DNX Arts and Culture | The Negros Museum: Of Bao, Berrie, and bouncing back


Hannah A. Papasin
Writer. Critic. Professor. She started writing since primary school and now has two published textbooks on communication. A film buff, she's a Communication, Media Literacy and Journalism Professor of the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod, and has a Master's Degree in English.

It was a little more than a year ago today when a new strain of the coronavirus spread from the capital of the Hubei Province in China.

Everybody thought as just another strain – until the virus spread from one country to the next, spurring lockdowns after lockdowns, as world leaders race to contain the virus that had been infecting, killing the most vulnerable, and bringing governments to their knees. That includes businesses, schools, construction, and yes ESPECIALLY the arts, culture, and entertainment scene all over the globe.

One virus. With the world at its mercy.

The Negros Museum is one of those that felt the gut-punch.

“[Everything] was on a standstill,” Negros Museum Executive Director Tanya Lopez admits to DNX Lifestyle.


Tanya is a giant in the arts and culture scene of Negros (or make that, of the country). The Negros Museum under her had thrived, thanks mainly to her massive connections in the entertainment industry, plus that sharp intuition that a true artist has for the craft.

It was, of course, a big blow to the industry, but Tanya swears, this year, a new partnerships will be forged by the Museum.

“For this year, part of what we are planning to do is developing partnerships with different organizations,” she says.

Among these would be with the Association of Tour Guides of Negros, with series of lectures on how to make storytelling more enticing for students.

The Performance Laboratory is also churning activities every week. Not only that, the community theater group is gearing up for the Kuris Theater Festival.

“We are also having our partnership with the Angelica Berrie Foundation, which supported the project Mga Istorya ni Bao featuring Bao, the Unbowed Carabao,” Tanya shares.

Bao is the carabao sculpture standing proud as emblem of the museum, an artistic work done by sculptor Rafael “Paeng” Paderna, and mosaic artist Lisa De Leon-Zayco.

The Mga Istorya ni Bao is an interactive tour designed for grade school students to expose them to the local myths, legends, and history.

There are also ongoing developments — two permanent exhibits are underway – as well as collaborations with local governments and Museo Diocesano de Bacolod.

“There’s a lot more activities, collaborations, more partnerships, especially with DNX,” Tanya admits.

And with more if these collaborations soon, Tanya’s prognosis for 2021 – after the standstill of 2020 — is more than upbeat.

There is more that the Museum can offer. And, as Tanya has pointed out, the year 2021 looks like the year that the arts and culture scene will be no doubt bouncing back.


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