In this time of modern technology and way of lifestyle, society has changed for the past decades and the only way to understand more of our culture and society is to preserve our cultural heritage and use them to educate,inspire and motivate us to take care of own heritage spots.
A yearly event was organized by Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) Culture and Heritage Unit, the “Gabii sa Kabilin“ (Night of Heritage) . A showcase of 22 Museums/Churches/Heritage of Cebu/Mandaue to be opened to the public from 6pm to 12 midnight.
It was just a moments ago before the event that these were busy streets filled with vehicles and people doing normal everyday activities and just like that.. a blast from the past scene.
The “Casa Gorordo Museum” which was my 1st museum I visited showcased different historical sites and artifacts from the place itself. There is also a cultural show where children listened infront of the stage to listen to story telling from the presenter. Not only kids are listening but the other people as well.
Next is the Iglesia Filipina Independente Cathedral, it is one of the new churches who joined the event. Though I never expected that I found so much historical information about the place, especially with the preserved skull of one of the priest there, it is said that they display the skull during burial service.. educational and creepy at the same time.
Then we went to the Fo Guang Shan Chu Un Temple ,it was my first time there and I never expected that these kind of place exists here in heart of the Cebu city. Just by seeing temple and environment made me feel like I was in mainland China, the temple also featured their tradition, culture, their statues and mini Budhas. But the most interesting of them was the Calligraphy writing, I have the opportunity to try it myself and it was more difficult than I expected.
The event really went well as expected, I really had a great time during the tour and also learned to appreciate our culture and our historical roots. Though there are only few minor things that needs to be addressed, one is to improved synchronization of service vehicles to minimize waiting and maximize the time to visit as many museums as possible. A tour guide will also be a good addition who will join the entire trip for groups of people.
Overall the event is a successful one, we had fun with the tour and learned a lot about the cultural heritage. Peace and order was implemented as well. I will surely comeback for more next year.
This is an official entry to the 2012 Gabii sa Kabilin Blogging Contest.