|English||Ang Panublion Museum|
Oral Traditions and Expressions
Social Practices, Rituals and Festive Events
Education and Training
The word “Panublion” is Hiligaynon term for heritage. Ang Panublion Museum serves as the cultural, historical and archeological custodian of the province of Capiz. It houses a collection of local history, Panayana (literatures about the Panay Islands), and Filipiniana (resources written about the Philippines) that serves as excellent reference materials to history scholars and researchers, students, and teachers. Ang Panublion Museum exhibits artifacts and memorabilias, and develop its collection of print materials that researchers will find helpful in their quest for learning and their interest to link the past to the present. Statistics of visitors for 2015 reached over 15,000, doubling the number of visitors who came here in 2014 (8,000 guests), still a leap from the number of guests (2,722) in 2012. This success was credited to the change in management from purely run by the local government into a public-private partnership At present, local government supports the maintenance of the Museum while the United Capizenos Foundation, Inc. manage the personnel and programs along with volunteers, experts and scholars.
The Museum provides cultural glimpse of the Province as well as serves as local studies center with assistance provided to researchers and scholars in partnership with other agencies (e.g. UP Visayas Center for West Visayan Studies, Capiz State University Library, etc.). As a non-stock, non-profit organization, the museum does not charge entrance fee. Funding comes from donations and benefactors for its operation and maintenance. Ang Panublion provides relevant and informative experience to researchers, locals, tourists and cultural heritage advocates.
Since United Capizenos Foundation, Inc.- One Capiz took over the management of the Museum in 2012, the institution has become active in staging activities that aimed at educating Capiznons and visitors about the history and culture of Capiz. The exhibits are regularly changed, at least twice a year, with the artifacts and information materials displayed and stored for future archival and research purposes.
The cultural programs and activities organized by Ang Panublion Museum are geared towards the preservation and dissemination of the unique heritage and culture of Capiz. Alenzuela (2012) posits that understanding culture is a good starting point in the discussion of cultural programs. For this, Ang Panublion Museum’s directors, staffs, and consultants undergo a thorough process of planning and research that usually takes between 3-6 months to prepare and mount the exhibits. With this the museum puts into mind the local customary beliefs, social forms, material traits, shared attitudes, values, and practices that characterize the Capiznon history and culture. It is no doubt that cultural tradition and social practices regulate, express, and develop the way people think and learn (Naidoo et al., 2010). Thus, Ang Panublion Museum continues to reflect the Capiznon way of life and provide quality services in the realm that it nurtures attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterize diverse communities. This enables the museum not only to survive but thrive amidst the panache that multiculturalism brings—it serves as an indispensible asset in keeping the people’s unique spirit alive. Thus, this programs and activities, ranging from exhibits and think-tank talks to its active role in the planning and organizing of the annual summer festival called Capiztahan, continues to define the museum’s significant role in the development of cultural tourism in the province.
The Museum’s permanent exhibit chronicles the history of the province from the prehistoric era until the post-war period, highlighting the career of the province’s foremost son, Manuel Acuna Roxas, who served as the first President of the Philippines after the liberation in 1946.
Ang Panublion Museum partners with interested agencies to host mobile exhibits of its collections. This program was launched in 2014 to address the museum’s increasing collection and lack of sufficient storage space. The first mobile exhibit was inaugurated at Capiz Emmanuel Hospital, which hosted the Meyer Exhibit for six months in 2014 and introduced the American missionaries to the younger generations. In Capiz State University, the Museum helped organized the Daisy Hontiveros Avellana Exhibit which was the showcase of the University’s Library during the celebration of the National Arts Month in February 2015. That same year, Hercor College held the Shell Exhibit, which wooed the institution’s students to gain familiarity of the indigenous shells that thrive in the province’s seas.
The Museum also organizes and hosts seminars and workshops to widen its reach to the academe. In May 2015, a training on Collection Management and Basic Cataloging for Print and Nonprint Materials was held, while in October 2015, the Museum successfully organized the Seminar-Workshop on Local History Writing and Cultural Mapping.
The biggest event the Museum is involved in is Capiztahan Festival, held every April. The festival showcases the beauty, the thriving natural resources and the hospitality of the Capiznon people—characteristics that continue to lure tourists to visit the province and savor on its reputation as the Seafood Capital of the Philippines.
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|Address||Hughes Street, Roxas City, Capiz 5800 PHILIPPINES|