Work on the upcoming National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) has long been underway since preparations began in 2013. Now with the project nearly complete, museum goers will soon be treated to the vast amount of displays found inside the building.
Greeting vistors of the museum would be the Hyundai Philippines Entrance Hall, a donation made by Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI). HARI, through its corporate social responsibility arm, HARI Foundation, Inc. reaffirmed its advocacy for education in Philippine biodiversity conservation by being a major donor to this heritage project. HFI president Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo noted that Hyundai’s presence in the NMNH signifies the brand’s one-ness with the national and global agenda for sustainability.
“With a new home that promises better access to research and collections that bespeak new thinking in the sciences through the centuries, the NMNH inspires national pride and the desire to learn and discover new ways of addressing biodiversity loss and climate change woes. For it is with a deep understanding of our past that we can effectively address present and future challenges,” said Perez-Agudo.
Prior to being converted to the NMNH, the building was originally built as the Agriculture and Commerce building in 1940. After being left to ruins during World War II, the building was then reconstructed and later was occupied by the Department of Tourism.
On September 30, 2017, before it opens its doors to the public, the Hyundai Philippines Entrance Hall welcomed VIP guests, donors, and stakeholders to the inauguration of NMNH. However, the grand opening of the NMNH is still scheduled in the last quarter of 2017.