The Museum Education Division
The Museum Education Division, also known as the MED, was created on January 10, 1974 along with the Cultural Properties and the Restoration Divisions. The Museum Education Division's birth was induced by the passage of R.A. 4846 for the purpose of pursuing the educational mandate of the National Museum.
Inasmuch as the MED was envisioned to propagate educational programs in support of the overall agenda of the Museum, an educator in the person of Mrs. Rosario B. Tantoco, then a Senior Museum Researcher of the Arts Division, was designated as the MED's first Division Head. Mrs. Tantoco devoted over two decades of her career in the planning and successful implementation of various strategic programs and activities of the MED.
Mrs. Tantoco's first thrust was the design, installation, and conduct of relevant exhibitions in order to reach out to a greater segment of the viewing public. A notable example was the "Suitcase Galleries", a portable loan exhibition of mini-dioramas on selected subjects. She also developed a hands-on learning kit for classroom teaching, a slide kit, a film library, and a photographic documentation of cultural events such as the Pahiyas in Quezon, the Fertility Rites in Bulacan and the Penafrancia Festival in Bicol.
Side by side with this outreach program was the preparation and publication of various literature of the National Museum, aimed at disseminating the results or findings of its scientific researches. These were mainly distributed through sale, exchange, and compliments. The maiden issue of the "NM Paper", an important scientific journal, was released in 1990. It has since then become a regular publication of the MED.
The legacy continues even after the demise of Mrs. Tantoco in 1997. A young zoologist and public manager from the Archaeology Division, Mrs. Elenita D.V. Alba, was appointed as Mrs. Tantoco's successor. While the Division's thrust and objective remain the same, the scope and reach may have gone a little bit farther, as the programs have become more mass-based in form and substance in the past few years, quite indicative of the passion and desire to bring the National Museum closer to the hearts of the Filipino masses.
The opening of the Museum of the Filipino People and the Museum Shop in the last couple of years have stimulated larger audiences as National Museum clientele started to return and grow in number.