Baliuag, Bulacan – The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) will open the new Museo ni Mariano Ponce with Dr. Maria Luisa Camagay, President of the Philippine Historical Association and Professor Emeritus of the U.P. History Department, as guest of honor on 23 May 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
The Museo ni Mariano Ponce is located at the birth site of Ponce in Calle Ponce, Baliuag. As a medical student in Spain, Ponce managed the reformist periodical La Solidaridad. When the Philippine Revolution began in 1896, he went to Japan and joined a committee which helped procure weapons for Filipino revolutionaries. As ambassador of the First Philippine Republic to Japan, he tried to gain support from its government. Upon returning home in 1907, he continued to write historical articles and joined government as representative to the Philippine Assembly (1910-1912) and history researcher of the Philippine Library and Museum (1916.)
The museum features rare photographs, original artifacts, and artworks. It also has a resource center with digital files including other photographs, writings, and articles by and about Ponce.
Aside from the museum opening ceremony, a historical marker and a full-body monument of Mariano Ponce will be unveiled. A commemorative biographical book entitled Mariano Ponce y Collantes, Dangal ng Lahing Pilipino will also be launched. The book is edited by Dr. Jaime B. Veneracion, with articles written by National Artist for Literature, Resil B. Mojares, among others.
The NHCP is the national government agency mandated to promote and preserve Philippine history and historical heritage through its administration of national shrines museums, research and publication, conservation, and marking of historic sites and structures.
For more information, contact the Historic Sites and Education Division at NHCP tel.
nos. 523-1019, 335-1217.