RAMON Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (Rafi) released the new edition of Casa Gorordo in Cebu by Resil B. Mojares last Dec. 15, some 34 years after the museum opened and the book first saw print.
The first edition of the book was released in 1983, in time for the opening of Casa Gorordo Museum that same year. The book, which enjoyed several reprintings, received the National Book Award, the most prestigious award given for books produced in the country, in the Social Science category. This year’s updated version has a new cover and layout.
At the book launch, Dr. Mojares, one of the country’s leading cultural scholars, said that with the opening of Casa Gorordo, RAFI became the forerunner of museums in Cebu, especially since museums were almost unheard of in the 1980s.
An attempt at socio-historical construction, Casa Gorordo in Cebu documents the changes in the life of both a house and the Parian district in the closing decades of the 19th century and the early years of the 20th century.
The book is the first offering of the Research & Publications division of Rafi’s Culture & Heritage unit. Several books are in the pipeline and scheduled for release in 2018.
In her opening remarks at the launch, Dominica Chua, Rafi President and Chief Operating Officer, said the foundation sees publications as an instrument of documenting past knowledge and practices so they will not be just relegated to memory. And publications, she said, are a means of imparting the Cebuanos’ story, which has to be proudly shared to the world. “Sharing our story begets pride in our identity and heritage,” Chua added.
Amaya Aboitiz-Fansler, Rafi Board of Trustees member, presented Casa Gorordo in Cebu to the public, together with Mojares.
Also present in the launch were Ambassador Vicente Bandillo, who is also a poet; cultural scholars such as Dr. Erlinda Alburo and Dr. Madrileña dela Cerna; partners from Cebu’s museum network; members of the academe and literary circles of Cebu; librarians from different universities of Cebu; and friends from the media. (PR)