Recognizing the importance of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI)-initiated cultural event, the Cebu provincial government adopted the Gabii sa Kabilin as its official celebration of May as National Heritage Month.
In a resolution passed during its regular session last May 4, the Provincial Board (PB) said it made the declaration because “the Province of Cebu is strong and steadfast in its support in the preservation and promotion of Cebuano arts and culture through active participation and cooperation with local government units, non-government organizations, civil society organizations and cooperatives.”
“Since 2007, the participation of the Cebuano public and the cooperation of various art and cultural centers in Gabii sa Kabilin has been increasing, thus signifying the growing awareness of Cebuano heritage. This body recognizes, commends, wishes to further strengthen this program and integrate it into the activities that the Province of Cebu strongly supports,” read the resolution.
PB Member Miguel Antonio Magpale, chairman of the arts and culture committee, said he authored the resolution because he “recognize(d) the reality that the preservation of the Cebuano heritage should be a shared duty of the local government and non-government organizations.”
The PB also recognized RAFI for organizing the event.
Gabii sa Kabilin is an annual cultural event where participating museums and heritage sites open their doors to visitors from six p.m. to midnight during the last Friday of May. This year, it took place last May 29 as culminating activity of the national heritage month celebration in Cebu.