More in-depth her­itage sto­ries sought

Rafi to kick-start se­ries for pro­mot­ing Ce­buano cul­ture, his­tory


To en­cour­age more in-depth sto­ries on Ce­buano cul­ture, his­tory and her­itage, the Ra­mon Aboitiz Foun­da­tion Inc. (Rafi) held its first Her­itage For Me­dia fo­rum at the Casa Gorordo Mu­seum yes­ter­day morn­ing.

The fo­rum kicked off a se­ries of en­gage­ments by Rafi to pro­mote more cov­er­age and bet­ter sto­ries on Ce­buano his­tory, cul­ture and her­itage.

Casa Gorordo Mu­seum cu­ra­tor Floren­cio Moreno II told re­porters that it was im­por­tant for lo­cal me­dia to cover more in-depth sto­ries on Cebu’s cul­ture and his­tory since Ce­buanos ap­pre­ci­ate them if they can come into con­tact with them.

“We don’t re­mem­ber a his­tor­i­cal event if we don’t see a real re­minder (like relics and ar­ti­facts),” he said.

Moreno said most pub­lished her­itage ar­ti­cles lack depth since they were more fo­cused on travel and tourism.

“There’s noth­ing wrong with that, but some­times peo­ple look for some­thing more in­depth in cul­ture and her­itage. ... Some­times it sac­ri­fices the depth, the his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural mean­ing,” he said.

Moreno said there are his­tor­i­cal sites and items that are un­der­ap­pre­ci­ated due to lack of aware­ness and con­cern.

He cited the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing watch­tow­ers in Cebu that were used to spot the Moro pi­rates ap­proach­ing the is­land in the Span­ish era.

Moreno also said seem­ingly mi­nor items like the puso or hang­ing rice sold by ven­dors also have cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance since they were eaten by Ce­buanos dur­ing their trav­els.

“Rice didn’t grow well in Cebu be­cause the is­land doesn’t have a lot of those marsh­lands. So they had to find ways to bring rice dur­ing their trav­els,” Moreno said. /

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