The Dumaguete City government recently held the groundbreaking ceremony for the P50-million restoration project of the old City Hall, or Old Presidencia, built in 1937, that will now be converted into a national museum.
Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo and Gov. Roel Degamo led local dignitaries and top officials of the National Museum at the groundbreaking rites.
Director Jeremy Barns lauded the decision of the city government to partner with his agency in restoring the Old Presidencia that was designed by Architect Juan Arellano in 1937.
Remollo said the restored presidencia will serve as the national museum that will house artifacts and historical pieces of Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental.
The restoration work is expected to be finished in November 2018.
He said he expects that the national museum will become another tourist destination for heritage lovers and provide the next generation a better appreciation of the city's culture and heritage.
The event was attended by councilors Alan Gel Cordova, Lilani Ramon, Karissa Tolentino Maxino, Michael Bandal, Manuel Sagarbarria, Agustin Miguel Perdices, and Lionel Banogon, historians, barangay captains, department heads, division chiefs, and government employees.*RG
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