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Design Competition for the Freedom Memorial Museum Declared Open

written by: Aurora Parong

The Human Rights Violations Victims’ Memorial Commission (HRVVMC) announced the official start of the design competition for the Freedom Memorial Museum at Max’s Scout Tuazon, Quezon City.

The HRVVMC is mandated to establish and maintain a museum and library on martial law (1972-1986) by virtue of Republic Act 10368 of 2013 (The Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013). Aside from managing the museum, the Commission is mandated to establish, restore, preserve, and conserve a memorial/ library/ compendium in honor of the human rights violation victims during the Marcos regime.

Carmelo Victor Crisanto, the Executive Director of the HRVVMC said that “The Freedom Memorial Museum should capture the struggles of the Filipino people for freedom, human rights and democracy during the Martial Law period from 1972-1986.” He added, “There are a million reasons why our Filipino engineers and architects should join the competition. First, they will have a spot in history as the designer of the Museum. Although not everyone will be entitled to the monetary prize, the museum will showcase the entries that will be submitted. This will be their chance to showcase their talents and present the very best of Filipino architectural design.” 

Ms. Ester Isberto, a victim of arbitrary detention during martial law and also a juror in the design competition, emphasized that those victims who suffered from the hands of State agents during martial law must be remembered by establishing a museum before people can move on. Dr. Aurora Corazon Parong, a former member of the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board (HRVCB) informed that the documents of 11, 103 victims of martial law abuses will be housed by the Freedom Memorial Museum. The documents are evidences of the sufferings as well as the courage and resistance of the peoples who fought against authoritarian rule and thus considered heroes who can serve as role models for the millennials and future generations.

Chuck Crisanto also informed that the essential truths about what happened during the period will be showcased in the museum so that relevant lessons maybe learned and used in preserving freedom and democracy. He also elaborated that the HRVVMC is already training teachers about the truths on martial law (72-86) so that these can be taught in public and private schools.

Entries for the museum design will be accepted from April 5 to May 15, 2019. Any Filipino architect and civil engineer may join. The museum will be located inside the campus of the University of the Philippines- Diliman, along C.P. Garcia Ave. adjacent to the College of Fine Arts. The competition has two stages: selection of the top five entries and each proponent will receive P250,000 each. The second stage will be the selection of the best design with full architectural perspectives and the winner will receive P1M.

For more information, please visit: https://www.thefreedommemorial.ph/ or the facebook page of

Human Rights Violations Victims’ Memorial Commission fb.com/hrvvmemcom 

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