SAN JUAN, Ilocos Sur – If there is a place that rivals any museum in the province, it should be the RSQ Museum and Techno-Park.
Media people from the Ilocos Sur Integrated Press (ISIP) proved this to be true during a visit to the place in Barangay Bannuar here this weekend for its weekly TV program Kapihan Iti Amianan Media Forum.
Roland S. Quilala, former National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR) president and owner of the museum said the museum consists of 24 stations ranging from rock formations which include a meteorite splinter, local and foreign gadgets, collection of shells and wildlife to the evolution of mechanical tools, musical instruments, ancient transportations including a 1957 Chevrolet to all kinds of ancient bamboo products, furniture, driftwoods, bamboo roots converted to chandeliers and a lot more.
The ISIP tour culminated in a visit to the authentic, 3-storey Ifugao house which was built without any nail or metal screws. Also housed here are his other personal collections and some of his mechanical inventions.
“This museum and techno-park are my humble contribution to my town and my countrymen,” he said.
Lately, he approached the provincial tourism office for maintenance assistance but he was told all the PTO office could do is to include RSQ Museum and Techno-park as a tourist destination in its brochures since it’s privately owned.
“Provincial Tourism Officer Ryan Astom said he will send somebody to assess the museum, well, I’m still waiting up to these days,” he said.
ISIP informed Astom last summer of the presence of a world-class museum in San Juan town and he said he would be looking into it.
“I still have other collections in Manila but there’s not enough space here to contain them all,” he said.
Quilala rose from a mere NAPOCOR utility man to become a plant manager, vice president and then president of the state-owned electric company. He retired several years ago and put up the RSQ Museum and Techno-Park where all his collections are now housed.
“I invite everyone, especially the students, to come for a visit and they would not be disappointed,” he said.
Formerly, museum tours are free, but he has been advised by the PTO to collect a minimal entrance fee for maintenance.
“It’s so minimal it’s almost free,” he said. (Edward B. Antonio)