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From Kaplag to Tago


In May 2016, while helping the Redemptorists prepare for their first-time participation in the Gabii sa Kabilin, which was held on the last Friday of May, I had the chance to finally see and touch the steel vault where the image of the Santo Niño was kept during World War II. For the first time, […]

Posted: January 14th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Touching people


The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) celebrated its 50th anniversary of embarking on programs and projects that aim to touch the lives and shape the future of people in its partner communities through its seven programs: Integrated Development, Micro-Finance and Entrepreneurship, Culture and Heritage, Education, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Leadership, and Citizenship. My partnership […]

Posted: November 19th, 2016 in Opinion | Read More »

A showcase of Cebu in Gabii sa Kabilin


Now on its 10th year, the “Gabii sa Kabilin” or Night of Heritage continued to lure in visitors who enjoyed the cultural dances and stage plays held in some of Cebu’s historic sites last Friday evening. Right after the opening performance at Casa Gorordo, the visitors were treated to Cebuano music performed by an orchestra. […]

Posted: May 28th, 2016 in Headlines | Read More »

The hotel as museum


Crosshatching For last Friday’s Gabii sa Kabilin, the annual night tour of Cebu’s heritage sites, I preferred to just stay at Palm Grass Hotel, the heritage-themed hotel located near the corner of Junquera and Sanciangko streets in the historic downtown area. This was the first time that the hotel took part in the Gabii sa […]

Posted: May 28th, 2016 in Opinion | Read More »

Around 5K join Gabii sa Kabilin


For a fee of only P150 each, participants to the annual Gabii sa Kabilin were treated to a five-hour tour of museums, churches, government structures and old buildings in the cities of Cebu, Talisay, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu. Jocelyn Gerra, executive officer for culture and arts of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (Rafi), said about 5,000 […]

Posted: May 27th, 2016 in Headlines | Read More »

Spreading Dharma through the Temple of Buddha


THE FO GUANG Shan Chu Un Temple is one of 300 temples of Fo Guang Shan (FGS) Buddhist Temple, which celebrates 50 years of spreading the Dharma from its headquarters in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Aside from its temples, FGS has about 1,300 monastics and thousands of members known as Buddha’s Light International (BLIA), making it one of biggest […]

Posted: May 26th, 2016 in Life | Read More »

CCTO: Expect heavy traffic due to Gabii sa Kabilin


Heavy traffic is expected in downtown Cebu City tomorrow evening as roads will be closed due to the 10th Gabii sa Kabilin (Night of Heritage). “We are expecting a heavy traffic this coming Friday. This is going to be heavy because organizers are expecting more participants to join because the activity (falls on a weekend),” […]

Posted: May 26th, 2016 in Community | Read More »

Heritage walk in Parian


Few cities in the Philippines can claim to a history that dates back to the arrival of Fernando de Magallanes, that  intrepid Portuguese sailor who offered his services to the King of Spain to look for the Spice Islands. Fewer still are those who can claim to be an integral part of the history of […]

Posted: May 22nd, 2016 in Life | Read More »

More Cebu heritage sites join 10th Gabii sa Kabilin


It’s that time of the year again when Cebu’s heritage sites and museums will welcome visitors from 6 p.m. to midnight for the 10th year of “Gabii Sa Kabilin” (Night of Heritage) set on May 27, also the culmination date of the International Museum’s Day and National Heritage Month. This year, 47 destinations in the […]

Posted: May 5th, 2016 in Headlines | Read More »

JVR laments Talisay budget cuts: I’ve cried tears of blood


Mayor delivers state of the city address in old Tabunok public market For almost half of his two-hour speech, Talisay City Mayor Johnny delos Reyes complained about how  budget cuts by the opposition in the council have caused the scrapping of  projects and forced him to dip into his pockets to help the poor. “Naa […]

Posted: July 14th, 2015 in Headlines | Read More »