Museo Sugbo flaunts Cebu’s storied past in Gabii sa Kabilin 2014

For the fifth time, Museo Sugbo joined the Gabii sa Kabilin and collaborated with 34 other heritage sites as they exhibited this year’s theme, “Rise of the Queen” last May 30.

A link to the past

The Cebu provincial museum gave life to the theme through its powerful exhibits that presented the four periods of Cebu’s rich history.

A timeline was shown, taking the viewers back in time for them to appreciate how each of these periods contributed to Cebu’s position as the Queen City of the South.

From the pre-colonial period that defines the untainted Cebuano culture to the far-reaching cultural influences of the Spanish colonization that drastically transformed the Cebuano society, as manifested in the areas of religion, politics, infrastructure, and the arts.

Under the American colonial rule, more established developments and advances were made up to the liberation from the Japanese occupation.

Other museum highlights include a collection of stone tools dating back to the Neolithic era, decorated ceramics from the age of the Philippine metal, and Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai porcelains during the age of foreign trading.

Visitors also saw the letter of Spanish explorer Miguel Lopez de Legazpi to King Philip II (the first letter ever sent out of the Philippines) dated May 27, 1565 and other documents during the Spanish period like the Encomienda papers of various pioneer towns in Cebu dating to the early 1600s.

Also displayed were the memorabilia of the Katipunan in Cebu, newspapers in Cebuano and Spanish languages, and the mementos of former Cebu Governor Sotero Cabahug, builder of the Cebu Capitol.

Medals, armaments, vintage bombs, and documents related to the brutal years of the Japanese Occupation in Cebu up to the Liberation in 1945 also awed the Gabii sa Kabilin visitors.

Furthermore, there were also rare artifacts from excavations conducted in Cebu as well as a changing exhibition of objects and artifacts.

All these artifacts and the stories behind them are always on display at Museo Sugbo, ready to educate visitors and tourists about Cebu’s rich history.

Governor Hilario Davide III together with his wife Mrs. Jobel Angan-Davide and his children toured some of the galleries in the museum.

The governor stopped at an exhibit of a death mask made of thin gold sheets displayed at the National Museum Branch one of the most important finds from the excavations done in Plaza Independencia.

Festive mood

During the recent Gabii sa Kabilin, visitors got to taste delightful delicacies and local products from different northern and southern towns of Cebu.

Six towns defined their identity through exhibiting their own products. Ginatilan, a first-time participant of Gabii sa Kabilin, showed how to make their palagsing (a suman/budbud made of coconut meat and milk) and sinakol (steamed puto made of buri palm or buli in bisaya).

Bogo displayed how their residents make pintos, a delicacy made of ground corn mixed with milk and sugar and wrapped in corn husk.

Argao, who has joined Gabii sa Kabilin for a couple of times, baked their tortas and sold them like hotcakes.

Ronda, Alcantara and Dumanjug also exhibited their respective products during the night of heritage.

Meanwhile, the dancers from the Legislators entertained guests with their winning presentation from the recent Capitol Sportsfest. Also, the hilarious duo Dos Compañeros tickled the audience with their binisaya antics.

Gabii sa Kabilin (Night of Heritage) is an annual event organized by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. that happens every last Friday of May from 6 p.m. to midnight. For just Php 150, people are able to enjoy various museums and heritage sites of their choice. The fee is already inclusive of rides.

This year’s Gabii sa Kabilin had 35 participating heritage sites and museums belonging to the cities of Lapu-lapu, Mandaue, Talisay, and Cebu City.

It was definitely a fun way of reliving the past!  (Heart Rizarri/Masi Cabanes)