Utzurrum: Happy 40th, Casa Gorordo!

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UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS DANCE TROUPE
UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS DANCE TROUPE

If you haven’t been to the newly revolutionized House Museum Casa Gorordo, it’s the perfect time to visit — now on its 40th anniversary. With a fresh coat of paint — forest green and antique gold — the structure stands proudly and historically as a showcase of Cebu’s cultural evolution.

HEAD. Cebu City Vice Mayor Raymond Alvin Garcia, chairman of the Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission.
HEAD. Cebu City Vice Mayor Raymond Alvin Garcia, chairman of the Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission.
AUTHOR. Historical writer Gavin Sanson Bagares and his book, “Out of Parian.”
AUTHOR. Historical writer Gavin Sanson Bagares and his book, “Out of Parian.”
EDITOR of “Out of Parian,” professor Erlinda Alburo.
EDITOR of “Out of Parian,” professor Erlinda Alburo.

Such a monumental occasion attracted the following VIPs to the place: Cebu City Vice Mayor Raymond Alvin Garcia, Department of Tourism (DOT) Undersecretary Ferdinand Jumapao and National Historical Commission of the Philippines’ (NHCP) Gerwill Cruz.

The City of Cebu, DOT and NHCP continue to support Casa Gorordo’s numerous advocacies and activities.

TALENT. Cebuana soprano Izarzuri Vidal (left) and singer Liana San Diego.
TALENT. Cebuana soprano Izarzuri Vidal (left) and singer Liana San Diego.
MAO KA GUITARS
MAO KA GUITARS

Executive director of Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.’s (Rafi) social well-being cluster, Marie Sol Gonzalvo, delivered the foundation’s words of appreciation to partners and collaborators with focus on the relevance of understanding heritage in light of contemporary lifestyles.

What’s a milestone without appropriate entertainment? Performances by dazzling soprano Izarzuri Vidal, Liana San Diego, Mao Ka Guitars, University of San Jose-Recoletos chorale and the University of San Carlos dance troupe served as memorable numbers!

GORORDO descendant Josefa “Pepit” Revilles and Florencio Moreno.
GORORDO descendant Josefa “Pepit” Revilles and Florencio Moreno.

Fittingly, too, was the evening’s highlight: Book launch of “Out of Parian-Essays on Cebuano Heritage” authored by good friend, historical and social chronicler Gavin Sanson Bagares. The book contains deep insights into the lives of prominent Cebuanos and stories surrounding the Parian district where the museum is located.

As a background, Casa Gorordo Museum was built by the Parian native Alejandro Reynes y Rosales in the mid 1800s. The property was purchased in 1863 by Spanish merchant Juan Isidro de Gorordo. Four generations of the Gorordo family including, Cebu’s first Filipino bishop Juan Gorordo, lived in the “balay nga tisa.” In 1979, Rafi acquired it and opened a public museum in 1983 to promote enjoyment and awareness of local culture.

Aside from an active advocacy for heritage and culture, the museum is involved in relevant community-oriented activities such as disaster response. It is at these times when Rafi devotes relief work to distressed families.

This 40th event seals a year-long series of activities, among them: Mobile Sinug, Mga Sugilanon ni Senyor Exhibit, Tubo Cebu Art Fair, Gabii sa Kabilin, the Mactan Cebu International Airport cultural experience etc.

In recognition of its significant role in raising awareness in culture and heritage, the NHCP conferred National Historical Landmark status on the museum in 1991.

For this wealth of admirable achievements, Casa Gorordo and Rafi deserve our extreme praise and pride!

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