Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!

13 Jun

Pilipinas Kong Mahal - windows of the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House

so it’s Independence weekend… my friends went on Cebu Museum hopping on a whim last Saturday. Since I woke up so late i missed out on one museum but caught up on the last two (since the other one was closed for I dunno what reason.

It started with us trying to surprise a friend for a post-birthday treat which I wasn’t able to attend to because I woke up late :(.  Turns out our friend wasn’t at home so, as they were sitting in Jollibee deciding what to do, they decided to go museum hopping.. I fell asleep again so I showed up later than expected. One friend went home after one museum because of an errand so we went on with the other museums in the agenda.

First up was the Rajah Humabon Monument near the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. He was the King of Cebu at that time the Spaniards came.

Rajah Humabon's Monument

It was to his wife, Rayna Humami later known as Queen Juana, that the image of the Sto. Nino (Child Jesus) was given to.

We walked towards the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral Home to find out sadly that the museum was closed 😦 too bad for us. I asked a tour guide friend later that afternoon if it was really closed, he said it was always open. I just didn’t know in particular why it was closed at the time of our visit. Lunch break maybe? We didn’t have an idea. All we knew is that it was bolted and everything else, including the windows. Boo hoo for us. We took a picture of the facade though

Facade of the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House - one of the oldest houses in Cebu

Moving along, we walked our way to Casa Gorordo which wasn’t really that far. It’s also one of the oldest bahay na bato built in Cebu City. It was owned by a Spanish merchant Juan Isidro de Gorordo in 1863. It is now under the care of the Aboitiz Foundation and has been restored to it’s former glory days.

Melancholy on the Azotea of Casa Gorordo

Wood floors have been polished and the wooden furniture in place. was in awe when I saw the improvements of the place. The last time I was here I was in Second Year High School. I say kudos

to the people who keep it in shape for foreigners and locals.

Next up was a short jeepney ride to Museo Sugbo. Now this museum, you should not underestimate. It’s a National Museum so be prepared for it’s hugeness. The building used to be the Cebu Provincial Jail for a long time. They moved to a bigger correctional facility in Kalunasan, Cebu City and turned this into a National History Museum in Region VII.    It took us almost 2 hours to get around the 9 galleries it had of different eras. They have pre-Spanish excavations, Spanish Colonial gallery, American and Japanese. Featured galleries were also one dedicated for the Rama’s, the Abellana’s, Cebu Media, former Presidents, and many others. I wish I wore really comfortable shoes and wish we came later than noon. It was scorching hot! Thanks to the full blast air conditioning system of Museo Sugbo, we would be drenched in sweat.

The entrance to Museo Sugbo

The View from the Ticket Booth

Museum visits in Cebu don’t come that cheap even for locals. There are different rates for locals and international visitors. The cheapest we’ve gone to so far was the Museo Sugbo and was very much worth the price you pay. But seeing the way they have maintained the memorabilia in each of these museums, I think I shouldn’t whine about the price it takes to visit the place. Casa Gorordo costs PhP 40 for a local adult, Museo Sugbo costs PhP 30 for a local adult and the Cathedral Museum costs PhP 50 for a local adult. Policy though of all the museums: NO PICTURE TAKING INSIDE THE GALLERIES!

Museums to look out for the next time: Rizal Museum in USP, Osmena Museum in CAP building and the newly opened Halad Museum of the Gullas’ (a tribute to Cebu’s musical heritage). Too bad the Aznar Museum isn’t opened yet 😦

I am seeing Cebu and the Philippines through different eyes now. Going to these museums make me real proud to be a Filipina… and a Cebuana at that! Maligayang Araw ng Kalayaan, Pilipinas Kong Mahal!

Credits to my friend Mhei Gabuya for the pictures


One Response to “Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!”

  1. mai largo November 30, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

    best place to learn more about our history is going to museums. i hope our next generation will follow your footsteps.

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