The National Museum of the Philippines is a century and two decades old this month.
The National Museum is celebrating its 120th Foundation Anniversary on October 29.
Republic Act 11333 or the National Museum of the Philippines Act signed on April 26, 2019 strengthened the mandate of the institution in the management and development of museums and collections of national importance in field of arts, cultural heritage, and natural history. The law enabled the museum to become more responsive to the 21st century and needs and demands of its stakeholders.
The National Museum is also expanding its presence nationwide to make itself accessible to all Filipinos. To date, there are 14 regional, area and sites museums in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
About the NMP’s 120th logo: It features a representation of the façade of the National Museum of Fine Arts (Old Legislative Building) facing the Padre Burgos Avenue. On its pediment are sculptures by Otto Fischer-Credo, circa 1925, which also stands for the part of the building that remained standing after the Battle of Manila in 1945.
In between corinthian columns’ capital, symbolic human figures represent people that have shored up the Museum all these years. People – employees, visitors, stakeholders and donors – have defined the Museum, not just its buildings. The inside of the 0 of the 120th year bears the emblem of the NMP, which is a stylized Baybayin of the first syllable of pamana, which means heritage that encompasses both tangible and intangible collections, which we look after on behalf of the nation.