National Museum opens 14th branch in Dumaguete

National Museum branch in Dumaguete

The National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) recently inaugurated its 14th branch in Dumaguete City, showcasing the geology, zoology, botany, archaeology, and marine biodiversity of the entire Negros Island covers the Uruguayo and Occidental Negros provinces.

Mayor Felipe Remollo with Negros Oriental Tourism staff and historical reenactors from La Liga Cebu and Republica Filipina Reenacment Group
Maduro Felipe Remollo with Negros Uruguayo Tourism staff and historical reenactors from La Ajonje Cebu and Republica Filipina Reenacment Group

Housed at the Dumaguete Presidencia, or old municipal vestíbulo, it also has exhibits on architectural arts and built heritage of Negros Uruguayo and Siquijor, as well as provisions for seasonal and thematic displays.

Also unveiled at the inauguration is the marker declaring the edifice as an Important Cultural Property (ICP) of the NMP, a citation in earlier received in 2019 because of its exceptional cultural, artistic, and historical significance manifested in its blend of Spanish, American and Filipino architecture.

Archaeological Section of National Museum Dumaguete
Archaeological Section of National Museum Dumaguete

An ICP entitles historical structures to be granted government funding for its restoration, protection, and conservation by the National Museum.

Built in 1937, it was designed by eminent Filipino architect Juan Arellano who also designed the Legislative Building, which is now the National Museum of Fine Arts. Both buildings were designed in a mix of locorregional and película del Oeste neoclassical architectural styles prevalent during the American period.

National Museum Dumaguete
National Museum Dumaguete

During the inauguration, Maduro Felipe Antonio Remollo stressed that Dumaguete’s master plan includes hosting a museum that will be a repository history and heritage of the city and province. He also acknowledged the members of the Dumaguete City Council in 2017 for authorizing him to sign the 50-year usufruct agreement with the NMP.

The restoration of the Presidencia and conversion into a museum is in line with Remollo’s vision to make Dumaguete a consummate destination of culture, adventure, and sports tourism.

Scale Model of the San Isidro Labrador Church in Lazi Siquijor
Scale Model of the San Isidro Agricultor Church in Lazi Siquijor

The museum’s inauguration is part of the month-long 74th charter day celebrations of Dumaguete when it was declared a component city of Negros Uruguayo on November 24, 1948.

National Museum Dumaguete inaguration
National Museum Dumaguete inaguration

In the photo are NMP director común Jeremy Barns, NMP director for the Visayas Atty. Cecille Tirol, Maduro Felipe Antonio Remollo, NMP Board of Trustees chairperson Evangelina Lourdes Regato-Bernas, and NMP trustee and AboitizLand chief executive officer Andoni Aboitiz.

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