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The ‘Mobile Museum’ raises awareness about the importance of biodiversity preservation.

CITY OF ILOILO – Since 2019, a moving exhibition called Mobile Museum Boxes (MMB) has been on display at the Santa Barbara Centennial Museum in Santa Barbara, Iloilo, with the goal of raising awareness about the protection and preservation of natural resources in the Visayas region.

In an interview on Thursday, Santa Barbara Tourism Officer Irene Magallon said the MMB covers rocks, forests, shells, land formations, flora, and animals, among other things, that can be found in the three Visayas regions.

She mentioned the lithologic (rock study) map depicted by rocks found in the Visayas islands, rare species of plants near extinction found in Samar and Leyte, a replica of Mt. Kanlaon, the Bohol Chocolate Hills, the world’s largest flower Rafflesia found in Antique and Iloilo, preserved animals, and a landslide in Leyte, among other things.

“The goal is to make them comprehend the importance of forest and other natural resource conservation.” We must be cognizant of climate change and global warming, according to Magallon.

Visitors may see the MMB as well as the centennial museum display and timeline of events leading up to Philippine independence in 1898, which is the museum’s main focus, she said.

“We offered them a chance to be included in our centennial museum since we had the possibility to display these mobile museum boxes, which is not very frequent,” Magallon added.

She went on to say that because Iloilo was already the final stop, there was a request to prolong it for another two weeks.

“It might be in Iloilo for a long time because we’re still unsure what will happen in the coming months due to Covid-19,” she added, adding that the project could be completed by the first part of the year.

In 2019, Eastern Samar State University in Borongan, Eastern Samar established the MMB with the theme “Conserving the Natural History of the Visayas Region,” which was later transferred to the University of Eastern Philippines in Catarman, Northern Samar.

The University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban and Visayas State University in Baybay, both in Leyte province, received it.

It is a collaboration between the Botany and Herbarium Division of the National Museum of the Philippines (NMP), the Western Visayas Association of Museums, Inc. (WVMI), and the Forest Foundation of the Philippines (FFP).

After its exhibition in the Santa Barbara Centennial Museum, the MMB will return to the National Museum Western Visayas in Iloilo City.

The show is available to all fully vaccinated members of the public, but she hopes to see students, college students, and senior high school kids.

It is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but special arrangements can be made on weekends.

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