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New Beginnings: The Best of Cebuano Artistry

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It takes a real artist to be able to create something worth talking about: delivering a message across, evoking an emotion, showing beauty bare eyes could not see, inciting an action or inspiring a thought.
Popular belief tells us that art is the most difficult field to embark in because of its subjective nature and after working for four years in the industry, I could say it remains so.
Why Art Some convict that art is a walk in the park because it doesn't need the stereotypical technicalities and analytics. Just goes to show that these people has never gotten their hands on the tools of the artist be it digital or traditional. There is a reason why art has taken over museums all over the world grossing billions of dollars in sales, incited societal rebellions, cultural revolutions, political and worldy spiritual movements that have changed the world simply because they give value that no other field can.

My Art Career I did design for a living. I have been a Web Designer and Grap…

New Art Exhibit to Inspire Cebuanos with New Beginnings

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Qube Gallery launched through exhibit “Sinugdanan”Artists and art advocates who have banded together for a common cause are set to launch the Qube Gallery through an art exhibit entitled “Sinugdanan” (Cebuano term meaning “New Beginnings”) 

It will be on October 18, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the Rizal Museum along Osmeña Boulevard the exhibit will run up to October 30, 2012.  

The exhibit will be open to the public 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday during the exhibit period.

Featured in “Sinugdanan” is a vibrant mix of realist and modernist paintings by Qube Gallery artists Jose “Kimsoy” Yap, Celso Duazo Pepito, Vidal Alcoseba, Darby Alcoseba, Josua Cabrera, Felix Catarata, Ariel Caratao, Derek Cabatingan, Gigi Ocampo, John Dinglasa, Joseph Ong, Marvin Chito Natural, Melver Mercado, Nomar Miano, Jess Najarro, Ian Quiros and Bobby Guardiario.  Assisting them will be Chief Executive Officer Mr. Jon Kenneth Gotiong, Gallery Partner Jo Ann M. Lim and Gallery Manager April May Tudtud-Ra…

Tracing Roots Through A Heritage Tour Down South | The Sibonga - Argao Media Tour Photo Walkthrough

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It was an extremely hot day last May when the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) took Cebu's leading media practitioners down south of Cebu for a trip of culture, heritage and natural wonders that is Sibonga and Argao.

The event was made possible in celebration of the Gabii sa Kabilin of the said municipalities and the National Heritage Month.

Here is a photo walk through of the awesome trip that was:



















Culture and Heritage has never been this more fun in the Philippines! The Gabii sa Kabilin 2012

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Walking from one site to another in the loud and lively Cebu City streets, seeing ancient pieces and paintings that somehow whispers the tales of the forgotten past, this year's Gabii sa Kabilin has definitely outdone itself with more activities, more places.


 The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) Culture and Heritage Unit and its partners held the sixth runof the Gabii sa Kabilin last May 25, 2012 from 6PM to 12 midnight.

This year the heritage event featured 22 main attractions composed of museums and cultural sites in the cities of Cebu and Mandaue.

This year I was able to visit:
Casa GorordoMuseo Parian sa SugboUniversity of the Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF)Cathedral Museum of CebuFo Guang Shan Chu Un TempleGovernor's Gallery
Other sites include:
Aboitizland Handurawan sa Karaang SugboAyala Center Cebu - Terraces and Activity CenterBank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Museum Cebu City MuseumCebu Normal University (CNU)Don Sergio Osmeña Memorabilia and Art Galler…

Argao brings Gabii sa Kabilin to the south

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Weaving together tales of the past, tasting the dishes passed down from generations, and the cultural dances and musical recitals that serenade the very roots of our identity, the Argao's leg of Gabii sa Kabilin was definitely a treat that you should experience in the coming years.

The Municipality of Argao through its Tourism Commission with Cebu Technological University - Argao Campus and Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Micheal Parish of Argao held 2nd Gabii sa Kabilin.

This developed as a step to expanding the coverage of Gabii sa Kabilin which is originally initiated by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. and its partners since 2007 where museums and heritage sites in Cebu and Mandaue cities open at night.

In Argao, the center of activities of this cultural event is its 18th century town center known in the old days as cabecera, where the opening program was held.



This site holds the most number of stone buildings in Cebu dating back to the 1780s. It is home to Argao's municipal h…

Kabataan, Kultura ug Kabilin (KKK) Heritage Tour: Awesome Culture Appreciation for the Youth

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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 from the University of San Carlos joined and visited nine museums

New Museums Open in Cebu for Gabii sa Kabilin

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In preparation for the biggest Gabii sa Kabilin yet, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) has pooled together online publishers to write about the new museums in Cebu that is opening this year for the long night of museums eventorganized by the institution as part of their Culture and Heritage focus area.

It was a a very bright May 14, 2011 when we drove all around the metro learning more of the place we thought we knew enough in elementary school. We went to three new museums that will formally open weeks after. In fact, they weren't that organized yet which made us lucky because we got the first ever glance on the places before the public barges in.

It was really refreshing to see a lot of things and know the story of what makes Cebu what it is today. This New Museums Tour organized by RAFI definitely made me excited for the upcoming Gabii sa Kabilin event which will feature around 19 museums on May 27, 2011.

Our first stop was at the Cebu Normal University (CNU) Museum whic…

Gabii sa Kabilin 2011: Cebu Culture and Heritage Could Never Be This Exciting!

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There's this best time of the year where locals and tourists alike get to experience Cebu in unconventional ways.Get ready to experience a wave of nostalgia as you sign up for Gabii sa Kabilin (Night of Heritage) in Cebu this May 27, starting at 4 P.M. until midnight!

This year, as much as 18 museums and historical sites will take part to showcase Cebu history through night tours, programs and tartanilla rides!
The participating venues are: Casa Gorordo Museum, Cathedral Museum of Cebu, Fort San Pedro, Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House, Museo Sugbo, University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Rizal Museum, Museo Parian sa Sugbo (Jesuit House), Sacred Heart Alternative Gallery, Cebu Normal University (CNU) Museum, Cebu City Museum, Mandaue City Plaza, Plaza Independencia, Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, Basilica del Sto. Niño, Sacred Heart Church, Heritage of Cebu Monument, Plaza Hamabar, and Plaza Sugbo.



Visitors can make use of the horse-drawn carriage locally known as “tartanil…