CULION MUSEUM & ARCHIVES
CULION THROUGH THE YEARS 1906 -2014
The exhibit opened last 6 May 2006, as one of the main activities of the Culion Centennial Celebration. Through this exhibition (Centennial Exhibit), the Culion Museum and Archives was also launched and became one of the highlights of the centennial event. The exhibition presented 100 years of Culion, featuring important aspects of its history and various chapters highlighting the segregation and isolation, the resulting community life, care of children as well as its achievements and contributions in national and international leprosy research and treatment. The museum was destroyed by super typhoon Yolanda last November 08, 2013 and re – open in July 26, 2014.
To preserve Culion history, culture and heritage particularly in the quest to control leprosy in the Philippines and the early policies, treatment and care of the person affected with the disease in Culion.
• To preserve old manuscripts / documents, records, letters, research findings, clinical records and books of Culion Leper Colony.
• To collect / preserve old medical and laboratory equipment, which were early used for the treatment, research and care of leprosy patients.
• To collect / preserve old pictures of early Culion settlement, patients treatment and community life to include old coins, musical instruments, badges / uniforms of early local police, nursing aides, firemen, etc in collaboration and support of PAL / residents of Culion.
• To provide information regarding the role of Culion in the control of leprosy in the Philippines and the resultant community that evolves thereafter.
• To make all preserve documents and other materials, literatures available to interested researchers, students and individuals worldwide.
• To include Culion Museum in the Global Project on preservation of Leprosy History, providing linkages with international and national organization interested in this field.
• To be a venue to provide public health education on leprosy and to advocate in eliminating leprosy stigma and discrimination against people affected by leprosy and their families.
Why This Museum Matters
Culion resident underlines why preserving the past is a source of strength for the future.
On July 26 a ceremony was held on the island of Culion in the Philippines to unveil a historical marker commemorating the island's past history as a leprosy colony. As part of the day's events, the Culion Museum & Archives was formally reopened.
The museum now has on hand a number of volunteer story-tellers from among residents of the island who are happy to talk about Culion's history and share their experiences.
Long-time Culion resident Maxencia Gonzales wrote a speech to mark the occassion, which she delivered on the museum steps against a backdrop of flags bearing the words, "We overcome." This is a summary of her remarks, which were appreciated by several generations of Culion's population.
If one bright picture could clearly define the kaleidoscope of our lives as persons affected by leprosy, it is the Culion Museum & Archives.
The Culion Museum & Archives exists because of the unstoppable dream of brilliant, dedicated and committed people, led by Dr. Arturo C. Cunanan, Jr. and with generous funding by the Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation, to preserve the evidence of our history so that present and future generations can see, understand and internalize the great importance of the life and memories of every patient on Culion.
The museum is one of a kind. It depicts the extraordinary lives of Culion people since 1906. Over 100 years of the history of Culion can be found in the memorabilia carefully stored and preserved here. The exhibits speak of the truths, sufferings, struggles, tears and victories of the patients. They also convey the love, concern, and service of the health workers - people such as Dr. H.W. Wade, Dr. Casimiro N. Lara and Dr. Paul A. Evangelista - many of whom preferred to stay on this beloved island until their deaths.
Old records - papers that once seemed insignificant and not work keeping - are now the precious proof of our history. Who can say that Culion's history is just word-of-mouth anecdotes? Who can say that injustice, discrimination and segregation did not happen and were not experienced by people affected by leprosy? The Culion Museum & Archives has the evidence that this was the reality.
The museum is Culion's identity and pride. It vividly illustrates Culion's dramatic transformation from a place of fear to a promising community of man. It reflects our life's journey, a journey toward victory.
That is how each life in the present generation should be embraced - with recognition of the past, wrapped in the sad history of leprosy, and with a determination to move forward with our identity and humanity regained. Our trials, sufferings and struggles may be the most painful ingredients of our lives, but they are just parts of the road leading to a fulfilled life. We overcome.
Culion has survived the misery brought by leprosy. The lessons of the past give us strength for the future. In every sacrifice made by the patients we find worth and dignity in today's and future generations. The Culion Museum & Archives will continue to be the flag-bearer of Culion's success - our story, our heritage, our struggle. We overcome!
Maxencia Gonzales stands before a rotating examination table, displayed at the Culion Museum & Archives, that she was examined on as a child.
The First Contingent of Patients arriving in the colony
Dedicated for texts and images relating to the arrival of the first contingent of patients and the early medical staff, including the pioneer religious volunteers of Culion.
(Leprosy Treatment / Quest for Cure)
This gallery illustrates how the preparation and application of Chaulmoogra Oil was researched and studied in Culion.
Community life involves the dynamic interaction of various religious, families, education
recreational, political and livelihood activities of the patients in the Island. For many, Culion connotes segregation, isolation and affliction to an “Island of no return.”, “the island of the living dead.”That after all, these “segregated patients” are also humans, a social being and living normally amidst an outcast status.
(Timeline of Culion’s History)
A timeline outlining Culion’s past, from the pre-Spanish to the Island’s centennial as a leprosarium to its present status as a new municipality, stretches across an entire wall.
Segregation and Service
A diorama depicting the segregation of “lepers” and the arrival of the coastguard cutter in Culion bringing the patients in 1906. It also has list of doctors, nurses, SPC Sisters and Jesuits and health workers who served in Culion since 1906.
Present the old equipments, apparatus and other artifacts used by the Culion Leper Colony in attending the patients and administering the island.
The processing of archival records began in May 2005. This includes individual records of patients, clinical charts, admission books and other related materials pertaining to the patients who had been brought to Culion Leper Colony.
It offers some of the most unique and rare publications pertaining to leprosy like International Journal of Leprosy and other Mycobacterial Diseases of which Dr. Windsor Wade, was the first editor in Chief.
Monday to Friday
(8:00 A.M. – 5 P.M.)
Visits outside the regular schedule can only be accommodated with prior arrangement.
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• Smoking, eating and drinking inside the museum are not allowed.
• Taking of photos inside the museum is prohibited.
The Culion Museum and Archives is the repository of Culion history, heritage and culture. It showcases the struggle and transformation not only of the Culion Island but its people coming from different parts of the Philippine archipelago identified by common fate… Leprosy and bonded by common destiny… isolation and segregation to Culion. For a century, Culion and its resident (People affected by Leprosy and their families) have struggled to redeem their lost identity and humanity and transform the Culion Leper Colony into the “Island of Hope” an “Island of man”.
Thanks to the sustaining effort and commitment of the Philippine Government thru the DOH and its partners in finding cure and eliminating leprosy as a public health problem in Culion. Culion is now a municipality and Culion Leper Hospital the Culion Sanitarium and General Hospital.
Our sincere appreciation to the Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation (SMHF) for the generous funding support in the Rehabilitation of Culion Museum and Archives severely destroyed by typhoon Yolanda in November 08, 2013.
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