Museo Del Galeón, Inc together with the SM Group of Companies recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for The Galeón, which is slated to open in late 2015.
Called The Manila-Acapulco Galleon Museum, this cultural facility has 8,000 sq. m. featuring a full-scale reproduction of a galleon. The reproduction of this galleon will be based on a precise set of naval architectural plan published in Manila during the 18th century.
“What was then just an idea is now fast becoming a reality,” said Hans T. Sy, president of SM Prime Holdings, Inc. Hans T. Sy graciously offered a beachfront location in the Mall of Asia complex as the site for the museum.
The Philippines and Mexico were trade trade and commerce partners, thus supporting the circulation of vital knowledge between the two countries is important.
The Galeon will feature information that will throw light on the roots of today’s banking, shipping, commerce and cultural exchange in the Pacific Region.
From the Americas came silver, gold and potatoes while Europe traded wine, tools and furniture in exchange for Asian silk, spices and ceramics. For the Asian trade, bronze coins from Mexico and Peru were brought to Manila. It was not just the 300 year exchange that produced cultural change on both sides of the Pacific, boat-building in the Philippines transitioned into ship-building utilizing European designs.
It was in 2011 when Madame Margarita Zavala, the spouse of former Mexican President Felipe Calderon endorsed the plan to build a galleon museum in Manila.
His Excellency Ambassador Julio Camarena of Mexico and Hans T. Sy initiated the ground-breaking ceremony at the SM Mall of Asia. Also present was Pasay City Mayor, the Honorable Antonio G. Calixto. The program featured Ms. Marian Roces, Lead Curator of TAO Inc. as the keynote speaker, and Senator Edgardo J. Angara who is also a member of Museo Del Galeón, Inc.
Upon completion, The GALEÓN will command magnificent views of the glittering Manila Bay.
Construction will begin November 2014 with completion expected on the last quarter of 2015.
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