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Future Clark museum to showcase Region 3’s natural, cultural heritage

A future world-class museum facility to be built at Clark Freeport will showcase the natural and cultural heritage of Central Luzon and highlight the rich history of the freeport area.

The ceremonial signing of the deed of usufruct between the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) and the National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) took place at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Metro Manila.

CDC president and CEO Agnes Devanadera signed the deed on behalf of the corporation while the NMP was represented by Chairperson Andoni Mendieta Aboitiz and Deputy Director-General for Museums Jorell Legaspi.

Other officials who witnessed the event and showed their support include former NMP Chairperson and Philippine Ambassador to Austria Evangelina Lourdes Arroyo-Bernas, NMP Director II for Visayas National Museum Maria Cecilia U. Tirol, and CDC officer-in-charge for Business Development and Business Enhancement Group Noelle Mina Meneses.

The former Clark Airbase Hospital and the former Eldorado property have been identified as the official sites for the museum and satellite office.

The CDC Board of Directors approved the use of the sites for 50 years, with the possibility of extending it for another 25 years.

The National Museum in Clark is set to feature natural history, anthropology, archaeology, and showcase the region’s history, arts, and culture.

It will also provide educational, cultural, scientific, entertainment, and tourism activities. Additionally, the facility will serve as an off-site location for the NMP’s central offices, national collection repositories, research, training, technical, and logistical operations.