Brains behind Mind Museum cited

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In House Resolution 2226, Party-list Reps. Angelo Palmones (Agham) and Reena Concepcion Obillo (Una ang Pamilya) said the Bonifacio Art Foundation Inc. (BAFI) should be honored for putting up the first science museum in the country with its primary purpose of educating the public on science and developing scientific literacy. Palmones said promoting public understanding of science and technology is a growing strategy in the development of scientifically literate societies. “Science and technology have been recognized drivers of economic development and progress. A scientifically literate population would have the capability and capacity to cope with the present challenges of the economy and the environment,” Palmones said. Obillo said science museums and science centers are accepted tools to breed scientific literacy. Through science museum and science centers, the public will have the opportunity to see, hear, taste, touch and learn science in an interesting and enjoyable manner. “Through interactive exhibits and display, science museum visitors will learn both science concept and its application to daily living,” Obillo said. The P1-billion Mind Museum, which is situated right at the heart of Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, opened on March 16, 2012 for the Filipino public to enjoy and learn science through the 250 “minds-on and hands-on” interactive exhibits being showcased in its five galleries, namely, universe, atom, life, earth and technology. It also has an outdoor ?Science in the Park? where visitors can learn science by enjoying and rediscovering anew, through play, the wonder of nature’s elements, such as sunlight, wind, water and greenery; a botanical garden; an auditorium and a laboratory. Manny Blas, BAFI managing director, said the board commissioned the Science Centre Singapore and Jack Rouse Associates to make the museum truly world-class. Blas said Science Center Singapore, one of the leading science centers in the world with 30 years of experience in operating a museum, was the planning consultant while the exhibition master plan was undertaken by Jack Rouse and Associates (Cincinnati, USA), recognized as among the top 10 museum and theme park designers in the world. The authors said the world-class Mind Museum can eventually become a tourist destination which will greatly benefit the economy. ]]>

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