On April 5, 2013, the Morong community in my hometown in the Philippines bore witness to the realization of a dream: to establish a historical museum. The ribbon was cut, the guests ascended the steps to the Museong Pambayan ng Morong. I looked up in the sky and said softly, “Thank you to those who waved at us in our journey. In every stop you took our hand until we reached our final destination, together.”
That morning was filled with aura of pride for our town of Morong to have its museum to honor the past, a way of life, images of people going about their business, artifacts as reminders of how life used to be.
Walking from room to room that day, there sits the familiar tapayan used to
fill for drinking water, in middle a sewing machine where dressmakers sew clothes out of materials bought at the palengke, before ready-made was invented. There are many more. The museum is here.
The work that a few started in 2006 has been rewarded with having many talented, committed and generous members now in the common thread. They will help to showcase the unmatched Morong’s traditions, artifacts and documents for generations of kababayans to appreciate and enjoy. Worthy of gratitude goes to the phenomenal outreach through social media, personal connections, alumni, kababayans and endearing homegrown relationships. It took time and perseverance, but in the end, Morong wins.
I’d be remiss not to recognize the work of Mayor Jojo Buenaventura, Councilor Ira Dean Reyes and the Sangguniang Bayan who understood the importance of historical preservation – they listened and acted. Salamat po at Mabuhay!