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The NM starts 2019 with a successful Seminar on Museum Practice. More than 150 attended the Seminar on Museum Practice Series in 2019, featuring the National Museum's researchers, curators, and managers who presented our various outreach programs and technical assistance rendered to the public. Attendees included institutions and organizations from schools, government offices, cultural institutions, and museums. The four presentations included the restoration projects in Boh ol (Angel Bautista), Guiuan, Eastern Samar (Mary Jane Bolunia and Robert Balarbar), and the Hibla ng Lahing Filipino exhibition (Marites Paz-Tauro and Allan Alvarez and its various corollary activities that toured Europe and America. The seminar also included a discussion on decolonizing museum practices here in the Philippines (Ana Labrador )that summed up our experiences and translated to a better understanding of our heritage systems. We were happy to receive students from Siena College, Inc. - Quezon City, University of the Philippines at Diliman and other schools and universities. We also welcomed colleagues from government agencies, such as Philippine Veterans Affairs Office, Philippine Postal Corporation, Department of Foreign Affairs, and the City Government of Biñan, Laguna. Some were museum and cultural workers from AIMS Museo Maritimo, Lopez Group Foundation, Inc., and The Museum at De La Salle University. The rest were individuals affiliated with different groups and culture enthusiasts and advocates. Please watch this page for another set of presenters this February. Photos and text by Museum Services Division ©The National Museum of the Philippines (2019)
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The NM congratulates once again its Senior Museum Researcher Dr. Jo Marie Acebes, for receiving an Early Career Grant from the National Geographic Society. This project, “In Search of the Philippines’ lone blue whale: ‘Bughaw’, in the Bohol Sea” is scheduled to begin next month. Its goal is to conduct the first comprehensive baseline study of the distribution, abundance and habitat-use of blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus) in the Philippines in order to inform national and i nternational conservation actions for this endangered species. Aiming to find out if there is only one blue whale in the Bohol Sea, some of Dr. Acebes' queries include: what it is doing there and where does it go, if it indeed migrates. Identifying and assessing the threats to blue whales and other #cetaceans in the Bohol Sea is also important. Lastly, Dr. Acebes' project aims to increase marine environmental awareness within the Bohol Sea region and contribute to national cetacean conservation efforts through increased engagement and participation from the public, academe, and local tour industry sector. The blue whale in the Bohol Sea, named “Bughaw” by locals made quite a splash last 2016 when it was seen off various coastal areas, including off the shores of the popular tourist and local hangout, the Rizal Boulevard in Dumaguete City. We are looking forward to know where Dr. Jom’s survey team will see it next! @InsideNatGeo #insearchofthebigblue Photo by Jo Marie Acebes/NM Zoology ©The National Museum of the Philippines (2019)
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We have recently confirmed the identity of of the National Artist Fernando Amorsolo's previously unknown sitter for his last portrait painting. Her name is Florencia Singson Gonzalez-Belo, the late mother of the famous dermatologist Dr. Vicki Belo. In March 2016 as we were preparing for a donation of a statue by Guillermo Tolentino from the President Manuel Roxas Foundation, we gave Mrs. Judy Araneta Roxas a tour around the National Museum of Fine Arts. She pointed out that the last portrait of Amorsolo was "Nena" Belo. Although she was certain, it was important for the Museum to apply due diligence in establishing its provenance based on research through archival data, interviews and connecting with our network who might have known Mrs. Gonzalez-Belo. It took more than two years to convince the Belo family through our friend and film director Quark Henares, Dr. Belo's son, to help us verify the identity of the portrait. Finally, a few weeks ago, Dr. Belo visited with her family, including her husband Dr. Hayden Kho, and daughters Cristalle Henares and Scarlet Snow Kho. Someone must have told them that Scarlet looks a little like the son of Juan Luna who was fondly called "Luling" (who became an eminent architect Andres Luna de San Pedro). They family went to see Luling's painting in our gallery devoted to Luna and his contemporary Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo. As it happens, there seems quite a likeness between him and Scarlet. Here is the link to a YouTube feature from the perspective of Dr. Belo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOpvROj6hZw. ©The National Museum of the Philippines (2018)
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The National Museum opens Inukit na Pahayag: Larawang Limbag ni Leonilo Doroloricon at the NM Ilocos Regional Museum Complex (NM-IRMC) with an Artist's Talk and Exhibition Walkthrough on October 18, 2018 at 3 pm. This exhibition will bring into focus the signature elements which make Doloricon distinct from other Social Realists and other Filipino artists. It will feature his artworks made using various techniques in printmaking such as linocut, rubbercut, woodcut and lithograph that express themes of various socially relevant issues including agrarian and land reform, labor conditions, and foreign relations. The featured artworks in this exhibition were part of the 50 prints Doloricon generously donated to the nation through the National Museum, and were presented to the public in an exhibition entitled Handog sa Bayan: Isang Solong Pagtatanghal ni Leonilo Dolorion held at the National Museum of Fine Arts in June to September 2017. Bringing exceptional exhibitions and programs such as this to the NM IRMC is in line with the Museum’s goals in developing audiences for art especially in its regional facilities. The Inukit na Pahayag (or Inkitikit a Pakdaar in Iloko and Inscribed Message in English) exhibition will run until April 21, 2019. For reservations of seats to the Artist's Talk or for more information, please contact Mr. Paolo Mar Chan at 0917-508-0108 or nmviganilocos@gmail.com Artwork by Leonilo Doloricon/Poster by Ceres Canilao/Text by Carole Duque ©The National Museum of the Philippines (2018)
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Rediscovering Botany: The Basics of Systematics is a lecture series organized by the Botany and National Herbarium Division of the National Museum for students, teachers, researchers and enthusiasts. It involves discussions on protocols on proper taxonomic identification, plant reservation procedures as well as herbarium preparation. Lecturers will also highlight significant discoveries on Philippine flora that may entice young minds for future explorations and researches. This lecture series aims to equip participants of basic skills in plant taxonomy which can be of great help in the classroom as well as in the field. REDISCOVERING BOTANY 6th Floor North Function Hall National Museum of Natural History Rizal Park, Manila October 11, 2018 8:30 AM- 12:00 PM PROGRAMME 8:00 AM ​Registration 8:30 AM ​Opening Remarks Ana Maria Theresa P. Labrador, Ph.D. Director III, National Museum Talk 1:​“Basic Plant Taxonomy: A Beginners Guide to Plant Identification” ​John Michael M. Galindon, Museum Researcher II Botany and National Herbarium Division Talk 2: ​“Gymnosperms at a glance” ​Catherine C. Enriquez, Museum Researcher II Botany and National Herbarium Division Talk 3:​“Bryofacts” ​Ma. Carissa B. Balane, Senior Museum Researcher Botany and National Herbarium Division Talk 4:​“Philippine Algal Diversity: Pop or Flop” ​Jhaydee Ann F. Pascual, Senior Museum Researcher Botany and National Herbarium Division Talk 5:​“An Artist’s Impression on Philippine Orchids” Rolf Domini R. Campos, Artist Illustrator II, Botany and National Herbarium Division 11:00 AM​ Open Forum 11:30 AM​ Closing Remarks Luisito T. Evangelista, Ph.D., OIC- Curator I Botany and National Herbarium Division Master of Ceremony: Edwin R. Tadiosa, Ph. D Please contact details on the poster. ©The National Museum of the Philippines (2018)
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To celebrate the International Day of Universal Access to Information and the Philippine Civil Service Month, four National Museum researchers and a curator who underwent training and were involved in upgrading their museum skills sets talk to the public about their experience on September 20. This is part of a series on Seminars in Museum Practice in which our staff who participated in local and international museum training and education programs present to the public. Focusing on heritage management and museum education, 270 participants joined us, coming from the museum and heritage sector, conservation, libraries, government agencies, the academe and schools, tour operators and museum guiding section of the NM. The 4-hour presentations elicited positive comments and many expressed their appreciation having better insights and understanding of collections care and public programs in the context of museums. Maileen P. Rondal, a Senior Museum Researcher from the Geology and Paleontology Division talked about ‘Packing and Storing Objects and Collections – Tradition and Modernity’ while Yohana R. Frias, a Museum Researcher from the Ethnology Division presented her training experience in Ghana through ‘Sustaining Sound and Image Collections’. Dr. Luisito D. Evangelista, Curator from the Botany and National Herbarium Division demonstrated his work with the Tokyo University Museum on the impact of ‘Mobile Museum Boxes: A Travelling Exhibition’ as it toured around Mindanao schools and universities. Lyn Liza C. Silva, also a Museum Researcher from the Ethnology Division reflected on her time as exchange staff at Museum Siam in Bangkok in ‘Museum Management and Education Training Workshop’ while Mariah Camille T. Calanno, Museum Researcher of the Fine Arts Division discussed her 6-month experience at the conservation department of the Yale University Museum in ‘Training on Preventive Conservation of Ethnographic Objects and Textiles’. The interest shown by the number of participants gave us an indication that more are becoming interested in museum work, particularly in knowledge dissemination and conservation. It was also an occasion for our staff to show how the NM has benefitted from having undergone programs to enhance and upgrade their museum skills set. Please watch this page for future events and more Seminars in Museum Practice. Text by Geneva Oaferina and Photos by Cherie Lee Maño and Mark dela Cruz/NM-MSD. ©The National Museum of the Philippines (2018)
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