NOT many realize that history is actually colorful and malleable because of the vast and interesting ways of telling past events and discovering stories. The revival of the Heritage for Media series at Casa Gorordo Museum sparked the beginning of a new age of heritage appreciation through exploring the history of ordinary items and realizing the depth of culture behind them.
The discussion highlighted different techniques of tackling heritage through making the important and seemingly unimportant parts of it interesting. Various trivia about Cebu’s puso (hanging rice) that served as an intricately designed container made for easy rice mobility and used by the ancient seafaring Cebuanos, utan bisaya (mixed vegetable soup) which can lead to the history study of when certain vegetables were introduced in the Philippines and who introduced them, sikwate (hot chocolate) which originated in Central America but was cultivated in the Philippines (who pioneered it in Asia), the first Christian marriage in the Philippines which happened in Cordova, and other random cultural topics bounced around the room; people sharing their own tidbits of knowledge.
“Culture and heritage is not just for the academe,” emphasized the speaker and curator of Casa Gorordo Museum who graduated with a degree in history, Florencio A. Moreño II. “Rafi (The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.) believes that it should be available for everybody.”
Moreño announced that the organization will be organizing more Heritage for Media talks in the years to come, which is part of the initiative to conserve and preserve the rich cultural history of Cebu through spreading the word. Casa Gorordo Museum had recently been modified and re-opened by Rafi, which continues to revive Cebuano heritage through its continuous support in telling the stories that remain unwritten.
Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on October 22, 2017.
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