Central School - 1914 Gabaldon building symbolizing important stage in history of public education in Cebu

5. University of the Philippines Cebu - Sprawling university complex that was an important World War II site

4. University of Southern Philippines Foundation Original campus of a prominent academic institution founded by a Cebuano Family

6. University of the Visayas - Cebu’s first university





1. Aboitizland Handurawan sa Karaang Sugbo at Plaza Parian - Alfresco cultural heritage hub in old Parian district Kabag-uhan: outdoor exhibit of old Cebu photographs; food market in Mabini Street; trivia contest; cultural show

Other featured sites

2. Plaza Independencia - Plaza Maria Cristina of the Spanish Period

3. Mandaue City Plaza - Public space that blends elements of urban planning of Spanish, American and contemporary periods

5. Osmeña Boulevard - Historic axis that connects Cebu City’s downtown, midtown and uptown districts

8. Plaza Sugbo and Magellan’s Cross Spanish-era public space with the Magellan’s Cross as its centerpiece

4. Fuente Osmeña - Century-old focal point in the life of Cebu City

6. Estero de Parian Waterway that used to be the boundary between Spanish ciudad of Cebu and the District of Parian

9. Colon Street - Considered the oldest street in the Philippines

7. Plaza Hamabar - Small open space across Cathedral Museum of Cebu featuring a statue of Raja Humabon whom it was named after

10. Magallanes Street - Cebu City’s turn-of-thecentury financial district




HERITAGE STRUCTURES Other sites of interest 2. MalancaĂąang sa Sugbo - 1910 Aduana buildingturned-presidential residence in southern Philippines

3. Compania Maritima - Early 1900s neo-Classical building, once a picturesque Shamrock Hotel

4. Port Area Warehouses along M.C. Briones Street Surviving testament to early 1900s maritime commerce in Cebu

1. Fort San Pedro - Oldest and smallest fort in the Philippines marking the first Spanish settlement in the islands Cultural show; video presentations of Cebu City as ASEAN City of Culture, Pasiyo sa Kabilin, and Gabii sa Kabilin; exhibits on history of the fort and founding of the city; bonsai collection of indigenous plants; traditional games for children Address: Fort San Pedro, Brgy. San Roque, Cebu City; Tel. Nos.: 256-2284 / 416-7080 / 09173047443 (Lourdes Limpangog)

5. Gotiaoco Building - Grand reminder of Cebu’s turn-of-the-century business district that will soon become Sugbo Chinese Heritage Museum


HERITAGE STRUCTURES Other sites of interest

6. Smith Bell and Company Building - Early 1900s trading house converted into a shopping center

8. Cebu City Hall - Seat of the Cebu City Government fronting historic Plaza Sugbo

10. Parian Fire Station - Site of once grandiose San Juan Bautista Parish Church and convent of Parian


7. Yutivo and Sons Hardware Building - Pre-war edifice across Cebu City Hall

9. Zulueta Bridge - Rare Spanish-era coral stone bridge in old Parian

11. Sikatuna Bridge - Quaint 1920 bridge in the old Parian neighborhood




1. Cebu Provincial Capitol - Seat of Cebu the Provincial Government and pre-war Capitol Hill-inspired edifice

3. Southern Islands Hospital Nurses Home Pre-war forerunner of Don Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center

4. Tres de Abril Street and Monument Thoroughfare and stone marker commemorating the site and date of the first major victory by Cebuano Katipuneros led by Leon Kilat

6. Oriente Theater - Post-war cinema built on the site of an early 1900s theater of the same name

8. Archbishop’s Palace and Beato Pedro Calungsod Shrine - Residence of the Archbishop of Cebu and Shrine in honor of soon-to-be first Bisaya saint


2. Cebu Puericulture and Maternity House - Early 1900s women’s hospital

5. Vision Theater Magnificent neo-classical cinema that witnessed the nascence and Golden Age of Cebuano film industry

7. VECO Building of 1938 - Pre-war edifice that offers a glimpse into the history of modernity in Cebu City

9. Presidencia de Mandaue American era seat of government of then municipality of Mandaue

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES This year, children can participate and learn in fun interactive demonstrations and activities from 6 to 8 p.m. in seven venues! Ayala Center Cebu – Terraces and Activity Center Hat and basket weaving Casa Gorordo Museum Story-telling; Interactive bugsay-making demonstration; Decorating a carroza Cathedral Museum Beadwork and Rosary stringing Cebu City Museum Sugboanon children’s stories at the Library; Interactive Tai Chi demonstration Cebu Normal University Lukay arts demonstration and puso weaving Fort San Pedro Playing of sungka traditional game Sacred Heart Parish Church and Alternative Contemporary Arts Studio Interactive visual arts demonstration

3. Fo Guang Shan Chu Un Temple Buddhist calligraphy demonstration



Special thanks to the barangays of Apas, Calamba, Capitol Site, Carreta, Cogon-Ramos, Day-as, Ermita, Hipodromo, Kalubihan, Kamagayan, Lahug, Lorega-San Miguel, Luz, Mabolo, Pahina-San Nicolas, Parian, T. Padilla, Tejero, Tinago, Sambag I, Sambag II, San Antonio, San Roque, Santa Cruz, Santo Niño, Zapatera

Participating museums and heritage sites: Aboitizland Handurawan sa Karaang Sugbo • AYALA Center Cebu – Terraces and Activity Center • Bank of the Philippine Islands PI Museum • Basilica Minore del Santo Niño through the Santo Niño de Cebu Augustinian Social Development Foundation • Cathedral Museum of Cebu • Casa Gorordo Museum • Cebu City Museum • Cebu Normal University • Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints Temple • Don Sergio Osmeña Memorabilia and Art Gallery – College Assurance Plan Center • Fo Guang Shan Chu Un Temple • Fort San Pedro • Jose R. Gullas Halad Museum • Mandaue City Government • Museo Parian sa Sugbo • Museo Sugbo • Plaza Independencia • Sacred Heart Parish Church and Alternative Contemporary Art Studio • USC Museum • USPF-Rizaliana Museum • Yap Sandiego Ancestral House Maps provided by



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Guide to Museums, Galleries, and Heritage Sites in Cebu during the 2012 Gabii sa Kabilin

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