The Philippine Navy (PN) conducted the re-launching of its Museum at Fort San Felipe, Cavite City today, October 16, with the Armed Forces of the Philippines deputy chief of staff, Rear Adm. Erick A. Kagaoan, as its guest of honor and speaker representing the AFP chief of staff. Fort San Felipe re-launched today as the Philippine Navy Museum will become the pride of the Navy where the vast history of the country’s naval force are exhibited and displayed.
The re-launch of the PN Museum coincided with the PN-hosted 2nd Philippine Arts Summit of the Tagapagtaguyod ng Sining at Kultura ng Pilipinas (TSKP) which will run from this day until October 18, 2020 also at Fort San Felipe. The 2nd Philippine Art Summit showcases the different art forms and cultural heritage of the Philippines. The project intends to promote the love and awareness of arts and culture. The centerpiece of said art summit is the rehabilitated and restored Fort San Felipe in Cavite, which is inside the first port town in the Philippines.
Other attendees for todays re-launch include, PN Flag Officer In Command, Vice Adm. Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, Fleet commander, Rear Adm. Loumer Bernabe, Marine commandant, Major Gen. Nathaniel Casem, with the TKSP members led by its president, Atty. Tranquil Gervacio Salvador III, and other military and government officials as well as foreign dignitaries.
In his remarks, Vice Admiral Bacordo recognized the PN units who helped transform the Philippine Navy Museum. Likewise, he also expressed his appreciation for the TKSPs “dedication and commitment in the completion of this project.”
“You have truly helped us transform this place into a space where visitors can find inspiration from. It evolved into a vibrant gallery that reflects the powerful experience of being a Navy and what it means to belong with the Navy,” the Navy chief added.
He then emphasized the importance of this structure saying, “The existence of a cultural institution like this within a naval base truly inspires patriotism and uplifts spirits. It also reminds visitors of the resilience, not only of your Navy, but also of the people that it serves and protects.”
Meanwhile, Rear Admiral Kagaoan in his speech describes this day as a “Special moment to celebrate the important role that the Philippine Navy Museum will play as a gateway into the history and cultural heritage of our navy. This museum also serves as a visual narrative of our Navy’s evolutionary existence.”
“But more than being a repository of beautiful artifacts this museum is a center of learning and a vanguard of our naval heritage every work, product, relic, memento, and remains exhibited here commemorate the historical and remarkable milestone of the Philippine Navy as a military organization,” added Rear Admiral Kagaoan.
For his part, TKSP president Atty. Tranquil Gervacio Salvador III describes the Philippine Navy, “as a protector of the nation” and TKSP as an “advocate of culture and arts”. He then emphasized that both organization “aims to strengthen the fabric of Philippine society” which are manifested with this partnership.
To ensure the successful implementation and completion of the project, the PN has tapped the expertise of Cdr. Flordeliza Villaseñor (Res), a dedicated Navy reservist and incumbent chairperson of TSKP, to act as the curator of Fort San Felipe Naval Museum and other museums being maintained by subordinate units of the Navy. She joined the Task Force “Pagsasaayos” in the planning, preparation and coordination phases of the project.
Todays re-launching activity aimed to boost and showcase the PNs cultural heritage that depicts its evolutionary existence and represents the very soul of the organization, it echoes the forts historical past and display other treasured items that has something to do with the organizations remarkable milestone. Said museum provides an avenue for the PN to show its rich history and cultural heritage. It offers every visitor a deeper sense of pride and understanding on the Navy’s significant contributions in the country’s security and protection and in nation building. NAVY.MIL.PH