Museums are Avenues for Culture Preservation
A museum official in Negros Occidental encouraged the public to take time in visiting various museums as they play crucial roles in preserving the Filipino culture.
“There are so many museums in Bacolod City and Negros so take advantage of them as we celebrate the Museums and Galleries Month,” said Negros Museum Executive Director Tanya Lopez over the Philippine Information Agency’s (PIA) radio program.
Lopez emphasized that museums can preserve culture.
For the Negros Museum’s part, it is bent on upholding a socio-cultural understanding through history, culture and arts primarily among children, youth, and people visiting the province.
According to Lopez, the museum houses different exhibits categorized under permanent and temporary.
The permanent exhibits consist of the sugar story which depict the Negrenses’ lives prior to colonization, Cinco de Noviembre, salakot exhibit, and Negros lifestyle and history.
The temporary exhibits, meanwhile, are those artworks featured by local and foreign artists over a period of time.
Apart from art exhibits, Negros Museum also ties up with the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA) for the conduct of workshops, seminars and cultural presentations.
Lopez shared that these are valuable with regard to its contribution to the audiences’ education and appreciation of the culture.
She added that the celebration of the Museums and Galleries Month is timely in boosting awareness in history and different art forms especially in the community.
“This is a great opportunity for museum workers like us that we set aside a specific month to celebrate our museums and galleries because they play a very big role in helping our constituents and our public raise awareness on our culture and history,” Lopez said.
The Negros Museum, which is located at Gatuslao Street, Bacolod City, is open from Monday to Saturday at 9:00 A.M – 6:00 P.M. For inquiries, contact Negros Museum at (034) 433-4764.* (JCM/LML-PIA6 Negros Occidental)