The Museums and Galleries Month (MGM) is observed every month of October by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 798, s. 1991. It underscores the importance of arousing national consciousness and pride in our rich Filipino culture and heritage embodying the aspirations of the nation, expressed in all media of art as well as historical and religious artifacts. This rich Filipino cultural heritage embodies the aspiration of the nation. The observance recognizes that these cultural and art forms are necessary for nation-building and shaping national destiny.
This year’s theme is “Showcasing the Nation, Shaping the Filipino ImagiNation” to highlight the complex and challenging role of museums and galleries in presenting the national narrative and in shaping the minds of those who shape this ongoing narrative.
As spaces that recount stories and rekindle imagination freely, museums and galleries are major influences on how our nation perceives itself. They are institutions that narrate our country’s history from our perspective; how our culture and identity evolved through struggles and victories reflecting our core values born from those circumstances.