Imagine how overjoyed I was that this year’s Gabii sa Kabilin (GSK) took place on my day off. Last year, I took half day of my night shift just to join the GSK. It’s a special event for the top reasons: 1) avenue for my little mission –the purpose of this site was to “rejourney” as a lumad Cebuana who, in my youth, realized that I was stranger to my culture; I wanted to rediscover how Cebuano identity has evolved and share such learning to many who are also lost amidst globalization and colonial mentality; 2) it was in GSK that I had my first ride on the tartanilla (horse-drawn carriage) 3) I’m a sentimental person, I love reminiscing and imagining about time travel (you see, in my college years I’d visualize Colon in black and white or sepia – instead of 01K, 13C, 14D jeepneys, there are real tartanilla in sight).
It’s my third time in GSK. Moving away from the sites we’ve already visited before, we went to Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House, Halad Music Museum, Chu Un Temple, and University of the Philippines Cebu.
My visit to Chu Un Temple was unique. I’ve never been to a Buddhist Temple before – it felt like I was touring to China or Malaysia. Well, considering I’ve not been to those places abroad, I’m not accurate (wink!). Yap-Sandiego always gives me a different kind of satisfaction. Though seeing old things or antique furniture is not new, I don’t tire of them. If these things were people, they probably know the world so well. In UP, I couldn’t help but creep out. During the war, its main building was used as garrison and a torturing area for guerrillas of some sort.
My favourite for the Gabii sa Kabilin 2012 is the Halad Museum. It displayed musical instruments – foreign and native. The museum showcased history about Visayan musicians, under each framed photo are MP3 players with headsets too, so you can listen to the songs sung or composed by the featured artist.
It was in Halad that I felt most connect, this was a closer past. This was something I had experienced myself.
As a child, during Sunday mornings, I would wake to songs played over FM radio – from the funny and naughty Budbod ug Bibingka (Max Surban), the chorale world famous Rosas Pandan (Pilita Corrales), the romantic ballads Matud Nila and Ikaduhang Bathala (Ben Zubiri) and the forceful Kinsa Siya? by Luz Loreto.
Yet, where is our music industry now? When supposed to be this is the most accessible – it is written in our own tongue, with true feelings, and it existed not centuries ago – we are unappreciative if not unaware that sometime ago, we sang our hearts out in the dialect so familiar.
Since we’ve only gotten to only a few places, we are full of anticipation for the next year’s Gabii sa Kabilin – I know it could only get better each year. It would be my fourth and won’t be too much. @
All content are owned by this site, unless specified so. Credits to my partner, Floyd for the photos. He’d probably become the official photographer for this site and this is his debut. 😉
This is an official entry to the 2012 Gabii sa Kabilin Blogging Contest.