A team from the National Museum of the Philippines led by Deputy Director General for Museums Dr. Ana Maria Theresa P. Labrador met with Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo and City Tourism Officer Jacqueline V. Antonio before inspecting the newly restored Presidencia that will soon be inaugurated and operate as the Negros Island Regional Museum in Dumaguete City.
The Dumaguete Presidencia, built in 1937, was designed by the great Filipino architect Juan M. Arellano, which according to Dr. Labrador is the only one of its kind medium size pre-war building in the entire Philippines.
Mayor Remollo and the National Museum of the Philippines agreed to undertake the P 50 million restoration project, which if completed will feature artifacts, relics and antique collections with local historical significance for Negros Oriental and the region.
Expected to fully open early next year, the Negros Island Regional Museum in Dumaguete City is proposed to feature in the ground floor the natural history of Negros Oriental in geology, zoology and botany.
Meanwhile, the 2nd floor of the museum will exhibit architectural arts, archeology and built heritage.
This restoration project is in line with the objective of Mayor Remollo to make Dumaguete City a tourist destination for heritage lovers and provide the next generation with a better appreciation of the city’s rich culture, tradition and heritage.
Vice-Mayor Karissa Tolentino-Maxino, Councilors Lilani Ramon, Michael Bandal, Edgar Lentorio Jr., Manuel Patrimonio and Dionie Amores also met with the team of Dr. Labrador that included Chief Administrative OfficerJainab Aimee T. Altillero; Architect Marvin M. Belgica; Administrative Officer Roy Benedict Bautista; Museum Researchers Armando Arciaga III and Marie Bernadette Balaguer; IT Officer Resty Morancil; Security Officer Christopher Basilio and JSL Regional Inspector Melvin Letran.