Join the celebration of Museums and Galleries Month this October!

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BACKGROUND:

Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 798 s. 1991, the month of October of every year is Museums and Galleries Month. The event is in recognition of the need to arouse the national consciousness pride in our rich culture and national identity, expressed in all media of art and culture, historical and religious artifacts.

THEME DESCRIPTION:

The theme “Showcasing Cultural Diversity for Development and Peace” acknowledges the role of museums and galleries in promoting respect for cultural diversity which is a vital component of development and peace and in building a high trust and resilient Philippine society.

OBJECTIVES:

  1. To preserve, enrich, and create a dynamic evolution of a Filipino national culture based on the principle of unity in diversity in a climate of free artistic and intellectual expression;
  2. To arouse the national consciousness and pride in our rich culture and national identity, expressed in all media of art and culture, historical and religious artifacts;

ACTIVITIES:

  1. MGM Calendar inclusive of activities by cultural agencies, schools, local government units, missions abroad, and civil society organizations;
  2. Museum and gallery related activities such as lecture demonstrations, conferences, and exhibits in declared cultural and historical sites, museums, and galleries;
  3. Free admission to cultural and historical museums and galleries;
  4. Online Advocacy: A daily dose of museum and gallery facts to be uploaded in the NCCA social networking sites to spread information, raise awareness, and encourage the people to appreciate the value of museums and galleries
  5. A compilation of photo quotes taken from the messages of the President, Vice President, Senate President, House Speaker, and Chief Justice for the Museums and Galleries Month 2018.
  6. Announcement of Museums and Galleries Month Celebration in Flag Raising Ceremony of Government Offices (October).
  7. Installation of MGM Streamers in government offices. | Download MGM streamer design (psd file)
  8. Distribution of MGM posters in partner agencies and institutions.
  9. Request for a message from the President, Vice President, Senate President, House Speaker, and the Chief Justice for the MGM Celebration.
  10. Issuance of memorandum circulars by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Education (DepEd), Commision on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), National Library of the Philippines and Civil Service Commission (CSC).

LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS
  • The National Museum will be conducting several lectures and workshops in celebration of the Museums and Galleries Month. There will be a lecture series entitled, “Conservation on Land and Sea Whales, Dolphins, and Crocodiles in the Philippines” to be held on October 1 from 1:30-4: 00 PM. Another lecture will cover different aspects of proper care of museum collections which will be held on October 9, 2018 at 9AM – 12NN at the San Sebastian Church. Furthermore, a lecture-workshop for teachers and students on the important parts used in the identification of plant specimens entitled “Rediscovering Botany: The Basics of Systematics” will be open on October 11, 2018 from 8 AM to 5 PM at the Education Room of the National Museum of Natural History.
  • The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and the South Luzon Association of Museums (SLAM) will host various events for the month of October. There will be a lecture and exhibit entitled “ArtisTalk and Art Exhibit” by Juanito Torres on October 11-31, 2018 at Museo ni Jose Rizal in Calamba, Laguna. Other activities include Writeshop: News and Opinion is a writing workshop and contest from October 18-19 in Museo ni Apolinario Mabini (Tanauan, Batangas). “Recuerdos de los Muertos” is a lecture and a special exhibit to be held at Museo ni Baldomero Aguinaldo on October 26.
  • The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) will hold “The Stone Conservation Lecture”, which will provide a holistic understanding on the causes of stone deterioration and the methodologies involved in the conservation of stone materials. It will happen on October 5, 2018 at the Museo ng Libangan sa Ilalim ng Lupa ng Nagcarlan in Laguna.
  • There will be a lecture on Conservation Management Plan with ICOMOS Philippines and UAP-Cavite Chapter on October 6, 2018 at Museo De La Salle in Dasmarinas, Cavite. In line with the National Indigenous Peoples Month, the NHCP will hold a workshop on mat weaving which will be held on October 8, 2018, as an effort to sustain and promote Badjau history and livelihood tradition. Moreover, a lecture will present the issue of cultural degradation in the age of technology on October 10, 2018. Both will be held at Museo ng Kasaysayang Panlipunan ng Pilipinas in Angeles City, Pampanga.
  • Organized by the Intramuros Administration, “From Bahay Kubo to Bahay na Bato: Diverse Influences Creating a Harmonious Whole” is a lecture by Martin ‘Sonny’ I. Tinio Jr. on the evolution of the bahay na bato. This will be supplemented with a special tour of Casa Manila featuring the various furnishings that came from different countries. It will happen on October 11, 1:30 PM (lecture) and 3:00 PM (special tour).
  • The seminar/workshop on Museum Development will focus on managing local museums, a collection of objects and their conservation and display or exhibition techniques. It will happen from October 11 to 12 at the Baguio Museum.
  • The Ormoc City Visual Artists Association, under the Eastern Visayas Association of Museums (EVAM), will be hosting the OCVAA One-day Art Workshop/ Live Art Session at the Live Art, City Plaza on October 27.
  • “Vice-Presidency: Politics of Succession during the Nascent Filipino Nationhood” is a lecture conducted by NHCP which will discuss the system of succession during the nascent years of Filipino nationhood, the politics of it, and the role Trias played as among the trusted few of Aguinaldo to succeed him. This will happen on October 12 at the Museo ni Emilio Aguinaldo in Cavite.
  • MX Creative Hub will organize a basic photography post processing art workshop for beginners on October 13 at 1 pm; and an art workshop on October 27, 2018, to equip local artists/students in basic drawing.
  • The third part of the lecture series entitled “Sesquicentennial Katipuneros Lecture Series III” will focus on the stories and contributions of Francisco Carreon, Mariano Trias, Teresa Magbanua, and Moises Salvador to the Philippine Revolution. This will happen on October 13 at Museo ng Katipunan – Pinaglabanan Memorial Shrine in San Juan, Manila.
  • The History of Labor Movements in the Philippines is a talk that will delve on the history of labor movements in the country, tackling various issues that affected laborers throughout the years. This will be on October 13 at the Manuel Quezon Museum in Diliman, Quezon City.
  • On October 15, 2018 at the Museo ng Pamana at Kasaysayan Boholano, there will be a lecture called, “Ang Bohol Pagkatapos ng Lindol” which will take you back to that fateful moment in Bohol’s history, and how the Boholanos coped with the tragedy.
  • In line with the celebration of the National Indigenous People’s Month, visual artist Alvaro Jimenez of Bacolor will re-popularize the letras y figuras art form through his abstract works depicting Philippine scenes, in an exhibit called, “Revival: Transformations of Alphabets in the Philippines” which will happen on October 16, 2018 at Museo ng Kasaysayang Panlipunan ng Pilipinas in Pampanga.
  • “Sandata: The Evolution of Philippine Weaponry” is a lecture that highlights the evolution of the use of weapons in the Philippines in the advent of colonialism, the 1896 Revolution, the Philippine-American War, and the Second World War, which will happen on October 19 at Museo ni Miguel Malvar in Batangas.
  • In line with the Museums and Galleries Month, the “Lecture workshop on Audience Engagement and Public Programming” will teach museum workers how to develop educational programs that will engage the public and at the same time encourage repeat visits to the museum. This will happen on October 20, 2018 at Museo ni Manuel Quezon in Diliman, Quezon City.
  • A basic communication workshop to equip local artists in basic communication will be held on October 20, 1 PM at DepEd Don Bosco by MX Creative Hub.
  • National Museum will hold another lecture on October 9, 2018 (9AM-12NN) entitled “Proper Care of Collections Series” which will cover different aspects of proper care of museum collections; and a training on museum guiding entitled “Guides and Docents Training” on October 24-26, 2018 in the auditorium of the National Museum of Fine Arts.
  • Heritage Talk: The Psychology of Fashion by Jesus Medina, Phd will happen in Museo De La Salle.
  • In line with the birth anniversary of Antonio Luna, the lecture organized by NHCP entitled “The Works and Military Tactics of Antonio Luna”, will explore the military tactics of the general during the Philippine-American War, vis-à-vis its portrayal in the movie Heneral Luna. This will be on October 26, 2018 at the Museo nina Juan at Antonio Luna in Ilocos Norte.
  • Banga, Bangka, Bangkay! is a lecture that will examine the ancient Filipino concept of death and burial practices, and the significance of boats and jars in these customs. A pottery exhibit will also be launched, featuring various pot designs used as urns, cooking equipment, or decorations. This will be on October 27 in Museo ng Libingan sa ilalim ng Lupa ng Nagcarlan in Laguna.
  • Morong Museum will host a symposium called Creating Family Trees: Huntahan on Local Geneaology and Family Histories (Part 1) on October 27 at the Audio-visual Room of Museong Pambayan ng Morong in Rizal.
HERITAGE TOURS
  • The Museo ng Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas will extend its free admission for the whole month of October to a bigger number of walk-in guests, which will not need an advance reservation of tour schedule.
  • The North Luzon Association of Museums (NLAM) will organize a Heritage Walk for the whole month of October in the Cagayan Museum and Historical Resource Center.
EXHIBITS
  • The Space Encounters Gallery will hold two exhibitions this October including “ZWEET SIXTEEN: Celebrating 16 years of Zsazsa Zaturnnah juxtaposing ZsazsaZaturnnah, a Filipino comic book icon created by Carlo Vergara, at the Space Encounters Gallery in Ortigas Center from September 7 to October 12; and an exhibit entitled “Slowly Surely” by Fitz Herrera which describes how every individual is making small steps in this fast-paced world. This will run from October 25 to November 15.
  • Altro Mondo Arte Cotemporanea will feature different exhibits including New Works: Antipas Delotavo highlighting the unique artistic vision of Antipas Delotavo from September 27 to October 21 at the 3/F Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City; Mixed Media Works by Jolo Salvador at the 3/F The Picasso 119, LP Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati City from October 4 to November 4; and an exhibit which will feature the unique wood interiors and artworks crafted by Niccolo Jose, and will run from October 5 to November 11 at the 3/F Greenbelt, Makati City.
  • The Northern Luzon Association of Museums (NLAM) will hold an exhibition on erotic carving at the Arcas Yard Mini Museum and Library and an Ikamen Exhibit in the Gameng Found, Inc., for the whole month of October.
  • The National Museum will hold an exhibit on prevention of illicit traffic of cultural properties on the 3rd week of October.
  • The Philippine Heart Center Art Gallery will host an art exhibit on cultural diversity for development and peace from October 1-20 entitled “Sining ni Sena”.
  • In recognition of Carlos P. Romulo’s valuable achievements and contribution to Philippine politics and education, photographs, ephemerals, and other mementos from the NHCP CPR collection will be featured through an online exhibit on October 2 at Museo ng Kasaysayang Pampulitika ng Pilipinas (Casa Real Shrine) in Bulacan.
  • There will be an art exhibit in the Museong Pambayan ng Morong in Rizal, from October 6 to November 17, entitled “Morong’s Dearly Departed: Reliving the Art of Pacheco, Alfonso, Geronimo, and Raymundo”.
  • SLAM and NHCP will hold an exhibit entitled “AND SHE DREW IT IN A NUTSHELL: The Art of Bernadette Solina-Wolf” which stands as a visual discourse of the diversity of Filipino culture. This will happen from October 6 to 31 at the Museo ni Emilio Aguinaldo in Kawit, Cavite.
  • Jay Ticar and Amy Aragon’s Exhibit, organized by Galleria Duemila will showcase contemporary art from October 6 to November 3.
  • An exhibit depicting the life of Ivatans during winter by emerging Ivatan artists will be hosted by MX Creative Hub on October 6 at 5PM in Raywen Hamyan Gallery.
  • Mariyah Gallery will hold an exhibit from October 8-15 entitled “Anonymous Animals” which will feature sculptures paintings, and performances.
  • NLAM will hold a seminar and exhibition on October at the Baguio Museum, called “Vision of the Cordilleras” which will feature photographs showcasing the diversity and beauty of the Cordilleras presented in photos taken with analog cameras.
  • On October 16, visual artist Alvaro Jimenez of Bacolor will re-popularize the letras y figuras art form through his abstract works depicting Philippine scenes entitled “Revival: Transformations of Alphabets in the Philippines”, in celebration of the National Indigenous People’s Month. The venue of the exhibition will be at Museo ng Kasaysayang Panlipunan ng Pilipinas in Pampanga.
  • ManilArt, organized by the Bonafide Art Gallery Organization and the NCCA, proudly celebrates its first decade as the country’s national art fair with the theme “Ang ARTe ng Pilipinas”. The exhibit will be open to the public from October 17 to 21 at the SMX Convention Center in Taguig.
  • SLAM will hold an exhibition called, “Moda: Ang Pagtatahi ng Lipunang Kabitenyo” from October 18-30 at the Museo De La Salle in Cavite. This exhibit is co-curated by Jesus Medina, PhD.
  • In line with the Museums and Galleries Month, the NHCP will organize a special exhibit called “Mabini Numismatics” which will present the different representations of Apolinario Mabini in Philippine currency on October 9 at the Museo ni Apolinario Mabini in the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
  • This special exhibit, entitled “Lux Aeterna: Remembering the Philippine Revolutionaries” will commemorate all the men and women who took part in the Philippine Revolution, as well as the local heroes of Cavite. This will happen on October 26 at the Bonifacio Trial house in Cavite.
  • National Museum will organize a fashion exhibition of House Paras, one of the oldest fashion houses in the country on October 30 at the National Museum of Fine Arts; and an exhibit on the ceramic collection of the Archaeology Division from various excavated sites, entitled “Palayok: The Ceramic Heritage of the Philippines” on the last week of October at the Museum of Anthropology.
  • The Cultural Center of the Philippines will hold several exhibitions in October as they join in the celebration of the Museums and Galleries Month. There will be an anino shadowplay exhibition, called “Bakas, Bagkas, Bukas” from October 4, 2018 to February 3, 2019 at the Bulwagang Carlos Francisco. The Thirteen Artists Award 2018, highlighting the formal recognition of the winners, will be on October 18-22 in the Bulwagan ni Juan Luna; and Resetting the Clock exhibit, featuring gathered works by artists who use photography in their art-making, will be from October 18 to 21 at the Bulwagang ni Fernando Amorsolo.
  • The Pineapple Lab, Fringe Manila, and Japan Foundation hold 1SA: aplatform for solo Asian performances and exhibits to engage with local communities by filling in the gaps that pushes for the increased visibility of emerging artists, new genres, and evolving traditions in contemporary arts for the whole month of October.
  • Kaida Contemporary will hold exhibits about Oddin Sena and Leny Leonor & AIDS for the whole month of October in 45 Scout Madrinan, South Triangle, Q.C.
  • Exhibitions by Gallery Nine include Self Portrait I but Not me (Tribute to Rene Magritte) which will run from September 29 – October 6, 2018 in The The Artwalk Art Center in SM Megamall; 14th ANNUAL Sculpture Review, which is the largest showcase of Filipino sculptors and will happen from October 8-24, 2018 in the same venue; and Araceli Dans’ exhibit in ManilArt from October 17-21.
OTHER ACTIVITIES
  • South Luzon Association of Museums (SLAM) will hold a religious festival for Our Lady of the Holy Rosary on October 5, 2018 at the De La Salle University.
  • National Museum will have a free solar observation activity for the public using the National Planetarium’s telescopes from October 9 to 12 at the National Planetarium; and a free night sky observation activity for the public on October 12, 2018 which will happen in Rizal Park.
  • To enhance museum skills on curatorship and exhibition conceptualization, there will be an activity entitled “Curating South Luzon” on October 11, Batangas Provincial Capitol.
  • In line with the celebration of the National Museum and Galleries Month, the NHCP will host “Pintasara: Chalk Painting Competition with the objective of honing the creativity of high school and college students using chalk as a medium. This will be on October 19, 2018 at the Museo ni Jose Rizal in Fort Santiago, Manila
  • Other activities hosted by NHCP are the 161st Birth Anniversary of Juan Luna on October 24 and the 152nd Birth Anniversary of Antonio Luna on October 29 in Museo ni Juan at Antonio Luna in Ilocos Norte. Another celebration is the 157th Birth Anniversary of Leon Apacible on October 25 in Batangas.

DOWNLOAD: MGM 2018 Calendar of Activities

Agencies/LGUs organizing their own Museums and Galleries Month 2018 activities are also requested to send the following information to [email protected] for inclusion in the MGM 2018 Calendar of events:

Host Agency / LGU Name:
Event Title:
Date and time:
Venue (exact location):
Contact details in case of public queries

For inquiries, please contact Ms. Eileen Rudi of the Cultural Heritage Section at Tel. No. (02) 5272192 loc. 339 or email: [email protected].

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