Cultural Properties of Science City of Muñoz
Strengthening Tourism, Culture and Arts of Science City of Muñoz
The Science City of Muñoz is committed to attain its vision to be “an exemplar of good local governance, progressive and globally competitive in promoting the application of agricultural science, technologies, culture and arts in an atmosphere of harmony and peace.”
Through its diverse culture and spearheads, the specialization of the city in agriculture was made known to be a center of excellence in the field of agricultural science and technology. On the other hand, the city is in the process of transition to strengthen its tourism management. In the presence of at least 16 science research institutes, it was technically known as the science city. It aims to be a Science and Technology Tourism Area that highlights the structural designs, museums and monuments in achieving the progressive locality.
Primarily, the Central Luzon State University (CLSU) is said to be the first comprehensive state university to undergo institutional accreditation and is declared Cultural Property of the Philippines with the code PH-03-0027 due to its high historical, cultural, academically, and agricultural importance to the nation. The CLSU’s research and development centers and livelihood projects comprise the whole agri-tourism showcase that provides learning experiences for local and foreign tourists.
The richness of culture also portrays by the performing arts comprising of four (4) different school-based dance groups based in Muñoz, namely: The Gintong Ani Dance Troupe of Central Luzon State University; The Hiyas ng Lahi Dance Group of Cabisuculan Elementary School; The Panagdawa Dance Troupe of Bagong Sikat Elementary School; and The Bungkos Palay Dance Company of Muñoz National High School. They implicate an idea that arts were not only lectured but also performed. In this field of performing arts, young talents have been culled from different schools of the city that imparts a legacy for the next generation and holds its objective to be a vital instrument in propagating the culture and arts side of the Science City of Muñoz.
Museums and Monuments in Science City of Muñoz
Several museums can be located in the vicinity of Science City of Muñoz. Most of this can be found at Central Luzon State University, which is known as the second largest university in the Philippines. CLSU has an Agricultural Museum that promotes cultural heritage in Central Luzon in the field of agriculture, fishing and related occupations. It also has a Living Fish Museum with a collection of indigenous and tropical freshwater fishes, ornamental freshwater fishes, reptiles, molluscs, and aquatic plants from different provinces in Luzon.
Figure 1. The Agricultural Museum in Central Luzon State University (CLSU)
Figure 2. The Living Fish Museum in CLSU
Part of CLSU, which is the Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM), also has their Bioscience and Biotechnology Museum, Biodiversity Museum. The ICCEM provides environmental education and training to professionals for careers in environmental studies, conducts researches on environmental issues and concerns, offers extension services through dissemination of environmental information for public understanding and awareness and spearheads environmental management and conservation activities in the campus and immediate environs.
Figure 3. The Biodiversity and Agrobiodiversity Museum of Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM)
The Agrobiodiversity Museum houses the agrobiodiversity collection and research results of agrobiodiversity assessment studies in Central Luzon. The museum showcases crops genetic diversity, biodiversity conservation efforts, climate change impact to agro biodiversity and indigenous crops in the Philippines.
The Science and Technology Centrum which was also established at CLSU is a one-stop-information-shop on research and development breakthroughs or technologies generated and promoted by the university over the years.
Figure 4. The Science and Technology Centrum in CLSU
The Rice Science Museum is the only DOT and LGU-listed tourist facility in Nueva Ecija. Located in Philippine Rice Research Institute in Barangay Maligaya, Science City of Muñoz, the museum has highlighted rice science, art, and technology through material culture of rice farming communities in the country, labor and cost reducing machines, rice seeds. Collections covering the species found in the rice environment, rice ecosystem, rice grains and art works have also been exhibited.
Figure 5. The Rice Science Museum in Philippine Rice Research Institute (PHilRice)
HEROES MONUMENT - "Heroes are those who have a concept of nation and thereafter aspire and struggle for the nation's freedom. They are those who define and contribute to a system or life of freedom and order for a nation"
Figure 6. The Monuments in Science City of Muñoz
The statue of Dr. Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio, which was shown in the above figure, is located in front of the City Hall of Science City of Muñoz.