At its inception, the Lopez Memorial Museum and Library served as a source of learning, albeit without classrooms or professors. It undertook the humble mission to enlighten the youth devoid of a sense of history.
“As (the Lopez Museum) looks forward to its next 50 years, the mission remains unchanged. That is to teach through the objects and artifacts it houses, for those who care to reach back to a past in order to develop a clear sense of future as a nation and as a people,” declared Lopez in his welcome speech.
In the course of the last half-century, the Lopez Museum has outgrown its space. High on the agenda is a relocation to Rockwell, along with other companies in the Lopez Group.
The next five decades is seen as a challenge by the institution. Already abreast with the new century, the Lopez Museum has implemented modern means by which to be more relevant and accessible. Their website www.lopez-museum.org/ is in touch with what is appealing to the youth, to communicate in the method they are familiar with. It has also been aggressive in digitizing material and making them accessible virtually through the world-wide-web.
“Finding ways to tell the stories of our past and our heroes in a different way. Its relevance to our evolution as a nation will continue undiminished. Like other repositories of our past the Lopez Museum will continue to serve as a guiding light into the future,” Lopez elucidated.
At the Rockwell book launch and anniversary celebration, young and promising artists had their share of the limelight. Modern dance, performance art, contemporary music was as appreciated by the likes of Juvenal Sanso and Alejandrino Roces, in the audience.
Aptly, the event was a promise of The Lopez Museum and Library as a confident icon, in bold acceptance of the progressing horizon on which it set its sight.
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