Kabilin organizers urge guests to pick heritage sites to visit

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Friday, May 23, 2014

WITH 35 heritage sites and museums joining this year’s Gabii sa Kabilin on May 30, participants are reminded that they cannot visit all in six hours.

“You have to choose. There is always next year,” said Dr. Jocelyn Gerra, Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (Rafi) Culture and Heritage Unit executive director.

She said participants would tire themselves out and end up not enjoying if they try to visit as many sites as possible.


She suggested that participants make a list of priority sites to visit.

The Gabii sa Kabilin guide magazine can help participants decide. It will also have information on service buses so that participants can plan their routes ahead of time.

The magazines are available at participating sites.

Rafi also urged participants to check the weather on May 30 and bring an umbrella or rain jacket if there is a forecast of rain.

Phone and camera batteries should be fully charged.

Rafi advises against bringing bulky cameras that could affect the participants movement. About 3,000 individuals are expected to join the Kabilin and they would compete for space during picture-taking.

Rafi suggested that participants bring a small, lightweight backpack instead of a handbag. It is important to travel light since participants would be moving from one place to another.

Participants should make sure they have their tickets and other essentials before leaving home.

Tickets are needed to enter museums and participating sites, and ride the tartanilla ride for free.

Guests are also advised to bring cash enough only for light snacks, fare and buying keepsakes.

They should bring water or bottled drinks with electrolytes for rehydration.

Participants should also bring an extra shirt, preferably made of light fabric.

Rafi urged participants to wear comfortable clothes and footwear, preferably sneakers as there would be a lot of walking.

It advised against the wearing of excessive jewelry.

Gerra reminds participants that the trip is also an important aspect of the whole Gabii sa Kabilin experience. “Talk to people next to you in the bus,” she said. (Althea Maye Ragpala, Rafi Intern)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 24, 2014.

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