We deeply mourn the passing of our beloved Mrs. Emelita V. Almosara, former Deputy Executive Director of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP).

Mrs. Almosara (nee Verano) spent 37 years of her public service with the NHCP, starting as Historical Writer-Translator in April 1975 and rising up the ranks as Information Editor II in June 1977, Shrine Curator II in April 1981, Supervising Historical Researcher in April 1988, Chief History Researcher in August 1990 and as Deputy Executive Director in April 1996.  In March 2012 she was appointed as Executive Director of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) until her retirement from public service in December 2013.

 As Deputy Executive Director who rose from the ranks, she expertly provided her full support, guidance and advice to various Chairpersons and Executive Directors of the Commission in realizing its mandate, programs and projects.

She pursued the professionalization of the employees of the Commission, exemplifying this advocacy herself, by earning her Masteral Degree in Government Management and Career Service Executive Officer rank while working full time at the Commission.

As an official of the Commission, she travelled to different places both here and abroad. She represented the Philippines in various conferences on management of historic sites and the promotion of the preservation of cultural heritage.

Outside of the Commission, she also held several positions such as, member of the Advisory Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) from 1996 to 2000; Head of the National Committee on Museums of the NCCA from 1995 to 2001; President of the Philippine Association of Museums, Inc. (PAMI) from 1992 to 1997; Secretary of the International Committee on Museums Asia-Pacific (ICOM-ASPAC); and member of the NCCA National Advisory Board from 1998 to 2001.

She was one of the Ten Outstanding Alumni of the Philippine Normal University and received the National Award for Government Administration from the Philippine Normal University Alumni, Inc. in 2003.

A teacher by avocation, she once said during one of her public engagements, “Makilahok kayo at makiisa sa mga makabuluhang gawain sa inyong mga paaralan. Alamin ninyo ang kasaysayan ng inyong paaralan, gayun din ang kasaysayan ng inyong komunidad, at di maglalaon, kayo ay magkakaroon ng interes at mithiin na malaman ang kasaysayan ng ating bayan, at sa huli, ito ay magbibigay dangal sa bawat isa sa inyo at kayo ay magiging responsableng mamamayan at Pilipinong mapagmahal sa bayan.”

For all her dedicated service to the Commission, we are truly indebted.