AIMED to preserve the historical and cultural heritage of the people in Sulu, the Provincial Government has renovated the province’s museum.

The renovated and rehabilitated museum of Sulu was unveiled last Tuesday in the presence of Zamboanga City Museum Director Eufemia Catolin, who represented National Museum Director Corazon Alvina.

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The unveiling ceremony was also witnessed by officials of the government’s line agencies and Provincial Government, police and the military.

“People are distinguished and identified by their respective culture, traditions and civilization,” Hja. Nurunisah Tan said.

Tan, the wife of Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan, has initiated the project for the renovation of the province’s museum.

“We don’t like to see the repository of our heritage, the museum, to be lost by neglect and effects of time. Like a vault, the museum must also be in a condition where our valued heritage can be stored,” Tan added.

Catolin praised and recognized the initiative of Tan and thanked the governor for his approval and support to the project.

“This is a start of a fruitful collaboration,” Catolin said in describing the province’s first couple’s effort, paving the way to the rehabilitation of the museum.

“It is only through our past that we can know our future,” Governor Tan said, citing there is a need to rewrite the history of Sulu.

“I always believed in its glorious past and that Sulu is the cradle of civilization in the Philippines as the province has a very rich history,” he added.

He reminded everyone “that we must give our children good memories and impart good habits, for them to have better character, confidence and proud of the past, a positive and brighter future.”

On display at the museum are various pictures of the old Sulu province, past Sultans, utensils, indigenous furniture, weapons, artworks and other historical imprints of the people. (Bong Garcia)