RAFI or Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc., Gabii Sa Kabilin (GSK) main organizer, in celebration of National Heritage Month, invited media and bloggers in a day that was full of adventure, knowledge and most of all, heritage and culture flashback at southern part of Cebu on May 18, 2012. FaceCebu.net, which covers GSK from its full blast years back until now, was one of the participants for the Media heritage tour held in Sibonga and Argao, respectively.
We arrived at Nuestra Señora Del Pilar de Zaragosa, Sibonga Cebu past 10 AM and we were all excited for sightseeing and information overload! What amazed us was the very big wooden door of the Church and upon entering it, the eye-catching mural on the ceiling which was creatively done by Raymundo Francia, a famous Cebuano artist, captured everyone inside! Very interesting art was the one above the altar which shows the seven days of creation (Genesis).
Trivia: Sibonga's Church was built by male inhabitants who were required to bring two big stones to the Church every Monday. They help in construction without asking payment or returns.
Next stop was the colorful and beautiful municipality of Argao. This maybe a "hey, what happen to you?" type of action but when we arrived at Cabecera de Argao - giant Torta, I immediately went off the Van and headed straight to that giant Torta and took a picture, simply amazing! We then headed to "Balay Lungsod of Argao" for a Courtesy call by Municipal Mayor Edsel Galeos and discussed their replica of Cebu City's Gabii Sa Kabilin activity the night of that day.
We had a chance of hanging around the ever famous, Argao Plaza which is aside from being traditionally conserved, the Plaza gives a free WIFI service to all - first free internet outside Mandaue and Cebu City. I even had a chance in uploading my instagram photo during the meeting with the Mayor.
Trivia: Argao was named after a tree Sali-argaw which dominantly spotted near the Shorelines.
With my camera ready for every scene, we visited the much preserved St. Michael, The Archangel Church and took some lovely shots of its Facade and interiors which as expected designed by our very own Raymundo Francia. This Church bears one of the oldest Bell in cebu located in its Tower. The Altar was amazingly preserved with Gold and silver color combinations.
Next on the itinerary was to visit Argao Nature Park and what did i expect? It's a Parkwide free wi-fi! Dang! I did love and enjoyed it very much! Just in the right side of the Park, you'll see the big statue of Mary with in the Pond of big fishes. There is also a bridge used to cross going to the other side/part of the Park.
So much for those inherited gifts from our Ancestors, we then visited the very famous makers of Torta and Tabliya, Jessie's Homemade Torta and Argao's Guilang Tableya respectively. The sweetness of Torta made our tired faces smile! And with those real and i said real Sikwati from Gulang's tableya, hot refreshment it was!
Past 12 in the afternoon, we managed to take our late lunch at Bienmar SU-TU-KIL, sea culture and seafood restaurant located at the center area of the sea! Fresh seafoods are served. You can actually request what to cook and find them fresh from Fish Cages located beside the resto.
Jessie's Homemade Torta
Brgy. Canbanua, Argao, cebu
Tel. Num: (032) 367-7455
Bienvenido C. Mamalias
Taloot Warf, Argao, Cebu
Cell Num: 0922-8555271 / 0917-7100037
Tel. Num: (032) 406-7138