ARGAWANON HERITAGE. RAFI President Bobby Aboitiz shows off a copy of the book “Argao In Search of a Usable Past” that the foundation launched last October 7. With him are (from left) RAFI Vice President Jon Ramon Aboitiz, RAFI Chief Operating Officer Dominica B. Chua, author Paul Gerschwiler, editor Dr. Erlinda Alburo, and RAFI Culture & Heritage Unit Executive Director Jocelyn Gerra.
ARGAWANON HERITAGE. RAFI President Bobby Aboitiz shows off a copy of the book “Argao In Search of a Usable Past” that the foundation launched last October 7. With him are (from left) RAFI Vice President Jon Ramon Aboitiz, RAFI Chief Operating Officer Dominica B. Chua, author Paul Gerschwiler, editor Dr. Erlinda Alburo, and RAFI Culture & Heritage Unit Executive Director Jocelyn Gerra.

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Book revisits Argao’s history and culture

  • RAFI is committed to educating the present generation on their role in developing the nation
  • By teaching Cebuanos about their roots, they can tell their story with a sense of pride and purpose

Have you ever wondered how life was in the southern town of Argao, Cebu during the pre-Hispanic period? Or what the origin is behind its famous delicacy? Do you want to know the stories behind details found in its San Miguel Arcangel church? The book entitled Argao In Search of a Usable Past by Paul Gerschwiler attempts to take a look at how Argao and the Argawanons were in the past—the life and the culture back then.

Published by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI) through its Culture & Historical Unit (CHU), the book is a fulfillment of RAFI-CHU’s misison to implement initiatives that will serve as an instrument in preserving local culture and heritage, and to make the people of the present generation, especially the youth, understand and appreciate history, culture and heritage and their role in the development of the nation.

“We want to play an important role in educating the community about history and translating this knowledge to developing a sense of pride as Cebuanos,” said RAFI President Bobby Aboitiz.

Mr. Aboitiz added that the goal of publishing the book is to make Cebuanos, not only Argawanons, be able to tell their story as a people and be proud of their roots.

The book, which contains beautiful photos of Argao and its people then and now, is indexed for easy reference.

Copies of the book were turned over to officials from the Cebu provincial government, Municipality of Argao, and the Department of Education during its launch last October 7. The book launching kicks off of the reopening of Casa Gorordo Museum, a centerpiece project of RAFI, on December 15, 2015.

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