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The National Museum of the Philippines or NM is a government agency museum that includes research and conservation programs within the museum and throughout the archipelago. Admission is free to all museums and facilities for both local and foreign visitors.

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National Museum of the Philippines

Celebrating heritage month in Spain, the National Museum with the Office of Senator Loren Legarda and the Philippine Embassy in Madrid launched the Hibla ng Lahing Filipino, a travelling exhbition featuring the Piña-Seda as fabrics from the tropics. It took place at a gallery in the Real Fabrica de Tapices, a tapestry factory in Madrid founded by Philip V in 1720. NM Director Jeremy Barns inaugurated the event by providing the context of the exhibition and read Senator Loren Legarda's speech. The Director General of the Real Fabrica de Tapices Alejandro Klecker de Elizalde extended a warm welcome to guests while His Excellency Ambassador to Madrid Philippe Jones Lhuillier gave his remarks about the special occasion of partnering with the National Museum for the exhibition.

The successful opening event was attended by museum curators, members of the diplomatic corps, groups from the Filipino community in Spain, and textile heritage experts, the event highlighted the presence of expert weavers from Kalibo, Aklan Anna India dela Cruz and Nelia Rogano, as well as expert embroiderers from Lumban, Laguna Marilyn Tobias and Magdalena Rosales. In his remarks, Director Barns emphasised on the need to draw attention to our intangible heritage and craftsmanship found in handloom creations that must not only be protected and promoted but enshrined and engage audiences in museums along with the groups involved in producing them. This Hibla international exhibition program is part of this process. It also acknowledges the many Filipinos who live and work abroad.

The National Museum team will be running free weaving demonstrations and embroidery workshops on May 25, 28, 29 and 30 from 3:30-5 pm. Lectures also took place on the afternoon of May 24 and will be repeated on May 30, 3-4 pm. For more information, please contact the Philippine Embassy Madrid at events@philippineembassymadrid.com or +34 917 823 832.

Photos by Cy Santos-Sabio and Edwin Merandilla/NM Ethnology Division.

©The National Museum of the Philippines (2018)
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