The National Museum of the Philippines Unveils a New Gallery
July 29, 2011
The National Museum of the Philippines in collaboration with the Museum Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. (MFPI) has inaugurated a new, fully renovated room in the National Art Gallery renamed “Museum Foundation of the Philippines Hall”. With the generous support of the Museum Foundation, the Gallery has had a full facelift with the retrofitting of walls and state-of-the- art lighting technology. The National Museum’s Director, Jeremy Barns, envisions twenty-nine fully functional galleries for the National Art Gallery with eleven already opened to the public, and eight more projected by the end of 2012. Mrs. Armita Rufino of the Museum Foundation quipped, “Aside from exhibits, this gallery is engineered to be acoustically sound for lectures and special events.” In addition to the inauguration, MFPI also hosted their General Assembly in the same hall. Founded in 1995, the Museum Foundation has been an integral partner in the growth of the National Museum. A non-profit volunteer organization, it is dedicated to developing awareness and appreciation of the country’s rich artistic and cultural heritage.
Present at the inauguration along with the Museum Foundation officers and members are the National Museum Board of Trustees Ramon Del Rosario (Chairman), National Artist Virgilio Almario, Ma. Isabel Ongpin, Fr. Rene Javellana, Felice Sta. Maria and Marinella Fabella; and Director Jeremy Barns.