Kabilin tour takes Queen’s Rise motif

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

ASIDE from the usual memorabilia exhibits, food fairs and craft activities for children, this year’s Gabii sa Kabilin will offer new sites and activities focused on the theme “Rise of the Queen.”

Battle reenactments, a fashion show and a Bisaya videoke corner will be among the attractions during the annual heritage night, when museums stay open longer than usual and offer cut-rate tickets.

The new activities are being organized so that new and returning participants can appreciate who the Cebuanos are, said Dr. Jocelyn Gerra, Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) culture and heritage executive director.


For those who love live-action performances, Fort San Pedro will stage reenactments of Lapu-Lapu’s victory in Mactan and the battle of Tres de Abril. This will be the first time the historic fort will stage performances for Gabii sa Kabilin.

Last year, Lapu-lapu City presented a video on the Battle of Mactan, but this year, the famous battle will be reenacted at the site of itself near the Mactan Shrine.

First-time participant St. Theresa’s College Folklife Museum will stage a zarzuela, a lyric-dramatic form of music that switches between spoken word and song. It will also host a painting and photo exhibit.

“We have 1,000-plus items here and most of them are paintings we have collected from the mountain provinces of Luzon and photos of old Cebu,” said Caridad Balisacan of STC-Folklife Museum.


In Talisay City, the story of the Tres Aliños will be reenacted at the Aliño Brothers monument in Talisay City College, while the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) Cathedral of the Holy Child’s Church History Theatre in Parian will stage a play
starring and produced by the youth of IFI.

Enthusiasts of fashion might enjoy the display of hand-loomed fabrics at the Anthill Fabric Gallery.

“We want the Cebuanos to know one side of our culture. We are promoting the revival of weaving in the Philippines and the hand-woven fabrics,” said Annie Lim of Anthill, who will join the Gabii sa Kabilin for the first time this year. Anthill will put up a crafts corner where visitors can make their own fabric statement bracelets.

The Cebu City Museum, housed in the Rizal Library and Museum on Osmeña Blvd., is also offering a mini-fashion show with Miss Cebu 2014 winners as models. There will also be an inter-active audience activity challenge, “Dress a Mannequin According to Era”, in line with a display of creations inspired by the 1860s to 1930s, by designers such as Jun Escario, Harley Ruedas, Edwin Ao, Edwin Alba and Cary Santiago.

As a salute to the Cebuano’s love for music and singing, Jose R. Gullas Halad Museum is putting up a Bisaya Videoke Corner, where visitors will get the chance to belt out Bisaya folk and pop songs.

For those who enjoy mental challenges, Fo Guang Shan Chu Un Temple, a Buddhist temple complex on V. Rama Ave., will offer the Amazing Wisdom Race, while UP Cebu in Lahug will also be hosting trivia games for its visitors.

University of the Southern Philippines Foundation’s Rizaliana Museum will also be putting up a photo exhibit entitled “Loves of Rizal,” which features the women who had captured the heart of the national hero.

Sinulog entries

The Rizal Library and Museum will display the winning entries from this year’s Sinulog Photo Contest, as well as showcase some vintage cars and old postcards from the Lucy Urgello-Miller Collection.

For this year, the theme is “Rise of the Queen” because the participating museums and heritage sites will help narrate the period of the first boom of Cebu, the “Queen City of the South”, from the opening of its ports to world trade in 1860 until the 1930s.

Gabii sa Kabilin will be on May 30, 2014. Participating sites will be open from 6 p.m.

to midnight. For ticket reservations, contact any of the participating museums and heritage sites. Phone numbers of the sites and updates on the activity are on www.rafi.org.ph or contact (032) 418-7234 loc. 703. (Abigail Gee M. Lastimosa, RAFI Intern)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 15, 2014.

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