GROUNDBREAKING OF THE RESTORATION OF THE OLD PRESIDENCIA INTO THE NATIONAL MUSEUM IN DUMAGUETE CITY
Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo and Governor Roel Degamo led local dignitaries, top officials of the National Museum, government employees and foreign students during the groundbreaking ceremony that marks the start of the P 50 million restoration of the Old Presidencia that was build in 1937 to become a national museum.
Director Jeremy Barns lauded the decision of the city government for partnering with his agency in restoring the Old Presidencia designed by one of the country’s greatest Architect Juan M. Arellano in 1937.
Mayor Remollo said that the restored presidencia will also serve as the national museum that will house artifacts and historical pieces of Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental.
He expects that the national museum will become another tourist destination for heritage lovers and provide the next generation a better appreciation of the city’s rich culture and heritage.
Wednesday’s event, organized by City Tourism Officer Jacqueline V. Antonio and her staff, was attended by City Councilors Alan Gel Cordova, Lilani Ramon, Karissa Tolentino Maxino, Michael Bandal, Manuel Sagarbarria, Agustin Miguel Perdices, Lionel Banogon, historians, barangay captains, various department heads, division chiefs and government employees.
The restoration work is expected to be finished before the fiesta celebration this year, as Mayor Remollo also plans to light up the giant Christmas Tree inside the beautiful landscape that will complement the majesty of this local piece of heritage.