Sunday, April 13, 2014

Carcar Dispensary Museum

Posted by Free-Spirited Vixen (Juliefe Cuenca) at 2:15 PM
         The Carcar Dispensary building breathes new life as the first museum in Cebu south by a local government unit. The First Charter Day celebrations centered on the opening of the repository of artifacts loaned by locals. The Governor of Cebu (Gwen Garcia) herself a heritage conservation advocate led the launch along with the local government officials, teachers and guests from nearby towns. (http://aboutphilippines.ph)
    Check out this map for a bird's eye view of what you can see in the place. As you can see, at the center is the Carcar Town Plaza surrounded by the Upland Elem School, Carcar Fire Station, St Catherine College, St Catherine of Alexandria Church, and of course, the Carcar Dispensary Museum! ^_^


This is the view of the Highway fronting the Heritage Compound. The streets are also lined with very old houses.
Carcar Town PlazaCarcar Town Plaza
     The very first landmark to meet you would be the Leon Kilat Monument. Leon Kilat led the battle in Tres de Abril, Cebu City, but was killed in Carcar on Apr 8, 1898.


Carcar Town Plaza

Carcar Town Plaza
Posing beside the Bougainvillea Flowers!
 Carcar Town Plaza
 This is us onwards to our little climb to the Carcar Plaza.
Carcar Town Plaza
      A view of St Catherine de Alexandria Church on the left and the Dispensary Museum on the right.
Carcar Town Plaza

      This would be the Carcar Town Hall, and from its structure and design, one can see that it is also an old building dating back to the American Period.

Carcar Town Hall, Carcar Town Plaza

Carcar Town Hall, Carcar Town Plaza

Carcar Town Hall, Carcar Town Plaza
     Pole dancing in front of Jose Rizal's Monument. What would have been his reaction, I ponder? ;D
Jose Rizal's Monument, Carcar Town Plaza

Jose Rizal's Monument, Carcar Town Plaza


    And to welcome you to our main course, the CARCAR DISPENSARY MUSEUM! An excellent example of American-Era Civic Architecture in the Philippines, construction of this edifice was started by mayor mariano Mercado in 1929. The building was inaugurated in 1937 by his wife, Flora Base Mercado, with Gov Sotero Cabahug in attendance. The Carcar Dispensary was immediately hailed as a symbol of the towns progress.


     The building’s profusion of latticework, semicircular transoms, carved barandillas and mini-canopies amidst stained glass window panes make this structure truly an outstanding architectural landmark.


     With adaptive re-use, this building was inaugurated as the Carcar City Museum by Mayor Bernas, Vice-Mayor Apura and the City Council with Gov Gwen Garcia as a guest of honor on July 8, 2008, the first anniversary of Carcar as a city.

CARCAR DISPENSARY MUSEUMCARCAR DISPENSARY MUSEUM





Carcar Town Plaza


Carcar Town Plaza






   


I'm pleased to report that the Carcar Museum has no entrance fees, but I greatly encourage donations for the maintenance of the place. :)

 



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