BACOLOD CITY–The proposed five-hectare Bacolod Museum in Brgy. Alijis, Bacolod City, to cost P260 million broke ground last Saturday with Senate majority floor leader Juan Miguel Zubiri leading the symbolic rites.
The leaf-shaped museum as envisioned by Leonilo Ramon Lichauco of the Manila-based LG+V Architect/Planners will be a two-story ‘green’ building with an amphitheater, a 540-seat auditorium, and conference areas on a floor area of 4,800 square meters.
“It will pay tribute to the artistry of Negrenses, which has produced world-class talents in the field of visual arts, including Charlie Co, Nonie Alvarado, Dave Legaspi, Rafael Paderna, and Rodney Martinez,” Zubiri, whose family hails from Bacolod City, said.
He added that the facility will have a permanent display of MassKara costumes and photos of MassKara dance parade winners from when it started in the early 1980s.
The museum project will be named the Ricardo Yanson Sr. Sports and Cultural Complex, in honor of the Yanson family who donated the property on which the museum will stand.
“What a heroic act. Rich people may give one or two hectares, but 8.8 hectares is unheard of,” Zubiri said in his speech, addressing the Yanson clan led by Leo Rey, family matriarch Olivia Yanson, Ginnette and husband, Charles.
The land donation is worth P880-million.
Engr. Leah Delfinado, regional director of the Department of Public Works and Highways, said they have already issued a notice to proceed for the contractor to start the project, with the architectural and engineering designs to be completed in two or three months.
“The construction is targeted to start in February or March next year and given 385 days to be completed,” she said.
Upon completion of the museum, the value of properties in the surrounding area is expected to increase from P10,000 to P20,000 per square meter.
Meanwhile, Zubiri also shared he will facilitate the inclusion of a budget of between P300-M and P400-M for the Bacolod City Hospital in the proposed national budget for 2022.
The proposed bill authored by Rep. Greg Gasataya establishing the Bacolod City Hospital has already been approved by the House of Representatives, he added./(Eugene Y. Adiong/ INews Bacolod- Negros News)