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Remembering the 214th year of Basi Revolt and the 200th Year of the Paintings
Posted on: September 16, 2021  |  Apps Dev

The bloody defeat and gruesome execution of our heroic forebears in the 1807 Ambaristo Revolt are the strongest, most unsettling, and easily the most memory-imprinted among the images conveyed by the “The Basi Revolt” paintings that were done 14 years after the event.

As we observe the 214th year of the revolt and the 200th year of the paintings, let us re-think the perspective that our rebelling ancestors were “defeated”, by reviewing relevant archival documents that date back to the decades following the uprising.

We share with you some excerpts here, from the Spanish documents kept by the National Archives of the Philippines whose archivists also translated the same into English –

“I must say that with due consideration the matter in question should not be taken lightly and that its implementation will be a prickly, troublesome and sensitive affair for the reasons I shall explain. There is no doubt the action which will benefit the wine revenue in this province the most would be to extend the monopoly to the said liquor; but as experience has shown that the deep-seated customs of the people cannot be tampered with without entailing unfortunate consequences, good reason and prudence dictate in this case that it would be good policy to take a moderate path which will gradually achieve the desired results.”

-- Spanish colonial government official Manuel Montoro’s letter to the “Administrator general of the Wines and Liquors Revenue of these islands”, written in Laoag, 7 September 1846, in response to the clamor that the wine monopoly be re-established as government policy.

For a video on a brief history of the revolt and of the paintings created on it, please click this link --

Thanks to the National Archives of the Philippines.

NMP invites you to the 2021 ASEAN Museum Congress
Posted on: September 16, 2021  |  Apps Dev

The National Museum of the Philippines in partnership with ASEAN-COCI and the NCCA, invites you to the 2021 ASEAN Museum Congress to be held online on 26-28 October 2021.

This year's Congress theme is “Museum Interpretation in Times of Disaster: Museum Education, Exhibitions and Public Programs in the New Normal”.

Disasters affect and limit the access of people to museums and heritage sites. But unlike natural disaster or armed conflict, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a wider and far-reaching impact that led to the temporary closure for long periods of museums and heritage sites. Arts, culture and tourism sectors that relied heavily on the promotion of visitor experience have been worst hit. The emergence of disasters, particularly this pandemic, calls for a regional response not just confined to a specific locality, and anchored on regional cooperation to maximize resources and harness the interconnectedness of our socio-cultural practices. 

This Congress aims to provide museum professionals and heritage practitioners from across ASEAN member states to share and learn best practices in museum management, particularly on museum interpretation in COVID-19 and post COVID -19 setting. It is designed to help museums overcome the problems of physical accessibility and immobility brought about by disasters, and how limitations are turned into great opportunities. 

Confirmed speakers represent a range of specialists and practitioners from or scholars on the Southeast Asian region in the field of museology, anthropology, design thinking, collections access, museum conservation, and exhibitions management.

We will open the registration on October 11.

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NM Western Visayas Regional Museum receives grant from ICCROM for their Mobile Museum Project
Posted on: September 10, 2021  |  Apps Dev

Good news from your National Museum of the Philippines as its Honor Roll goes to the entire NM Western Visayas Regional Museum team!

The National Museum of the Philippines receives an ICCROM grant to bring museum collections to Western Visayan urban poor communities

In line with its Universal Access thrust, the National Museum of the Philippines' (NMP) Western Visayas Regional Museum is set to bring museum collections to urban poor and rural communities through the project entitled, “Pambansang Museo sa Barangay: Bringing the Museum Collections to the Fringes.” 

The project, which is a travelling exhibition, will be implemented in partnership with the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), through its CollAsia Field Projects 2021-2022 (Connecting Communities and Collections), and supported by the Cultural Heritage Administration of the Republic of Korea (Cultural Heritage Administration). 

The travelling exhibition aims to raise public awareness and inspire deeper appreciation of Filipino heritage among Western Visayans. It offers alternative and safe learning and cultural experiences to the public, especially the youth in impoverished communities, whose mobility is restricted during this pandemic. 

The travelling exhibition will feature five (5) museum boxes, namely: (1) Know Your National Cultural Treasure: Oton Gold Death Mask; (2) The Gentle Giants of Panay: Elephant/Stegodont Fossil Molars; (3) Habol Panay: The Textile Heritage of Western Visayas; and (4 & 5) Amlig: Biodiversity Conservation in Western Visayas. Each box represents the permanent exhibitions and soon-to-be launched exhibits at the National Museum Western Visayas (former Iloilo Provincial Jail) located at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol Complex, Bonifacio Drive, Iloilo City. 

The museum boxes will contain the replicas of the prehistoric tooth fossils of elephants and stegodonts that roamed Panay Island some 750,000 years ago; the replica of Oton Gold Death Mask dated 12th to 13th century and was recovered from a grave in Oton in 1967; samples of handwoven hablon and piña textiles and weaving implements; and replica specimens of endangered and endemic plants and animals and their habitats. 

This was patterned after our successful traveling tours of a set of Mobile Museum Boxes Mindanao touring project with MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology and another dedicated for the Visayas with the Western Visayas Association of Museums. Both contained their respective regional biological diversity, unique geological formation and outstanding endemism. Due to the pandemic, their tour itineraries had to temporarily be put on hold. Besides featuring locally relevant heritage artifacts, this new initiative is unusual to make the National Museum serve communities at the village level.

To engage audiences in educational and therapeutic activities as well as encourage support for biodiversity conservation in the Philippines, the travelling exhibition has corollary activities for different age brackets such as mask-making, fossil-imprinting, coloring for kids and adults, leaf and rock art workshop, and other paper-based educational activities. 

The travelling exhibition will be piloted in Iloilo City and will run from 17 November 2021 to 15 December 2021; the schedule and setup is subject to the government-imposed movement restrictions in the area. After the project completion, the National Museum targets to continue the project with rural communities as the next destinations of the travelling exhibition.