Images of Philippine Rise now part of National Museum of Natural History collection

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Posted at Jan 21 2019 06:30 PM

MANILA -- Images of the Philippine Rise Marine Natural Reserve and the Benham Bank are now part of the collection of the National Museum of Natural History.

The exhibit, called "The Journey Towards the Protection of the Philippines Rise," includes videos and photos of the marine biodiversity and reefscapes of the Philippine Rise.

The exhibit was donated by Oceana Philippines to the National Museum last November. It is now available for public viewing.

"This Museum of Natural History was precisely intended to serve as a center of science and education. This museum has, since its opening last May, also made clear that there is very deep interest in our natural patrimony among the Filipino people, of all ages and walks of life, and from friends from around the world, evident in the levels of visitor numbers unprecedented in the history of Philippine museums," Jeremy Barns, National Museum director, said during the opening of the exhibit.

"People are coming in great numbers of thousands per day, and the challenge for us is to take this precious opportunity of the time they freely choose to dedicate within the walls of this special space to transmit the knowledge -- the science, the advocacies -- to as many as possible -- to spark curiosity, to join the dots, to awaken the sense of connection with the world around us -- and to facilitate an experience that will hopefully have a lasting impact when they return to the world beyond the museum building," Barns added.

President Rodrigo Duterte signed Presidential Proclamation 489 on May 15, 2018, declaring 350,000 hectares of the Philippine Rise as a marine resource reserve and almost 50,000 hectares as a strict-protection zone. 

Here are some photos from the exhibit.

Photo courtesy of Oceana/University of the Philippines Los Baños

Photo courtesy of Oceana/University of the Philippines Los Baños

Photo courtesy of Oceana/University of the Philippines Los Baños

Photo courtesy of Oceana/University of the Philippines Los Baños

Photo courtesy of Oceana/University of the Philippines Los Baños