To celebrate the Lunar New Year, a hybrid forum will discuss the Chinese and Chinese Mestizo involvement in the economic life of Cebu from pre-colonial to the Spanish periods. The subject will be handled by Asian Studies professor and historian Dr. Michael Cullinane, PhD.

Chinese mestiza and literary writer Marlinda Angbetic-Tan will also share human interest stories about the world of Chinese mestizos in Cebu in contemporary times.

Dr. Cullinane will trace how Chinese Mestizo merchants dominated Cebu’s economy and later got into conflict with the Spanish authorities.

The hybrid event, “ININSIK GYOD! The Chinese influence in Cebuano life” will be held on January 28, 2023, at 3 p.m. in Palm Grass The Cebu Heritage Hotel.

Sharing their reactions will be Chinese Mestizo writer Gavin Sanson Bagares and Cebuano/Chinese heritage advocate Ben Chua.

Registration to the event is free. Interested participants are requested to fill up the registration form at

The hybrid event will be livestreamed at the pages of Palm Grass The Cebu Heritage Hotel and event partners, University of San Carlos Center for Social Research and Education, Museo Sugbo, Central Visayas Association of Museums, Diyandi Heritage Center, FLAGG Tour Guides, and SOAN2020 Inc. works with the top brands in the country to reach out to the Cebu market. For inquiries, please send an email to [email protected].