Proof of growing interest in Gabii sa Kabilin (Night of Heritage) is the increased number of people who visited at least 40 museums and historical sites in Metropolitan Cebu last May 27.
Around 5,000 people toured museums, churches, public buildings, and old structures within Cebu City, Talisay City, Mandaue City, and Lapu-Lapu City from 6 PM to midnight, roughly 66% higher than last year’s number of 3,000 ‘Gabii’ visitors.
The event’s opening ceremony was held at the Casa Gorordo Museum grounds, where ‘Gabii’ started 10 years ago. Guest of honor Cebu City Acting Mayor Margarita Osmeña shared that she felt the event played a significant role in increasing public awareness of Cebuano culture and heritage and should be held twice a year, the second preferably in December.
Acting Mayor Osmeña authored the resolution declaring ‘Gabi sa Kabilin’ to be held every last Friday of May, the national heritage month.