Casa Gorordo Museum to kick off yearlong 40th anniversary series

CASA Gorordo Museum kicks off on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, its yearlong series of events ahead of its 40th anniversary in December 2023.

The museum’s role in cultural advocacy will be highlighted in presentations during the brief opening event in which its 40th anniversary brand image and theme will be unveiled.

Dr. Resil Mojares, national artist for literature; Amaya Aboitiz Fansler, president and chief executive officer of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (Rafi); Ruel Rigor, former Rafi Culture and History program officer; and Casa Gorordo curator Florencio Moreno II will share their individual recollections of specific periods in the history of the iconic house-museum.

Recently repainted to engender a more authentic experience of life in the colonial Cebu of the late 1800s and early 1900s, Casa Gorordo reopened last month after a two-year hiatus. The museum has been thoughtfully reorganized and restored as more and more information on the colonial lifestyle is unearthed. New technologies have also been adopted to promote a more immersive visitor experience.

A National Historical Landmark, Casa Gorordo Museum is one of the Philippines’ cultural and historical treasures. It was built in the mid-1800s and acquired by the Spanish merchant Juan Isidro de Gorordo in 1863. Four generations of the family lived in the house, including Cebu’s first Filipino bishop, Juan Gorordo, until it was acquired by the Rafi in 1980. It opened as a museum in 1983.