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The National Museum opened the Bohol Area Museum and Satellite Office locally known as the Old Capitol Building in Tagbilaran City on June 22, 2018 . Declared as Important Cultural Property on July 22, 2012, the building is exemplary significant because of its unique feature which is the use of large rough-cut blocks of coral stones in the construction. This is an exceptional type of building, and architectural ensemble which illustrates significant stages in Philippine History.


The Old Capitol Building was partially damaged by the 7.2 earthquake that hit the Visayas on October 15, 2013 but eventually restored to its original grandeur through the Heritage Restoration and Reconstruction Program implemented by the National Museum.


On the occasion of the Foundation Day of Bohol Province on June 22, 2018, four exhibits were opened for public viewing. These are “Pagbanhaw”, an exhibit on the National Heritage Recovery, Conservation, Restoration and Reconstruction Program in the Visayas; “Pagpauli”, a Homecoming Exhibition of Works of Arts of National Artist Napoleon Abueva; “Tobaw”, an exhibit of Outstanding Boholanos Around the World; and “Pamana” , Philippine Postal Corporation Stamp Exhibit which showcases history, milestones, geographies and cultural traditions of the Philippines.


Acting Assistant Director Angel P. Bautista led the opening of the National Museum Bohol which was attended by private individuals, government officials and officers, and representatives from religious institutions, academe and non-government organizations. Guests of Honor for the event included Rev. Fr. Milan Ted Torralba, Chairman of Diocese of Tagbilaran Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church; Bohol Provincial Governor Edgardo M. Chatto; Congressman Karlo Alexei B. Nograles, Congressman Rene Relampagos; Ms. Amihan Abueva, Regional Executive Director of Child Rights Coalition Asia; Philippine Postal Corporation Director Joel Otarra; and, Most. Rev. Alberto S. Uy, Bishop of Tagbilaran City. Ms. Abueva provided an inspirational message during the ceremony, representing his late father, National Artist for Sculpture Napoleon Abueva; while Director Otarra, together with his staff at the Philippine Postal Corporation, officially turned over the organization’s stamp collection to the National Museum. Most. Rev. Alberto S. Uy, Bishop of Tagbilaran, led the liturgical blessing of the building as part of the opening ceremonies.


At present, the Old Capitol Building serves as the new home for the natural and cultural heritage of the province.


National Museum in Tagbilaran City


Acting Assistant Director delivers a welcome message


Cutting of the Ribbon symbolizing the Opening of Four Exhibits


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