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School alumni laud Governors’ Gallery

| by: Hearty Marie Rizarri

Following the reopening of the Governors’ Gallery last August, numerous of guests and tourists have occasionally dropped by to view the exhibit.

Among the recent guests were graduates of Abellana National High Batch 1955. They are professionals from around the country and abroad who made it a point to include in their itinerary a visit to the Provincial Capitol.

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They were pleased by what they saw, admiring the portraits of former governors and other historical mementos as they tried to recall the past and talked about certain administrations.

“This is really good. At least we won’t forget them and the young generation will get to familiarize the past governors, their lives and accomplishments,” said Lina Davide-Ong.

Governors’ Gallery was reopened last Aug. 20, a project initiated by the governor’s wife Mrs. Jobel Angan-Davide in collaboration with heritage conservation and restoration expert Architect Melva Java, Cebuano writer Linda Alburo, Provincial Tourism Officer Grace Paulino, and Museo Sugbo Curators Masi Cabañes and Rey Estrada.

The gallery serves as tribute to the 25 governors who have served as chief executives of the province from 1901 up to the present.

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“It’s important to revive the Governors’ Gallery because Capitol itself is a heritage site. People have to know more about it not just the historical structure but also the former governors of Cebu Province,” Davide said.

This is a work in progress. We still need to add significant memorabilia of the past governors,” she added.

Vintage collection of Cebu photos by Ben Chua was also exhibited inside the gallery to provide deeper insights and nature of American colonialism and representation of Cebu through the medium of photography.

The event was attended by Governor Hilario P. Davide III, past governor Eduardo Gullas and his grandson 1st District Representative Samsam Gullas, Provincial Board Members Celestino Martinez III, Miguel Antonio Magpale, Jude Durano-Sybico and members of the committee.