Partnership to fix, convert Gotiaoco bldg. into museum-A A +A
Saturday, September 28, 2013
THE Sugbu Chinese Heritage Museum Foundation, Inc. (SCHMFI) and the National Museum (NM) of the Philippines will be working together to restore and convert a 99-year-old building in Cebu City that has been declared a local heritage site.
SCHMFI and NM signed last Sept. 23 a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the project to convert the Gotiaoco Building into the Sugbu Chinese Heritage Museum.
The project, tagged by Cebu City Councilor Margot Osmeña as “What is new in old Cebu?,” is the first public-private partnership in cultural heritage in the Philippines. Once the project is completed, Osmeña said she expects a showcase of Chinese participation in the province.
In a short speech during the MOA signing, Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III expects the project as a “start of a more serious and more enthusiastic marriage of cultures.”
In 1914, Don Pedro Gotiaoco built the neo-classical Gotiaoco building. It is the first structure to have an elevator in Cebu. On Dec. 12, 2012, the Cebu City Council declared it a local heritage site to be protected and remembered.
At present, the Gotiaoco building is situated beside the Senior Citizens’ Park adjacent the Cebu City Hall.
Aside from the SCHMFI and NM, also part of this project are the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the National Resources Development Corporation, Cebu City Government, and the Gotiaoco heirs, who wholeheartedly donated the property. (Cindy S Parilla, USJ-R Mass Com intern)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 28, 2013.