The Provincial Government of Cavite (PGC), thru its Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office (PTCAO), in partnership with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines thru Museo ni Emilio Aguinaldo, recently conducted a Museum Curatorial Training on May 10, 14, 20, and 28, 2021 via Zoom. The program aimed to provide online training and experience within a museum setting, providing learning opportunity for aspiring curators through comprehensive curatorial education and offering professional training with a thorough grounding in the relevant study of history, research and theory in the province.

Provincial Tourism Officer Rozelle S. Sangalang signaled the start of the training by delivering her welcome message, acknowledging the resource persons, and the participants from Cavite State University-Main Campus, Lyceum of the Philippines-Cavite, and De La Salle University-Dasmarinas. She pointed out the significance of the province’s cultural heritage and encouraged the participants to embrace the knowledge they were about to acquire for it will help them fulfill their duty as future workers in the industry.

Thereafter, Museo De La Salle Director Cecille T. Gelicame delivered the inspirational message where she expressed her belief that the youth have a huge role in culture preservation and development. Futher, she mentioned that in this fast paced environment, it is important for us to keep an eye on the younger members of the society to not get lost in the modern world and teach them instead how to make use of the advanced technologies in promoting our culture, arts and heritage for the benefit of the future generations.

The Day 1 of Museum Curatorial Training tackled the following topics: Introduction to Museum by Mr. Ryan Tan, Exhibition Concept by Ms. Heidee Paulette Bedruz, and Exhibition Narrative by Mr. Francis Kristoffer Pasion.

On Day 2, the partipants learned about the Elements of Design as discussed by Ms. Mary Lyn Dioso and Exhibition Design by Mr. Noel Cuizon.

Day 3 involved lectures on Preventive Conservation by Mr. Jude Roland R. Ay-ay and Tour Guiding by Mr. Christian Bernard A. Melendez

Undeniably, the lectures and stories from personal experiences shared by the speakers have sparked curiosity in the young minds of participants and inspired them to explore the culture, arts and heritage of the province.

During the last day of training, the participants were tasked to present their finished project with a subject of mask, wherein they have to come up with ideas based on their learnings from Day 1 to 3. Surprisingly, they were able to provide impressive outputs despite the struggle of doing everything virtually, which was highly commended by the trainers. Exhibition Concept presented by Michelle Ann Coja, Paula Lyn dela Torre, Ruschelle Glenn Royo, Fiona Sophia Mae Villejo, and Pamela Albor from Cavite State University was announced as the Most Outstanding Curatorial Output.

The 4-day training was wrapped-up by Ms. Heidee Paulette Bedruz, Senior Shrine Curator of Museo ni Emilio Aguinaldo. In her closing message, she expressed her appreciation to the participants for their efforts and dedication throughout the training, as well as to the speakers who lend their time and generously shared their knowledge and skills. She likewise commended PTCAO for making this kind of training possible amid
the pandemic. — (PTCAO)–