Pamintuan Mansion soon to be ‘museum’-A A +A
Thursday, September 12, 2013
ANGELES CITY -- The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) said the Pamintuan Mansion will be converted into a museum that will showcase the ingenuity and craftsmanship of Filipinos, and will feature a collection of local photographs, artworks, artifacts and the culinary expertise of the Kapampangans.
NHCP Chairperson Maria Serena Diokno said the Pamintuan Mansion will be called the "Museum of Philippine Social History."
She revealed that the uniqueness of the museum will be the display of old textiles used by Filipino designers.
"Also with the support of Beatriz 'Patis' Pamintuan Tesoro, the 'Grand Dame of Philippine Fashion,' we can expect indigenous Filipino materials like Abaca, Abel Tiniri, Mindanao Silk and Piña (extract fiber from pineapple leaves) to be exhibited in the museum," Diokno added.
In line with this, a group of French designers and curators recently conducted an ocular inspection at the Old Pamintuan Mansion, signifying their intent to assist the national government in developing the said historic edifice into a museum.
The group was headed by Ariane Tricaud, cultural attaché of the French embassy in the Philippines.
The visit was facilitated by Diokno and Rosalie Naguiat of Kuliat Foundation Inc.
The Pamintuan Mansion is the ancestral house of the Pamintuan clan, built by Don Mariano Pamintuan, whose prominent members include Tesoro and Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan.
The mayor expressed his gratitude to the French delegation, saying the assistance to be extended in the conversion of the Pamintuan Mansion will open the gates of cultural relationship between the Philippines and France.
Pamintuan said his administration will also help the NHCP in developing the Pamintuan Mansion into a historical center and museum for the people of Angeles City and Pampanga.
"We are willing to help in making the Pamintuan Mansion a museum for the people of this city. It is a historical site that we could be proud of and with the mansion under the care of the NHCP, we are sure that it would be given its rightful respect as a historical structure," Pamintuan added.
The mayor said the Pamintuan Mansion, which used to be a clearing house of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) was officially named by NHCP as a "heritage site."
In the course of the fledgling Philippine Republic's struggle against the United States, President Emilio Aguinaldo temporarily moved the seat of government from Kawit, Cavite to Pampanga to what is now known as the Pamintuan Mansion.
The historic house changed ownership several times since 1899. The edifice also served as the town’s municipal hall. Later, the property was acquired by the BSP.
With the BSP branch moving to a bigger location in the City of San Fernando in 2010, the BSP decided to turn over the property to the national government, through the Department of Finance by way of a property dividend.
The DOF recently transferred the Pamintuan Mansion to the NHCP.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 13, 2013.