‘World-class’ museum in Cebu City?

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Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella is pushing for a “world-class” museum with the impending transformation of the Malacañang sa Sugbo building into a national museum.

“We really need a National Museum. That’s long-overdue. That structure, for me, is considered as a heritage structure that has been built several years ago and rather than just allow that structure or building to rot without using it for a very good and special purpose,” said Labella in The Freeman article.

The Office of the President previously announced the transformation of the century-old building.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III had authorized the National Museum of the Philippines to convert Malacañang sa Sugbo into a new tourist attraction in Cebu and in the Visayas, according to Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Secretary Michael Dino.

Labella said he expects millions of visitors from all over the world would visit the city in 2021 for the 500 years celebration of Christianity.

The development of national museum in the city would be an avenue to showcase the city’s rich culture and heritage, he added.

“I think there would be artifacts and there would be materials that will be displayed there that would show that Cebu City is a historical city, heritage city, and religious city. Even the design itself, bespeaks of the kind of heritage and history that we have in Cebu City,” the local chief executive said.