CEBU CITY, Philippines - Bearing the theme, “Forging Peoples,” the Night of Heritage popularly known as Gabii sa Kabilin or GSK will be held on May 27, 2016 Friday.
Now on its 10th year, the annual celebration which will give everyone especially the new generation a glimpse of the legacies of the past and how it remains to shape the present and the future is spearheaded by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Incorporated or RAFI in partnership with various stakeholders and partners.
GSK serves as the culmination of the Philippines’ National Heritage Month which is also celebrated all over the country for the entire month of May. It is celebrated every last Friday of May pursuant to Cebu City Ordinance 2327.
The brilliant activity which was launched in 2007 is an adaptation of the Lange Nacht der Museen or Long Night of the Museums in Germany that becomes an anticipated event in more than 120 cities in Europe and South America.
The event is ticketed and pegged at One Hundred Fifty Pesos (P150.00) each that can be bought at the different participating featured destinations. However, admission is free for all children Seven years old and below. The ticket entitles the holder for an unlimited entrance to all Gabii sa Kabilin destinations with free rides on buses and tartanilla to the featured destinations.
The participants will enjoy the Cultural Presentations, Film Showing,Souvenir Booths, Food Fairs, Art Fairs and Exhibits, Children's Activities and other Gimmickry, Leisure and Fun activities prepared in the different featured destinations.
The Night of Heritage is just one of the activities in Cebu City highlighting the city's vast and diverse heritage which runs from 6 p.m. until 12 midnight. What makes it more exciting since 2014 and also this year is that featured destinations has expanded to reach the cultural and heritage sites in the nearby cities.
This year a total of 41 destinations in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Talisay and Lapu-Lapu will be featured which is bigger compared to last year with only 37 sites.
The grand event will kick off in Casa Gorordo located in Barangay Parian this city.
Furthermore, the annual event aims to raise awareness among the Cebuanos and Tourists alike to appreciate cultural treasures, Cebuano's humble beginnings with the significance of heritage sites and bring consciousness, respect, and pride for the legacies of Filipino cultural history as well as the love of our country. (Cebu City Public Information Office PIO/Greggy Jiggs P. Senados)