CITY OF MALOLOS- Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando donated to the collection of the Hiyas ng Bulacan Museum a 19th Century model of John Sherwin Letterpress used by the Bulacan Military Area (BMA) headed by Gen. Alejo Santos to print propaganda war materials.
The printing machine, together with some of the documents printed through it, glass case and other items worth P200,000 were given by the governor and previously owned by the Crisostomo Family of Malolosl This makes the printing machine a part of the permanent exhibit in the Hiyas ng Bulacan Museum.
It can also be viewed during the Museum Memorabilia Exhibit in Hiyas ng Bulacan Cultural Center until September 15, 2021 as part of the week-long celebration of Singkaban Festival 2021 with the theme “Paglingon. Paghilom. Pagbangon.”
According to Fernando, Lt. Mabini, Rey Centeno, Saturnino Bauto and Sixto Sablay were the ones assigned to lead the printing of newspapers and other reading materials distributed to fighting soldiers to boost their morale.
“Malaki ang ginampanan ng makinang ito, maging ang inimprenta nito sa kasaysayan. Naging mahirap man para sa Pamilya Crisostomo sapagkat malapit lamang ang kanilang tahanan sa himpilan ng mga Hapones, nagtagumpay pa rin sila sa kanilang pag-iimprenta sa pamamagitan ng pagsasabit ng bandila ng Hapones at litrato ni Emperor Hirorito sa kanilang tahanan na naging daan upang hindi sila pagsuspetsyahan,” the governor said.
Other exhibits available for viewing on the Hiyas ng Bulacan Cultural Center are the SINEliksik Bulacan Poster Bayaning Bulakenyo Series, Bulacan Festival Costume Expo, Singkaban ng Bayan Miniature Arc Making Exhibit, and Singkaban Bulakenyo Art Exhibit.
MAIN PHOTO:: Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando, is seen in photo together with (from left) Board Member Alexis Castro, Provincial History, Arts, Culture and Tourism Office Head Dr. Eliseo Dela Cruz and LGBTQ+ Bulacan Federation President Renan Eusebio as they view the 19th Century John Sherwin Letterpress currently on display at the Museum Memorabilia Exhibit at the Hiyas ng Bulacan Cultural Center, City of Malolos,