SunStar Cebu celebrates its 40th year on Friday, Nov. 25. With God’s grace, it has made its mark in the newspaper industry after having received numerous awards and recognitions from both national and local institutions. Though the journey was far from easy, it has been a fulfilling one with a motley mix of daunting challenges and unexpected setbacks, along with progressive gains and well-earned accolades. Overall, it has been a rewarding four decades for SunStar, thanks to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in its day-to-day publication. Furthermore, SunStar is most grateful to its readers and advertisers for their support, trust and confidence. Cheers!

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The Cebu community welcomed with open arms the re-opening of Casa Gorordo, declared a National Historical Landmark by the National Historical Institute in 1991. The house-museum in the Parian district has a new look with bold exterior colors that speak of the color preferences in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when Casa Gorordo was home to the Reynes family and later to the family of Msgr. Juan Gorordo.

After the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation (Rafi) acquired the house in the early ‘80s, it was transformed into a showcase of the lifestyle of well-to-do Filipinos in that bygone era. The house has been restored and expanded and beautifully furnished with period pieces. It is also a repository of antique religious images, old household utensils and even farm implements used at that time.

Very much around during the joyous occasion were Rafi president/chief executive officer Amaya Aboitiz Fansler, Rafi executive committee member Marian Aboitiz, officer-in-charge of Rafi’s Culture & Heritage Unit Florencio Moreño and Josefa “Pepit” Revilles (grand niece of Msgr. Gorordo).

VIP guests included Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, Cebu City Vice Mayor Raymond Garcia (chairman of the city’s Cultural & Historical Commission) and Department of Tourism Undersecretary Ferdinand Jumapao.

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Another much-awaited comeback was the annual Gabii Sa Kabilin which was halted due to the pandemic.

Established by Rafi seven years ago, the annual event is one big treat for museumgoers, heritage site lovers, and young minds who want to learn more about our history and culture. This year, 20 destinations were part of the heritage tour.

One of the highlights during the Gabii Sa Kabilin was the fashion exhibit and live mannequin presentation at Casa Gorordo featuring the Mano Mano Hablonuevo Collection of innovative designer Dexter Z. Alazas.

A staunch supporter of the dying handweaving tradition, Dexter has been working with the weavers of Argao and promoting the handwoven hablon industry. His Hablonuevo show was a celebration of fashion, tradition and innovation—a big attraction during Cebu’s heritage night!