Gabii sa Kabilin 2019: Setting Sail slated on May 24

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) Culture and Heritage Unit and its partner Local Government Units (LGUs), museums and cultural organizations will hold the 13th run of the Gabii sa Kabilin on May 24, 2019, from 6 PM to midnight.



The theme for this year’s Gabii sa Kabilin is “Setting Sail.” Gabii sa Kabilin 2019 celebrates that historic event when five ships set sail from Spain and began a journey that eventually circumnavigated the earth, and the undocumented “advances” our ancestors as they explore a land that was about to be “found.”

“Gabii sa Kabilin is drumming up for the 500th anniversary of Magellan’s arrival in the Philippines which will be celebrated in 2021,” Florencio Moreno II, curator of Casa Gorordo Museum, said. “Starting this year, our themes will have reference to that expedition that had a critical impact not only on Filipino but world, history, which we are experiencing even to this day,” he added.

The heritage event features 18 cultural destinations in the cities of Cebu, Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, and Talisay.

Throughout the night, participants will be treated to cultural performances, culinary experience, art fairs, and special exhibits, among others, while select participating sites also offer children activities.


This year’s Gabii sa Kabilin is made possible through partnerships with the LGUs of Cebu City, Mandaue City, Lapu-Lapu City, and Talisay City. Other government agencies and offices supporting the event are Philippine National Police (PNP), Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (CITOM), Parks and Playgrounds Commission and the Cultural and Historical Affairs Office of Cebu City.

Panelists from L-R: Ven. Yung Guang (Fo Guang Shan Philippines Head Abbess), Capt. Joe Patrick Martinez (Armed Forces of the Philippines Deputy Commander 3rd Civil Relations Group), and Ms. Haidee Emmie K. Palapar (RAFI – Gabii sa Kabilin 2019 Director)



?️ Early Bird Rate: Php175 (April 1-30)
? Regular Rate: Php195 (May 1-24)


?access to all participating museums & sites, to their exhibits, cultural presentations
?️ map
? Bus rides
? 1 tartanilla ride
? e-magazine (available on April 19)
? children’s activities

The e-magazine can be downloaded from the internet starting April 19, 2019, through the following sites and pages:

Official Gabii sa Kabilin Facebook page 

Official RAFI website

Official RAFI Facebook page

Official Casa Gorordo Museum website

The ticket also entitles participants to a tartanilla (horse-drawn carriage) trip in the city’s old district, and unlimited rides in Gabii sa Kabilin-designated buses.

Admission is free for children ages seven and below. The tickets can be purchased and reserved in advance at any of the participating museums and heritage sites.

To allow participants to walk freely and safely in the historic downtown area of Cebu City, the following roads will be closed on traffic on May 24, 2019, from 5 PM to midnight:

 Mabini Street

 P. Burgos Street

 E. Aboitiz Street (formerly Lopez Jaena Street)

Drivers are encouraged to make detours away from these areas at least two (2) hours before the road closure to avoid getting stuck in a traffic jam.


Gabii sa Kabilin 2019 Heritage Hunt

Gabii sa Kabilin 2019 Blogging / Vlogging Contest

Gabii sa Kabilin 2019 Phoneography Contest


In 2012, the Cebu City Council passed the Ordinance 2327 declaring the last Friday of May of every year as Gabii sa Kabilin or Night of Heritage.

Culture and Heritage is one of the focus areas of RAFI. It aims to help communities understand, value and share their cultural heritage with others. The foundation’s other focus areas are Integrated Development, Micro-finance & Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Citizenship, and Education.

For more information about Gabii sa Kabilin and other programs of the RAFI Culture & Heritage Unit, please call +63 32 411-1700 / 3431700 local 24537 and look for Haidee Emmie K. Palapar, or visit or, or follow @rafiorgph on Twitter.





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Contest Deadline: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 12:00 noon



Gabii sa Kabilin 2019 Children’s Activities

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