“Hotel invited young Kamagayan neighbors to Leon Kilat Storytelling”
Cebu’s only heritage hotel, Palm Grass, invited the children of the Kamagayan Football Club at its roofdeck Hadin Dagami last October 20, 2018 to tell them about the story of Leon Kilat and the Cebu Revolution of 1898.
The Kamagayan Football Club comprises of children aged six to thirteen who have looked into football as a diversion from petty crimes and poverty.
It is a collaboration of the University of San Jose-Recoletos, Young Minds Academy Alumni, and Pundok Kadasig as part of their bigger goal to rebrand Junquera St. and Barangay Kamagayan.
From being referred to as the city’s ‘red light district’ now it is being established as the go – to place for shoe repair, t-shirt printing, and signage-making.
This community is but an arm’s length to the hotel, with Palm Grass and Kamagayan connected by General Junquera Street.
These are also around an area where pieces of our Cebuano history are rich buy overlooked. For instance, streets such as Sanciangko, L. Flores, and Tress de Abril are markers of important events and people in Cebu history.
After conducting many outreach programs in other areas in order to educate the youth about our Cebuano heritage, the hotel is now reaching out to its young neighbors.
As local history isn’t extensively discussed in schools, most children have not learned about our local heroes, despite constantly roaming in the streets named after them.
Palm Grass hopes that the story of the Cebu Katipunan and their revolution against the Spanish invaders in 1898 would inspire the kids to always choose to do what’s right and give them pride for being a Cebuano.
Apart from the Leon Kilat storytelling, kids from the Kamagayan Football Club shared their stories.