BY MARICYN A. DE LOS SANTOS | NMWV
This Dinagyang Festival 2023, discover the richness of Western Visayas culture and heritage by visiting the National Museum of the Philippines – Western Visayas Regional Museum, located at the Provincial Capitol Complex, Bonifacio Drive, Iloilo City.
The building itself is the restored former Prison of Iloilo or popularly known as Iloilo Provincial Jail. The National Museum declared it an Important Cultural Property for its exceptional cultural, artistic and historical value, particularly in the development of architecture in the Philippines.
Built in 1911, it was used as prison until 2006. It was abandoned until its restoration in 2014.
The public can enjoy and learn from six exhibitions – the Geology and Paleontology, Habol Panay: The Woven Artistry of Western Visayas, Bugasong to Barcelona: Felix Laureano, the First Filipino Photographer, Ang Tamung nga Bulawan (The Oton Gold Death Mask), and mobile museum boxes – The Biodiversity of the Visayas Region and Pambansang Museo sa Barangay.
The guests can also enjoy an overlooking view of the capitol complex and Iloilo River from the garden deck. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entrance is free. For group guided tours, call us at 327-3782 or message us in Facebook to book your tours. /PN
Photos courtesy of NATIONAL MUSEUM WESTERN VISAYAS