The 3rd Kabataan, Kultura ug Kabilin aims to provide the youth expanded learning on cultures from different periods by visiting local museums, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI) held the third run of its Kabataan, Kultura ug Kabilin (KKK) Heritage Tour last Sept. 24. The event was initiated in partnership with the Cebu City Government and University of San Carlos-Department of Anthropology, Sociology and History (USC-DASH).
Close to 2,000 students participated in the Kabataan-Kultura-ug-Kabilin Event who are from the University of San Carlos joined and visited nine museums (Casa Gorordo Museum, Museo Parian sa Sugbo, University of Southern Philippines Foundation Rizal Museum, Cathedral Museum of Cebu, Basilica Minore del Santo Niño Museum, Fort San Pedro, Museo Sugbo, Cebu Normal University Museum, and Rizal Library and Museum) and 12 historic public sites (Old Parian District, Colon Street, Plaza Hamabar, Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, Basilica Minore del Santo Niño, Magellan’s Cross, Plaza Independencia, Osmeña Boulevard, Fuente Osmeña, Plaza Parian, Malacañang of the South, and the port area in Cebu City) from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The student participants wore Filipiniana-inspired costumes as they explored the city’s heritage sites. Special awards were given for the best male, female, and group costumes during the Culminating Program. Segments of the heritage route were designated for walking, tartanilla and bus rides. Volunteer students from USC-DASH and RAFI’s partner barangays acted as guides to ensure the smooth flow of the tour.
The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) initiates the annual Kabataan, Kultura ug Kabilin (KKK), which is designed to promote heritage awareness among youths and make them understand the importance of preserving our cultural heritage.
The museums they visit during KKK provide them opportunities to connect their theoretical lectures on history, society, and culture to the realities of local heritage. It is also aimed at acquainting them on the cultural and historical conservation efforts being undertaken by different groups in Cebu.
Launched in 2009, KKK is patterned after the Gabii sa Kabilin which is run every May by RAFI. With one ticket (Php 125.00), students can visit several participating museums and heritage structures in Cebu City.
This year, the KKK was held last Sept. 24 in partnership with the Cebu City Government and University of San Carlos-Department of Anthropology, Sociology and History (USC-DASH).
|At Casa Gorordo|
Close to 2,000 students from the University of San Carlos participated as tourists in this year’s KKK. Their tour was facilitated by volunteer tour guides from USC-DASH and RAFI’s partner barangays, including Cogon-Ramos, Tejero, Parian, Santo Nino, San Roque, Zapatera, and T. Padilla.
Heritage Sites included in the KKK
The participating museums were Casa Gorordo Museum, Basilica del Santo Niño Museum, Cathedral Museum of Cebu, Fort San Pedro, Museo Sugbo, University of Southern Philippines Foundation-Rizal Museum, Museo Parian sa Sugbo (1730 Jesuit House), the Cebu Normal University Museum, and the Rizal Library and Museum. Each museum or heritage structure offers a unique perspective of the history and culture of Cebu.
Historic public sites that the participants explored or passed provided them historical contexts of the various museums they visited. These sites included the Old Parian, the waterfront or port area, Plaza Independencia, Plaza Parian, Plaza Hamabar, Colon Street, Parian Estero, Osmeña Boulevard, and Fuente Circle.
All the museums and heritage sites were accessed by participants through a guided tour for only Php 125.00 pesos. Tartanillas were stationed in two locations—Fort San Pedro and Plaza Sugbo (fronting Cebu City Hall and Magellan’s Cross). Buses travelled to CNU Museum and the Rizal Library and Museum. Participants visited the museums in the Parian area through a walking tour.
Please see KKK route map.
The KKK Partners
For safety and security, the route was manned by the Cebu City Tourist Police, City Traffic Operations Management, and barangay tanods. RAFI’s partner barangays have also lent their minibuses for the tour.
The Cebu City Government has closed Lopez Jaena and Balesteros Streets from 4 p.m. to 7p.m. for KKK’s culminating program at the Casa Gorordo Museum.
The USC-DASH and its two affiliate student organizations—Carolinian Sociological-Anthropological Society (CARSAS) and the Carolinian Historical Society (CHS)—are RAFI’s partners from the academe. Youth from various barangays have also volunteered as tour guides.