Celso unveils City Museum PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 April 2012 14:24

The City’s museum or “El Museo de Zamboanga” located at the Jardin Maria Clara in Pasonanca was formally unveiled April 26, reinforcing the present administration’s thrust to preserve the culture and historical reputation of the area and in line with the City Development Strategy agenda for advancement.
Mayor Celso Lobregat and Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde together with members of the majority in the City Council spearheaded the inauguration that coincided with the celebration of Dia de Ma’am Caling marking the 91st birth anniversary of the late Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat.

Archbishop Romulo Valles officiated the blessing rites for the museum built in the amount of some P11 million. The facility includes numerous features to include the exhibit area, small screening area, lecture area, display area and souvenir shop. A separate building is set up as technical working area.

The operation of the City Museum is pursuant to Ordinance 378 principally authored by Councilors Rudy Lim and Rogelio Valesco Jr.

The city museum will house valuable artifacts, items, collections and memorabilia that have historical, social and cultural significance of Zamboanga.

Based on the ordinance, the museum is intended to enhance the interest of the people, specifically the young generation, for them to aprpeicate the past and diverse cultural personality of the Zamobanguenos and educate, enlighten and immerse them on how the City came to be by representing the old settings to the future”.

Specifically, the museum can provide residents, students, tourists and park goers with cultural enhancement facilities; provide the exhibit area, small screening area, lecture area, display area and souvenir shop; promote tourism, employment and economic activities; enhance the facilities, amenities and activities at the Jardin Maria Clara; establish rules and regulations for the safe and peaceful use of the Museum and provide for the protection and preservation of properties, facilities and natural resources of the museum.

Mayor Lobregat during the turn-over ceremony which coincided with the commemorative program marking Dia de Ma’am Caling at the Jardin Maria Clara in Pasonanca, said the construction of the city museum forms part of his administration’s development efforts.

The first exhibit to be mounted at the City Museum is set for October, the mayor revealed.

The development initiatives include the sprucing up of the establishment of parks and gardens other important infrastructures among others.

The city museum project was undertaken by a private contractor with the supervision of the City Engineer’s Office.

The City Museum staff which is under the Office of the Mayor will take charge of the management and administration of the facility. It will be assisted by the Council of Culture and Arts, a committee that is created based on the ordinance and a technical working group. — Sheila Covarrubias