ILOILO CITY, Oct. 7 (PIA6) - The city government here affirmed its commitment to support local arts and museum development in Iloilo City.
In the kick-off ceremony of the Museums and Galleries Month (MGM) 2019 celebration held at the Casa de Emperador Building, Festive Walk Parade in Mandurriao district, Mayor Jerry Trenas, in a message read by Special Assistant to the Mayor Maria Mathilde Trenas, said that recent developments will make Iloilo a city of museums and Iloilo City as a living museum.
"Aside from our booming economy and colorful festivals in Iloilo City, we have many museums, galleries, and even heritage structures that tell history and our glorious past," he said.
He said the Iloilo Provincial Jail is now converted into the Western Visayas Regional Museum and the old Jaro Municipal Hall is also being transformed as a museum extension.
"The Iloilo Customs House is also being developed to be the Maritime and War Museum," he said.
He also said that the expansion of the Calle Real Redevelopment Project will also bring to life a better Calle Real, while the Fort San Pedro will also be reconstructed.
The Museum of Philippine Economic History, a first of its kind in the country, was also inaugurated in February.
The local chief executive said that Iloilo City now boasts of several museums and gallery collections and there are already plans to develop more.
"Ours is a city where the past is always present," he said, adding that the city's heritage is being protected, preserved, and conserved for the future generations.
Meanwhile, the MGM is observed every month of October by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 798, series of 1991. (JBG/LTP/PIA-Iloilo)