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U.S. government grants $130K to Baguio Museum
by Hanna C. Lacsamana

The Baguio Museum, formerly known as Mountain Provinces Museum, will soon undergo modernization, enhancement, and conservation program courtesy of the $130,000 grant from the United States.

Baguio Museum Chairman Nicolas Tabora announced during the 2017 Baguio Museum Trilogy Plus on Friday the amount will be turned over to the museum management on Sept. 10 at the U.S. Embassy in Manila. Representatives from the embassy are expected for an initial visit of the museum today, Sept. 10.

He said the grant will be used to fund the museum’s five-year enhancement project that started in 2016 until 2020 in pursuit of its goal of becoming the art, cultural, and historical hub of Baguio catering to local and foreign communities and visitors to the city.

Tabora said for the past four years, the Baguio Museum has been hosting activities for the celebration of friendship day or month with the different countries supportive of the Philippines.

Among them is the U.S. government whose representatives and exhibits are hosted in the museum during the Filipino-American Friendship Day every July 4 and throughout the month. It was because of this continuing annual relationship with the U.S. that eventually they took notice of the needs of the museum such as enhancement, modernization, and conservation.

During these visits, Tabora said the U.S. officials saw that the Baguio Museum, particularly its Baguio historical floor, is typically representative of the American influence in the city, seeing there the contributions of the Americans to the development of Baguio. “So from there they decided to take into consideration the Baguio Museum as a recipient of the annual U.S. State Department grant. We are lucky to have that,” Tabora told the Courier.

The project will undergo three stages of development, which are the conservation of the artifacts, the training of the museum personnel on museology and curatorship, and physical enhancement or modernization of the exhibit areas and for it to become interactive and adaptable to the needs of the younger generation.

The Philippines through the Baguio Museum is the only recipient of the annual grant this year.

The museum has hosted the U.S. government from the time of ambassadors to the Philippines Harry Thomas and Philip Goldberg.


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