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FILIPINAS exhibit finds home at Nat’l Museum Ilocos Region Complex (Part 2)

The Women in the Photographs 

These Filipino women are Anita Magsaysay-Ho of Manila, painter who died in 2012; Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa, dancer, choreographer, writer, researcher, teacher of San Juan, Rizal; Nena del Rosario-Villanueva, pianist of Manila; Daisy Hontiveros – Avellana, national artist for Theatre of Roxas City, Capiz  who died in 2013; Solita C. Monsod, economist and educator of  Manila; Teresita Ang See, crusader for peace and order of Manila ; Maria Isabel Ongpin, activist for affirmative action of Manila; Haydee B. Yorac, professor of law and public servant of Sarabia, Negros Occidental who died in 2005; Ameurfina M Herrera, lawyer and distinguished Philippine Judiciary member of Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija;  Rosario G Manalo, lawyer and diplomat of Manila.

Also included in the exhibit are Virginia Oteyza-de Guia, first woman mayor of the Philippines from Baguio City who died in 2015; Santanina Tillah-Rasul, educator and senator of Siasi, Sulu; Helena Z. Benitez , senator, diplomat, educator of Manila; Estefania Aldaba-Lim, first female cabinet member of the Philippines from Malolos, Bulacan who died in 2006; Corazon C Aquino, first woman president of the Philippines from Manila who died in  2009; Eva Fidela Maamo, nun, physician and champion of health rights for the underprivileged from  Liloan, Leyte; Fe del Mundo, pediatrician born in 1911 in Manila and died in 2011; Carmen Guerrero-Nakpil, writer, historian; Lourdes R. Montinola, educator and writer ; Eugenia D. Apostol, journalist.

The other Filipinas are Gilda Cordero-Fernando, lover and promoter of Pinoy culture from Manila; Leonora Paraan San Agustin, teacher and community service worker from Baguio City who died in 2011; Socorro C. Ramos, entrepreneur from Manila;  Virginia R Moreno, poet, playwright, filmmaker from Manila; Gloria Romero, actor from Denver, Colorado; Armida Siguion-Reyna, actor and singer, director and producer from Manila; Leticia Ramos-Shahani, educator, diplomat, senator of Lingayen, Pangasinan;  Honorata Muyot, educator from Santa Cruz, Manila; and her sister, Fe Muyot, piano teacher.

The Journey

The curator said that the exhibit went to five places in Metro Manila in 2006, the UNESCO House in Paris, Fundacion Cultural Mapfre in Madrid, the Philippine Embassy in Brussels, Belgium in 2007.  In 2016, it came to life again at the National Museum of the Philippines.

Ilocanas Society Lectures  

Part of the exhibit was the first in a series of educational collaterals held on September 14-15, 2017 at the old provincial jail attended by students, school and government workers. Here, Ana Labrador, the assistant director of the National Museum, said that there must be more leadership programs for Filipinas and that the outstanding qualities of Ilocanos brought the exhibit to the Ilocos.

The speakers were Mary Jane Ortega, former mayor of San Fernando City, La Union who talked on her inspirations as Ilocana, and her research on her city’s heritage sites.  Ianree Raquel, supervising tourism operations officer of the Ilocos Norte Provincial Government illustrated provincial projects that promoted festivals, using them to empower women and the LGBT community.  Maileen Rondal, head of the NM Gender and Development Secretariat, talked on how the exhibit came to the city. Eva Marie Singson-Medina, former mayor of this city, presented the city’s Heritage Conservation Program, and Dr. Leonor Belizar, talked on breaking barriers and gender stereotypes within an Ilocano context.

The National Museum Ilocos Regional Museum Complex is open everyday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PIA-1, Ilocos Sur)