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Gabii sa Kabilin 2014: The Rise of the Queen

By on May 26, 2014

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Come this Friday, May 30, Cebu’s historical sites will be flocked by heritage junkies, curious students and everyone else in between. This event is called Gabii sa Kabilin or Night of Heritage and is adapted from Germany’s Lange Nacht der Museen (Long Night of the Museum).

Gabii sa Kabilin was launched back in 2007 and has been held every last Friday of May every year thereafter. For this year, the theme is ‘The Rise of the Queen’ which underscores the rise of Cebu as an important economic powerhouse in the Philippines.

From 6:00 PM to 12 midnight this Friday, guests will be given the chance to visit 35 participating museums and heritage sites not only in Cebu but also in the cities of Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu and Talisay. A ticket costs only Php 150 which covers all museum entrance fees, bus rides to and fro the other destinations and a tartanilla ride in downtown Cebu.

images taken from the Gabii Sa Kabilin 2013 e-guide.

images taken from the Gabii Sa Kabilin 2013 e-guide.

Aside from staring at old photographs, there are other things you can do at the GSK. At the Casa Gorordo Museum, be mesmerized with the fading tradition of the balak. Revel at the theater performances at the Fort San Pedro and the dance numbers at the Museo Sugbo.

You can even selfie your way through the night and win cash prizes by doing just that. Visit the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc (RAFI) site for the contest mechanics.

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Thankfully, an e-guide has been released which contains the complete list of sites, bus routes and tour maps. There is also a free mobile phone app for the tech-savvy bunch. While this is not the Amazing Race where you must breeze through the finish line, both the app and the guide would greatly help the participants still make the most out of the #GSK2014.

I already considered the possible sites that I wanted to visit this Friday. There are the usual museums in the list but I also included a few which I think are only open to the public during the Gabii sa Kabilin.

At the Gabii sa Kabilin, take as many photos (wacky or otherwise) as you want.

At the Gabii sa Kabilin, take as many photos (wacky or otherwise) as you want.

At any rate, I am excited to participate in this year’s GSK. I remember that back in 2009, my Gabii Sa Kabilin experience was rather hurried. I now also cringe looking at the wacky poses that I did inside the exhibits.

I hope to have a more leisurely pace this time, to take better selfies perhaps, but more importantly, to get more intimate with The Queen City of the South – all that in just one night.

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    May 30, 2014

    cringeworthy gayud haha

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      bren mercado |

      June 2, 2014

      welcome to Baktin Corporation droki! 🙂

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    June 14, 2014

    "…to get more intimate with The Queen City of the South – all that in just one night."

    Headline: Baktin ug Queen, nag-one night stand?!


Brennan Mercado
The Philippines

Brennan is an electronics engineer by profession. From time to time, he gets to travel beyond his office cubicle, try new restaurants or catch up with his terribly long list of unread books. He likes museums, spicy food and talking with habal-habal drivers. For now, he's still deciding on whether to play Pokémon GO or not.

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