DAVAO CITY- The Museo Dabawenyo formally opened on August 15 in an interim space as it awaits the completion of a permanent structure still being constructed at the Peoples Park.
The Museo Dabawenyo is currently located at the former Folk Arts Museum of the Philippine Womens College of Davao in Juna Subdivision. It has an exhibit space of 90 square meters.
Due to its small area, the Museo Dabawenyo features 50 artifacts, curated by Pam Castrillo which depicts the rich culture and unique history of Davao City.
"We consolidated the history of Davao, every artifacts has its own meaning and also has its own story, " Winnie Rose Galay, OIC of Museo Dabawenyo said.
"It is a bit congested but we expect a bigger museum with the completion of the new Museo Dabawenyo building at the Peoples Park," Galay said.
The original Museo Dabawenyo was opened in 2008 at the old Court of First Instance building along Magallanes Street. However the structure was taken as the site of the new City Engineer's Office building with the impending construction of the new P100-milion museum.
"The reopening of the Museo Dabawenyo in time for Kadayawan is just right as it gives us more reason to celebrate the vibrant diversity of our culture," Vice-Mayor Sebastian Z. Duterte said in his speech at the museum's reopening. (PIA/RG Alama)