CEBU CITY, Philippines – The annual “Night of Heritage” popularly known as “Gabii sa Kabilin” or GSK this year will be held on May 26 Friday.

Now on its 11th 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 (RAFI) in partnership with various stakeholders.

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 have expanded to reach the cultural and heritage sites in the nearby cities.

This year a total of 26 destinations in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Talisay and Lapu-Lapu will be featured which is smaller compared to last year which has 41 featured sites.

This year, featured destinations in Cebu City included Archdiocesan Museum of Cebu, Archdiocesan Shrine of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Basilica del Santo Niño Museum, Casa Gorordo Museum, Cebu City Museum, Democrito Mendoza Museum, Don Sergio Osmeña Sr. Memorabilia and CAP Art Gallery, Fo Guang Shan Chu Un Temple, Fort San Pedro and Plaza Independencia, Iglesia Filipina Independiente Cathedral of the Santo Niño, Jose R. Gullas Halad Museum, Museo Parian, Museum of Bicycling, Museum of Heritage and Folk Art, Museum of Naïve Art (MoNA) West Gorordo Hotel, Plaza Parian/AboitizLand, San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish Church, St. Theresa’s College – Folklife Museum, Sugbo Chinese Heritage Museum, United Church of Christ in the Philippines – Bradford Memorial Chapel, and University of the Philippines Cebu.

In Talisay City, featured destinations are Talisay City Museum and Collegium Societa Tis Angeli Pacis Museum.

Mandaue Presidencia is also included in the featured site in Mandaue City while in Lapu-Lapu City also included is the Mactan Shrine.

Junnale Castro, program officer of RAFI and project head of Gabii sa Kabilin this year shared that, “We fix problems that we have encountered in the previous Gabii sa Kabilin such as the parking area, the flow, among others, this year we want it simplified and to have smooth flow.”

Castro said that they are expecting Five thousand (5,000) people to partake in the activity. Last year only Three thousand six hundred (3,600) individuals participated.

Asked if what is something new this year, Castro underscored that there will be “Gabii sa Kabilin Heritage Hunt”, gimmickries and challenges with exciting prizes in the different featured sites.

“I encourage the Cebuanos and visitors to join the Gabii sa Kabilin 2017 and visit the different featured sites and enjoy Cebu’s Heritage” Castro further shared.

Moreover, 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. (By: Greggy P. Senados / City of Cebu, Public Information Office)