Parade and Review. Philippine Military Cadets on a Parade and Review at the Borromeo field, Saturday (Aug. 10) despite the gloomy weather to give honour to the 40th Anniversary of the PMA Host Parent Association. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

TESDA at 25. TESDA - CAR officials headed by Regional Director Manuel Wong with partners from DOLE, DTI and Baguio PESO, in a Kapihan media forum, promotes the scheduled activities for TESDA's 25th Anniversary that will be highlighted by the

PMA Host Parent Assn at 40. PMA Host Parent Association officials headed by chairperson and former Baguio Mayor Mauricio Domogan with Guest of Honor and Speaker Mayor Benjamin Magalong and PMA officials give recognition to their Pioneer members who started the foster a cadet program in 1979, during the t 40th Anniversary of the PMA Host Parent Association, Saturday. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

TESDA at 25. TESDA - CAR Regional Director Manuel Wong and DTI Baguio - Benguet Director Freda Gawisan leads other partners from DOLE and Baguio PESO, in a Kapihan media forum, to promote the scheduled activities for TESDA's 25th Anniversary that will be highlighted by the

Parade and Review. Philippine Military Cadets on a Parade and Review at the Borromeo field, Saturday (Aug. 10) despite the gloomy weather to give honour to the 40th Anniversary of the PMA Host Parent Association. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

TESDA@25. Bartending students from the Baguio City School of Arts and Trade gives a demonstration on wine mixing during the TESDA - CAR led Kapihan media forum for the promotion of the scheduled activities for TESDA's 25th Anniversary that will be highlighted by the

TESDA@25. Bartending students from the Baguio City School of Arts and Trade gives a demonstration on wine mixing during the TESDA - CAR led Kapihan media forum for the promotion of the scheduled activities for TESDA's 25th Anniversary that will be highlighted by the

Rehabilitated Baguio Museum to open July 4

BAGUIO CITY-- An official said on Tuesday they are eyeing to finish the three-year rehabilitation of the Baguio Museum and open its facilities, including the Cordillera wing, to the public in time for the Filipino-American (Fil-Am) Friendship Day celebration on July 4.

 

“We want a soft opening, meaning only the second floor, Cordillera floor. We will finish the Cordillera floor for the public,” said Stella de Guia, executive director of the Baguio museum.

The PHP6.5-million (around USD130,000) rehabilitation grant from the 2017 US Ambassador’s fund for cultural preservation started in September 2017, with the full completion set on March 2020.

The project works include the restoration of the artifacts, physical development, and improvement of the building and the facility, including a capacity-building training of the museum personnel and others handling other museums in the locality.

De Guia said several works, excluded in the project proposal, were also done.

Among them was the repair of roofing damaged by Typhoon “Ompong” (Mangkhut) in 2018.

She said the Cordillera area of the museum features the different artifacts from the six provinces of Abra, Apayao, Benguet (including Baguio), Ifugao, Kalinga and Mountain Province. There are also dioramas of the important events that shaped the Cordillera including its culture and traditions that have been passed down to generations.

She said that in the process of fixing the artifacts, “culture bearers” or experts in the field were invited to help ensure the accuracy of the description of the whole collection.

“We are helped by our culture bearers to ensure that we are doing the right thing. We ask for the presence of culture bearers to correct whatever is displayed for them to correct because they said in the past that the displayed artifacts were interchanged so we wanted their approval in the arrangement to make sure that what we are showing is correct,” de Guia said.

She said part of the improvement of the structure is the setting of a storage area as all artifacts cannot be accommodated on the display cases.

Once the rehabilitation is finished, they will interchange exhibits for the public to also see the other collections.

“The intention is every year we change the exhibit inside the shelves,” she said.

De Guia said the Baguio Museum is one of the 30 museums worldwide that was given support by the US government as part of its mission of “public diplomacy through educational and cultural programming and exchange”.

The 30-month rehabilitation program of the Baguio Museum starts from the restoration, stabilization, and preventive conservation.

Under the conservation work is the re-inventory of the artifacts and finalizing its provenance or the place of origin and story.

“The objects are being cleaned, restored and conserved,” she said, adding that every three years, the Museum has its inventory of more than a thousand artifacts.

The four floors of the Baguio Museum house the multi-purpose hall area and training floor, the Cordillera Gallery, the Baguio Gallery, and the Alternative Gallery/Library.

The works to be done are shelf enhancement, repainting, floor enhancement, storage repair, and floor leveling with scale models.

The US government’s grant came after the Baguio Museum won in the International contest of museums.

“Preservation of the museum is cultural heritage preservation. It is central to protecting our sense of who we are. It gives us an irrefutable connection to the past-- to certain social values, beliefs, customs and traditions that allow us to identify ourselves with others and deepen our sense of unity, belongingness and national pride,” de Guia said. (with reports from Argielynne Gem Ramos, OJT/ PNA)

By Liza Agoot

 

Baguio

  • Muslims offer to guard churches in Baguio

    BAGUIO CITY—Churchgoers were surprised on Sunday morning when Muslims joined them for a Mass at the Baguio Cathedral, a site popular among residents and tourists.

  • Window hours set for Kennon Road residents only

    BAGUIO CITY, Aug 9 (PIA) -- Despite the closure of Kennon Road, the Cordillera Region Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CRDRRMC) has set window hours to allow residents to pass through the landslide affected area in Barangay Camp 6, Sitio Camp 5 in Tuba, Benguet.

  • PIA develops strategic communications curriculum for PMA

    BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 9 (PIA) -- The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) explored areas of cooperation on developing a curriculum on communication and public information for the Academy.

  • DENR to help LGUs craft, approve implementable solid waste plans

    BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 9 (PIA) -- Local government units in the Cordillera region look forward to having their own approved solid waste management plans (SWMP) or their plans updated and implemented. 

  • DepEd orients key school officials on ALS new curriculum

    BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 9 (PIA) -- A more comprehensive Alternative Learning System that is aligned with the country’s K to 12 Basic Education System and generally aims to provide quality informal education to out  of school youths (OSYs) and adult learners is set for implementation this school year.

Benguet

Mt. Province

  • Healthy mom and baby, cooking contests mark Nutri Month

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Aug. 6(PIA) -- To raise community awareness and to inculcate health and nutrition habits for children at an early age for healthy living, the provincial government conducted Healthy Mother and Child   and cooking contests in celebration of this year’s Nutrition Month.

  • Provincial livelihood program benefits more individuals

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, July 22 (PIA) -- The Provincial Livelihood Program (PLP) of the Provincial Government here continues to provide livelihood assistance to qualified individuals in the province.

  • PCSO, PLGU provide free assistive devices to PWDs in Mt. Province

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, July 22 (PIA) -- The provincial government through the Provincial Persons with Disability Affair Office (PDAO) has partnered with the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and MVRN Prosthesis Center in helping orthopedic persons with disabilities acquire the appropriate assistive devices.

  • Mt. Province officials vow to work together for a common goal

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, July 8 (PIA) --Inspired by the fresh mandate given by the electorate in the province, the newly elected provincial officials publicly announced during their oathtaking to put aside politics and vowed to work hand in hand with one common goal- to move this province forward. 

  • MP sectors one skedy resolution of murder of 3 Besao youths

    Bontoc, Mountain Province – Members of the Provincial Peace and Order Council and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council put their full weight for the speedy resolution of the killing of three natives of Agawa, Besao who reportedly went to hunt and fish but were found dead days later along the Lakanga creek within the vicinity of Baclingayan, a sitio of Tabacda, Tubo, Abra.

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