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Former Pagcor Chair Domingo cites reasons for putting up Museum

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — One of Pampanga’s illustrious daughters is giving back to the community through efforts that are geared towards preservation of arts and culture as well us letting future generations appreciate the country’s rich history and culture.

Andrea Domingo, former chairman of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, is focusing her efforts serving as one of the local patrons of art after putting up the Museum of Philippine Arts and Culture (MoPAC) in this capital city.

“It’s really a 45-year dream,” Domingo answered when she was asked what prompted her to open a museum.

She was a guest during the News@Hues media forum of Pampanga Press Club in cooperation with Park Inn by Radisson Clark.

With 51 years of service in government, the former Congresswoman of the 3rd District of Pampanga said that she planned to pursue three major undertakings even prior to retirement.

“First was the Museum. We also planned for an elementary and high school for orphans. The third is to give back to the environment,” said Domingo.

At MoPAC, she shares her own collection that was gathered through decades-long service in both government and the private sector. Aside from collecting, she also has extensive 26-year work in curating art pieces with her ownership of Galerie Andrea Arts and Antique shop.

“If you are able to give back and help as much as you can then you are able to equalize,” Domingo said.

Domingo, a recipient of many awards including Most Outstanding Kapampangan, Most Outstanding Fernandina, Most Outstanding Congressman, and Ginintuang Ina, also served as General manager of Philippine Reclamation Authority, and Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration.

Now an ordinary resident of the City of San Fernando, the 74-year-old said that she no longer has plans to go back to government service “whether appointive or elective position”.

The MoPAC first opened in July 2023. It contains around 40 art pieces by 11 national artists, including some of the works of Fernando Amorsolo, Arturo Luz, Vicente Manansala, and Cesar Legaspi. It is also contains pieces of Chinese pottery, pieces from indigenous tribes, and religious iconography and statues.
On March 16th, MoPAC will be showing Across the Crescent Moon, a film on an inter-religious relationship between a Catholic woman and a Muslim Special Action Force soldier. Tickets will cost 200 pesos with all proceeds going to the director, Baby Nebrides. (with reports from Euwan T. Mosuela)