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Museo Sugbo in minutes

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It’s that time of year once again where we will be taken back in time – to memories almost forgotten and to traditions slowly losing itself in this fast-paced modern life.

Museo Sugbo will take us back to Cebu’s rich history as it joins the Gabi-i sa Kabilin for the 5th time. Heritage and Museum enthusiasts are encouraged to put the largest museum in Cebu in their itinerary. With 33 destinations to go in one night, you’d surely be confused yet excited over where to start first. Although an hour may not be enough if you seriously take your time to roam all 12 galleries in Museo Sugbo, it does not mean you won’t learn anything in less than ten minutes. Whether you stay long or for a short while, Museo Sugbo will never fail to provide you knowledge of Cebu.

In fact, the infrastructure, being an artifact itself, already tells so much history. For the familiar, who would think that a building deemed infamous could later on change to be the largest museum in the province after almost a century and a half? It used to be the only prison for the whole Visayas District in the 1870s and used to be home of the well-known CPDRC Inmates even before they became famous. Six buildings of what used to be detention cells amaze visitors as they take themselves back into how it probably felt to be imprisoned inside thick coral stone-walled rooms.

Museo Sugbo is definitely a masterpiece of heritage conservation. Despite the building’s notorious past, it plays a significant role in our history that shall never be forgotten and overlooked.

Museo Sugbo is like a one-stop shop where you can get to know Cebu’s culture, people, and history. If guests really wish to savor ten minutes inside some of our galleries, they may opt to start at any exhibit they want: the four permanent exhibitions gallery which chronologically present Cebu’s history from the Pre-colonial times up to the Japanese Occupation, memorabilia galleries of Vicente Rama (father of the Cebu City Charter) and Jovito & Gregorio Abellana, the Cebu Mass Media Gallery, and the National Historical Commissions Galleries.

Moreover, guests should never miss the following displays as well: the rich Bisayan Santos Collection of Rosita Arcenas which depicts the religiosity of Cebuanos and tidbits of Bantayan Island’s holy week traditions; and the gold death mask recovered from the Plaza Independencia Archaeological Excavations highlighted inside the National Museum’s gallery.

For the Gabi-i sa Kabilin event, guests may treat themselves to Larsian Barbeque for dinner at the museum. They will also get to see cultural presentations featuring the University of Cebu Dance troupe, Kabkaban festival dancers, and tribal band, Abyan ensemble. Visitors will also be serenaded by one of Cebu’s blossoming talented singers, Miss Kim Martinez. There will also be demonstrations on how to make some of our own town products such as Chicharon, Torta, and Tostado.

Gabi-i sa Kabilin will be on May 31, 2013, Friday, from 6pm to 12 midnight. Tickets are available at the Cebu Provincial Tourism and Heritage Office and at Museo Sugbo, the Cebu Provincial Museum. For reservations, you may call CPTHO at 253.5642 or Museo Sugbo at 239.5626.

If ten minutes is really not enough for this night, who says you can only come to Museo Sugbo once? The museum is open from Mondays to Saturdays from 9 am to 5:30 pm. The museum’s standard rates are as follows: P75 for the adults and P50 for students. But if you are a resident of the Philippines, you may avail of the following subsidized rates: P30 for adults and P10 for students, children, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities (PWD). (Ma. Cecilia B. Cabañes)