Thursday, August 21, 2014

Quo vadis, Saint Paul University (QC) Museum?

Goodbye, St Paul Museum QC, Goodbye.  
Dr Abe V Rotor

Rare photo reproduction - damaged face of Mary
in Michelangelo's Pieta, The Vatican

First High School graduation

Relics and artifacts

Natural History: marine specimens

Maria Cristina Falls mini diorama, students' project

Transform of a protist made from scraps, students' project

SPUQC Museum was principally a student museum. It was functional, a place for workshops, lectures and demonstrations. It was an extension of the laboratory for sciences and the humanities, and classroom during the peak of construction on the campus. It was integrated with the Ecological Sanctuary, a botanical garden home of 300 listed species, which unfortunately was phased out earlier.  The Museum was the site of pilgrimage attracting countless guests, parents and students, and specially those who had known SPUQC as a concentration camp during WW II.

The museum faced a new challenge after 15 years of existence after it was phased out.  It had never been a part of the organizational structure of the university, even if it was an accredited member of the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts, with the curator then sitting in one of the the NCCA'c committees, and as officer of the Association of Museums of the Philippines.

In Focus: 15 Years in Retrospect (1995 to 2010
Main Features 

 Story of St. Paul, presented in brief chapters of his life.

 St.Paul of Chartres Congregation, from its early beginning to the present time.

 St.Paul College QC, during WW II and after, and its subsequent rise to the present.

 Photo essays and verses about the Paulinian community and the Environment.

 Paintings and photographs by students in humanities.

 Religious collections, including Mother and Child in different versions.

 Cultural artifacts depicting ethnic Filipino culture.

 Mini-dioramas of major ecosystems.

 Mural paintings and reproductions of famous paintings.

 Institutional program linkages of SPUQC in environment, education, others.

Historic Greco-Roman Chapel was originally proposed to house the museum. The building was totally demolished. A theater and a chapel were built in its place. 

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