Pamintuan Mansion to be inaugurated as museum

ANGELES CITY -- History unfolds.

The 125-year-old Pamintuan Mansion in Miranda Street, Barangay Sto. Rosario will be host to hundreds of people on August 25 as it will then be inaugurated as the Museum of Philippine Social History.

The new museum aims to show the wealth and diversity of Filipino culture and the many influences, both local and foreign, as a result of successive colonial experiences. This will be the first ever museum in the country that will delve into social history.

Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan stated that this is a dream come true for all Angeleños, as the museum highlights the citizens’ appreciation of local heritage, history and culture.

u201cThis is a milestone for Angeles, as the museum will strongly position the city as one which gives importance to its heritage and history,” Pamintuan said, adding that it will complement the administration’s efforts in establishing a heritage district.

The museum will boast of exhibits, artwork and collections that depict the daily lives of Filipinos, presenting a contrast with other museums in the country which mostly feature national heroes and political events.

It will feature nine galleries, each focusing on different aspects of Filipino social life. These will show Filipino traditional clothing, local architecture, playable games such as sungka, chess and jackstone, stories about mythological creatures, Filipino market scenes, kitchen practices and so on.

The museum will also hold a music room, where visitors can listen to songs recorded as early as 1896, as well as an e-learning room.

The inaugural rites on the 25th will be headed by The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and the Angeles City Government. The program starts at 10:00 in the morning.

Diwa C. Guinigundo, Deputy Governor for Monetary Stability Sector, Central Bank of the Philippines, will be speaking as the guest of honor for the inauguration program.

Pamintuan Mansion: Through the Years

The iconic mansion has become a witness to many historical events.

Built during the 1880s by Don Florentino Torres Pamintuan and Valentina Torres, it was a wedding blessing to their child Florentino, who later became the mayor of Angeles under the American rule.

Not known to many, in the Philippines' battle against the United States' administration, General Emilio Aguinaldo, the first President of the republic, briefly moved the seat of government from Kawit,Cavite to Pampanga, making the mansion his headquarters.

In June 12, 1899, Aguinaldo also led the celebration of the first anniversary of Philippine Independence and waved the Philippine flag from the second-floor balcony of the mansion.

The historic house changed its ownership several times since 1899.

The building likewise served as the town's municipal hall. Later, the property was procured by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

With the BSP branch moving to a greater area in the City of San Fernando in 2010, the BSP chose to turn over the property to the national government through the Department of Finance by way of a property dividend. It was recently transferred to the NHCP.

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