The Journey of the Sto Niño: Origins up to the Kaplag

Friday, January 21

This webinar traced the journey of the Santo Niño from its origins up to the Kaplag. Resource speaker Fr. Ric Anthony Reyes, OSA, discussed the origins of the Santo Niño in Europe, its arrival in our islands in 1521, the First Baptism, and the finding of the image in 1565. 

Fr. Ric joined the Augustinian Order in the Philippines under the Province of Sto. Niño de Cebu-Philippines in 2003. He became an Augustinian Novitiate in 2007 and professed religious vows in 2008. He studied Philosophy and Theology in Manila from 2003-2007 and 2008-2012, and was ordained priest in 2014. He is the spokesperson of the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño de Cebu, secretariat head of the Fiesta Señor celebrations, and the library director, archivist and curator of the Basilica del Sto. Niño Museum. 

This webinar was organized in partnership with the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño Museum.

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Tracing the Magellanic Expedition Part 2: From the Philippines to Moluccas

Friday, February 26

This webinar discussed the Magellanic crew’s arrival in the Philippines, and the notable events that happened shortly after including the First Mass, the First Baptism and the Battle of Mactan. It also tackled how the Spaniards managed to escape Cebu, and how they found Moluccas (Spice Islands).

This webinar follows the first GSK online activity last June where Dr. Bersales discussed Magellan’s voyage from Spain to the Philippines, including the expedition’s discoveries and the challenges they faced during their two-year journey before arriving to these islands.

Dr. Bersales is an archaeologist, historian, professor and writer. He is also the director of the University of San Carlos Museum and the provincial consultant on Museum Affairs.

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The First Mass: Latest Inquiry

Friday, March 26

In this webinar, author and historian Dr. Rolando Borrinaga discussed the evidences considered by the 2019 Mojares Panel in determining Limasawa as the site of the 1521 Mass, not Butuan. The panel, led by historian and National Artist for Literature Dr. Resil B. Mojares, was assembled by the National Historical Commission of the Philipines in 2018 to review and settle the longstanding Limasawa-Butuan controversy. 

Dr. Borrinaga, who spent more than 20 years researching about the topic, also talked about the evidences he provided in his report to the panel that proposed present-day Barangay Triana in Western Limasawa as the site where the historic Mass was held, and where Magellan and his crew planted the cross.

Dr. Borrinaga was the Visayas Representative in the National Committee on Historical Research of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCHR-NCCA) from 2014 to 2016 and 2017 to 2019. He also served as secretary of the NCHR Executive Council. 

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Ferdinand Magellan: The Man Beyond the Voyage

Friday, May 29

Ferdinand Magellan is known as the explorer who led the Spanish expedition in search of the Spice Islands, ended up in the islands now known as the Philippines and met his untimely demise in the shores of Cebu, but there is so much more to his story than what is commonly told. In this webinar, historian and author Dr. Danilo Gerona will discuss lesser-known facts about the Portuguese explorer including his life before the expedition. 

Dr. Gerona is the director of the Magellan-Elcano Studies Center at Partido State University, and a member of Sevilla 2019-2022, an international council spearheading the celebration of 500 years of the circumnavigation of the world.

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Unanswered Questions on the Revolution in Cebu

Thursday, June 24

This research-oriented webinar focused on the events that happened in Cebu during the Philippine-Spanish revolution. It also discussed unexplored narratives, lesser-known facts, and things Cebuanos need to know about the revolt. 

National Artist for Literature Dr. Resil B. Mojares is a multi-awarded author, scholar, and a notable cultural and literary historian. He served as the founding director of the Cebuano Studies Center from 1975 to 1996. He has written numerous books and scholarly articles on history, literature and politics, including The War in Cebu (2015). He was conferred the Order of National Artist in 2018, the first Cebuano to have received the highest award given to artists in the country.

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FROM SUTUKIL TO KUMBIRA: 300 Years of Culinary History During the Spanish Colonial Period

Friday, July 30

Learn more about Spain’s lasting influences in local cuisine in this webinar with food historian, Ms. Louella Alix. A staunch advocate of preserving Cebu’s cuisine, Ms. Alix has written several books including “Hikay, The Culinary Heritage of Cebu” that delves into the history of local dishes and Cebuanos’ love of food. She was also a columnist for Cebu Daily News and host of its digital cooking show, Tastes of Cebu.

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Sinulog Dance Variants (Webinar)

Friday, August 27

This webinar focused on the origin, influences, and traditions of the three versions of Sinug: Votive, Combat and Contemporary. It also discussed ritual dances that may be related to the Sinug, the different musical accompaniments of the Sinug, and the beginnings of the Sinulog Festival. Video demonstrations were included to support the lecture.

The webinar’s resource speaker, Cebuano dance researcher Prof. Ceasar Nimor, is a retired assistant professor at the University of Cebu and a general member of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts National Committee on Cultural Education (NCCA-NCCED). He is also a recipient of the Gawad Sayaw Diamante 2019 from the Philippine Folk Dance Society.

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Ubiquity, Uniqueness, and the Theatricality of Nineteenth-century Philippine Clothing

Friday, September 24

In this webinar, Philippine clothing culture expert and award-winning author, Dr. Stephanie Marie R. Coo discussed the binary evolution of Philippine clothing in the 19th century. Dr. Coo is the author of “Clothing the Colony: Nineteenth-century Philippine Sartorial Culture, 1820-1896″ which recently received the IIAS-ICAS International Book Prize 2021 as the Best Book in Humanities- English Language Edition.

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Cebuano Culture and Heritage Quiz Bowl

Friday, October 29

In celebration of History Month, Casa Gorordo Museum hosted a Quiz Bowl on history, culture, arts and heritage for Senior High School.

The activity aimed to show the intellectual capacity and competitiveness of each school, encourage Cebuano cultural awareness and appreciation among students, and strengthen their own sense of identity and pride of place.

With the contextualization of curriculum, the quiz bowl also augmented students’ knowledge and insights of senior high students on Cebuano culture and heritage.

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Cebu Cemeteries as Heritage

February, November 26

In this GSK webinar, Cebuano anthropologist and historian Dr. Jose Eleazar “Jobers” Bersales discussed old cemeteries in Cebu, their history and cultural significance. He also discussed symbols found in cemeteries and their meanings, burial practices and other interesting facts about cemeteries and burial grounds in Cebu.

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Gabii sa Kabilin Online Exhibit

Launched on Friday, December 17

Know the history of Gabii sa Kabilin from its beginnings in 2007 to its digitalization in 2020 and 2021 in this GSK Online Exhibit. Revisit past heritage nights, trace its growth and evolution over the past 14 years through archival footage and documents and learn its impact to Cebuanos.

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