via Spot.ph, 20 January 2019: Newly-declared heritage sites in the Philippines worth a visit.
Pindangan Ruins. Source: Christa I. De La Cruz, Spot.ph 20190120
Heritage sites will always deserve to be on everyone’s bucket list. It’s even better when they’re declared cultural treasures by international agencies or local groups, because the recognition not only helps highlight these places’ significance in our culture and history, but also helps in the preservation and protection of these awe-inspiring structures and natural wonders.
If you’ve already seen your fair share of local heritage sites, here’s a new list of recently declared National Cultural Treasures and Important Cultural Properties by the National Museum of the Philippines. Whether you’re visiting up north, traveling to Visayas and Mindanao, or even just looking for a fun weekend date, these places are worth a stop.
Source: Newly Declared Heritage Sites in the Philippines | SPOT.ph
via Manila Bulletin, 03 November 2018:
Source: Manila Bulletin 20181103
The House committee on ways and means, chaired by Nueva Ecija Rep. Estrellita Suansing, has approved the tax provision of a bill seeking to rename the National Museum as the “National Museum of the Philippines (NMP)”.
Under the amended tax provision of the bill, the NMP shall be exempt from the payment of taxes, fees and charges imposed by the national government and its political subdivisions, agencies and instrumentalities.
Source: House panel OKs bill seeking to rename, strengthen the National Museum » Manila Bulletin News
via Esquire Philippines, 02 July 2018: Esquire’s interview of Thomas Ingicco, head of the team that discovered the fossil of 700,000-year-old butchered rhino in the Philippines (see here).
Dr. Ingicco is the leader of the archaeological team that unearthed a find in Kalinga that may prove that humans were in the Philippines ten times longer than previously believed.
Source: Archeologist Thomas Ingicco and the 700,000 Year-Old Rhino Mystery
via Rappler, 07 August 2018: The Philippine senate has voted on its third unanimously to pass a law strengthening the National Museum as the ‘keeper of Filipino Heritage’. The bill still has several administrative steps to complete, including approval by the president before it becomes law.
If the bill becomes law, the National Museum will be tasked with acquiring documents as well as preserving, exhibiting, and fostering research of artworks, cultural, and historical artifacts that represent Filipino heritage and the country’s natural history.
The law will also allow the National Museum to retain and use all income derived from all its operations nationwide and overseas. This will grant it more flexibility in generating and spending its income to fund redevelopment.
Source: National Museum will be ‘primary keeper’ of Filipino heritage
via SunStar Iloilo, 11 April 2018:
THE Iloilo Provincial Government officially turned over to the National Museum of the Philippines the old provincial jail, which was retrofitted and designed for adaptive re-use as a museum to be called as the Iloilo and Western Visayas Regional Museum. The turnover ceremony Wednesday, April 11, coincided with the 117th founding anniversary of Iloilo province, which is marked by a four-day celebration dubbed as “Semana sang Iloilo.”
Source: Iloilo provincial jail turned over to National Museum
Positions available at the National Museum of the Philippines, including the Archaeology Division:
We have 51 full time positions open for permanent hiring and these are advertised in our website nationalmuseum.gov.ph, the Civil Service website and in JobStreet Philippines. The deadline for submission of applications is on or before September 29. Most positions require civil service eligibility, an inclination for museum work and other proofs of qualifications. Please refer to the advertised posts.
Job vacancies are for the Archaeology Division, Architectural Arts and Built Heritage Division, Botany and National Herbarium Division, Cultural Properties Regulation Division, Ethnology Division, Fine Arts Division, Geology and Paleontology Division, Human Resource Management Division, Museum Services Division, and Zoology Division.
The approval from the government through the Department of Budget and Management for the reorganization of the National Museum took place last year and included 235 new positions – an unprecedented development in the history of the National Museum and the Civil Service of the Philippines. This has meant upgrading the capabilities of the NM with higher entry levels, better qualifications and more management. This progress has meant improved systems in the protection and promotion of our national patrimony.
For more information, please email email@example.com. For brief queries you may phone (02) 527 6621 Monday-Friday, 8 am-12 noon and 1-5 pm.
As of 1 July, admission to the National Museum of the Philippines is free for all nationalities.
Entrance to the National Museum now ‘permanently’ free
Rappler, 30 June 2016
National Museum admission now free – permanently
Philippine News Agency, via Interaksyon, 01 July 2016
– It’s been a day of new beginnings as the nation’s new leaders assumed of office on June 30, Thursday, but in addition to the good vibes, the National Museum has announced that entrance is “permanently free of charge for all visitors, Filipino or foreign, to its museums nationwide.
The Board of Trustees of the National Museum is implementing a new policy, effective by July 1, “in order to build upon signi涁ㄗcant spikes in viewership, especially among younger Filipinos, that have been observed in 2013-2015 and to date in 2016,” it said in a Facebook post
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Not quite archaeology, but related. (which is in the National Museum of the Philippines’ domain). An article highlighting how competing agencies with unclear jurisdictions may be putting heritage sites in Philippines at risk.
The Army Navy Club in Manila. Source: Rappler.com 20141028
PH cultural agencies in need of major overhaul?
Rappler.com, 28 October 2014
The Philippine National Museum announced that they will excavate two more balanghai (balangay) boats in Butuan City. 3 out of the original 9 found were first excavated in 1986 and the oldest dates to the 4th century.
Butuuan Boat at the National Museum of the Philippines
National Museum to dig 2 more balanghai boats in Butuan
MindaNews, 25 February 2012
An article highlighting the woes of maintaining Philippines’ cultural collections in the midst of competing economic pressures, poor infrastructure and looting.
photo credit: asteegabo
Chaos threatens Philippinesâ€™ cultural treasures
AFP, via Philippine Inquirer, 14 July 2011