Sorsogon City — The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) led by its Commissioner and Chairman Rene R. Escalante will turn over the newly restored Gabaldon school building of Sorsogon East Central School, Burabod, Sorsogon City on 29 October 2019, 10:00 am.

Chairman Escalante will officially turn over the school building to the Department of Education (DepEd) through Undersecretary Revsee A. Escobedo who will represent Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones.

Sorsogon Governor Francis Joseph “Chiz” G. Escudero will give the inspirational message while Deputy Speaker Evelina G. Escudero and Sorsogon City Mayor Ma. Ester E. Hamor will also deliver messages during the occasion.

Built during the early years of American colonial rule, the structure was restored by the NHCP with funds from DepEd. A portion of the building was adaptively reused to house the Museo ng Gerilya sa Sorsogon, which features documents, artifacts, and artworks that narrate the guerrilla movement in Sorsogon during the Second World War, and its connections with developments in the Philippines and the rest of the world.

The turn over and museum opening will be held to coincide with the ongoing Kasanggayahan Festival in Sorsogon province and close to the 75th anniversary of the Leyte Gulf Landings. Information gathered by Sorsogon guerrillas were known to have contributed to the planning of the landings.

The NHCP is the national government agency mandated to promote Philippine history through its museums and publications, and preserve historical heritage through conservation and the marking of historic sites and structures.

For more information, contact the Historic Sites and Education Division at NHCP tel. nos. (632) 5335 1217 and (632) 8523 1019.