The Mobile Museum Boxes (MMB) exhibit on “Conserving the Natural History of the Visayas Region” was launched on March 2 and will be displayed until March 20, 2020, at the Visayas State University Library, weekdays from 8 AM to 5 PM.

Dr. Luisito Evangelista, a curator from the Botany and National Herbarium Division of the National Museum of the Philippines, said that “the museum shouldn’t be confined only in the four corners of the room. The idea of the MMB is for us to disseminate the information that we have in the museum.”

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With its aim to reach a wider range of audiences, the MMB project, a traveling compact exhibition kit mounted in boxes, was proposed by the National Museum of the Philippines in collaboration with the Western Visayas Association of Museums, Inc.

The exhibit featured dioramas, mockups, maps, samples, and preserved animal and plant specimens that aimed to show the importance of environmental conservation.

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Funded and supported by the Forest Foundation of the Philippines, the exhibit contains collections of specimens and artifacts “equipped with information to provide an object-based educational opportunity to new audiences” to which the Visayas region should be proud of.

During the MMB launching, VSU President Dr. Edgardo E. Tulin expressed his thanks and appreciation for this innovative exhibition as being in an S&T and environmental conservation university.

“As academe, we are in the business of searching for truth, and the way to it is through research and innovation. But it doesn’t stop there. Whatever truth, or knowledge we attain, it must also be communicated, if we want to have an impact on people,” he quipped.

The first MMB project was exhibited in Mindanao. They aim to cover places in the Visayas region like Borongan, Catarman, Tacloban, Baybay, Cebu, Bohol, Dumaguete, Bacolod, and Iloilo.

Before VSU, MMB also held exhibits at the University of Eastern Philippines in Catarman, Northern Samar and UP Visayas Tacloban College in Tacloban City. It will then proceed to Bohol Island State University (BISU) in Tagbilaran City after March 21.