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Casa Gorordo Museum reopens with digital, interactive exhibits

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Casa Gorordo Museum reopens with digital, interactive exhibits

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The second floor of Casa Gorordo Museum. (Photo by Pia Noreen Bilar)

CASA Gorordo Museum in Cebu City reopens to the public with additional artifacts and digital devices that allows interactive experience for visitors.

After it underwent renovation in 2013, the museum officially reopened last Tuesday, November 29.

“We had to close the museum for three years to find artifacts. The (structure's) pillars also need to be restored,” Dominica Chua, Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (Rafi) chief operating officer, said.

The museum now has additional artifacts like chinawares, holy images of Sto. Niño, replica of amulets used by Cebuano revolutionary leader Leon Kilat, among others.

Each artifact has quick response (QR) codes, which visitors can scan using their smartphones to watch a video presentation.

The museum also features an interactive 3D map of Cebu during the Spanish colonial era.

Dioramas, with audio recording that explains the model, are also exhibited inside the museum.

The restoration work included the restructuring of the museum's souvenir shop, mini-theater and café.

Casa Gorordo now offers tour packages which provides booklets, activity sheets, souvenir items, beverages, including gadgets such as earphones and tablets, for visitors to use inside the museum.

The P80 tour package (available only for children 12 years old and below) includes earphones, booklet, and an activity sheet. The P120 tour package provides earphones, a souvenir item, and a booklet. The P150 package offers earphones, a souvenir item, a booklet, and beverage; while P180 tour package offers earphones, a souvenir item, beverage, booklet, and a tablet.

The museum also provides 20 percent discount to senior citizens and students 13 to 18 years old.

Casa Gorordo was an ancestral home built in the 1850s and owned by Alejandro Reynes. The house was later bought in 1863 by Spanish merchant Juan Isidro Gorordo and housed four generations of the Gorordo family, including the first Cebuano bishop Juan Gorordo.

Casa Gorordo’s architecture is a mix of Spanish and Chinese influences, having a tiled roof which is unusual in the Philippine setting.

The structure, located along Lopez Jaena St. in Cebu City’s Parian district, was acquired and renovated by Rafi between 1980 and 1981, and was opened to the public in 1983.

Casa Gorordo Museum is open from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Sunnex)

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