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Pamintuan Mansion in Pampanga to be converted into Museum of Philippine Social History

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ANGELES CITY, Pampanga -- The Pamintuan Mansion will be converted into the Museum of Philippine Social History, it was learned.

City mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said that once the conversion of the Pamintuan Mansion is completed, the future museum will not only house exhibits on elite individuals but also on the life of ordinary people living in the country 200 years back.

"The old Pamintuan Mansion will be one of the best museums in the country," he said.

The mayor said the conversion of the Pamintuan Mansion opens the gates of cultural relationship between the Philippines and France.

Pamintuan said the uniqueness of the museum will be the display of old textiles used by Filipino designers.

The museum will specifically showcase Filipino textiles which include the display of several clothes and garments worn by ordinary Filipinos, as well as tools and utensils, and even the music of the Filipinos from 1908 onward.

The artifacts to be displayed will come from the catalogue of 740 pieces from Patis Tesoro’s collection, who is a designer of embroidered textile and formal wear fabrics and history advocate here in the country.

A total of 105 pieces of textiles and accessories will also come from Tesoro’s collection, 130 from the Silahis collection, five to six from Intramuros, and seven from the National Historical Commission of the Philippines' collection.

The museum will also include a music room, an audio-visual room, a museum café, an e-learning room that can accommodate 30 students at a time, a mediation room for workshops, and a glass elevator for the elderly and persons with disabilities.

The Pamintuan Mansion is the ancestral house of the Pamintuan clan, built by Don Mariano Pamintuan, whose prominent members include Tesoro and Mayor Pamintuan.

It was named by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) as one of the country's 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 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 Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

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 later transferred the Pamintuan Mansion to the NHCP. 


(This story has been corrected to reflect a correction from Bettina Arriola, shrine curator of the museum, who clarified that the conversion of the Pamintuan Mansion into a Museum of a Philippine Social History is being funded by the Philippine government, not the French government. “We are looking forward to collaborating with the French Team for further development of the museum,” she said in her e-mail.)