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Rosendo Mejica Museum, Molo, Iloilo City

Rosendo Mejica Museum, Molo, Iloilo City

The Rosendo Mejica Museum is a wonderful gem of a small museum. It's easy to find at 251 Lopez Jaena Street in the Baluarte district of Molo, Iloilo City. What's special about this museum is that it is so genuine and uncontrived. It's not a grand, pretentious, off-putting hulk, but is rather the modest residence of a an important citizen. It therefore gives an authentic-feeling experience of life in turn-of-the-century Iloilo.

The museum still owned by the same family after a stint as a government-run historic landmark. Evidently the government did not have the resources to maintain the place so it was returned to the family.

Rosendo Mejica was a Ilonggo of many accomplishments. He translated Rizal's Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo from Spanish to Visayan. He founded and built the first public elementary school in the Philippines in 1905 in Baluarte, Molo. He was a newspaperman, printer and an individual engaged in every imaginable civic improvement effort.

The museum appears to be entirely original; the building itself, the furniture and other furnishings, clothing and the extensive papers and other collections of Mejica.

To get into the museum you'll need to see the guard at the adjoining printing company. That's what we did. After a short wait we were given a very enjoyable tour by Pilar Martinez who has assumed responsibility for the management of the museum.

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roberta fullon 29-Jan-2009 13:28
my feeling is mixed with happines and longing when i see this house couse i was just 6 years oldwhen i was playing buggle every afternoon and dancing ballet if one of the dauther of don rosendo Mejica a pianist ask me to dance as she play her piano she is Ramona mejica they are oldfriends of the familyi missed this house specially Mr Noel Servigon the grand son of don
PAULSEN,Manfred 30-Mar-2008 13:24
Dear Mr. Hammerslag,
I´m always enjoying to look the pictures of Iloilo City. By the way: Jose Rizal wrote "Noli me tangere" in the Spanish version during his stay at the University of Heidelberg (Germany).
The original editions in Spanish and German you can still find at the University library.
My wife (Ilonga) from Lambunao were frequently in Iloilo (1983-2004) and we are planning to live in Iloilo or St.Barbara the next 2-3 years time.
Best regards Manfred (Germany)