Jose R. Gullas Halad Museum, Cebu City

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JRG Halad Museum is a musically-themed museum in Cebu City, Philippines that pays homage to the musical heritage of Cebu.LocationLocated along V. Gullas St. (former Manalili) and D. Jakosalem St. Cebu City, the old building of The Freeman Newspaper has been converted to a museum which houses Cebuano and Visayan musical treasures and memorabilia.HistoryFounded by Jose "Dodong" R. Gullas, the Halad Museum was inaugurated on January 12, 2010 and opened to the public on February 2, 2010.With the founder's support, reviving works of long forgotten composers was achieved via concerts of an award-winning university-based choir, the UV Chorale of which the first of the Halad concerts came about in 2007 wherein a group of composers were honored posthumously including Ben Zubiri, composer of Matud Nila, and Vicente Rubi, composer of Kasadya Ning Taknaa. This started the donations of family members of the honorees for the three Halad concerts (in 2007, 2008 and 2010) from lyric sheets to instruments, prompting the idea of a repository—a museum. Eventually, the founder was inspired to actively acquire other musical memorabilia, not just to keep the memory of the honorees alive, but also hopefully, to educate youngsters on how rich Cebu's musical heritage is.Halad means tribute or offering in the Cebuano language, as such, the museum is dedicated to the founder's parents, Don Vicente and Inday Pining Gullas, who founded the University of the Visayas in Cebu, Philippines.In November 2010, expansion of the museum was carried out to make more room for the increasing collections held by the museum which includes memorabilia of Cebuano composers and artists in the 20th century, from musical instruments, lyric sheets to long-playing records.
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  • A look into the past Excellent and informative and humerus guide Recommended You can see how people lived in ancient times h  more »
  • In a manner that is something like visiting ancestral homes in the Philippines, there is a strong focus on the museum founding family as well as the musical cultural contents. Frankly, since I was...  more »
  • There are cebuano singer that you will not believe they are from Cebu and also the old instrument that ethnic group used are nice..
  • Thank you to Gullas family for thia. Very educational.

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