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 TUGUEGARAO BRANCH, CAGAYAN
Officer-in-charge:  Mrs. Aireen Melad

 
 
The Branch Museum is located in the Capitol Complex just outside of the capital town of Tuguegarao. The exhibition depicts the prehistory of the Cagayan Valley, basically on the mid-pleistocene archaeological finds in the Liwan synclines and the Cabalwan anticlines. The exhibit items include elephas, stegodon and other fossils; pebble-cobble tools and flake tools recovered from different sites. Discoveries from the cave sites in the Penablanca area are also on display. Some ethnographic exhibits are on the Itawis and Ibanag.

This museum serves as a storehouse and a showroom of all artififactual materials excavated from the different archaeological sites in Cagayan Valley.  The site preserves and interprets the artifacts in situ in the paleolithic habitation site of the earliest man.  This serves as a research center for students in archaeology and geology.  Necessary repairs has been programmed to be undertaken this 1997.  It has a staff of four (4) headed by Mrs. Aireen Melad.

 

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Penablanca Branch, Cagayan
This is a sub-station of the Tuguegarao branch with a very small display on the finds in the cave sites of Penablanca. Primarily it is a laboratory, storage site for archaeological materials from Cagayan Valley. The field station serves also as quarters for fieldmen.  It has two personnel who assist in the research activities in the area and perform the maintenance work.  This is directly under the supervision of the Tuguegarao Museum.
 
 
 

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Lubuagan Branch, Kalinga
The Lubuagan branch is still in the construction stage and is projected to open by the end of 1997.  It will be basically an ethnographic museum on the culture of the Kalinga.This is situated in a donated lot and building formerly used as sub-provincial capitol building of the province of Kalinga-Apayao in the municipality of Lubuagan.
 
 
 

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Kabayan Branch, Benguet
Officer-in-charge:  Juliet Igloso
 
This museum was established to ensure the proper implementation of P.D. 260 which declares the Kabayan Mummy Caves a National Cultural Treasure.  the mummy caves are burial caves which contain mummies old located in Kabayan especially in the Timbac Caves.  The museum which  rises on a lot donated by a civic-minded citizen houses the material culture of the Ibalois and the Kankana-ey.  Electric power has already been restored in 1996 and the general repair of the building is scheduled to be undertaken early  in 1997.  It has six (6) staff members under the charge of  Ms. Juliet Igloso.
 

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Magsingal Branch,  Ilocos Sur
Officer-in-charge:  Mrs. Remedios Palacpac
Just off the capital town of Vigan, Ilocos Sur, the Magsingal branch is an ethnographic museum on the Ilocano and  liturgical arts.This old Spanish brick church which was converted into a museum rises in a 1170 sq. m. lot donated by the municipality of Magsingal.  The museum which measures 235 sq.m. one-storey building with a mezzanine floor. This was improved under the leadership of its present OIC, Mrs. Remedios Palacpac in collaboration with the local officials who funded the fencing and railing of the museum perimeter in 1996.  It has three staff members.
 

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Vigan Branch, Ilocos Sur
Officer-in-charge:  Mrs. Remedios Palacpac
 
 
This a  two-storey museum structure and one among the notable structures of a by-gone era and the birthplace of Father Jose A. Burgos.  The museum features the Basi Revolt in 1907 which are vividly captured in the 14 pieces Villanueva paintings depicting the courage and nationalism of the Ilocano people.  It also depicts the culture of the Ilocano people through the archaeological and ethnographic materials on display.  This is manned by a staff of four (4) with Mrs. Remedios Palacpac as the designated OIC.  Aside from the upgrading of text and captions of the exhibits, there are no significant accomplishment in this museum in terms of development awaiting for the official turn-over of the property to the National Museum..
 
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Cagsawa Branch, Albay
Officer-in-charge:  Mrs. Alice Alaurin
 
  
Under the shadow of the Mayon Volcano, this branch is basically on volcanism, but will also include both archaeological and ethnographic display which are still under preparation.This museum which is also constructed on a 500 sq. m. donated lot is just a few meters away from the historical Cagsawa ruins.  Initially, the museum features the archaeological materials found in the case sites of the region.  With the construction of the second structure, the geological materials of the Mayon Volcano have been depicted.  The third building which has just been completed will give a bigger space for more archaeological and ethnographic collections.  This museum has six staff members under the charge of Mrs. Alice Alaurin.
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Puerto Galera Branch, Mindoro Oriental
Officer-in-charge:  Mr. Mamerto Contreras
 
This is an archaeological museum owned by the Society of Divine Word (SVD) and situated within the compound of the Puerto Galera Parish.  This houses the archaeological history of Puerto Galera and the Philippines (mainly ceramics).  This manned by one personnel, Mr. Mamerto Contreras.
 

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Tabon Caves Branch, Quezon, Palawan
Officer-in-charge:  Mrs. Vivian Brown
 
 
This branch is a two-component branch comprised of
 
1. Formerly, a station which was established after the discovery of the Tabon Caves, now an orientation museum, this is located at the town proper of  Quezon, Palawan.  This museum preserves and interprets the natural and cultural heritage of the region.  It showcases the ethnographic materials of the different ethnic groups of the province i.e. the Tagbanwa, Pal'awan and the Batak and the archaeological artifacts from the Tabon  Caves.  Museum viewers who are interested to visit the Tabon Caves Complex pass through the museum for proper orientation and  assistance.  It has four personnel under the supervision of Mrs. Vivian Brown, the OIC.The museum contains ethnographic materials on the Pala'wan and Tagbanua; and archaeological specimens.
 

2. The Tawa-tawa sub-station is a complex composed of Lipuon Point itsel where several of the Tabon Caves have been turned into site museums and have been made accessible by a complex of pathways. More developments are underway. Tabon Cave itself is the site where the earliest Philippine human fossil dated to 23-24,000 years old was found.

 
 

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Bolinao Branch, Pangasinan
 
 Originally, this was an archaeology museum but expanded into a general museum in view of the multi-disciplinary activities undertaken by the museum researchers.  Aside from the museum collections, the botanical garden, the aviary and the mini-park which were developed by the museum staff serve as additional attraction to the viewing public.  It has also a mini-library with a large collection of books donated by the Subic Naval Base and a field quarters that can accomodate researchers who would like to conduct research activities in the area.  In 1996, a major accomplishment was made when a major repair of the exhibition building was undertaken.  Setting-up of exhibits is expected to be completed in 1997.  It has six (6) staff  members headed by Mrs. Gina de Vera.
 
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Kiangan Branch, Ifugao
 
This museum which is located in the PVAO compound was established through the initiative of then Cong. Gualberto Lumauig.  Formerly, this was named Ifugao Museum under the administration of the PANAMIN before it was turned-over to the National Museum in 1984.  The bulk of its collections which are comprised of anthropological materials were provided by the National Museum who undertook the setting-up of exhibits.  An Ifugao House which was acquired in 1996 has become a part of the museum collections. Necessary repairs of the museum building will be undertaken by the middle of 1997.  The approval of the appointment of Mr. Erickson Binbinon to head the museum is anticipated to be released soon to fill lthe position which was vacated by the retired former OIC, Mrs. Rosario Guinid.  It has a staff of three.
 
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Fort San Pedro Branch, Cebu City
This museum is situated in Spanish inspired building, which has been leased by the PTA to the National Museum for ten (10) years and renewable for another 10 years.  It has a vast collections of ceramics and archaeological artifacts which depicts the history of the San Diego shipwreck, s Spanish galleon that was built in Cebu and recovered off the Fortune Island, Nasugbu, Batangas where it sank in 1600.  This has two personnel with Mr.Vicente Secuya as the OIC.
 
 
 

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Butuan City Branch
 
This museum was established, and constructed on a lot donated by the City of Butuan, to serve as a repository of the cultural heritage of the Region XIII and other provinces in Mindanao.  It features the archaeological artifacts recovered from the neighboring towns of Agusan del Norte and ethnographic  materials from the different ethnic community’s  i.e. the Manobo, Mamanwa, Higaonon and the lowland Butuanons.  It also showcases some heirloom pieces from the Butuan Museum Foundation.  With the assistance from the city government of Butuan City, the general repair of the building and the acquisition of the necessary equipment to properly ventilate the exhibition galleries, conference hall and its office and for the audiovisual room were realized.  It has ten staff members under the charge of Mrs. Margarita Cembrano
 
 
 

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Balanghai Site, Libertad, Butuan City
 
Approximately three kilometers from the main museum is the site museum where the remains of a "balanghais", or the earliest known watercraft in the country was excavated. Others have been excavated in the general area. The earliest boat dated to 320 AD. Associated materials from a midden are also on display. This is being maintained by two personnel.
 
 

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Cotabato City Branch
 
This museum is situated within the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao Complex. It depicts the material culture of the different ethnic tribes in the region i.e. T'boli, Maranao and Maguindanao. Through an agreement with the Notre Dame University, an extension museum was established at the university library at the third floor of the NDU where the Museum OIC renders curatorial services. Mr. Daniel Lacerna, the only staff, is the OIC.
 
 
 

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Fort Pilar Branch, Zamboanga City
Situated in within the historic structures of Fort Pilar, this museum was established by virtue of P.D. 260 declaring Fort Pilar a National Cultural Treasure. After the restoration of Structure II that was completed in 1985, the museum opened its doors to the public when it  conducted special exhibitions one after the another.  The giant dioramas at the second floor depict approximately 400 species of marine life specimens collected from the vicinities of Zamboanga, Basilan and Sulu archipelago.
 
Structure IV displays the material culture of three distinct ethnic groups in the country: the Sama Dilaut of Tawi-tawi; the Subanon of Zamboanga del Sur and Norte and the Yakan of Basilan.  A special feature in this building is the collection of traditional boats of the Sama Dilaut, with an actual Lepa, or houseboat. Another structure that has just been completely restored will showcase the Chavacano culture.  This museum has been the city's favorite venue for art exhibition.  It has a staff of eight with Mrs. Eufemia Catolin as the OIC.
 

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Jolo Branch, Sulu
 
 
This museum branch was formerly a provincial museum and library of the province of Sulu.  Through a Sangguniang Panlalawigan resolution that was approved in February 25, 1994, this was donated by the province to serve as a repository of the material culture of  Sulu.  In 1996, general repairs of the museum building were undertaken by the DPWH.  It has three personnel under the leadership of Mrs. Belen Uddin.
 
 

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