Gabii sa Kabilin: Learning Cebu’s Heritage & Culture

May 31, 2017

I am not a Cebuana. I’ve been living in Cebu for a year already but I never had the chance to visit sites with historical significance aside from churches and parks. First time I heard about Gabii sa Kabilin was last year when I was on the transition of transferring to Cebu for good but wasn’t able to attend it because my mind is preoccupied with lot of things. So this year, when a fellow blogger invited those who are interested, I did not hesitate and signed myself in.

Gabii Sa Kabilin is a yearly celebration held every last Friday of May that aims to revive people’s awareness and interest in Cebuano culture and heritage. It was inspired by the Lange Nacht der Museen or Long Night of Museums in Germany and other European nation.

It was my first time and you know me, guys, I’m don’t talk a lot but I mustered all my courage to tag along with this group.

At the end of one of the exhausting yet fulfilling things I’ve done that day are the things that I learned.



1. Cebu Provincial Capitol is one of the National Historical landmark it is one of the oldest and most beautiful structure in the country.

Well, I know buildings like Capitol holds long line of story but I never though that it was also designed by Juan Arellano who also designed famous structures in the Philippines.

2. Puso or Hanging Rice originated from Cebu

I’ve read the information inside Rizal Memorial Library and Museum and I was like, what?! I thought hanging rice originated from somewhere that it was just brought here in the Philippines. So, ching! Added info.


3. Cebu Autobus as one of Cebu’s old mode of transportation

This old bus caught my eye. Isn’t he lovely? Isn’t he wonderful?



4. Sergio Osmeña is the first Visayan President

Refresher from history class! I forgot he was a Visayan president, so I asked myself where was I when this was discussed in my history class. I thought DU30 was the first Visayan President.


5. San Nicolas de Tolentino as one of the most oldest church in the Philippines.

One of my favorite site during that night. Why? The Altar looks the same with the altar of Saint Peter and Paul Parish of Ormoc, my hometown.


6. Sinudlan can only be found/tasted in Pardo

I’m not a fan of sausage or embotido but they say, Sinudlan taste like one, I love how it’s not that salty. So glad, I had a taste of it.

7.  Colon Street is the oldest and shortest national road in the Philippines

I was like sure? Colon? The street where you need to keep an eye on your belongings? Kidding aside, yes, Colon is really one of the oldest streets not only in Cebu but in the Philippines! The street is named after Cristóbal Colón (Christopher Columbus).

8. Casa Gorordo Museum the home of Juan Gorodo, first Filipino Bishop of Cebu.

Casa Gorordo Museum Cebu is located in Lopez Jaena Steet. At present, the museum houses many old and ancient relics. The displayed relics give a picture about the lifestyle of the Filipino people during the period from1860s to 1920s. Old furniture and paintings are also displayed in this museum of Cebu. The courtyard of the museum is very beautiful. The museum premises are well maintained and beautified.

In the year 1980, Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc acquired the home. After restoration, the home was turned into a museum and opened to the common people. On 24th September, 1991, National Historical Institute Board, under resolution number 4, declared the house as a historical landmark of the nation.


9.  Magellan’s Cross as the symbol of Roman Catholicism in the Philippines.

Magellan, Sinulog, who doesn’t know about Magellan right? The Spanish guy who brought Christianity to the Philippines. Ever imagined if he didn’t come?


10. Fort San Pedro is Cebu’s version of Great Wall of China

It is considered as the oldest tri-bastion fort in the Philippines that was built in 1738 to keep them safe from the Muslim raiders. It served as the nucleus of the first Spanish settlers in the country. By the end of the 19th century, Filipino revolutionaries used it as their stronghold. The fort also served as the fortification of the Japanese soldiers during the World War II.

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I wasn’t able to visit all the sites that was on the map due to time and fatigue but next time for sure, I ticked them off on my list. See you next, Gabii sa Kabilin.

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