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PIA Press Release
2010/02/19

Gov. Tan unveils new Sulu nat'l museum

Jolo, Sulu (19 February) -- Sulu Governor Abdusakur M. Tan and Sulu First Lady Hja. Nurunisah A. Tan spearheaded Tuesday morning (09 February 2010) the unveiling of a new and revitalized National Museum in the Province of Sulu.

The new museum is a project of Gov. Abdusakur M. Tan thru the initiative of Sulu first Lady Hja. Nurunisah A. Tan. It aims to preserve the historical and cultural heritage of the people of Sulu.

"People are distinguished and identified by their respective culture, traditions and civilization," said Mrs. Tan. "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 to safe keep our [valued possessions], the museum must also be in a [good] condition where our valued heritage be stored," she added.

The project includes the general rehabilitation and renovation of the museum. The donation of items of historical and cultural value from different personalities like, Mayors, Heads of departments and offices, barangay chairman, friends and relatives of the Sulu's first couple and private individuals was through the initiative of Mrs. Tan, who wrote and approached these individuals and was grateful for their positive response.

Representing National Museum Manila Director Cozaron Alvina as guest is Director Eufemia Catolin of National Museum Zamboanga City. Witnessing the event are B/Gen Rustico Guerrero, Task Force Comet Commander, S/Supt. Joseph Ramac, Sulu Police Director, Sulu mayors and their spouses, Heads of line agencies and other provincial officials. The curator of the National Museum Sulu Branch is Hja. Langca Tapsirul Dahum.

Director Catolin praised and recognized the initiative of Hja. Tan and thanked Gov. Abdusakur Tan for his approval and support of the project. "This is a start of a fruitful collaboration," she said.

"It is only thru our past that we can know our future," remarked Gov. Tan. In his message he emphasized that there is a need to rewrite Sulu history, "I always believed in its glorious past, and that Sulu is the cradle of civilization in the Philippines." Sulu, he said, has a very rich history.

Gov. Tan reminded all officials and the audience that one must give one's children good memories, and impart good habits, for them to have better character, confidence and pride of the past, a positive and brighter future.

The Governor and Mrs. Tan lead all guests on a tour of the Museum; on display are various pictures of the old Sulu, Past Sultans, utensils, indigenous furniture, weapons, artworks and other historical imprints of the people of Sulu.

The Sulu first couple said that collection of artifacts and other items of importance will be a continuing effort, they would be tireless in asking everyone to donate invaluable items and have their rightful place in the museum. (Sulu-PIO/PIA9-BST) [top]

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