1. Project Title: Sorsogon Provincial Museum and Heritage Center
2. Project Proponent: Sorsogon Museum & Heritage Center, Inc.
3. Project Location: Sorsogon Provincial Capitol compound
Rizal St., Sorsogon City
Province of Sorsogon
4. Project Description: It was in the Year 2003 when representatives from the
different local cultural organizations came together to talk
about common cultural projects for Sorsogon, when the idea
of establishing a provincial museum and heritage center
came up, as proposed by the Sorsogon Arts Council, which
had been working on the project solo, for over a decade
now. A provincial museum and heritage center of its own
had been a long-felt need in the province, it was observed.
Thus, did the museum project come about, as a common
project, this time, of the different local cultural
These organizations and their representatives, include, the
Kasanggayahan Foundation, Inc., represented by its
chairman, Msgr. Francisco P. Monje, and Casiguran Mayor
Edwin Hamor; the Sorsogon Arts Council, Inc., by its
chairman, Reynaldo T. Jamoralin, and treasurer, Minda D.
Gerona; the Sorsogon Provincial Tourism Council, Inc, by
its chairman, Cecilia H. Duran, and vice-chairman, Milagros
Z. Duana; the Sorsogon Heritage Society, Inc., by its
president, Dr. Stephen Henry Totanes, and board chair,
Eugenia D. Apostol; the Balik-Sorsogon Associations in
America, by Loida Nicolas-Lewis and Macario L. Jeresano,
Jr.; and academe, by Dr. Teresita N. Borromeo. The local
government units are also represented by Sorsogon
Governor Raul R. Lee and Sorsogon City Mayor Sally A.
Lee, as Ex-Officio members.
It is this group that became the Sorsogon Museum and
Heritage Center, Inc., duly-registered with the Securities
And Exchange Commission, with Company Registration
No. CN200425848, dated February 11, 2004.
The proposed site for the museum is the old and abandoned
former Sorsogon Provincial Hospital building inside the
Sorsogon Provincial Capitol compound along Rizal St.,
Sorsogon City. The building itself, built sometime between
1916 and 1920, or during the American colonial period, is in
itself a local historical landmark and heritage structure.
Which is why, extra effort is being exerted to restore the old
building to its original state.
Under a technical assistance arrangement, the National
Commission for Culture and the Arts has already sent its
designated architect and conservator to assess the
suitability of the building as a museum. The National
Museum and National Historical Institute are likewise
providing technical assistance to the project.
As planned and envisioned, the Sorsogon Provincial
Museum and Heritage Center will not only house a museum
of artifacts, historical materials, relics and memorabilia,
but also a Bikoliana Library; a folk-arts exhibition area for
indigenous and traditional arts and crafts; a separate
section for ecclesiastical/religious artifacts, reliquary and
memorabilia; an exhibition/gallery area for visual arts; a
small performance hall for chamber music or experimental
theater; a function/lecture room; an audio-video-music
room; a café and souvenir shop; and a dormitory for
visiting lecturers and artists.
Based on initial estimates by the NCCA-designated architect
and conservator, including independent consultants, the
project will cost at least Php15 Million for restoration work
5. Project Objectives: As stated in its Articles of Incorporation, the objective of the
“To establish the Sorsogon Provincial Museum and
Heritage Center that will be the repository of
Sorsogon heritage and history.”
The Sorsogon Provincial Museum and Heritage Center will
be a permanent structure in the province that will afford the
Sorsoganon himself , as wells as the visitor or tourist, a peek
into Sorsogon’s rich history, heritage and culture.
It is a virtual heritage center, in the sense that it is the center
where all local cultural activities are undertaken, and from
where such activities emanate.
6. Project Beneficiaries: The people of Sorsogon, particularly the coming
generations of Sorsoganons, so that they will know their
history, heritage and culture, and take pride in it.
It is also for the visitor, tourist or outsider, so that they
will know who and what the Sorsoganon is.
7. Implementation Plan/Duration of Project:
The project was formally launched in October 2003,
during the Kasanggayahan Festival, with the Balik
Sorsoganons who all pledged to help finance the project,
in attendance. This also marked the kick-off for the
fund-raising activities in different parts of the country
and abroad for the establishment of the museum and
Actual restoration and reconstruction work on the
building starts Year 2005, and estimated to be
completed, on a phase-by-phase basis, within a
period of 10 years.
The museum and heritage center will be a permanent
fixture and facility in the province for as long as
Sorsogon and Sorsoganons exist.
8. Project Budget:
Restoration and Reconstruction Work Php15 Million
Installation of Museum Fixtures & Facilities Php 4 Million
Installation of Museum and Exhibit Materials Php 2 Million
TOTAL ESTIMATED PROJECT COST Php21 Million
(Sgd.) Msgr. Francisco P. Monje
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Sorsogon Museum & Heritage Center, Inc.
Province of Sorsogon