New law strengthening National Museum hailed

Senator Pia S. Cayetano has welcomed the signing of the National Museum of the Philippines Act, saying the new law will help bridge generations of young Filipinos to our country’s past to better appreciate our rich history and heritage.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte recently signed Republic Act No. 11333, which designates the National Museum as the primary institution to manage and develop museums and collections of national importance across the country.

The measure’s principal author in the 17th Congress, Cayetano said preserving heritage strengthens our collective sense of history as a people, which is crucial in charting our nation’s future.

“With the passage of this act, we now have a stronger national policy to protect our heritage. This will help reinforce our sense of nationalism, especially among the youth, and boost sectors like education and tourism, which will provide more opportunities for our people,” she emphasized. 

The measure authorizes the National Museum of the Philippines to retain the entirety of its income from all sources of its operations nationwide and overseas. It also exempts it from applicable taxes, duties, fees, and charges from donations.

According to the senator, this provision would enable the agency to better fulfill its mandate to develop the National Museum Complex in Manila, central museums, regional museums, and other facilities it manages. This will also allow the institution to make its services more accessible to the people – and not intended for profit. 

“This law will allow the public free admission to public museums and national historical shrines and landmarks,” the senator said, adding that “it is always heartening to see students, barkadas, and families coming in droves to visit our public museums as a fun, learning experience.”

A heritage advocate, Cayetano has championed several measures in Congress seeking to strengthen the government’s efforts to protect the country’s endangered historical landmarks. 

She was a member of the National Museum Board of Trustees from 2013 to 2016, and a former chairperson of the Senate Committee on Education, Arts, and Culture during the 16th Congress.

During this time, she led the inquiry into the controversial construction of a high-rise condominium building, which marred the sightline of the historic Rizal Monument at Luneta Park.#

Highlights of the National Museum of the Philippines Act (Republic Act 11333) authored by Senator Pia S. Cayetano.

Let’s preserve our cultural heritage

Senatorial aspirant Pia S. Cayetano on Saturday said measures seeking to protect and preserve the country’s cultural heritage will be among her priorities in the Senate should she win a seat in the upcoming polls. 

“That is really what I want to give attention to, our hundreds of years of customs and cultural practices. I want to promote the preservation of our people’s history and culture,” Cayetano said in a radio interview in Quezon province on the sidelines of a rally organized by Quezon 4th District Representative Helen Tan.

The Taguig representative stressed that protecting the country’s heritage sites and cultural practices is tantamount to fostering socio-economic growth in the provinces. 

“From all over the world, foreign tourists spend so much money to visit heritage sites and experience intangible cultural properties like festivals, which some of us usually take for granted,” she said. 

“This is how preserving our cultural heritage leads to growth. It gives value to our people, boosts tourism and local industries, and provides more career opportunities for our youth,” she added.

The congresswoman then encouraged all sectors in society in the province of Quezon and in the entire country to get involved in the preservation of their cultures. 

Cayetano is known for championing measures that strengthened the government’s mechanisms in conserving the country’s national cultural heritage.
As former chairperson of the Senate Committee on Education, Arts, and Culture, she led the inquiry into the controversial construction of DMCI Homes’ high-rise condominium building Torre de Manila, which marred the sightline of the historic Rizal Monument at Luneta Park. #

Senatorial aspirant Pia S. Cayetano takes a picture with Quezon 4th District Representative Helen Tan on the sidelines of a campaign rally organized by Tan in Quezon province on Saturday.

Kadayawan: A celebration of indigenous culture, diversity

Deputy Speaker and Taguig City Representative Pia S. Cayetano took part in the celebration of the 33rd Kadayawan Festival in Davao City over the weekend.


Kadayawan is an annual festival that celebrates the culture and diversity of Davao’s indigenous people’s groups or tribes. Every year, during the third week of August, local and foreign tourists troop to Davao City to experience the week-long affair which includes parades, contests, and exhibits showcasing various indigenous arts, dances, products and culture. The festival’s name comes from the Dabawenyo word, ‘Madayaw’ which means ‘good’ and ‘beautiful.’


Cayetano visited Dula Kadayawan at the Davao City People’s Park on Friday morning, August 17th. ‘Dula’ which means ‘game,’ refers to the test of skills and friendly games that pitted representatives from each of Davao’s 11 indigenous groups. The participants wore their traditional colorful costumes, while some brought instruments, toys, implements and weapons, as they took part in several contests that also reflected their culture and way of life.


The Taguig representative also met with the winners of this year’s Hiyas ng Kadayawan, as well as tribal leaders, and event organizers.


‘Kadayawan reflects Davao’s rich and diverse indigenous culture. This indigenous groups embody our history and our soul as a people, and Kadayawan is one way of raising awareness about their contributions to our history and heritage, as well as the issues and concerns that they currently face,’ Cayetano said.


From People’s Park, Cayetano proceeded to nearby Barangay 76-A to bring relief assistance to hundreds of residents whose houses were gutted by two fire incidents earlier this month. She also took part in the afternoon at the oath-taking and assembly of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), a regional party organized by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte. The HNP convention was attended by more than 6,000 local and national government officers, community leaders, and private supporters. #

With the Hiyas ng Kadayawan 2018 winners

With event organizers and a senior indigenous group leader