The 2019 House of Representatives Month celebration continues with the formal launch on Monday of the exhibit “HRep @ 112: The History of the House of the People in Sights and Sounds.” The interactive multimedia exhibit honors over a century of Philippine legislative history, featuring videos, sound recordings, documents, photos and artifacts on legislative milestones from as far back as 1907. Among the key features of the exhibit is a collection of voice recordings of inaugural speeches of House Speakers, privilege speeches of House Members, and plenary debates on selected legislative measures.
In his speech at the launch of the exhibit, House Secretary General Atty. Jose Luis Montales said the exhibit is the first step to a dedicated museum in the House of Representatives that would extend to the public the chance to learn about the country’s legislative history. “Our celebration of the HRep Month has become more meaningful and substantial because of the exhibit… Let me assure you, on behalf of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, that the House Leadership is committed to see this through. We will support you every step of this journey to have this museum in the House of Representatives,” Montales said.
For his part, Deputy Secretary General of the Legislative Information Resources Management Department Edgardo Pangilinan emphasized that the exhibit tells the story of the House in the context of democratic representation. “The exhibit chronicles the birth, development, changes, and achievements of an institution that wields the power of the people in the crafting of laws that, in turn, shaped the Philippine society, affected the lives of Filipinos, and charted the country’s future,” he said.
Pangilinan added that the exhibit was designed to give justice to the legislative history of the country. “The conceptualization and production of this exhibit were guided and directed by one measure of success and effectiveness—that after experiencing the history of this democratic institution in sights and sounds through this exhibit, our guests will leave this hall with an enhanced appreciation of the value of the House of Representatives,” he said.
The exhibit is available to the public and is free of charge. Moving forward, it shall be part of all guided tours of the House.