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The US Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation

Its full speed ahead for the Baguio Museum’s rehabilitation, conservation and development through the U.S. Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (2017 AFCP). It is a project of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)/Cultural Heritage Center through the U.S. Embassy in Manila.

The U.S. government is a staunch advocate of cultural heritage conservation according to Grants Officer Representative Edwin Vergara.

The Board of Trustees of the Baguio Museum, now headed by lawyer Fred Bagbagen, wishes to thank U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim of the U.S. Embassy in Manila for this 30 months grant. The Baguio Museum won, along with 30 other countries during a grant competition last year. The board would also like to acknowledge the expert assistance of Edwin Vergara, who guided the Baguio Museum in its proposal in line with its institutional goals and thrusts. The same gratitude goes to Cultural Affairs Officer/Grants Officer Matt Keener.

Thirty must be the Baguio Museum’s lucky number. Watching the “37 Questions with Ambassador Sung Kim” in YouTube, we found out some of Ambassador Kim’s favorites: Eric Clapton of the famous “Tears in Heaven” but likes his song “Wonderful Tonight,” favorite Filipino food – crispy tilapia and buko pandan, and is a fan of Ateneo and La Salle when it comes to basketball. One of the first Filipino words he learned was “Mahal kita.” The Ambassador wants to take the U.S.-Philippines relations to a new level.

Congratulations again to the new officers of the Baguio Museum for 2018-2019 namely: Fred Bagbagen – president, Edilberto Tenefrancia – vice president, Ryan Mangusan – secretary, Kristine Sameon – treasurer, Peter Ng – assistant treasurer and Nicolas Tabora – ex-officio member. Other members of the Board are Edna Anton, Kidlat Tahimik, Sheree Nolasco, and yours truly.

AFCP commenced in 2001 to help preserve cultural sites and objects and forms of traditional expressions. According to one of their statements, “Cultural heritage endures as a reminder of the contributions and historical expressions of humanity. By taking a lead role to preserve cultural heritage, the U.S. government shows its respect for other cultures.”

Calls for proposals to join the AFCP are usually done in December preceding the actual year of the grant. There is a wait of about six to seven months and voluminous paper works to be submitted before the grantees are announced. Funding is open to cultural sites, cultural objects and forms of traditional cultural expressions.

The Baguio Museum already started with the 1st phase of its conservation and restoration activities with the expert guidance of Engr. Orlando Abinion, a heritage conservation consultant.

Abinion was a former conservator-curator of the National Museum and had fellowships in Australia. He has participated in international conservation conferences in Asia, Europe and Australia and had traveled extensively all over the Philippines for his conservation expertise.

He also participated in the preservation of the Kabayan mummy in Benguet.

He is at present a consultant for Conservation and Collection Management of MUSKKAT/UNILAB.

Happy birthday to the first lady of Baguio Mrs. Rebecca “Becky” Domogan, the sweetest and grandest lady I know. Likewise to former Department of Foreign Affairs director William Garcia who is also retiring on his birthday. Birthday wishes too to all celebrators for this week!

Cultural events:

June 9 – Happy Philippine-China Friendship Day celebration to the Filipino-Chinese community of Baguio! Congratulations to the unveiling of the Filipino-Chinese Friendship Marker and the opening of the 12 Chinese Zodiac sculptures at the Botanical-Centennial Park! Now we have more reasons to visit the park.

June 12 – Happy Independence Day! Masayang Araw ng Kasarinlan o Araw ng Kalayaan! Ipagdiwang natin ang kabayanihan ng ating mga ninuno, mga lolo at mga lola! Mabuhay po kayo!

June 13 – “Stills and Sceneries” at the Baguio Museum – 3rd installment of the 1st two-woman show of Danielle Palasi and Sakura Alangui. The exhibit features a mix of bright still life and sceneries that are reminiscent of their early childhood. Paintings, postcards, catalogs, business card boxes and commentary books are available.

June 15 – Happy Eidul Fitr thanksgiving celebration to our Muslim brothers!

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