Museums and galleries are places that have been proven in various studies to contribute to the overall mental and social wellness of the people. But as the Philippines is slowly easing its way towards the new normal, activities and establishments related to arts and culture will still be inaccessible to the general public. It is still unknown when museums, galleries, archives, libraries, conferences and other cultural events will open its doors again, and if they eventually do, the experiences we used to enjoy with them may never be the same again.

Thus we beg to ask now: Can museums survive the new normal?

We present this very pressing question to our guest speaker for our 6th Pamana Talks, in celebration of National Heritage Month. Dr. Jobers Reynes Bersales is an archaeologist professor, heritage writer and director of the University of San Carlos in Cebu, and has also curated several museums and galleries within and outside Cebu City, such as the USC Museum, Casa Gorordo, the 1730 Jesuit House, Museo Sugbo, Boljoon Parish Museum and the Cebu Archdiocesan Museum. He is currently the Head of the National Committee on Museums by the NCCA (National Commission for Culture and the Arts). His talk will bring in several years of curatorial experience and insights, as well as tackling about his recent study on the the post-pandemic survival strategies for privately-funded museums in the Philippines.

We encourage everyone to attend this very interesting talk on what to expect on our Philippine museums as we enter the new normal. Visit the event page on Facebook and click “GOING” to confirm your attendance. You may also ask your questions to Dr. Bersales on Facebook Live!

(This is a FREE event. Please note that no e-certificates will be given for viewers and attendees. Learning is open and free, and we believe that’s more important than earning certificates.)