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Governors’ Gallery reopens

| by: Hearty Marie Rizarri

After months of renovation, the Governors’ Gallery located at the left wing of the second floor of the Capitol Building will finally be reopened on August 20 as part of the celebration of the 446th Founding Anniversary of Cebu Province.

The Governors’ Gallery will serve as tribute to the 24 former governors who have served as chief executives of the province from 1901 to 2013.

The gallery will showcase the province’s only complete collection of governor’s portraits.

Personal achievements and mementos during their stint in office are also among the exhibits inside the gallery.

The Governors’ Gallery was first opened in 2004 but was later on used for another purpose.

The renovation, which started earlier this year, was initiated by the governor’s wife Mrs. Jobel Angan-Davide.

“I find it important to revive the governor’s gallery because the Capitol itself is a heritage site. We have group tours and guests but we don’t have much to offer,” Davide said.

“At least now we have an area where tourists and guests could go to get know more about the historical structure of the Capitol and the former governors of Cebu province,” she added.

Davide plans to continue her efforts to restore and preserve the Capitol building if there is available budget.

The gallery will also exhibit few old and rare pictures of the Provincial Capitol courtesy of collector Ben Chua.

Walk in guests will be entertained by the tour guide to reveal Cebu’s storied past.

The project is in collaboration with heritage conservation and restoration expert Architect Melva Java, Cebuano writer Linda Alburo, provincial tourism officer Grace Paulino, and Museo Sugbo curator Masi Cabañes.